Uniform

School Uniform

Cranbrook Education Campus School Uniform Policy

The Governors and staff of Cranbrook Education Campus believe that a school uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school; setting a standard and instilling pride. The uniform items fulfil the criteria of clothing that is suitable, comfortable and affordable for an effective learning and teaching setting in a safe and healthy environment. Governors accept their responsibilities under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Human Rights Act 1998, and Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and appreciate that the school uniform should not discriminate on grounds of race, religion, sex or culture.

Aims

Through our uniform and dress code we aim to:

  • Encourage pride in the Campus
  • Support teaching and learning
  • Enable students to be comfortable, safe and secure
  • Encourage a sense of equality and belonging to the Campus community
  • Protect pupils from social pressures to dress in a particular way
  • Support parents to provide an efficient and value for money dress code for their children
  • Ensure that students from different social, religious and ethnic groups feel welcome.

Students in the primary and secondary phases are expected to arrive in school and to leave the premises in full uniform.

Duties of Teachers Concerning Uniform

Class teachers in primary and form tutors in secondary, should check that the correct uniform and makeup is being worn at the start of the morning and afternoon sessions of the day. At the start of each lesson or teaching episode, teachers should, after calling the register, check that correct uniform is being worn. In secondary this should include checking that all students are wearing their blazer and tie. Permission may be given to remove blazers depending on room temperature.

Primary teachers will check that children’s uniforms are suitable at the start of the school day whilst in Secondary checks should be made by all teachers at the start of all lessons. These checks should be brief and should be a normal and expected part of the start of lessons, often they will be so routine, they will not be obvious to people observing lessons.

The maintenance of a high standard of school uniform is the responsibility of every member of staff. The purpose of this policy is to ensure all members of the school community are clear on expectations and they are consistently applied.

Whole Campus Non Negotiables

The following notes are intended to provide guidance in some situations and are not exhaustive. Please contact the Campus if you require any further clarification.

Jewellery

Only minimal jewellery is allowed: a watch and earrings.

Students may wear one pair of studs in their ear lobes but they must be no bigger than 3-4mm. Only one stud is allowed in each ear lobe. Body piercing in other parts of the body (e.g. eyebrow, nose, tongue) are banned.

There may be occasions when the school will give students permission to wear selected charity wrist bands.

Any pupil who is found to be wearing an item of jewellery should be asked to remove it. The particular item should be confiscated from the pupil, placed in an envelope marked with the pupil’s name and form and given to Reception for safe keeping in line with the confiscation protocol set out in the behaviour policy. Any refusal to remove inappropriate uniform, jewellery or make up will be followed up using sanctions in the school behaviour policy and treated as defiant behaviour.

Hair

There are no specific uniform regulations regarding length or style of hair. Hair should, however, be tidy, of reasonable appearance and of such length that there is no risk of getting it caught.

Students should not have patterns or logos shaved into their hair and hair should not be of a colour that could be described as unnatural

In some practical lessons, long hair may have to be tied back for reasons of safety or hygiene.

Religious Items

Certain items of religious jewellery and headwear may be worn on the Campus premises and within the Campus buildings if these are a requirement of the holy book of that religion. The following additional requirements must be followed:

  • The wearer is a practising member of that religion;
  • Jewellery should be small in size, of simple design and worn so it cannot be seen;
  • Headwear is plain, not patterned and either white or black. Girl’s headscarves should not have tassels, fringes or be fastened with brightly coloured clips;
  • Clothing must be such that students can be facially identified and, the face is not obscured in any way. This is for reasons of school security, to foster a sense of social cohesion and in order to discharge essential communication skills in education.

Students in incorrect uniform

Any student not wearing the correct uniform should be sent to reception where they can borrow the correct item of uniform when available. In secondary, students wishing to borrow a tie are asked to exchange it for a piece of their property eg: mobile phone or house keys that will be returned when they return the tie. In primary pupils are asked to sign for school ties to wear during the school day.

Students should remove items that are not correct uniform unless, of course, their removal would inappropriately expose parts of the body. In such a situation, secondary students may be sent to Internal Inclusion and the parent telephoned by a member of SLT.

Nursery Dress Code

Please ensure that all items of clothing and footwear are clearly labelled.

Although uniform is not compulsory in Nursery, grey Nursery school sweatshirts and pale blue t-shirts as available on your school uniform.com. We encourage children to wear these items, as being in Nursery is often very messy and this protects your children’s home clothes. It also gives the children a sense of belonging and community.

In order to allow freedom of movement and to encourage children to be relaxed and able to take part in a range of outdoor and “messy” activities parents are encouraged to dress their children in plain dark or grey leggings or trousers. (It is also very helpful as children get used to using the toilet independently to have clothing which is easy for them to remove themselves).

Sensible footwear should be worn, and we ask you to provide a pair of wellies and a waterproof coat every day as we learn outside regardless of weather.   At least one change of clothing should also be provided daily in a bag labelled with your child’s name.

Primary Dress Code

Please ensure that all items of clothing and footwear are clearly labelled.

(a) Jumpers

Grey V neck jumper with school logo.

(b) Shirts

A plain white shirt with collar and buttons up to the neck, tucked into trousers or skirt (not a polo shirt). Any t-shirts worn underneath the shirt must be white and not showing.

