School Uniform Policy

Revision History

Version Date Comments Review Date
4 Autumn 2017 Amended, approved and issued Autumn 2019
3 Autumn 2015 Amended, approved and issued Autumn 2017
2 Autumn 2013 Approved, signed & issued Autumn 2015
1 Autumn 2013 First draft

It is our policy that children should wear uniform when attending St John’s C.E. (A) Primary School.  The Governing Board agrees with the DfE which states that ‘school uniform plays a valuable part in contributing to the ethos of the school and setting the appropriate tone’.

The DfE also states that uniform:

  • Encourages identity and support for the school ethos.
  • Ensures that pupils from all races and backgrounds feel welcome.
  • Nurtures cohesion and prompts good relations between pupils.
  • We are extremely proud of our very smart school uniform which children are happy and confident to wear and keen to maintain our high standards.
  1. Policy Rationale

The Governing Board consider personal appearance to be very important to help create the purposeful learning atmosphere we have at St John’s and the sense of pride and belonging to a family that is central to our ethos.  The school welcomes children from all backgrounds and faiths.  It is the responsibility of all parents/carers to ensure that their child arrives at school in accordance to the School Uniform Policy.  Should an item of clothing prove problematic for a pupil with disabilities, then parents/carers are invited to draw this to the attention of the Headteacher.

The Governing Board supports the Headteacher in implementing the school uniform policy.  It considers representations from parents/carers regarding this policy and takes into account equal opportunities. The governors ensure that the school uniform policy helps children dress sensibly and safely in clothing that is hardwearing, good value, safe and practical.

  1. Parent/Carers

We expect parent/carers to send their children to our school to support our uniform policy. We believe that parent/carers have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for daily school work.  Parents/Carers should ensure their child has the correct school uniform, appropriate for the weather conditions and it is clean, named and in good repair.

The full and correct school uniform is as follows:

  • Red sweatshirt/cardigan with/without the school logo on
  • White polo shirt or cotton shirt with collar
  • Black/dark grey skirt/trousers (grey shorts may be worn in the summer)
  • Black/ grey pinafore dress
  • Black/ grey/white/red socks or tights
  • Black sensible school shoes
  • Waterproof coat
  • Summer uniform: red check summer dress/short sleeved shirt/grey/black school shorts
  • The children are not allowed to wear trainers, boots, denims, as these items do not comply with our uniform policy.
  • School book bags for reading books/homework/letters are considered part of the uniform for all pupils – no other styles are allowed in classrooms or in the KS2 desk tray.


  1. PE kit
  • Black pumps
  • Black shorts
  • White t- shirt
  • Black/blue tracksuit for outdoor games lessons (optional)
  • Red school fleece with logo (optional)
  • Footwear:

Indoor PE – only black pumps can be worn in the hall

Outdoor PE – Y4 and above trainers for outdoor lessons/ball cage activities

  1. Jewellery – Children need to be free of jewellery (including necklaces/chains and earrings).

For health and safety reasons we do not allow any jewellery for PE and swimming and ask that children do not wear it for school.  No bracelets or wrist bands are allowed.  Children may wear a watch however the school does not accept responsibility for any valuables bought to school and advises that any possessions should be left at home.  If your child does wear earrings they must be stud only and children must be able to remove them themselves in order to take part in PE lessons.  All children legally have to take part in PE lessons.  We encourage children to leave jewellery at home on PE day, therefore if your child is unable to remove their earrings by themselves you will be expected to come to school to do it for them in time for PE lesson.

  1. Make up/Nails

Children must not wear makeup or have their nails painted.

  1. Footwear

It is dangerous for children to wear shoes with heels or platforms so we do not allow these in school.  Neither do we allow children to wear any kind of boots or trainers.  Trainers are appropriate footwear for sport and 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.  In winter it is good practice to walk to school in boots or wellingtons and change into school shoes on arrival and time is given for children to do this.

  1. Hair Colour / Styles

Whilst hair styles are a matter for personal taste, certain hairstyles of a more extreme nature can be a distraction to the pupil involved and other children in the school.  So, the school does not permit children to have a haircut that could serve as a distraction to themselves or other children.  All children, both girls and boys, must tie their hair back for all lessons when it is long enough.  If your child attends school with their hair loose they will be given an elastic band to tie hair up with.

  • Pupils should not wear extreme hair fashions including dyed or streaked hair, gelled hair, closely cropped/shaved head, patterned styles with words/lines, pictures or logos shaved in or styles such as Mohicans, spikes etc.
  • Small black or red hair accessories are permitted, no large flowers or Jo-Jo style bows. Simple headbands in school colours are welcome.
  • The use of visible strong smelling hair products is not allowed. This also helps with health and safety in P.E. because some of the styling products can come off onto the PE mats, causing them to have a slippery surface which is obviously dangerous.
  • Make up and nail varnish are also not allowed.
  • Natural hair only, we want children to stand out for learning reasons only. If you are unsure whether a hairstyle is appropriate for school, please ask the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher before having it done.

Our school uniform can be purchased from Smart School Uniform at the following address:

Smart School Uniform
Harvey House,
Hassell St,
(telephone 0800681782)

School waterproof coats are also available.  Alternatively, our simple uniform can be purchased at many supermarkets and other clothing outlets without the school logo on them.

Please ensure your child’s entire uniform is clearly labelled.

School Uniform Policy – Version 4 – Autumn 2017