Uniform

It is the academy’s policy that all pupils should wear clothing that is in keeping with a purposeful learning ethos.  Our policy for pupil’s school uniform is based on the belief that a uniform can promote a sense of pride in the academy and engender a feeling of real community and belonging. We firmly believe that our uniform is a vital part of academy life as it takes away the danger of a daily ‘fashion show’ that can be divisive between children – both girls and boys!  At Primrose Hill Church of England Primary Academy we teach pupils that all are equal, and wearing a shared uniform is an expression of our maxim. There are, in addition a number of safety and security based reasons why it makes sense for pupils to wear an easily identifiable and discernible uniform – before and after school and on school trips.

Our approach to determining the academy’s policy on uniform has tried, as far as possible to balance the following demands:

  • Smartness, distinctiveness, but practicality.
  • Value for money and avoiding unnecessary expense
  • Ease of acquisition of items.

 

                                            

 

 

The following information provides guidance with regard to the academy’s expectations of all pupils. 

Girls

  • Grey skirt or pinafore dress
  • Grey ‘tailored’ trousers or grey ‘tailored’ shorts; three-quarter length trousers may not be worn
  • Culottes 
  • Bottle green sweatshirt or cardigan.
  • White shirt or polo shirt.
  • Either grey or white socks or grey, green or black tights.

Please note: in the summer months, a yellow and white or green and white gingham checked dress may be worn as an alternative. 

Boys

  • Grey ‘tailored’ trousers or shorts.
  • Bottle green sweatshirt.
  • White shirt or polo shirt.
  • Grey, black or white socks.

Footwear 

Black, ‘sensible’ shoes with low heels should be worn. Trainers should not be worn. In the summer months, girls may wear white, black or brown sandals, but pattern and decoration must be kept to a minimum. Similarly, boys may wear black or brown ‘formal’ sandals with socks, but beach shoes are not permissible. 

In cold or wet weather boot may be worn on the way to and from the academy but must be removed on entry into the building.  It is an expectation that shoes will be worn in class. Similarly, training shoes or wellington boots may be worn to and from school in wet or muddy conditions; but again must be changed on arrival at school. In either case pupils will need to place outdoor footwear in a carrier bag when they arrive at school for storage.

Sweatshirts / Cardigans

Sweatshirts or cardigans that bear the school motif are available from the several retailers. In addition they can be purchased from an online supplier. Many parents purchase these for their children but they are not compulsory.

Jewellery

Pupils with pierced ears may have small, discrete stud earrings only with one earring only per ear. Earrings must be taken out for all forms of PE (children will therefore need to have a container to store earrings). Where ears have been recently pierced then studs can be kept in but must be covered by Micropore (or similar) tape. Children must bring their own tape for this purpose. After a maximum of six weeks from the ear piercing children must remove earrings for PE. Children must be able to take out and replace their own earrings.

Watches are permitted but must be removed for PE lessons. No other jewellery is allowed.

Hair

Whilst it is impossible to give a definitive guide, ‘extreme’ hairstyles or very bright hair colourings are not allowed. Pupils must not have coloured or gelled hair. They must not wear hair extensions.

If a pupil’s hair is long enough to flap into their face over eyes or mouth, then it must be tied or held back with a hair band or appropriate clip; simple ‘Alice bands’ and ‘scrunchies’ are also acceptable.  As a general guide, if the pupil’s hair is long enough to be tied then it should be tied.

Physical Education

Pupil’s PE kit should be in school on a daily basis. 

Requirement for PE kit:

  • Plain white T shirt (must be a different Tshirt from the one a pupil wears as part of their regular uniform)
  • Dark blue or black shorts
  • White socks (for key stage 2 pupils)
  • Optional for Juniors only - Dark blue or black track suit for use outdoors in cold weather. Infant PE lessons take place in the school hall in cold conditions, so a track suit is not necessary.

Footwear 

Plimsolls or suitable training shoes (with socks) for use outdoors should be worn. We recommend that plimsolls are used in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupils, and that trainers or plimsolls are used for Key Stage 2 pupils. For activities in the hall, children will be asked to remove all foot wear, including socks and tights

Swimming 

Girls must wear a one piece swimming costume. Boys must wear trunks or ‘short’ swimming shorts. Baggy shorts or Bermuda style shorts are not allowed. Pupils with long hair (see definition above) must wear a swimming hat or have their hair tied back.

Storage of PE kits 

These should be stored in an appropriate bag (such as a drawstring bag) that can be hung up in the cloakroom areas. Each item should be named.

Accessories

Hats or caps to protect children from the effect of the sun are encouraged in the summer. In addition, we recommend that parents ensure that sunscreen is applied before school. Baseball caps with the school logo are available from the online uniform supplier. In especially cold conditions hats, gloves/mittens and scarves may be appropriate.

If pupils wear a belts, they should be dark in colour.

Nail varnish, false nails or other nail ornamentation, make up or teeth ornaments are not allowed.

Coats and jackets

Waterproof coats or appropriate jackets should be worn by pupils on the way to and from school in cool or wet weather as well as at school break-times. Reversible jackets with the school logo are available from our own uniform supplier if parents wish to purchase these. Wherever possible, we try to encourage pupils to spend time outdoors during playtimes, including during particularly cold conditions or light rain. A coat or appropriate jacket is therefore vital. Coats with reflective strips might be considered by parents, since they make the children more distinctive in either dark or inclement conditions. Some parents prefer to purchase light coloured coats as these are more visible on the way to and from school; others prefer darker colours as of course, they don’t show the dirt so easily!

Naming items of clothing

All clothing must be clearly named to minimise the risk of losing items. This is the parent’s responsibility.  Please see a link to a website which generates funds for the academy www.stamptastic.co.uk

Uniform suppliers 

Sweatshirts, cardigans and polo shirts with the school logo are available from tesco.com.  Uniform without the school logo can be obtained from any supplier.

Sweatshirts and cardigans with the logo are especially popular, though other items may also be available. However, parents are reminded that items with logos are not compulsory.

If parents wish to purchase items online then they should go to www.tesco.com.

Non-compliance with policy

‘One off’, unavoidable situations: Where pupils have to come to school without a part of their school uniform (child’s shoes have broken the previous day and he/she has to wear trainers for a day so that replacement can be purchased, for example) then we ask parents to contact us on the day to confirm the reason.

Persistent non-compliance: The Principal may contact the parent directly to discuss the matter. Continued non observance of the policy will result in formal contact by letter.