Uniform

1.    Introduction
It is our policy that all children should wear school uniform when attending school, or when participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours.  We provide a complete list of the items needed for school uniform in our school prospectus and on our website.

2.    Aims and Objectives
    Our policy is based on the notion that a school uniform:

•    promotes a sense of pride in the school;
•    engenders a feeling of community and belonging;
•    is practical and smart;
•    identifies the children with the school;
•    is not distracting in class (as fashion clothes might be);
•    makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance;
•    is regarded as suitable, and good value for money, by most parents;
•    has been designed with health and safety in mind.

The agreed school uniform
Boys                                                   Girls
Navy sweatshirt with school logo       Navy sweatshirt with school logo or cardigan
Navy or grey trousers or shorts         Navy or grey skirt or pinafore or grey trousers
White polo shirt/shirt                          White shirt
                                                           Blue and white gingham dress (summer)

3.    Additional items available:
Navy fleece with school logo
PE Shirt with school logo
Sweat cardigan

A PE bags containing shorts, t shirt and plimsolls or trainers should be in school all week.

All children should have a coat to wear outside at playtime during the Autumn and Winter terms and in the summer we encourage the children to wear a hat/cap to protect them from the sun.

Children who go swimming will need a towel, swimming trunks or costume and brush or comb, carried in a waterproof bag.

Uniform with the school logo can be purchased from Scholars, 2 Little Brittox, Devizes, SN10 1AR.  The company also stocks other items of navy and grey uniform.  Other school uniform can be bought from local stores.  Reading folders and PE bags are available to buy from the school.

All items of clothing should be named in order to avoid confusion and to keep lost property to a minimum.

4.    Jewellery and Fashion Items
    On health and safety grounds we do not allow children to wear jewellery in our school.  The exceptions to this rule are earring studs in pierced ears.  We ask the children either to remove these objects during PE and games or to cover them over with micropore plaster.  Children are encouraged to make good choices when using products such as hair gel or nail varnish.  School reserves the right to tell a child if they have taken it beyond “school level”.  Other make-up is not allowed.

5.    Hair
    The school does not permit children to have haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children.  All children, girls and boys, are requested to tie hair up where it is long enough to do so for PE.  Parents should also be aware that tattoos are not permitted.

6.    Footwear
    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 and we discourage the wearing of “croc” style shoes in the summer.  Neither do we allow children to wear trainers to school; these are appropriate for sport or as leisurewear, but are not in keeping with the smart appearance of a school uniform.

7.    The role of parents
We ask all parents who send their children to our school for their support of the school uniform policy.  We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily schoolwork.  Parents should ensure that their child has the correct uniform, and that it is clean and in good repair.

If any parent would like the school to modify the uniform policy, they should make representation, in the first instances, to the headteacher.  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 headteacher.

8.    The role of governors
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.

It is the governors’ responsibility 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.

Governors ensure that the school uniform policy helps children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is hardwearing, safe and practical.

9.    Non Compliance
There may be good reasons why a child is not wearing school uniform.  In this case, parents and carers should share the reasons with the Headteacher either in person or by letter.  The Headteacher will then agree a suitable alternative uniform with the parent and indicate the length of time that this will suffice.

There will be occasions when the school decides that school uniform is not appropriate, e.g. when taking part in a physical activity day and explain the ‘unfairness’ of allowing a few children to not wear the uniform.  If this continues, the Headteacher will then share the policy with the parents and carers and seek their support.