Uniform and Appearance

coronavirus - limited changes to uniform policy

To help children and adults stay safe we have relaxed some elements of uniform policy during the current pandemic. Other aspects of policy have been strengthened.

  • Children must come in clean clothes every day. This reduces the risk of bringing the virus into school and, if washed at the end of the day, reduces the risk of them bringing the virus home to you.
  • All hair that is long enough to be tied up should be so, preferably in plaits but certainly in a pony tail or bunches.
  • Children should wear full uniform on Monday and we would respectfully ask families to send children in uniform if they have clean clothes.
  • Children should wear PE kit if they have no clean uniform and the weather is warm enough.
  • Plain joggers, leggings, shorts or jeans may be worn if school trousers or shorts are dirty. No branded clothes or football kits.
  • Unbranded, plain T shirts, shirts and jumpers may be worn instead of polo shirts and sweatshirts.
  • Children may wear trainers, shoes or sandals that cover their feet. No ballet style pumps or backless sandals as these increase risk of injury when children are playing.
  • No jewellery is even more important and this includes no earrings; staff will not be able to help children with personal care unless absolutely essential.
  • It would be helpful if skirts or dresses are not worn: we want children to be able to play and be as active as possible. There may be PE and active learning and we won't be getting changed.

Why do we expect children to wear school uniform?

Uniform brings a sense of equality, community and belonging. Children get messy in school and a uniform keeps their out of school clothes in good order reducing costs to families. We have thought hard about our dress code which offers a fair bit of choice alongside smart, practical clothes for a busy day.

Children can experience too much pressure over their physical appearance. We are interested in children's ‘inner beauty,’ their good character and personal qualities. We want Kingsmead pupils to be attending to their learning, investigating their world, getting along with each other and playing—not comparing clothes, jewellery or other paraphernalia. This is why we don't include any branded clothes or sports kits with logos or designs other than our school logo in our school uniform.

We hope our children will be proud to wear second-hand uniform too, caring for the environment as well as family budgets. You can recycle and reuse at our local Barnardo's and at uniform Swishing events. A choice of six colours of polo shirt, options for sweatshirts and choices of trouser/skirt colour mean handing down between families and friends is easier.

Please name all items of clothing as the school cannot take responsibility for any lost property. As we play out in rain or shine children should also have warm clothes and sturdy footwear for the outdoors.

Many items of uniform, including all those with school logos, can be ordered direct from our supplier, Stitch Design. Families can avoid delivery costs by ordering well in advance and have their order delivered free to school. From September 2019 parents

All Children Need:

  • Beige or navy sweatshirt or cardigan
  • Polo shirt (red, yellow, blue, green, purple or white)
  • Black, grey or navy trousers or shorts
  • Flat, plain, shoes with good foot support (no backless, flimsy or party shoes, no trainers, ballet style pumps or high heels)

Please note and respect how children should present themselves in school:

HAIR:

  • No gelled or dyed hair, shaved heads, Mohawk hairstyle or shaved patterns.
  • Long hair must be tied back with plain bands or slides (no over-sized or sparkly hair decorations e.g. Jo-Jo bows, cat's ears).

SHOES:

  • Shoes must be flat, plain and supportive.
  • No heels, ballet-style pumps or flimsy shoes, no trainers (other than for outdoor PE), no backless shoes.
  • Please do not send children to school in overly pattered shoes or ones with with flashing lights, toys or wheelie heels.

OTHER THINGS:

  • Jewellery of any kind (including earrings) is not permitted. If piercing our child's ears, please do so at the start of the Summer holiday so they can be removed in time for the start of school in September. Some religious beliefs require the wearing of a simple piece of jewellery which may not be removed; this is respected.
  • Watches and fit-bits may be worn unless they become distracting in class.
  • We take no responsibility for loss or damage to any personal property brought in from home.