Uniform Policy

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Contents

1.   Aims

 

This policy aims to:

  • Set out our approach to requiring a uniform that is of reasonable cost and offers the best value for money for parents and carers
  • Explain how we will avoid discrimination in line with our legal duties under the Equality Act 2010
  • Clarify our expectations for school uniform

 

2.   Our school’s legal duties under the Equality Act 2010

 

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination against an individual based on the protected characteristics, which include age, sex, disability, race, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment.

To avoid discrimination, our school will:

  • Avoid listing uniform items based on sex, to give all pupils the opportunity to wear the uniform they feel most comfortable in or that most reflects their self-identified gender
  • Make sure that our uniform costs the same for all pupils
  • Allow all pupils to have long hair (though we reserve the right to ask for this to be tied back)
  • Allow all pupils to style their hair in a way that is appropriate for school and makes them feel most comfortable
  • Allow pupils to request changes to swimwear for religious reasons or if they are experiencing discomfort related to their sex, gender or gender reassignment
  • Allow pupils to wear headscarves and/or other religious garments
  • Allow pupils with sensory or physical needs to make reasonable adaptations to their uniform depending on their specific needs
  • Allow for reasonable adaptations to our policy on the grounds of equality by asking pupils or their parents to get in touch with a member of the pastoral team (contact@kingsmead-school.com) who can answer questions about the policy and respond to any requests. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis

 

3.   Limiting the cost of school uniform

Our school has a duty to make sure that the uniform we require is affordable, in line with statutory guidance from the Department for Education on the cost of school uniform.

We understand that items with distinctive characteristics (such as branded items, or items that have to have a school logo or a unique fabric/colour/design) cannot be purchased from a wide range of retailers and that requiring many such items limits parents’ ability to ‘shop around’ for a low price.

We will make sure our uniform:

  • Is available at a reasonable cost
  • Provides the best value for money for parents/carers

We will do this by:

  • Carefully considering whether any items with distinctive characteristics are necessary
  • Limiting any items with distinctive characteristics where possible: for example, by only asking that the jumper, features the school logo worn over a specific year group tie and generic blue shirt
  • Limiting items with distinctive characteristics to low-cost and/or long-lasting items, such as ties – the tie will last the five years at Kingsmead but is specific to each year group
  • Avoiding specific requirements for items pupils could wear on non-school days, such as coats, bags and shoes
  • Keeping the number of optional branded items to a minimum, so that the school’s uniform can act as a social leveller
  • Avoiding different uniform requirements for extra-curricular activities
  • Considering alternative methods for signaling differences in groups for interschool competitions, such as creating posters or labels
  • Making sure that arrangements are in place for parents to acquire second-hand uniform items.
  • Avoiding frequent changes to uniform specifications and minimising the financial impact on parents of any changes
  • Consulting with parents and pupils on any proposed significant changes to the uniform policy and carefully considering any complaints about the policy

 

4. Expectations for school uniform

4.1 Our school’s uniform

  • Plain black v neck jumper with KINGSMEAD logo
  • Plain blue shirt
  • School tie (according to year group)
    • Year 7 – Light Blue (2023 cohort)
    • Year 8 – Green (2022 cohort)
    • Year 9 – Purple (2021 cohort)
    • Year 10 – Red (2020 cohort)
    • Year 11 – Yellow (2019 cohort)
  • Dark grey, drop waisted, box pleat skirt – the skirt must reach the knee.
  • Plain dark grey tailored trousers or shorts
  • Shoes must be plain black, have no more than a half inch heel and be of a polishable material.
  • Black or white socks/ tights of at least 30 denier.

 

Jewellery, Make-up and Hairstyles:

 

  • Jewellery is not permitted, except for one small stud earring in each lower ear lobe.
  • No facial piercings of any kind.
  • No extreme hair styles of any kind
  • Hair must be of a natural colour
  • No false eye lashes, nail varnish or false nails are permitted
  • If make-up is to be worn, it must be discrete and natural in appearance.

