School Uniform – Academic Year 2020-2021
Thank you once again for your patience and understanding regarding uniform. As explained in our Families Update email earlier this month (16th June 2020), “we have been working hard with our suppliers to ensure that uniform stocks are available now that factories are beginning to reopen. Earlier this year we shared with parents/carers our focus on ensuring that uniform was worn correctly and with pride. This included reference to the correct footwear, appropriate length skirts for girls and no ‘skinny fit’ trousers for boys”
Uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of the school and setting an appropriate tone. We have worked very hard over the academic year to ensure that our uniform is worn correctly so that it instils pride, supports positive behaviour and encourages identity with, and support for, our school ethos. Our uniform helps to ensure pupils of all races and backgrounds feel welcome. It helps to protect children from social pressures to dress in a particular way; and nurtures cohesion, promoting good relations between different groups of pupils. Above all, we believe that school uniform supports effective teaching and learning.
All pupils attending St Leonard’s are expected to wear the school uniform correctly and at all times in the school.
At St Leonard’s, we firmly believe that uniform should be:
Our school uniform is as follows:
School Uniform (Main School)
Boys Years 7-11
Girls Year 7-11
Uniform is available from many retail outlets. Whilst the School does not require parents to purchase all uniform from a particular supplier, the School has entered into partnership with Price & Buckland for the exclusive supply of PE Uniform. Price & Buckland also hold an approved stock of Main School Uniform. All items for sale from Price & Buckland via the school website have been approved as acceptable school uniform. Feedback from parental consultations has informed us that certain aspects of the school uniform most notably appropriate navy-blue school skirts and girls’ navy blue trousers have been difficult to source. We would be very grateful to parents, to help us to achieve these standards, if you would purchase all items of uniform from our suppliers. We have negotiated a competitive price. As ever we will work with families in this area. However, there is also information available on our website where other suppliers, including high street stores, provide acceptable alternatives to Price & Buckland.
Please note that items from Price & Buckland have been approved whereas items from other stockists may vary. A size and returns guide from Price & Buckland is attached to this email. Due to the current lockdown situation we are unable to offer a Uniform Evening, therefore Price & Buckland are offering our parent/carers of our new Year 7 pupils free returns. If necessary new Year 7 parents/carers can return uniform using the following link:
As you are aware, the national lockdown resulted in the temporary closure of many factories which has slowed the production of school uniform. Please note that some uniform items may not be in stock until August. However, we are assured that all items will be available for the new academic year.
UNIFORM WORN CORRECTLY
Pupils who fail to wear uniform correctly will be dealt with according to the School’s Behaviour Policy. The statutory guidance on uniform from the Department for Education states:
“Teachers can discipline pupils for breaching the school’s rules on appearance or uniform. This should be carried out in accordance with the school’s published behaviour policy.
A head teacher, or a person authorised by the head teacher, may ask a pupil to go home briefly to remedy a breach of the school’s rules on appearance or uniform. When making this decision schools need to consider the child’s age and vulnerability, the ease and time it will take, and the availability of the child’s parents. This is not an exclusion but an authorised absence. However, if the pupil continues to breach uniform rules in such a way as to be sent home to avoid school, or takes longer than is strictly necessary to effect the change, the pupil’s absence may be counted as an unauthorised absence. In either case the pupil’s parents must be notified and the absence should be recorded. If a school is considering excluding a pupil in response to breaches of uniform policy then this must be in line with the legal requirements for exclusion.”
DfE School Uniform Guidance for Schools
This is how our uniform should be worn. For Year 6 parents/carers we have also produced another short video clip about the uniform. Part of our Daily Tutor Time Procedures includes ensuring that the uniform is worn correctly.
WORKING WITH PARENTS
We are committed to working with and supporting parents/carers in the provision of good quality uniform, worn correctly, that reflects our high standards and commitment to excellence. However, we recognise that it can be an expensive outlay and may be especially difficult this year. Since the introduction of the pupil premium, all pupils in receipt of this grant, can use it to purchase uniform from our contracted suppliers. Parents/carers with sons/daughters entitled to pupil premium can order blazers, trousers/skirts, ties and PE uniform from Price & Buckland at no cost. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse parents for items purchased from other suppliers. Parents/carers who experience difficulty in providing the school uniform are asked to contact the school in confidence to discuss the problem. Please speak to your son/daughter’s Head of Year in the first instance.
In summary, the uniform stays virtually unchanged with the clear emphasis being placed upon the overall standard and in particular of the skirts and trousers. Thank you in advance for your continued support. As a school we have been very reasonable in this regard, outlining the improvements since the start of the year and working with families with regards to suppliers and cost. We will continue to work with families and very much look forward to a greatly improved uniform in September 2020.
Other suppliers: Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s currently (July 2020) stock Charcoal Grey trousers which match the approved style and colour for boys in Years 7-11. Please note that trousers from other suppliers may vary in both colour and style.