St Marys Crewe Uniform
Welcome to the on-line uniform shop for St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.
At St. Mary’s we consider that uniform is important for several reasons.
- It provides pupils with a sense of identity and pride in our school.
- It enhances the appearance of our pupils and therefore the reputation of the school.
- It helps to instill in our pupils a sense of purpose when they put on their uniform in the mornings.
- It overcomes the problem for both parents and teachers of what is or is not suitable for school.
- It supports positive behaviour and discipline
- It engenders a feeling of community and belonging
- It is practical and smart
- It encourages identity with and underpins the ethos of the school
- It is not distracting in class
- It makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance
- It is regarded as suitable, and good value for money by parents
- It has been designed with health and safety in mind.
At the same time we are anxious that the uniform should not cost you much more than the clothing you would normally buy for your children.
The school uniform at St Mary’s as agreed with parents and carers is listed on the School Uniform page found by clicking in the menu to the left and is also found in the school prospectus. The school asks for your full support and co-operation in this matter.
All items of clothing including P.E. Kit should be marked with the pupil’s name.
Money or other valuables should never be left in bags or coats. Staff will advise pupils on the safe handling of money and will have a class routine to support the children in managing their own belongings. All monies received in school should be in a clearly marked envelope bearing your child’s name, class and the purpose. (e.g Lunch money for week beginning…)
In general terms, jewellery is not allowed at any time except for a wrist watch. We are always conscious of health and safety risks both to the owner and others in the wearing of jewellery The only other exception is where a child already has pierced ears, then one pair only of small plain studs in the ear lobe are acceptable but not encouraged. The school will not be held responsible for any injury or loss caused as a result of wearing them. Staff may ask that plasters are provided to cover pierced ears during PE.
If Parents / Carers are unwilling to support this advice, a letter or disclaimer must be completed and given to the Head Teacher.
In our programme of Personal and Social Education we ask pupils’ to consider their appearance and the impression it makes on others. This is particularly important when we welcome visitors come into school or when pupils are representing St Mary’s.
It is expected that hair cuts will be conventional and children are presented in a smart way. Hair styles should be practical, clean and safe, and hairstyles representing various cults e.g. punk, mohican, hair shaved in bands, stripes, initials or dyed in unnatural colours are unacceptable.
All pupils are expected to abide by the policy on school uniform and personal appearance. We are confident that our parents, having applied for a place at St Mary’s for their child, will support the policy on uniform and personal appearance.
Parents / Carers are asked to note that neither the Local Authority nor Governors accept liability for loss of or damage to personal property whilst on or left at the school or school site.
School Uniform Policy
1.1 It is our policy that all children should wear school uniform when attending school, or when participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours with the exception of residential visits. We provide a complete list of the items needed for school uniform in our school prospectus.
2 Aims and objectives
2.1 Our policy is based on the notion that a school uniform:
- supports positive behaviour and discipline
- promotes a sense of pride in the school;
- engenders a feeling of community and belonging;
- is practical and smart;
- encourages identity with and underpins the ethos of the school
- is not distracting in class;
- makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance;
- is regarded as suitable, and good value for money by parents;
- has been designed with health and safety in mind.
3.1 On health and safety grounds we do not allow children to wear jewellery in school. The exceptions to this rule are ear-ring studs in pierced ears and wrist watches. We ask the children either to remove these objects during PE and games, or to cover them with a plaster. Parents will be requested to write a letter of disclaimer if they are unwilling to comply with this guidance.
4 Extreme haircuts
4.1 The school does not permit children to have haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children.
5.1 At St Mary’s we want 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 and request that parents consider their child’s health, safety and welfare as priority. 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. We expect all children to wear the types of shoe described in the uniform list.
6 The role of parents
6.1 We ask all parents who send their children to our school to support 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. It is a parental responsibility to ensure that their child wears the correct school uniform each day, and that it is clean and in good repair.
6.2 If any parent would like the school to modify the uniform policy, they should make representation, in the first instance, to the Head teacher. St Mary’s welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities. If there are serious reasons, for example religious objections, why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the school will look sympathetically at such requests and the governors will be required to make a decision. Similarly, 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 Headteacher. The school will not treat pupils with disabilities unfavourably.
7 The Role of Governors
7.1 The governing body supports the Head teacher in implementing the school uniform policy. It considers all representations from parents regarding this policy, and liaises with the headteacher to ensure that the policy is implemented fairly and consistently.
7.2 It is the governors’ responsibility to ensure that the school uniform meets all national regulations concerning equal opportunities, and that the school uniform policy is consistent with our policy on equal opportunities.
7.3 Governors ensure that the school uniform policy helps children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is hardwearing, safe and practical.
8 Monitoring and review
8.1 When monitoring this policy, through its committee work, the governing body will:
- seek the views of parents, to be sure that they agree with the policy, and support it;
- consider with the Head teacher any requests from parents for individual children to have special dispensations;
- require the Head teacher to report to the governors on the way the policy is being implemented.
8.2 This policy will be reviewed regularly by the governing body.