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OUR UNIFORMS

Here are the guidelines and standards for our school uniform, keeping our students looking intelligent and to take pride in their appearance.

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Student Dress Code

Bottoms  Kindergarten – 8th Grade

All grade levels are required to wear khaki colored bottoms. Casual dress pants, skirts, long shorts, skorts, and jumpers are all acceptable. A solid color black or brown belt is required for grades 2nd through 8th. Shorts are permitted during warm weather, however, they must be a modest length.

 

Tops  Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Elementary students must wear a solid navy blue collared shirt. These shirts are not permitted to have decoration or trimming of any kind. Students are allowed to wear a white or navy long sleeve shirt under their short sleeved shirt if they’d like. Hoodies are not allowed but you can purchase a white or navy non-hooded or crew-neck sweater to be worn during the colder months.

 

Tops  6th – 8th Grade

Middle school uniforms require a solid white collared shirt. The uniform shirts must contain no colored trim or decoration of any kind. A long-sleeved shirt under the short sleeved white uniform shirt may be worn during inclement weather only however, the shirt must be solid white or navy blue. Non-hooded sweaters or crew-neck sweatshirts in solid white or navy blue can be worn when the classroom is cool or the weather is cold. 

 

Footwear  Kindergarten – 8th Grade

All students are required to wear a low-cut black gym shoe. For safety reasons, no slides, sandals, thongs, heels, open-toed or open heeled shoe may be worn at school. During inclement weather, if boots are worn to school, the student must bring a pair of uniform (gym) shoes to change into.  All students must wear socks and girls may also wear navy or white tights and knee-highs socks.

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Why we have School Uniforms

Do uniforms create a good school ethos?

Having students all wear the same uniform or a uniform color may develop a ‘team’ feel reminding everyone from a particular school that they’re all part of the same community and are one big team.  However, some might argue that taken too far this school ethos can be a bad thing.  It’s fine whilst students are on their own school grounds but once they’re beyond the school gates and encountering students from other schools it’s possible that school uniforms reinforce the “us and them” feelings between students from different schools, and students and could contribute to inter-school bullying.

Do uniforms improve results?

When kids put on their school uniform, does it put them in the learning mindset?  (We’ve all seen the lack of focus that arises on non-uniform days!)  I’m not aware of any compelling research which shows a link between uniforms and results but perhaps someone can enlighten me?

Do school uniforms narrow the gap?

Expecting everyone to wear the same clothes could act as a social leveler with students wearing the same uniform no matter what their family background or income.  Although some school uniforms are highly prescriptive and very expensive, many school uniforms are very good value for money.  And because students wear the same clothes every day a uniform easily hides the fact that some students’ families cannot afford to spend hundreds of pounds on a huge wardrobe of clothes.  Arguably, if students could choose their own clothes better off students could show off their designer labels etc.  There are probably other ways around this issue though – would banning clothes with designer motifs work?

Are uniforms practical?

Theoretically a school uniform should be practical in design and ensure that students are well clothed for their different lessons and there are no health and safety risks during lessons such as D&T but in reality school uniforms are often quite impractical.  Collars, ties and blazers expected by many schools are uncomfortable – and ties can even prove unsafe.  I’m sure we’ve all heard of at least one teacher who knew a teacher who taught a pupil who set their tie on fire in chemistry or got it caught in a lathe in D&T.  Not much chance of that happening is students choose their own clothes!  School uniforms are not necessarily well designed at all and may leave children too hot in summer, too cold in winter and generally less comfortable than if they wore their own clothes to school.

Do uniforms help prepare students for future careers?

Many professions require adults to wear a uniform, or a suit (which is really just a grown up uniform/dress code isn’t it!) so wearing a uniform to school could be seen as a good preparation for the working world.  Like adults who wear a uniform, students can ditch their uniform as soon as they are ‘off duty’.


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