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Policy on School Uniform

1 Introduction

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.

Uniform List

Boys :–

Grey trousers or grey shorts.

Blue polo shirt with Downlands logo – available from office.

School sweatshirt with Downlands logo – available from office.

Grey or navy socks.

Flat black shoes.  No boots.  No trainers.  No open-toed sandals or jellies.

Girls :–

Grey trousers, skirt, pinafore or culottes.  Light blue gingham dress in summer.   

Blue polo shirt.

School sweatshirt with Downlands logo or school cardigan with Downlands logo – available from office.

Plain navy or grey tights or white socks.

Grey or navy alice bands or plain bobbles may be worn in the hair.  No headscarves, bows etc.     

Flat black shoes.  No boots.  No trainers.  No open-toed sandals or jellies. 


PE kit for both boys and girls:-

Plain navy shorts – available from office.

Light blue  t-shirt with Downlands logo – available from office.

Black plimsolls.  If children from Y3,4,5 & 6 do not have plimsolls they can do indoor PE in bare feet. 

All years require trainers for outside P.E.

They may wear a plain navy tracksuit or a school sweatshirt during cold weather.

For trainers to be worn with school uniform, on a regular basis, a note will be required from a doctor.

2 Aims and objectives

2.1 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.

3 Jewellery

3.1 On health and safety grounds, we do not allow children to wear jewellery in our school. The exceptions to this rule are a single, plain, ear-ring stud in each pierced ear.  We ask the children either to remove these before PE and games, or to cover them with a plaster (supplied from home).  

A watch may be worn if the child can tell the time.

4 Hair

4.1 The school does not permit children to have haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children.  (For example – mohicans and coloured hair.)

Long hair should be tied up, this is particularly important during PE.

5 Footwear

5.1 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. We require 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. Parents should ensure that their child has the correct uniform, 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 headteacher. The school welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities. If there are serious reasons, e.g. religious objections, why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the school will look sympathetically at such requests. 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.  Decisions on this will be at the headteacher’s discretion.

7 The role of governors

7.1 The governing body supports the headteacher 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 with sensitivity.

7.2 It is the governors’ responsibility to ensure that the school uniform meets all national regulations concerning equal opportunities, and that our 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:

  • consider with the headteacher any requests from parents for individual children to have special dispensations;
  • require the headteacher to report to the governors on the way in which the policy is being implemented.

8.2 This policy will be reviewed by the governing body every two years, or earlier if considered necessary.

February 2016

The following items of uniform are available to buy at the school office.


Light Blue Polo Shirt Sizes 24” – 32” £7.00 – £9.00
School Sweatshirt All Sizes £10.50 – £14.50
School Cardigan All Sizes £12.00 – £15.00
Light Blue PS T-Shirt All Sizes £4.50 – £5.50
Dark Blue PE Shorts  Sizes 18”/20” – 26”/28” £4.00
PE Bag £3.50
Book Bag £4.50



Downlands Community School