School Uniform Policy
It is the policy of the School Governors that school uniform creates a neat personal appearance and a sense of pride and belonging, which together promotes an image of the school that comes to be recognised and respected.
It is therefore our school policy that all children wear school uniform when attending school, on educational visits or when participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours.
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.
Key roles and responsibilities
- The Governing Body has overall responsibility for the implementation of the School Uniform Policy and procedures of Priestthorpe Primary School.
- The Governing Body has overall responsibility for ensuring that the School Uniform Policy, as written, does not discriminate on any grounds, including but not limited to ethnicity/national origin, culture, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
- The Governing Body has overall responsibility for reviewing the School Uniform Policy.
- The Headteacher has responsibility for handling complaints regarding this policy as outlined in the school’s Complaints Policy.
- The Headteacher will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation and management of the School Uniform Policy and procedures of Priestthorpe Primary School.
The role of parents
- 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 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 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. Similarly, should an item of the school uniform prove problematic for a pupil with disabilities, then parents are invited to draw this to the attention of the Headteacher.
On health and safety grounds we do not allow children to wear jewellery in our school. The exceptions to this rule are a wristwatch, small plain ear-ring studs in pierced ears (one per lobe), 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. Please note: No responsibility can be taken for valuable items worn in school.
The school does not permit children to have ‘extreme’ haircuts, (in style or colour) that could serve as a distraction to other children. Hair should be cut no shorter than Number 2 Grade and must not have patterns cut into the hair. For health and safety reasons, long hair should always be tied back for PE.
All pupils must wear formal, plain black school shoes, in keeping with the smart appearance of a school uniform.
Pupils should not wear shoes that are decorative (eg. diamantes), have coloured/ reflective strips or logos, backless sandals, platform soles, high heels, trainers or ‘leisure’ shoes.
The correct PE kit must be brought to every PE lesson. If a pupil is excused from a PE lesson they are still required to bring their PE kit in order to participate in lessons, for example as an umpire. If pupils do not have the correct PE kit, they will be required to borrow a PE kit in order to take part in planned activities.
The Priestthorpe Primary School uniform consists of:
- Royal blue round neck school sweatshirt
- Emerald polo shirt
- Grey trousers / skirt / pinafore dress
- Grey socks (boys), white socks (girls) / grey tights in winter
- Black flat heeled school shoes (no trainers or leisure shoes)
The Priestthorpe Primary School PE kit consists of:
- White T-shirt
- Navy or black shorts
- Trainers or pumps
There is also an optional Summer uniform consisting of:
- Emerald school polo shirt
- Green and white or blue and white striped or checked school dress
- Blue cardigan
Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Items of school uniform displaying the school logo can be purchased online from Marks & Spencer or School Trends, or from Henry Smiths in Shipley and Andrew Firth’s in Keighley.
School Uniform Assistance
Priestthorpe Primary School supports vulnerable families in meeting the cost of school uniform.
It is the policy of the school governors to provide all Pupil Premium children (those who are claiming, or have claimed free school meals within the last 6 years, children who are looked after, and children who have been adopted from care) a pack of the uniform items with the school logo on in the Summer Term ready for the new school year.
This pack will consist of:
2 x emerald green polo shirts
2 x royal blue sweatshirts
1 x white PE T-shirt
1 x book bag or 1 x PE shorts (parent’s choice)
The school will issue a letter to all eligible parents in June each year, along with a form to complete and return stating required sizes, in order that the school can place an order with our suppliers by 30 June.
The uniform will then be supplied to parents by the end of the Summer Term.
In order to obtain this assistance, parents can apply for free school meals at: www.bradford.gov.uk/schoolmeals or by phoning the contact centre on 01274 432772.
Families are eligible if they are in receipt of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.
- The ‘Guaranteed’ element of State Pension Credit.
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit
The school office is happy to provide assistance for parents in completing the application process.
Monitoring and review
The governing body monitors and reviews the school uniform policy through its committee work by:
- seeking the views of parents, to ensure that 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 the way the school uniform policy is implemented.