1.1 It is our school policy and expectation that all children wear school uniform when attending school, or when participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours. We provide a complete a specific list of the items needed for school uniform in our school prospectus.
2 Aims and objectives
2.1 Our policy on school uniform is based on the notion that school uniform:
3.1 On health and safety grounds we do not allow children to wear jewellery in our school. The exceptions to this rule are ear-ring studs in pierced ears, and small objects of religious significance, such as a crucifix on a chain. 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.
4 Extreme haircuts/Head Gear
4.1 The school does not permit children to have ‘extreme’ haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children.
4.2 The school does not permit any form of head gear/hats that are not deemed part of school uniform unless used against the weather elements. These are only permitted for outside use and must be in line with the prescribed school uniform, logo and colours.
4.3 Religious headwear will be considered in a case by case basis with representation from parents for unique and exceptional circumstances or which are required specifically/explicitly to be worn by children as an expected religious observance at their specific age range.
5.1 The school wants all children to grow into healthy adults. We believe that it is dangerous for children to wear shoes that have platform soles or high heels, so we do not allow children to wear such shoes in our school. Neither do we allow children to wear trainers to school; this is because we think that this footwear is appropriate for sport or for leisurewear, but is not in keeping with the smart appearance of a school uniform. We require all children to wear shoes as stated in the uniform list.
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 ready for their day. One of the responsibilities of parents is to ensure that their child has the correct uniform and that it is clean and in good repair.
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 specific religious grounds, why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform or unique circumstances, the school will look sympathetically at such requests in a case by case basis. This however means that this not will automatically allow changes in the policy.
7 The role of governors
7.1 The governing body supports the headteacher in implementing the uniform policy. It considers all representations from parents regarding the policy and liaises with the headteacher to ensure that the policy is implemented fairly and with sensitivity.
7.2 It is the governors’ responsibility to ensure that the school uniform meets all regulations concerning equal opportunities.
7.3 Governors ensure that the school uniform policy helps children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is hardwearing, safe and practical.
8 Monitoring and review
8.1 The governing body monitors and reviews the school uniform policy through its committee work by: