In Christ the King we believe “rights” are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights and these rights are listed in the UN convention on the rights of the child. We have considered these rights in terms of what is best and age appropriate, for the children in our school and in terms of what is critical to life and protection from harm.
This policy reflects and supports our commitment to being a “rights respecting” school.
Article 28 – Right to a good education.
The school believes that the appearance of the members of its community is important. Young people come to school not merely for academic input but also to absorb an ethos and culture which is reflected in the code of conduct, general behaviour and expectations. This uniform policy has been adopted following consultation with students. parents, staff and governors.
There are many benefits to having a Uniform Policy:
– Wearing a school uniform goes a long way towards eradicating social and economic differences between students.
– The school is community to which all students belong and with which all students are identified and wearing a uniform contributes to the development of Christ the King ethos.
– Certain items of clothing pose health and safety risks, most particularly in practical lessons such as PE, but also generally around the school. A clear uniform policy takes account of such issues and ensures that pupils are not put at risk unnecessarily by wearing inappropriate dress.
Expectations on dress codes are widespread in today’s society with many employers adopting uniform approach to dress in the workplace. Wearing a uniform helps to prepare students for these future expectations.
By having a smart appearance within school, it is one factor among many which assists in instilling an awareness of, and appreciations for, maintaining high standards generally.
Aims & Objectives:
Our policy is based on the notion 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),
- Makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance,
- Is regarded as suitable and good value for money by most parents,
- Has been designed with health and safety in mind.
On health and safety grounds, we not do now allow children to wear jewellery in our school. The exception to this rule is a watch.
Ear-rings of any description are not allowed:
If you wish your child to have pierced ears it would, therefore, be advisable for ear piercings to be done at the beginning of the 6 week holidays.
The school does not permit children to have haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children. All children, girls and boys, are requested to tie hair up where it is long enough to do so.
The school wants all children to grow into healthy adults. We believe that it is dangerous for children to wear shoes with platform soles or high heels in school, so we do not allow this. Neither do we allow children to wear trainers to school; these are appropriate for sport or as leisurewear, but are not in keeping with the smart appearance of a school uniform. School shoes must be dark in colour with no flashes or coloured sections.
The role of parents:
We ask all parents who send their children to our school for their support of the school uniform policy. We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily schoolwork. Parents should ensure that their children has the correct uniform, and that it is clean and in good repair. If any parent would like the school to modify the uniform policy, they should make representation, in the first instance, to the head teacher. The school welcomes children from all backgrounds, should an item of school uniform prove problematic for a pupil with disabilities then parents are invited to draw this to the attention of the head teacher.
The role of governors:
The governing body supports the head teacher in implementing the school uniform policy. It considers all representations from parents regarding this policy, and takes into account national regulations concerning equal opportunities. In doing so we ensure our school uniform policy is consistent with policy on equal opportunities. Governors ensure that the school uniform policy helps children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is hardwearing, safe and practical.
- Uniform requirements are clearly described in all information to prospective parents, at induction and open evenings and in the school prospectus. Parents are reminded of the expected standards through the head teacher’s newsletters to parents. Students are reminded verbally by teachers at regular intervals.
- The Senior Leadership team monitor the appearance of children on an on-going basis.
- Teachers monitor classes within lessons, dealing with minor infringements immediately and referring more serious or repeated infringements to the Deputy.
- The support and co-operation of parents is sought.
- All teaching staff shares the responsibility for monitoring and maintaining the uniform regulations in and around the school.
- Any parent who is in financial difficulty should contact the head teacher or deputy head to discuss, in confidence, the possibility of school assistance in the purchase of certain uniform items.
- Such support can be offered for school required items such as the jumper, tie, skirts and PE kit.