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School uniform and agreed PE kit

Please NAME all uniform. We end up throwing away an awful lot of clothes that someone has paid good money for, simply because it is not claimed from Lost Property (the big bin under the shelter in the playground) and it is not named so we can’t return it to your child. Children must wear a jumper before a coat – and if any child comes to school without a jumper, we will give them one from our spare second hand stock to wear.

Black or dark grey trousers (NOT navy blue!) Please note, NO leggings of any colour to be worn under dresses or skirts. If your legs are cold, you can wear black, grey or red tights, (not white please) or just wear trousers!

PLAIN only, black or white, (unless they have the matching gingham frill to the pinafores).

Red and white checked pinafores for summer, grey or black pinafores or skirts for winter. Children may wear black cycling shorts underneath skirts and dresses if they like but they must not be below the hem of the dress or skirt.

All tops/shirts are to be plain white. Vests or t-shirts under the white shirt are also to be plain white, and not visible above the collar. They will be asked to take them off if they wear coloured shirts underneath.

Headscarves for Muslim children are to be in plain black, red or white. Only small flat studs are permitted for health and safety reasons. Any other earrings will be removed. No necklaces. Headbands ribbons and ties in black, red, white or grey please.

These are the only jumpers to be worn, and they are available in all sizes from the office, where we will even name them for you at the point you buy them! (No cardigans of any colour).

Shoes need to be comfortable, and allow your child to run safely. No heels, no Ugg boots, no shoes without a heel strap, and no Wellingtons for all day wear. If they want to wear Wellingtons on the way to school they need shoes to change into once they get here. Trainers are both waterproof and good to run in. For all shoes please keep as much as possible to black, white, red and grey, not the luminous coloured ones that are available. All children need trainers or plimsolls for PE.

Children need lightweight waterproof (not showerproof) coats, preferably in black, grey, white or red and with a hood. Please take umbrellas home, we do not have enough storage space to put umbrellas for children upstairs and they leave puddles.

All t-shirts to be in plain red – polo shirts are perfect available from Asda etc. Shorts or jogging bottoms will need to be plain, and in black. The most important thing again is the shoes, as many children are not bringing shoes they can run safely in. Plimsolls are extremely cheap and readily available at Asda and Primark. Children will be asked to bring their PE kit in to school and leave it here for the half term, and they only need take it home if you want to wash it during that time. That way we will not have ‘forgotten kits’. Children in Years 3 and 4 will also need a swimming kit every Wednesday which they will need to take home each week to dry out. No board shorts or two piece outfits for swimming.

We have deliberately tried to keep the uniform as cheap and easily available as possible so that everyone is able to ensure that their children are always able to look smart and presentable. We want all of our children to be proud to wear their John Stainer uniform, as they are part of a fantastic team. We do have spare uniform available if there has been any sort of washing disaster or loss, but we do expect you to return this to us washed when you have sorted the problem out. Children will be asked to change their clothes if they come in non school uniform, (even socks!), so it is easier to get the clothes ready the night before and make sure they have everything they need to avoid stress and panic in the morning. Encourage your child to do this independently!