(c) Style of Trousers

Trousers should be plain grey. They need to be classic cut; reasonably loose fitting and should not be tight or trail on the floor. They should not be skinny jeans, skinny trousers, stretchy trousers, or leggings. They should not be flared or bellbottoms, jeans, canvas or corduroy. turn-ups or chino style.

If belts are worn, they should be narrow and plain black with a small buckle. Logos on belts are unacceptable. Socks must be worn with trousers.

(d) Skirts

Skirts should be knee-length, with no pattern or additional colours visible on the skirt. Skirts can be A-line or straight but should not be tight fitting, stretchy or “skater” skirts. If belts are worn, they should be narrow and plain black with a small buckle. Logos on belts are unacceptable. Skirts must be worn with grey or black tights or grey or white socks.

Short black leggings or shorts can be worn under skirts if students are likely to carry out handstands at playtime, these should not be visible below the line of their school skirt.

(e) Jackets

Coats, jackets (other than House captain’s blazers) or other articles of clothing must not be worn over or under school uniform during class time. Coats and jackets may be worn on the way to school and at playtimes but must be removed immediately on entering the school buildings.

(f) Shoes

All students should wear plain black low-heeled shoes with black soles and black laces or velcro. Please avoid sending children in lace up shoes if they are unable to tie them independently.

Children also need a pair of inexpensive trainers and a pair of wellington boots to be kept in a labelled bag in school to enable regular use of outside learning environments and for sporting activities.

No flip-flops, Ugg style boots, or knee/ankle boots. In exceptional cases, alternative footwear might be allowed if the foot has been bandaged or plastered and a letter from a doctor can be shown explaining the necessity for such footwear.

(g) Ties

All students should wear the striped green and grey school tie during the school day unless permission has been specifically given to remove it. Any student who is not wearing a tie should be asked to borrow one as a temporary measure.

(h) Make-Up

No makeup or nail varnish is allowed in the primary phase. Children will be asked to wash off makeup and to remove nail varnish on arrival. Fake tattoos are not allowed in school.

(i) Hair

Hair bobbles, bands and clips need to be simple and plain. Pupils wearing brightly coloured and highly ornamental items will be asked to remove them.

(j) Hats, Gloves & Scarves

Hats and gloves are not part of the school uniform and should not be worn within the Campus buildings at any time.

Secondary Dress Code

(a) Blazers

A grey blazer with the Cranbrook Education Campus logo must be worn at all times in school unless a

teacher has given permission to remove it whilst in their lesson.

(b) Shirts

A plain white shirt with collar and buttons up to the neck, tucked into trousers or skirt (not a

polo shirt). Any t-shirts worn underneath the shirt must be white and not showing.

(c) Style of Trousers

Trousers should be plain grey. They need to be classic cut; reasonably loose fitting and should not be tight or trail on the floor. They should not be skinny jeans, skinny trousers, stretchy trousers, or leggings. They should not be flared or bellbottoms, jeans, canvas or corduroy, turn-ups or chino style.

If belts are worn, they should be narrow and plain black with a small buckle. Logos on belts are unacceptable. Socks must be worn with trousers.

In the summer term only, boys and girls are allowed to wear knee length grey shorts. These need to be plain, tailored and not tight fitting. They must be worn with plain grey, black or white socks.

 

(d) Skirts

Students may wear a grey knee-length skirt instead of trousers, with no pattern or additional colours visible on the skirt. Skirts can be A-line or straight but should not be tight fitting, stretchy or “skater” skirts. If belts are worn, they should be narrow and plain black with a small buckle. Logos on belts are unacceptable. Skirts must be worn with grey or black tights or grey or white socks.

(e) Jackets

Coats, jackets (other than blazers) or other articles of clothing must not be worn over or under school uniform in school time. Coats and jackets may be worn on the way to school but must be removed immediately on entering the school buildings.

(f) Jumpers

An optional grey jumper with the Cranbrook Education Campus logo can be worn.

(g) Shoes

All students should wear plain black low-heeled shoes or trainers with black soles and black laces. No flip-flops, Ugg style boots, or knee/ankle boots. In exceptional cases, alternative footwear might be allowed if the foot has been bandaged or plastered and a letter from a doctor can be shown explaining the necessity for such footwear.

(h) Ties

All students should wear the green school clip on tie during the school day unless permission has been specifically given to remove it. Any student who is not wearing a tie should be asked to borrow one as a temporary measure.

(i) Make-Up

Make-up should be very discreet.

  • Foundation – should be applied lightly and of natural skin tone
  • Eyebrows – natural appearance, not painted on, or enhanced
  • No eye shadow
  • No eye liner
  • Eye lashes – minimal brown or black mascara, no false eye lashes
  • No lipstick
  • Nails – no false nails. Nail varnish ideally should be subtle shades

(j) Hats, Gloves & Scarves

Hats and gloves are not part of the school uniform and should not be worn within the Campus buildings at any time.

(k) School Bags

All students must carry a large school bag/rucksack that is capable of holding a number of A4 folders and textbooks. Handbags are not suitable for meeting this requirement.

PE Kit

Any plain, dark coloured tracksuit bottoms or shorts can be worn. There is a green t-shirt and sweatshirt for boys and girls. Any coloured trainers are allowed for PE.

Please use the website below to find full details about the uniform for The Cranbrook Education Campus and how you can purchase it online.

http://www.yourschooluniform.com/schools/index/cranbrook-education-campus