School Uniform

Back To SchoolGiven that there is substantial parental and public approval of uniform, schools in Inverclyde are free to encourage the wearing of school uniform. In encouraging the wearing of uniform account is taken in any proposals to prevent any direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race or gender. Any proposals will be the subject of widespread consultation with parents and pupils. Against this background it should be noted that it is the policy of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee not to insist on pupils wearing uniform or having specialist items of clothing as a prerequisite to their attending and engaging in all of the activities of the curriculum.

There are forms of dress which are unacceptable in school, such as items of clothing which:

• potentially, encourage faction (such as football colours);
• could cause offence (such as anti-religious symbolism or political slogans);
• could cause health and safety difficulties, such as loose fitting clothing or clothing made from flammable material, for example shell suits in practical classes;
• carry advertising, particularly for alcohol or tobacco; and
• could be used to inflict damage on others or be used by others to do so.

In addition jewellery such as dangling earrings and large rings could cause
health and safety difficulties and are unacceptable in school.

Under no circumstances will pupils be deprived of any educational benefit as a result of not wearing uniform.

Parents of children receiving one of the following benefits will normally be entitled to monetary grants for footwear and clothing for their children: Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based), Child Tax Credit, who have an annual income (as assessed by the HMRC ) or below £15,575 and who do not receive a Working Tax Credit, or receive support under part Vl of the Asylum and Immigration Act. Approval of any requests for such grants made by parents in different circumstances is at the discretion of the Corporate Director Education and Social Care. Information and application forms may be obtained from schools and from the Education Service, 105 Dalrymple Street, Greenock, PA15 1HU.

The council is concerned at the level of claims being received regarding the loss of pupils’ clothing and/or personal belongings. Parents are asked to assist in this area by ensuring that valuable items and unnecessarily expensive items of clothing are not brought to school. Parents should note that the authority does not carry insurance to cover the loss of such items and any claims submitted are likely to be met only where the authority can be shown to have been negligent.

King’s Oak Primary school uniform is grey or black skirt/trousers, white shirt/white polo shirt, white, blue and silver tie, royal blue sweatshirt. These are available to order from the school or from Smith’s in Greenock. It is helpful if all items of children’s clothing, including PE kit, are named.

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