 

PE/Games Kit

  • Black shorts, no stripes/logo
  • Black/red PE skorts
  • Black/red rugby shirt
  • Red/black polo shirt
  • Black/red socks
  • Trainers with non-marking soles
  • Football boots
  • Shin guards (for football and hockey)
  • Gum shields (optional but recommended)
  • Black/red hoody with Kingsmead logo (optional)
  • Plain black jogging bottoms/ leggings, no stripes/logo (optional)
  • Hair tie for long hair
  • No Jewellery

 

 

4.2 Where to purchase it

  • All uniform and PE kits are available from swschoolwear.co.uk
  • Information about second-hand uniform, for example:
    • The parent teacher association (PTA) will arrange a second-hand uniform sale during the school year

 

5. Expectations for our school community

5.1 Pupils

Pupils are expected to wear the correct uniform at all times (other than specified non-school uniform days) while:

  • On the school premises
  • Travelling to and from school
  • At out-of-school events or on trips that are organised by the school, or where they are representing the school (if required)

Pupils are also expected to contact a member of the pastoral team (Head of school/year) if they want to request an amendment to the uniform policy in relation to their protected characteristics.

5.2 Parents and carers

Parents and carers are expected to make sure their child has the correct uniform and PE kit, and that every item is:

  • Clean
  • Clearly labelled with the child’s name
  • In good condition

Parents are also expected to contact a member of the pastoral team (contact@kingsmead-school.com) if they want to request an amendment to the uniform policy in relation to:

  • Their child’s protected characteristics
  • The cost of the uniform

Parents are expected to lodge any complaints or objections relating to the school uniform in a timely and reasonable manner.

Disputes about the cost of the school uniform will be:

  • Resolved locally.
  • Dealt with in accordance with our school’s complaints policy.

The school will work closely with parents to arrive at a mutually acceptable outcome.

5.3 Staff

Staff will closely monitor pupils to make sure they are in correct uniform. They will give any pupils and families breaching the uniform policy the opportunity to comply but will follow up with the headteacher if the situation doesn’t improve.

Ongoing breaches of our uniform policy will be dealt with by following the school’s behaviour policy, using Class charts and sanctions where needed.

In cases where it is suspected that financial hardship has resulted in a pupil not complying with this uniform policy, staff will take a mindful and considerate approach to resolving the situation.

5.4 Governors

The governing board will review this policy and make sure that it:

  • Is appropriate for our school’s context
  • Is implemented fairly across the school
  • Takes into account the views of parents and pupils
  • Offers a uniform that is appropriate, practical and safe for all pupils

The board will also make sure that the school’s uniform supplier arrangements give the highest priority to cost and value for money, for example by avoiding single supplier contracts and by re-tendering contracts at least every 5 years.

 

6. Monitoring arrangements

 

This policy will be reviewed annually] by Deputy Headteacher – Culture and Ethos].

At every review, it will be approved by the full governing board.

 

7. Links to other policies

This policy is linked to our:

  • Behaviour policy
  • Equality information and objectives statement
  • Anti-bullying policy
  • Complaints policy

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 1

Kingsmead students are expected to always look tidy, be clean and always wear their school uniform with pride. The school reserves the right to make decisions about uniform and how it is worn, especially when issues of health and safety are concerned.

 

All students expected to wear the new uniform from September 2023.

All uniform and PE kits are available from www.swschoolwear.co.uk

 

  • Plain black v neck jumper with KINGSMEAD logo
  • Plain blue shirt
  • School tie (according to year group)
    • Year 7 – Light Blue (2023 cohort)
    • Year 8 – Green (2022 cohort)
    • Year 9 – Purple (2021 cohort)
    • Year 10 – Red (2020 cohort)
    • Year 11 – Yellow (2019 cohort)
  • Dark grey, drop waisted, box pleat skirt –  the skirt must reach the knee.
  • Plain dark grey tailored trousers or shorts
  • Shoes must be plain black, have no more than a half inch heel and be of a polishable material.
  • Black or white socks/ tights of at least 30 denier.

 

Jewellery, Make-up and Hairstyles:

 

  • Jewellery is not permitted, except for one small stud earring in each lower ear lobe.
  • No facial piercings of any kind.
  • No extreme hair styles of any kind
  • Hair must be of a natural colour
  • No false eye lashes, nail varnish or false nails are permitted
  • If make-up is to be worn, it must be discrete and natural in appearance.

 

PE/Games Kit:

 

  • Black shorts, no stripes/logo
  • Black/red PE skorts
  • Black/red rugby shirt
  • Red/black polo shirt
  • Black/red socks
  • Trainers with non-marking soles
  • Football boots
  • Shin guards (for football and hockey)
  • Gum shields (optional but recommended)
  • Black/red hoody with Kingsmead logo (optional)
  • Plain black jogging bottoms/ leggings, no stripes/logo (optional)
  • Hair tie for long hair

 

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