Please see the bottom of the page for links to help you get the correct uniform. There are many photographs of pupils in school uniform and PE kits in the newsletters and in the Entrance Power Point on the Key Information page.
Uniform helps develop a sense of unity and teamwork, bringing together a widely diverse group of pupils into one harmonious and cohesive way.
We are not attempting to set up rules that can be pushed against to see “what we can get away with” instead these is simple direction that allows everyone to feel together as part of a team. Pupils often wish to test boundaries (especially as they get older) and dress sense is certainly a common way this is done.
We do wish all of our pupils to feel they are able to express themselves as individuals whilst understanding in a school setting they are part of a group where there are rules which are important to follow for a host of reasons, not least to help learn that we live in a society which has rules that help us all interact successfully.
As a school we aim to be understanding and work with families and children to achieve the balance of these two opposing aims and it is with pride we can say that all families over the many years that have 100% reinforced us in doing this with a healthy support of school unity and an understanding that we are all aiming for the same thing, which is the very best all round education for each and every child. Thank you everyone for supporting this.
There is a basic uniform which consists of:
- White or light blue shirts/polo shirts.
- Navy sweatshirts or cardigan.
- Grey or black trousers/skirt/pinafore.
- Summer option – black/grey shorts, blue/white check or stripe dresses but not patterned beach wear or cycle shorts.
- For PE and Games – white t-shirt, navy shorts, trainers, sweatshirt and jogging bottoms.
- Sensible shoes. We do not allow high heels or raised shoes for safety reasons.
- Navy school fleece.
- Black daps to change into when outdoor shoes are wet or muddy (can also be the same as those in school PE kit).
Games and P.E. Kit
Children need a change of clothes and footwear for P.E (for health and hygiene reasons) and a bag in which to keep the kit at school. Games and PE are compulsory for all children, except those permanently excluded on health grounds. These children must have a note from their GP to this effect. Those suffering from minor ailments will only be excused if supported by a brief note from the parents. Suitable clothing for PE is essential.
- Plain black, grey or navy sport shorts and jogging bottoms in winter.
- Plain t-shirt or polo shirt.
- Daps / plimsolls / trainers / football boots as appropriate which can be left in school.
With the same uniform being worn by all the children, please label all your child’s clothing and equipment!
School uniform and book bags all with the school logo are available as described on this page. We do not insist on items with the school logo on them, but we do insist on the colours and designs as described above.
We ask that all children wear sun hats at playtime and lunchtimes during hot weather. We encourage children to wear sun cream also but please be aware that staff will not put sun cream on children. The most successful way has been for parents to put it on their child in the morning, for older children to re-apply throughout the day and in KS1 teachers stand at the front and instruct children on how to apply sun cream to themselves.
Jewellery /Fashion Items/Hair
The school discourages the wearing of jewellery, nail polish, designer sportswear, and inappropriate footwear. The exception is ear-rings where appropriate studs are allowed but these must be removed for any PE activity to minimise the risks to themselves and to others. Children whose ears are in the healing period following piercing will need to provide medical tape to cover the ear lobe during PE. No ear-rings are allowed for swimming so children need to be able to remove them for themselves. The school cannot accept responsibility for the loss of personal items such as watches, ear-rings etc.
Hair bands, ribbons/bows or ‘scrunchies’ and other hair wear should be moderate in size and hair bands should not have large items attached. We ask that parents avoid allowing their child to sport “extreme” hair fashion (for example spikes, vivid colour etc), and this can be identified as a look that will attract a large amount of attention from other pupils, this can have a negative effect on the harmonious nature of our school.
It is not possible to list all of the future fashion trends that will come and go, there will be times that the school may ask your child to remove something that is not listed in this policy (such as ‘Heelys’ when they were in fashion for example). If it isn’t mentioned here the general rule of thumb is: does it create unity as a school? Does it show the school in the best light (imagine we had a Royal Visit, what would school uniform look like on that day)? Does it create a uniformed whole team approach? Is it likely to cause danger to the wearer or other people in any aspect of the school day (think break times, going on the field, walking home, carrying lunch, going into assembly, during a fire drill, during a PE lesson and so on)?
For obvious reasons, children are not allowed mobile phones in school. We do allow older pupils (usually Y6s only unless there is an express reason for a Y5 to do so) to bring them to school and insist that they are handed to the office before the start of the school day and collected at the end of the school day. We will confiscate phones found on a pupil during the school day and return them at the end of the day. If pupils need to contact you during the day they will be allowed to use the school telephone.
Money and Valuables
Children should not bring valuable items or unnecessary money to school. Please send any money you wish to pay us in an envelope stating the amount, purpose, and the child’s name and class.
The Role of Parents
We believe that one of the responsibilities of parents is to ensure that their child has the correct uniform and PE kit, and that it is clean, in good repair and that the child’s name is written on all items.
If a parent has difficulties for any reason with fulfilling this request they are asked to speak confidentially to a senior member of staff to discuss the issues.
Parents should be assured that we will do all we can to help. Children who arrive at school wearing non-school uniform clothing will be given an appropriate item from our own uniform stock to wear for that day. The same system will apply for children who do not have a PE kit. Parents will be contacted by phone or letter to discuss the matter if it happens frequently.
The school welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities. If there are serious reasons, for example on religious grounds, why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the school will consider such requests sympathetically. If any parent would like to request a modification to the uniform policy they should in the first instance contact the Head Teacher.
Thank you for your support with the above.
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