It is our policy that all children should wear clothing that is in keeping with a purposeful learning ethos. We also believe it is important that certain activities are facilitated by specialised and appropriate clothing when attending school, or when participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours.
Our policy for children’s school uniform is based on the belief that a school uniform:
Promotes a sense of pride in the school
Engenders a feeling of community and belonging
is practical and smart
identifies the children with the school
is not distracting in class (as fashion clothes might be)
Promotes equality amongst pupils
is regarded as suitable, and good value for money, by most parents
Has been designed with health and safety in mind.
Black shoes with flat heel. Trainers and boots are not permitted to be worn in school. Wellingtons or warm boots can be worn to travel to school if necessary due to weather, however, pupils should change into school shoes once school starts.
A number of other school branded items are available from supplier; such as fleece jackets, waterproof jackets, caps, etc. These items are optional to purchase, however, they do not form part of the school uniform and pupils will not be allowed to wear them in class.
Pupils are not permitted to wear jewellery in school. The exceptions to this rule are:
A suitable watch
Single ear-ring studs in pierced ears
Small items of jewellery for religious observance
Pupils will be required to either remove these objects during PE and games, or cover them with a plaster, to prevent them from causing injury.
Pupils are not permitted to have ‘extreme’ haircuts, tramlines, colours or any other designs cut into their hair.
Make Up and Cosmetics
Make up and cosmetics are not considered appropriate or consistent with our school uniform. We do not permit such products to be worn by any children, unless there is a specific event for which the Headteacher has given permission.
The Role of Parents
We ask all parents who send their children to William Harding Combined School to support this Policy for School Uniform. We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily schoolwork. One of the responsibilities of parents is to ensure that their child has the correct uniform, and that it is clean and in good repair.
William Harding Combined School welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities. If there are justifiable reasons, for example on religious grounds, why a parent would wish their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the school will look sympathetically at such requests. Any request to modify the school uniform should be made, in the first instance, to the Headteacher.
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 opportunities.
Governors ensure that the school uniform policy helps children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is hard-wearing, safe and practical.