St Thomas More is first and foremost a Catholic School – in faith and in our all-embracing philosophy, based on the teaching and values of Jesus Christ. We commit ourselves as a Catholic Community to the development of the whole person and the pursuit of excellence by:
· Nurturing and developing the Catholic faith within our community with a love of God and neighbour and through a belief that all are unique and equal in the eyes of God
· Having expectations of the highest possible standards in all things for all pupils, resulting in the highest possible academic success and personal achievement
· Ensuring high standards of behaviour through a culture of respect for oneself, for the school and for others, embracing the fact that we are all members of a wider multi-cultural and multi-faith community, whilst holding a strong sense of pride and belonging for our own school community
· Fostering a love and joy of learning and healthy living, to produce happy, healthy, successful and responsible global citizens of the future.
Our Mission Statement states that we have "expectations of the highest possible standards in all things for all pupils..." At St Thomas More, we are proud to wear our uniform. It contributes to our sense of belonging and our aspiration to #BeMore.
We expect an excellent personal appearance and behaviour to be maintained by every student at all times during the school day and on their journey to and from school.
It is our school policy that all children wear school uniform when attending school, representing the school and when appropriate, when participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours.
Aims and objectives
Our policy on school uniform is based on the notion that school uniform:
· represents high standards and expectations;
· promotes a sense of pride in the school;
· generates a sense of community and belonging towards the school;
· is practical and smart;
· identifies the children with the school;
· prevents children from coming to school in fashion clothes that could be distracting in class;
· makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance;
· is regarded as suitable wear for school and good value for money
You must wear the following:
· School tie (clip-on for all years)
· White plain shirt
· Plain, black trousers (jeans/cords/canvas/linen/skinny trousers are not acceptable)
· Plain black skirt, sensible length (pencil skirts, Lycra skirts and short skirts are not acceptable)
· School maroon plain v-neck jumper with school logo (key stage 3 pupils)
· School black plain v-neck jumper with school logo (key stage 4 pupils)
· Plain black/white socks or black tights
· Black flat sensible shoes with no logo/motif (not boots, trainers, canvas or flip flops – see appendix A for additional guidance)
Optional summer uniform (worn as declared by Headteacher)
· school polo shirt with logo
· school grey cardigan with school logo
Please note that jumpers must not be worn over the top of the summer polo shirt. If cold, pupils may wear the school grey cardigan with logo for boys & girls or the full winter uniform.
You must not wear:
· Trainers, apart from during PE lessons, or flip-flops.
· T-shirts, polo shirts (other than those bearing the school logo), zipped tops, hoodies or sweatshirts.
PE Polo-Black with Logo PE polo- black with Logo
PE plain black base Layers PE plain black base Layers
Black PE shorts Black skort or skirt
Black socks Black socks
Trainers (NOT black soles) Trainers (NOT black soles)
(No pumps, canvas or fabric shoes) (No pumps, canvas or fabric shoes)
Black tracksuit bottoms for winter PE Black tracksuit bottoms for winter PE
Football boots are highly recommended for outdoor football for both boys and girls
· All uniform should be marked with the owner’s name.
· Skirts should be of a reasonable length and shorts/cycling shorts are not permitted under skirts. Trousers for girls should be smart tailored trousers and must be of a design which allows shirts to be properly tucked inside.
· Leggings are not suitable.
· The only jewellery allowed is a watch and one small sleeper (6mm diameter) or stud in each ear lobe.
· NB: Watches must be removed during Food and Design Technology lessons whilst all jewellery must be removed for PE.
· Exceptions cannot be made for recently pierced ears, so pupils are advised not to have their ears pierced during term time.
· No make-up including nail varnish, false nails, false eyelashes, lip gloss or fake tan.
· Hair colour must be natural and the style appropriate for school. Extreme hair styles are not allowed.
· No facial piercing.
· The Academy does not take any responsibility for the loss of or the damage to personal possessions brought on to site.
· Mobile phones are covered in our Behaviour Policy.
· Pupils who do not conform to the uniform and equipment policy will be sanctioned in line with our behaviour policy.
In all cases, the Headteacher has the discretion to decide what is and is not allowable under the policy.
Every student is expected to provide the following essential items of equipment for every lesson.
Backpack – large enough to carry the following:
· Felt tip pens or coloured pencils
· Glue stick
· PE kit when appropriate
· Pencil eraser
· Pens – black or blue pen, purple pen and red pen
· Ruler – 30cm
· Scientific Calculator
Please note: Tipp-Ex/liquid paper is not allowed in school. Textbooks and specialised equipment will be used on loan and students will be required to pay for any loss or damage to school property. This includes the school planner and library books.
The Role of Parents
We ask all parents who send their children to our school to support the school uniform policy. We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily schoolwork. One of the responsibilities of parents is to ensure that their child has the correct uniform and equipment, and that it is clean and in good repair.
If any parent would like the school to modify the uniform and equipment policy, they should make representation, in the first instance, to the Headteacher. The school welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities. If there are serious reasons, for example on religious grounds, why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the school will look sympathetically at such requests.
The Role of Governors
The governing body implements the school uniform and equipment policy. It considers all representations from parents regarding uniform and liaises with the Headteacher to ensure that the policy is implemented fairly and with sensitivity. It is the governors’ responsibility to ensure that the school meets all regulations concerning equal opportunities. Governors ensure that the school uniform and equipment policy helps children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is hardwearing, safe and practical and equips children ready to learn.
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