Dear Parents and Carers

We hope this finds you well. As we look forward to September, it is important that we get back to good routines and keep our students looking smart. To prepare for a smart start to September, we are sending out our uniform policy that contains two amendments:

  1. Socks for boys and girls are to be navy or black
  2. Ankle boots have been removed from the appropriate footwear section

In addition, we have included some additional guidance on appropriate footwear in school. A reminder about the policy on skirts and trousers is below, along with information on black jumpers for Year 11 students.

Black jumpers for year 11 students

These can be ordered from the school shop and we are happy to accept the ‘collect from school’ option. To support any time delays on this, students will have up until and including Friday 11th September to collect the black jumpers from school. From Monday 14th September all year 11 students will be expected to be in black jumpers unless there is an exceptional circumstance that prevents this from happening. Please do let us know if there is a problem in September.

Skirts

Our policy on skirts remains unchanged. They are to be knee-length, tailored, straight or pleated, with a vent (a parting in the material that folds over itself). Stretchy material or skirts with slits are not school uniform. To avoid slits and stretchy material the requirement is that skirts are to be bought from the school shop. This is school policy.

We want to be sensible and helpful. We are aware of cost and that for some girls the fit of the skirt from the school shop may not be quite right. For this reason, we are not going to insist on the rule for its own sake. If a student turns up in a knee-length skirt that is not made of stretchy material and doesn’t have a slit, it will be fine. We will not be checking labels for the sake of an argument.

If someone turns up in a short skirt that is tight or has a slit, it clearly won’t be from the shop and we will insist that this is rectified. In most cases we will provide a skirt, send an invoice and insist it is worn.

Trousers

The fashion for boys has shifted from baggy around the knees to skin-tight and bunched at the ankles. It isn’t fair on the girls if they are asked to adhere to a traditional school uniform but the boys can customise things according to fashion. We are going to insist that they buy trousers that are tailored and not gathered at the ankle. If there is any doubt that they are appropriate, they probably aren’t. Chinos and jeans are not school trousers. Nothing with a pocket on the outside qualifies.

We understand it has been a challenging time over the last few months to access clothing items from shops. As things start to change, we anticipate that this will ease but please do let us know at the start of term if you have had specific issues. Please also let us know if money is an issue and we will happily help out. There are times when most families find this sort of expense just one bit too much, especially where more than one child is concerned.  The school does not take one penny out of the uniform budget for anything else. We work hard to keep costs down. This is simply about making the uniform so that students look ready for study and nobody can be singled-out or form groups to be seen as more ’cool’ than their peers.

We look forward to welcoming all students back to school in September.

Best regards

Ms Lee and Mr Keeling

Assistant Headteachers