1.1 As a school we aim to a learning community and would every child to feel that they belong to the school, to achieve this, we would encourage every child to wear school uniform when attending school, or when participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours.
We wear our school uniform with pride, although we have uniform available for purchase with the school logo, non logo uniform is permitted.
Our uniform, with a logo on, is available from monsoon- Teignmouth Road, Clevedon, other non- branded uniform is available in supermarkets and other clothing stores.
We would also encourage parents to purchase, for a small fundraising cost, preloved (second hand) uniform from the PTA ( please contact the school office for further details.) Please be aware that supporting this is a very eco approach to purchasing school uniform.
The school colour is bright or classic red.
Our uniform comprises:
- grey trousers or shorts,
- skirt / dress or culottes, in warmer weather, red and white gingham dresses
- white shirt/ blouse / polo shirt
- red jumper / sweatshirt/ cardigan
PE: Children will need:
- a plain red t-shirt / polo shirt, (this can be purchased at Monsoon Marketing)
- black shorts/ Skort
- pair of trainers (plain single colours).
In colder weather,
- a plain black or red fleece / sweatshirt and black tracksuit bottoms may be worn.
- a fleece lined, waterproof jacket can be purchased from Monsoon Marketing as an optional addition
All PE kit should be kept in school in a named PE bag.
1.2 All items of school uniform (including PE kit) should be clearly labelled with the children’s name.
2 Aims and objectives
2.1 Our policy on school uniform is based on the notion that school uniform:
- promotes a sense of pride in the school;
- engenders a sense of community and belonging towards the school;
- is practical and smart;
- identifies the children with the school;
- prevents children from coming to school in fashion clothes that could be distracting in class;
- makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance;
- is regarded as suitable wear for school and good value for money by most parents;
- is designed with health and safety in mind.
3.1 On health and safety grounds, we do not allow children to wear jewellery or accessories in our school. The exceptions to this rule are ear-ring studs in pierced ears.
We ask the children to either remove these objects during PE and games, or cover them with a plaster, to prevent them from causing injury.
3.2 Nail varnish or tattoos should be removed before attending school.
4.1 The school does not permit children to have ‘extreme’ haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children. This includes dyed hair and shaved, engraved hair cuts. Hair should be kept tidy and in the interest of health and hygiene, long hair should be tied back. Hair accessories should be kept minimal and appropriate to school. (Large hair bows are not permitted.)
5.1 Children should wear supportive black shoes. Shoes with platform soles or high heels, flip flop, gel shoes, fashion shoes or boots are not allowed, as they can be dangerous and are not in keeping with the smart appearance of a school uniform. If shoes break we would aim for a replacement to be provided within two weeks.
6 The role of parents
6.1 We ask all parents to support the school uniform policy by ensuring their children arrive at school correctly dressed in the correct school uniform which should be clean and in good repair so they are ready for their daily schoolwork.
6.2 If any parent would like the school to modify the uniform policy, they should make representation, in the first instance, to the headteacher. 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 look sympathetically at such requests.
7 The role of governors – Monitoring and Review
7.1 The governing body monitors and reviews the school uniform policy through its committee work by:
- Supporting the Headteacher in implementing the school uniform policy.
- Seeking the views of parents, to ensure they agree with and support the policy.
- Considering, with the Headteacher, any requests from parents for individual children to have special dispensation with regard to school uniform.
- Requiring the Headteacher to report to the Governors on how the Uniform Policy is implemented.
- Ensuring that the school uniform meets all regulations concerning equal opportunities.
- Ensuring that the school uniform policy helps children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is smart, hardwearing, safe and practical.
Encouraging the correct uniform.
- Reminders of appropriate uniform will be sent to parents in newsletters.
- Children will be reminded to wear the correct uniform by adults in school.
- If a child continues to wear incorrect uniform, the Headteacher will contact parents and remind them of the school policy.
- Time and consideration will be given to children and their families in order to purchase the correct items and be encouraged to purchase relevant second items from the PTA.