Government policy on school uniform states that it is for the governing body of a school to decide whether there should be a school uniform policy and if so what that should be. This flows from the duties placed upon all local governing boards by statute to ensure that school policies promote good behaviour and discipline amongst the pupil body. It is also for the local governing board to decide how the uniform should be sourced.
The Government strongly encourages schools to have a uniform as it can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone.
In setting our uniform policy the governing body:
The importance of cost consideration
We have ensured that our policy does not discourage parents from applying for a place for their child at Christ Church CE Primary School. We have adopted DfE guidance that states, "No school uniform should be so expensive as to leave pupils or their families feeling unable to apply to, or attend, a school of their choice, due to the cost of the uniform."
In determining our uniform supplier, we have given high priority to cost considerations. We can demonstrate how best value has been achieved and we will keep the cost of supplying the uniform under annual review.
We always endeavour to make sure that the school uniform is easily available for parents to purchase and we make sure that items can be purchased cheaply when ordering directly from the school. We are keeping compulsory branded items to a minimum and we always avoid specifying expensive items of uniform eg expensive outdoor coats.
Individual schools may also wish to consider running their own schemes to provide assistance, particularly for supporting new intakes of children entering the school or in the event of substantial changes to the existing uniform. Schools should avoid frequent changes to uniform specifications.
Human Rights, Equality and Discrimination considerations
Some religions and beliefs require their adherents to conform to a particular dress code, or to otherwise outwardly manifest their belief. This could include wearing or carrying specific religious artefacts, not cutting their hair, dressing modestly, or covering their head. Pupils have the right to manifest a religion or belief, but not necessarily at all times, places or in a particular manner.
The school must balance the rights of individual pupils against the best interests of the school community as a whole. Nevertheless, it should be possible for most religious requirements to be met within our school uniform policy and our local governing board will act reasonably through consultation and dialogue in accommodating these.
In formulating our school uniform policy, we have given due consideration to our obligations not to discriminate unlawfully.
Complaints and challenges to school uniform policy
Disputes about school uniforms should be resolved locally and should be pursued in accordance with the school’s complaints policy. We have a complaints procedure in place to deal with issues such as a complaint about school uniform. Our current uniform supplier is Goodies. We have established an agreed procedure to deal with parental complaints about the supply and quality of uniform.
Governors are willing to consider reasonable requests for flexibility in the uniform policy for an individual pupil to accommodate particular social and cultural circumstances.
All uniform items can be ordered via School Money.
It is preferred but not compulsory that school uniform should be worn. The school colours are royal blue and grey. Uniform consists of:
For boys: grey trousers or shorts; sky blue polo shirt; blue round-necked sweatshirt with logo.
For girls: grey skirt, pinafore or trousers ( not leggings); sky blue polo shirt; blue round-necked sweatshirt with logo.
In summer girls may wear blue gingham dresses ( all-in-one playsuits are not permitted).
Sweatshirts, polo shirts and fleeces, embroidered with the school logo are available from the school office and parents are able to order new items when required.
For P.E: ideally navy striped shorts, sky blue T- shirt ( however any plain t-shirt and shorts will suffice) and black pumps. A PE kit and tracksuit with a school logo is also available to purchase from the school office.
All items of clothing must be clearly marked.