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Our Clothing Policy

Introduction

It is our school policy that all children wear school uniform when attending school, or when participating in a school organised event outside or during normal school hours. We provide a complete list of the items needed for school uniform in our School Prospectus, Handbook for Parents and Behaviour & Discipline Policy.

Aims and Objectives

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.

Jewellery & fashion accessories
Children are not allowed to wear jewellery at school as it can prove dangerous and get lost. The exceptions to this rule are plain ear-ring studs or small sleepers (no gem stones) for pierced ears located on the ear lobe. We ask children or their parents to remove ear-rings prior to coming in to school on PE/games days, or alternatively to cover them with a plaster from home, to prevent them causing injury. Watches are allowed with discretion – ‘gimmicky’ styles are not allowed in school.

Nail varnish, false nails, make-up, body transfer tattoos and body adornments are strictly forbidden in school.

Mobile phones are not allowed in the school. If for any reason a parent feels it necessary for their child to have a mobile phone, the Headteacher must be consulted, and the mobile must be handed in to the school office at the beginning of the day and collected at home time.

Extreme haircuts
Hairstyles should be neat and tidy with hair longer than collar length clipped or tied back throughout the school day. If necessary, hair accessories, such as clips and slides must be of a simple design and coloured blue, brown or white. The school does not permit children to have ‘extreme’ haircuts including ‘tramlines’ and patterns cut into hair, that could serve as a distraction to other children. Dyed or tinted hair is not allowed; the use of gel or similar hair products is not allowed; and braiding with adornments is not allowed.

Footwear
The school wants all children to grow into healthy adults. 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 to school. We do not allow children to wear trainers in school, this is because we consider that this footwear is appropriate for sport or leisure, but is not in keeping with the smart appearance of school uniform. We require all children to wear shoes as stated in the uniform list and we strongly recommend shoes with safe non-slip soles for safety.

School Bags
Book bags with the school logo (Reception class) and rucksacks (Year 1 upwards) are available to purchase from the school office. In view of limited space, other bags are not permitted, with the exception of Year 6 pupils, who may bring in a sensible sized bag of their own choice.

Sun Protection
Because the school cannot accept responsibility for protecting children against the sun, parents are advised to take adequate precautions. On hot and sunny days it is recommended that parents apply sun protection cream/lotion to their children before school. Sun protection cream/lotion may be stored in school for children to re-apply at lunchtime if necessary. Creams/lotions must be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

School Peaked Caps
During hot sunny weather, children must wear a St Mary’s school peaked cap of either design during break times to protect them from the strong sunshine. On all school outings, children must wear a St Mary’s school peaked cap.

The role of parents
We ask all parents who send their children to St Mary’s school to support the school uniform policy. We require parents to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily schoolwork. 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. All items of uniform must be clearly labelled with your child’s name.

The role of governors
The governing body sets the policy and supports the Headteacher in implementing the school uniform policy. From time to time it considers representations from parents regarding the uniform 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 regulations concerning equal opportunities. Governors ensure that the school uniform policy helps children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is hardwearing, safe and practical.

Monitoring and review

The governing body together with the Headteacher monitors and reviews the school uniform policy from time to time.

Uniform list:-

Uniform

Children wear school uniform through the primary age from Reception to Year 6. The school expects all pupils, without exception, to comply with this requirement.

St Mary’s school uniform is available from the usual retail outlets (eg John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, etc & Forest Casual & Schoolwear at (144 High Road, Loughton, Essex. Telephone 020 8508 2848 (website: www.forestschoolwear.co.uk)

Winter uniform – Girls

Winter uniform –Boys

Light blue shirt & school tie Light blue shirt & school tie
Dark brown pinafore dress/skirt, or grey trousers Grey trousers (long)
Brown tights or brown/white socks Grey socks
Dark brown cardigan/V-neck jumper Dark brown V-neck jumper
Sensible brown or black shoes  Sensible brown or black shoes
St Mary’s Navy Blue Wool Hat St Mary’s Navy Blue Wool Hat 
   
Summer uniform – Girls Summer uniform - Boys
Light blue and white checked dress                            Grey trousers (long/short)
Dark brown cardigan Light blue shirt and school tie (may be short sleeved)
White socks Dark brown V-neck jumper
Sensible brown or black shoes or sensible white or navy sandals worn with socks suitable for school Sensible brown or black shoes and suitable for school or sensible brown or black sandals worn with socks & suitable for school
Summer peaked cap with St Mary’s logo Summer peaked cap with St Mary’s logo

Health & Safety Notes

  • To assist with organisation in the Reception class, children should have buckles or velcro instead of laces
  • Shoes designed with a good grip should be worn
  • High heels are not allowed
  • Shoes with ‘gimmicks’ such as flashing soles/heels are not allowed
  • Trainers are not part of school uniform
  • Ties on elastic are available for children who cannot tie the genuine article. Both types are available from the school office.
    Outdoor wear
  • Dark brown or navy coat/jacket/blazer is worn (designer styles, brightly coloured or denim jackets may not be worn)

PE

Navy shorts, light blue polo shirt with school crest and black plimsolls. Year 5 and Year 6 pupils may wear non-marking, plainly styled trainers. (PE polo shirts available to purchase from the school office).

Winter Games

Navy tracksuit with school logo (Year 2 upwards) –

available from Forest Casual & Schoolwear

Swimming (Year 5 / Year 4)

Swim suit / trunks; swimming hat – compulsory for boys and girls; towel

All clothing and property should be clearly marked
The Lost Property bin is situated in the school foyer and it is cleared meticulously at the end of each half term. Items remaining unclaimed at this time will be disposed of to a local charity.