At St. Ethelbert’s we expect all pupils to come to school wearing correct uniform.
Our mission statement “Learning, achieving and growing together with Jesus” emphasises that Jesus is at the heart of our school. School uniform serves to remind the pupils of the “togetherness” referred to in our mission statement. Through the wearing of school uniform, we aim to strengthen our pupil’s sense of pride and belonging at being part of the Catholic community of St. Ethelbert’s. Our uniform reflects our high expectations for all whilst respecting that every individual is created equal before the Lord God, our Father.
SCHOOL UNIFORM GUIDELINES/EXPECTATIONS
- If for any reason it is felt necessary for a pupil to wear anything other than the specified uniform, he/she should bring a note explaining why this is necessary, and when the pupil expects to be in full school uniform again.
- All clothing and belongings should be marked clearly with the child’s name.
- Please ensure that your child has their full P.E kit in school every day. Plain navy sweatshirts and plain navy joggers may be worn on top of the navy shorts and t-shirt kit in cold weather.
- Sweatshirts may not be worn instead of school jumpers.
- No make-up, nail varnish or fake tan may be worn to school.
- The wearing of jewellery of any kind is strongly discouraged. If ears are pierced then only plain studs may be worn. These should be removed for PE lessons without assistance from staff. Alternatively they should be taped over with micropore tape supplied by parents.
- Children in Key Stage 2 are permitted to wear a small watch.
- Long hair should be tied back.
- Decorative/brightly hair bands or clips should not be worn to school.
- Extreme haircuts are not permitted e.g. number 1 haircuts/cutting of symbols into the hair.
- Hair colouring and hair extensions are not permitted
- Trainers should not be worn to and from school, except after participating in an after school sports club.
- For health and safety reasons, girls’ shoes should be flat and sturdy. Sandals should not have open toes or sling backs. Knee length boots are not permitted.
- Socks should not be worn over tights. Socks or tights in school colours must be worn.
- Trainer socks are not part of school uniform and should not be worn.
- PE lessons are part of the National Curriculum entitlement and all children are expected to participate fully in all aspects.
- The correct PE clothing should be worn – see uniform above. All PE shirts must be tucked in.
- Watches and studs must be removed and long hair tied back.
- Year 4 or 5 children will take part in swimming lessons as part of our P.E curriculum. Girls must wear one-piece swimsuits and hats must be worn.
- We will keep unnamed uniform in our lost property box. Any unclaimed and unnamed uniform will be disposed of at the end of each term as we do have space in school to store it.
- We welcome donations of used P.E uniform which we could loan to pupils who forget their PE kit. Donated clothing or footwear should be clean and in good condition (no holes or rips).