School uniform

Orchards’ Church of England Academy Uniform Policy

Review Date: June 2020

Why Uniform?

We believe that school uniform is very important in making children feel part of the school. The uniform is practical, enhances the tone and atmosphere, and helps maintain pupil pride in the school. This is backed up by recent research - a study found that a uniform promotes commonality among pupils, improves concentration and fosters a sense of pride, especially when worn in public. The advantage of wearing a school uniform has become more pertinent at a time when many fear our young people are unhappier than ever before and in this particular context, peer pressure to conform to latest fashion items.

All of the uniform is available from local shops or chain stores. If you wish to purchase an item with the school badge, these are only available from the school - indicated below by an asterisk (*).

Winter uniform (to be worn from after October Half Term to the beginning of the Easter Holiday):

Grey or black skirt/skort/pinafore/trousers with red polo shirt, green cardigan/jumper /sweatshirt*. Grey or black tights or white socks (ankle or knee length), to be worn with a skirt, skort or pinafore. Jeans, jogging bottoms and sports shorts are not acceptable.

Summer uniform (to be worn from the beginning of the Summer Term to October Half Term):

Green gingham checked dress and white socks (ankle or knee length) with green cardigan

OR

Grey or black skirt/skort/pinafore/trousers with red polo shirt, green cardigan/jumper /sweatshirt*. Grey or black tights or white socks (ankle or knee length), to be worn with a skirt, skort or pinafore. Jeans, jogging bottoms and sports shorts are not acceptable.

Shoes

Black shoes which have a fastening of some sort - a Velcro strap, bar and buckle or laces (no fashion heeled shoes). Trainers should only be worn for PE.

PE Kit

Black/green shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms, plain black/white/green t-shirt or polo shirt (no sleeveless vests) and plain, black/green coloured fleece; trainers.

Swimming costume and towel when required (1 piece, not tankini or bikini) or swimming trunks for boys.

Purchasing Uniform

New uniform can be purchased from the school office. The PTA operate a second hand/nearly new uniform store and there are a number of opportunities to buy or swap throughout the school year. Any used uniform can be donated to the school, should you wish to do so.

Jewellery, Hair and Nails

Jewellery should be kept to a minimum for health and safety reasons, and for security. Watches and medical bracelets only are allowed.

No nail varnish or nail extensions

Pierced ears should have small studs only - no other piercings are permitted e.g. nose etc.

Please avoid extreme hairstyles, including dyed hair. Hair shoulder length or longer should be tied back with a plain coloured headband or bow.

What Happens if Children Don’t Wear Correct School Uniform

If children come to school not dressed in the proper uniform, staff will either make a phone call home so parents can bring the correct uniform to school, or lend them the correct uniform. This must be given back at the end of the day. The same will apply to PE kit, and to children not wearing the correct footwear.

 
School uniform, without the Orchards School logo, can be purchased at any local shops such as ASDA or Tesco.