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Edith Neville Primary School introduced a school uniform in September 2015.
The uniform was designed in consultation with parents, School Council, staff and governors. The colours are burgundy (dark red), sky blue and grey.
The school welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities and has worked hard to support and consider a suitable uniform to support our varied religious beliefs and customs.
This school uniform policy describes what the uniform is, how it will be implemented and how it will be reviewed over time.
Our Approach to School Uniform
The uniform is being introduced to meet parents’ desire for children to feel comfortable about who they are, feel a sense of belonging to the school community and feel proud of their school.
Our approach to school uniform is therefore based on the principles of:
Practicality - The uniform is designed to be practical. Decisions are based on common sense and what works based in the school environment.
Family support - Families overwhelmingly requested school uniform. School will support families in enabling children to wear correct school uniform.
Consistency - Uniform should be worn consistently to achieve its aim of creating a sense of community and helping children to feel equal with each other.
The role of parents
We ask all parents to support the policy by making sure that their children wear correct school uniform every day. If parents encounter any difficulties with school uniform, they are invited to discuss it with a member of staff. Parents are responsible for ensuring that children are wearing correct uniform.
The role of children
We ask all children to wear their uniform to school and to cooperate with adults in helping them to have the right uniform items.
The role of staff
The role of school staff is to support families in enabling children to wear correct school uniform. They will do this by selling uniform items conveniently and at cost price, supporting families if a child is consistently not wearing correct uniform, and helping families access grants and financial support for uniform where possible, as appropriate.
The role of Governors
The Governing Body agrees the school uniform policy and supports the Headteacher to implement it. It is the governors’ responsibility to ensure the school uniform meets all national regulations concerning equal opportunities, and that our school uniform policy is consistent with our policy on equal opportunities.
When School Uniform is worn
All children will wear school uniform when attending school, or when participating in an event or activity organised by school. Any exceptions to this policy will be communicated to parents clearly in advance.
Sports kit will be worn for all PE lessons and sports activity clubs. On days when children have class outdoor sport lessons, they can wear their PE tracksuit to school and for the rest of the day. There is no need to change into school uniform. Children attending sports activity clubs before or after school should wear normal school uniform during the day, unless they also have an outdoor sport lesson.
Ties are only worn by children in Years 2 – 6.
Where to buy school uniform
The school uniform has been designed to be convenient to buy, affordable, good quality and long lasting. Most school uniform items can be bought as standard from any large supermarket (e.g. Asda, Tesco, Primark etc). Some school uniform items can only be bought from school. The list of items and where to buy them is below.
Items ONLY available for purchase from school
- School jumper or cardigan
- School rucksack
- School tie (Years 2 – 6 only)
When buying school uniform items from shops, please try to make sure they meet the specifications and colours (listed next to the pictures below). This will help us all to have a consistent school uniform.
On health and safety grounds we do not allow children to wear earrings or other jewellery in our school. The exception to this rule is the wearing of a watch which must be removed before sport.
Hair and Headscarves
Headscarves or Hijabs may be worn for religious reasons and should be plain white or black only. They should be removed for PE.
Long hair should be tied up at all times. Ribbons and hair fastenings should be simple and in dark or school colours of burgundy, sky blue, grey or white.
Children should wear practical, safe footwear that allows them to move freely and looks smart with their uniform. All footwear should be plain and in a dark colour – black, navy or dark brown.
Children should wear shoes that are firmly attached to their feet. Loose fitting flip-flops, platforms or high heels should not be worn. Sandals should have a strap. Boots can be worn in winter. Trainer style shoes can be worn if they are plain and a dark colour.
For PE, all children should wear a pair of sports trainers or plimsolls.
Socks, tights, fitted leggings
Socks or tights should be plain black, white or grey. Plain black leggings can be worn under school uniform but must be worn with black socks. If grey leggings are worn, then grey socks should also be worn
There is no uniform for coats. Children can wear any appropriate coat to school.
School Uniform Enforcement and Support
The role of school staff is to support families in enabling their children to wear correct school uniform; and to ensure that school uniform is worn consistently and safely throughout school.
If a child attends school without a correct item of uniform:
- They will go to the school office to borrow a spare, if available
- A note will be made of the incident
- A letter will be sent to parents by school office
If a child regularly attends school without a correct item of uniform, school staff led by the Pupil Support and Wellbeing Manager will meet with families to understand the cause of the problem and support them.
The Pupil Support and Wellbeing Manager will support families to apply for uniform grants where available. She will also point out special discounts and offers.