It is our policy that all children should wear clothing that is in keeping with a purposeful learning ethos. We also believe it is important that certain activities are facilitated by specialised and appropriate clothing when attending school (e.g. PE lessons), or when participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours (e.g. football match). We provide a complete list of the items needed for children’s school uniform in this policy (Appendix 1) and in the school prospectus.
The Department for Education (DfE) believes that school uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone. The department strongly encourages schools to have a uniform as it can:
- Instil pride
- Support positive behaviour and discipline
- Encourage identification with, and support for, school ethos
- Ensure pupils of all races and backgrounds feel welcome
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- Protect children from social pressures to dress in a particular way
- Nurture cohesion and promote good relations between different groups of pupils.
Our policy is based upon this guidance and is designed with good value and health and safety in mind.
The Role of Parents
We ask all parents who send their children to our school to support the school’s uniform policy. We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily learning. Parents should ensure that their child has the correct uniform, and that it is clean and in good repair. The head teacher has the right to inform the Education Welfare Officer or Children’s Services if absence due to non-uniform takes place, or if she considers that the children are not presented appropriately for a period of time.
If any parent would like the school to modify the uniform policy, they should make representation, in the first instance, to the head teacher. The school welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities. If there are serious reasons, for example religious objections, why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the school will look sympathetically at such requests. Similarly, should an item of school uniform prove problematic for a pupil with disabilities, then parents are invited to draw this to the attention of the head teacher.
The school wants all children to grow into healthy adults. We believe that it is dangerous for children to wear shoes with platform soles or high heels in school, so we do not allow this. Neither do we allow children to wear trainers or slip on ballet pumps to school; these are appropriate for sport or as leisurewear, but are not in keeping with the smart appearance of a school uniform. We have to consider the Health and Safety of the children whilst they are in our care.
Black shoes (plain with no logo) with a flat heel are permitted; no trainers. Boots are not appropriate footwear for school. If it is a wet or cold day and your child needs to wear other shoes to travel to school, please make sure that they have their regular school shoes to change into. St Pau’s CE Primary School Uniform Policy 5
If your child’s school footwear breaks/becomes too small, parents should contact the school office to inform them that temporary footwear is being worn by their child and the date when it will be replaced e.g. at the weekend. Teachers may ask children to change into their plimsolls, or those provided by the school, if they believe that their footwear is unsuitable or dangerous.
We also request that parents in the Reception class supply a pair of wellington boots for their children to keep at school – see Appendix 1.
All clothing and footwear should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Watches, a single pair of studded earrings or small objects of religious significance are permitted, but worn at the child’s own risk. Children will be asked to remove their earrings for PE and swimming. Where this is not possible i.e. their ears have recently been pierced, we will cover the child’s ear with plasters, or similar. Teachers will not replace earrings for children, once they have been removed.
Make up and Cosmetics
Make up and cosmetics are not considered appropriate or consistent with our school uniform. This includes nail varnish and tattoos. The school does not permit such products to be worn by any children, unless there is a specific event for which the head has given permission. Teachers will talk to parents and ask them to remove any nail varnish, make up or inappropriate items.
The school does not permit children to have haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children e.g. shaved designs, mohicans, and bright dyed colours. Long hair must be tied back at all times. Sensible headbands and bobbles can be worn for school, if a child is wearing anything that is deemed to be too extravagant they will be asked to remove it. St Pau’s CE Primary School Uniform Policy 6
Hats and Caps
Woollen hats are permitted in winter and caps are suggested for wear in hot weather. We do not permit sunglasses to be worn unless a child has a medical condition and we receive written confirmation from a doctor.
The head teacher and any other member of school staff will speak to your child for not wearing the correct school uniform.
Contact to parents regarding uniform irregularities will be as follows:
- A uniform reminder letter will be sent home, with a time limit for correct uniform to be worn
- A second uniform letter will be sent home.
- Parents will be contacted by the school office
- Parents will be contacted by Mr Purdey or Tracey Beswick to discuss solutions to the problem.
- Parents/carer will be invited in to school again to discuss solutions to the problem.
- Further actions may be taken
The Role of the Interim Executive Board
The IEB supports the head teacher in implementing the school uniform policy. It considers all representations from parents regarding this policy, and liaises with the head teacher to ensure that the policy is implemented fairly and with sensitivity. It is the IEB’s responsibility is to ensure that the school uniform meets all national regulations concerning equal opportunities, and that our school uniform policy is consistent with our policy on equal opportunities.
Member of the IEB ensure that the school uniform policy helps children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is hardwearing, safe and practical. St Pau’s CE Primary School Uniform Policy 7
Monitoring and Review
When monitoring this policy, the IEB will:
- Seek the views of parent representatives, to be sure that they agree with the policy, and support it;
- Consider, with the head teacher, any requests from parents for individual children to have special dispensations;
- Require the head teacher to report to the governors on the way the policy is being implemented.