School Uniform Policy
At Thornhill Primary School we pride ourselves in being smart, well presented and ready for learning. It is our school policy that all children wear school uniform when attending school, or when participating in school-organised events such as visits.
Aims and objectives
Our policy on school uniform is based on the belief that we are pleased to wear a uniform that:
- Promotes a sense of pride in our school
- Helps to create a sense of community and belonging towards the school
- Identifies pupils with the school
- Supports the school’s commitment to inclusion
- Prevents pupils from wearing ‘fashion clothes’ that could be distracting in class
- Is practical, smart, and designed with health and safety in mind
- Is considered to be good value for money
We have tried to ensure that our school uniform is affordable and items with a logo are kept to a minimum.
- White or red polo top
- White shirt
- Red clip on tie (optional)
- Red cardigan or sweatshirt
- Black or grey skirt, long shorts (summer months) or trousers.
- Flat shoes (black preferred) or trainers.
None of these items need to have the school logo on them so can be bought from local supermarkets. Some families like to have a cardigan or sweatshirt with a logo on them.
If you wish to purchase uniform with the school logo on, you can do so from the following locations.
Johnny D Schoolwear
33 Howard Street
Tel: 01709 370032
School keeps a supply of water bottles and book bags that can be purchased via ParentPay from the school office.
Children are to arrive to school in their PE Kit. This should include the provided red t-shirt with either black shorts, leggings, joggers or track suit bottoms. Children should wear a pair of pumps or trainers so they can run about safely.
Children can become upset as a result of lost clothing so please help us by putting names in all items of clothing to be worn at school.
For health and safety reasons, we do not allow children to wear jewellery. The exceptions to this rule are ear-ring studs in pierced ears and watches. Children are required to remove these items during P.E. lessons to prevent them from causing injury to themselves or others.
Please note: Teachers are not permitted to remove earrings and they cannot be covered in tape as this does not prevent them from being accidently caught by others and causing injury to the ear lobe.
For health and safety reasons we do not allow children to wear shoes with platform soles or high heels. Similarly, flip flops can easily come off children’s feet when they are playing in the yard so they are not suitable either. Trainers and flat shoes are appropriate. In the summer sandals and plimsolls are also appropriate.
The Role of Parents
We believe that one of the responsibilities of parents is to ensure that their child has the correct uniform and provides their child with a PE kit, and that it is clean, in good repair and that the child’s name is visibly labelled on all items. If a parent has difficulties for any reason with fulfilling this request, they are asked to speak confidentially to a senior member of staff to discuss the issues. Parents should be assured that we will do all we can to help.
The Role of Governors
The Governing Body supports the headteacher in implementing the school uniform policy. It considers all 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 Monitoring and Review opportunities. Governors ensure that the school uniform policy enables children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is hardwearing, safe and practical.
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.