School uniforms are a key way of developing a sense of togetherness among students and staff. This links with our core values here at Throckley, specifically that of ‘Pride’ and ‘Teamwork’ – working together and our identity as a whole school community.
At Throckley, we have a consistent and clear Uniform Policy. The policy was created with pupils and the following 12 principles were established:
1. Create cohesion
When students all wear the same clothing every day at school, it levels out the playing field. Any expectations on what to wear are removed and children develop a greater sense of equality.
2. Improve study ethic
If a child feels like they don’t fit in, or they don’t have the latest and best clothing, it can be damaging to their confidence. A lack of confidence can be one of the most significant barriers to academic growth. Introducing a school uniform removes this possibility, meaning your child has less to worry about and more reason to be confident in class.
4. Increase safety
There are significant safety concerns to not adopting a uniform in school. With their school colours on, children can immediately be recognised at a distance as a member of that school. In a situation where someone who isn’t a member of the school is on-site, they can be easily identified as not part of the school by their lack of uniform.
This can be extended to days outside of school grounds. On day trips away, children can easily be spotted among crowds thanks to their uniform. This can be especially helpful when making school trips at the same time as other schools, where large crowds of children mix with one another.
When a school adopts a uniform, it creates a simple and standardised dress code. When children are allowed to wear what they like, innumerable variations mean schools must adopt a long list of dos and don’ts to formulate their dress code.
By bringing in a uniform, schools can avoid complicated issues around modesty, offensive symbols, and text, and remove any need for teachers to monitor what children are wearing against this dress code.
6. Remove peer pressure
Children are often under some form of peer pressure but adopting a school uniform can remove one form of it. Without a uniform, children can develop expectations about what should be worn to fit into a certain group. Children divide themselves into cliques and the sense of togetherness that a uniform brings is lost.
School uniforms prepare children for formal scenarios that we all encounter in our lives. Depending on the situation, we’re expected to dress and look a certain way. Job interviews are a good example. Dressing professionally in working environments is expected in adulthood, and this is something your child will understand thanks to a school uniform.
As any parent knows, weekday mornings can be chaotic. It can be tricky enough to get yourself ready for work without having to worry about how your child is getting on too. That problem is amplified if your child doesn’t have a school uniform to put on each morning, as they take their time to decide what to wear. In the end, it could take away from what is important – your child’s studies.
Uniforms remove one more thing from the ‘to-do’ list for parents and carers every day.
Children can be demanding when they notice their friends have something they don’t. Without a uniform, the potential for this to happen with clothing increases. Children may put their parents under pressure to buy them a new wardrobe every season or capitalise on every new trend that sweeps through the school.
With school uniforms, economics is made easier for parents. You know exactly what to buy and when to buy it, and often uniform can be used for more than one school year. School uniforms are robust and designed for longevity. They’ll last much longer than your child’s other clothing, helping you save money by not having to replace them as often.
10. Encourage professionalism
Some people believe that school uniforms contribute positively to a child’s behaviour in school. Their uniform develops an affinity with learning. Once they put it on, their purpose is to work hard at their studies. A sense of professionalism develops within each child, leading to more focus in the classroom.
11. Focus on character
Without a uniform, what they wear can end up defining your child rather than the content of their character. Children should be prioritising the development of their personality, having the confidence to be who they are and not be defined by material things like the clothes they wear.
12. Enjoy weekend style
We still want to allow children to express themselves with their clothing. It feels good to wear something we like, helping to build confidence in who we are. After wearing their uniform five days a week, children can develop a greater sense of appreciation for their other clothes that they can wear on weekends and evenings.
Our Throckley Primary School Uniform and Dress Code
- Royal Blue Sweatshirt or Cardigan (with or without a badge)
- Green Polo Shirt (with or without a badge)
- Black or Grey Trousers/Skirt/Shorts or Blue gingham print dress
- Socks Grey, Black or White, no bright colours/patterns.
- Girls Tights Grey/Black
- Low-heeled Black Shoes (not trainers, no logos or stripes)
- Small stud earrings (one pair) and watches are allowed, but must be removed for P.E.
- Extreme fully or partially bleached/dyed hair is not acceptable.
- No lines or patterns should be cut into hair or tails left.
- No make-up including nail varnish
- Throckley school book bags for Acorns - Year 4 and Throckley Primary backpacks for Year 5 & Year 6.
- Plain white or green t-shirt
- Plain black shorts (with no logos)
- Plain black tracksuit bottoms (with no logos)
- Plain black, white or grey socks
- Plain black or white trainers
- Stud earrings and watches removed for PE
It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to provide and maintain a suitable uniform for your child. It is important that we work in partnership to maintain the highest standards for our children at Throckley Primary School. If a child does not come to school in the correct school uniform, we will provide that child with a suitable item of uniform to change into.
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