1.1 It is our policy that all children should be encouraged to wear school uniform when attending school, or when participating in a school organised event outside normal school hours. We provide a list of the items suggested for school uniform on our school website and they are listed below for ease of reference.
1.2 The DfE (Department for Education) ‘strongly encourages schools to have a uniform’ as they believe ‘it can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and set an appropriate tone.’
2. Aims and objectives
Our policy is based on the notion that a school uniform:
3. Items of uniform
The school colours are navy blue and grey. No branded clothing is permitted with the exception of the school logo.
The following items comprise our school uniform:
Our school PE kit comprises the following items:
4.1 In accordance with the Local Authority requirements on health and safety, we do not allow children to wear jewellery in our school.
4.2 The exceptions to this rule are small, simple studs in pierced ears, small objects of religious significance or wristwatches. “Smart” watches are strictly prohibited.
4.3 On days when children have Physical Education lessons and/or sporting activities, they should not wear jewellery to school. If children do attend school with jewellery, they will be asked to remove objects before Physical Education lessons or any other lessons where the wearing of such items constitutes a potential safety risk. Teachers and other members of staff do not take responsibility for the safe keeping of jewellery which has been removed.
5. Extreme haircuts / Make-up
5.1 The school does not permit children to have haircuts / hair colourings that could serve as a distraction to other children.
5.2 Mid to long length hair should be tied back at all times. Hair accessories should be minimal and in keeping with the school colours of navy and grey.
5.3 The wearing of make-up, including nail varnish, is not permitted. Likewise, the wearing of temporary tattoos is not acceptable.
6. The Role of Parents
6.1 We ask all parents who send their children to our school to support the ‘School Uniform Policy’. We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and to support the policies of the school. Parents should ensure that their child has the correct uniform / colours and that it is clean and in good condition.
7. Pupil non-compliance
7.1 It is our aim to work with families to overcome difficulties with non- compliance of this policy. At all times, we are willing to consider reasonable requests for flexibility to accommodate particular social and cultural circumstances. In this instance, parents should at first make representations to the Headteacher.
7.2 If a pupil is not wearing an item of uniform as identified in this policy a letter will be sent home as a reminder identifying which item is not suitable – see Appendix A. After 2 letters about the same item in a school year the parents / carers will be invited to discuss the matter further with the Headteacher. There is a separate letter for PE Kit – see Appendix B
8. The Role of the Governing Body
8.1 The Governing body supports the Headteacher in implementing the school uniform policy. It considers all representations from parents regarding this policy and liaises with the Headteacher to ensure that the policy is implemented fairly and with sensitivity.
9.2 It is the Governing body’s responsibility to ensure that the school uniform meets all national regulations concerning equal opportunities and that the school uniform policy is consistent with the school’s policy on equal opportunities.
9.3 Governing body members ensure that the school uniform policy helps children to dress sensibly in clothing that is hardwearing, safe and practical.
9. Monitoring and review
This policy will be reviewed by the Governing body annually.