Dear Parents / Carers,
Uniform is incredibly important to us at Newdale: it underpins our ethos, values, and emphasis about how children should approach life at school. We understand there are differing opinions on the need for school uniform, but through my personal experience in many different educational settings, uniform does set a positive tone for expectations around conduct, behaviour, and attitudes; this in turn has an impact on the smooth running of lessons and the atmosphere within the school. We will continue to place a high emphasis on children wearing it correctly and well and your continued support in this respect is very much appreciated.
We request children wear a navy jumper or cardigan and grey or black skirts / pinafores or trousers along with a light blue collared shirt. If you would like to order uniform with our school logo on, please do so via Baker and Sons Schoolwear in New Street, Wellington 01952 641897. Please note that this is not compulsory: uniform without a logo is acceptable if it matches our chosen colours. In warmer months, blue gingham dresses / black or grey smart shorts can be worn.
All children need to wear sensible black shoes (no heels or trainers please). In the colder weather, girls are permitted to wear black, navy or grey tights.
We have decided that we will continue to allow children to come to school in their School PE kit on PE days.
Our reasoning behind this is that some children take a long time to get changed which can impact the length of a PE session; in addition, there is a lack of private space for children to get changed, and we do not want to resort to the unhygienic option of children changing in the toilets.
It is important to us that children do come in proper school PE kit: we do not want children coming in with other sport clothes please. All uniform should be clearly named. Any lost unnamed uniform will be taken to lost property. Lost property still unclaimed after a realistic period will be sold or donated.
The school PE kit is as follows:
Black pumps / trainers
And for winter or when it is colder:
Blue / black sweatshirt
Black jogging bottoms
Black pumps/ trainers
If children forget to wear kit or have incorrect kit on PE days, we will ask them to get changed into one of our clean spare kits. The expectation will be that they bring this spare kit home to be washed before returning the clean kit to school as soon as possible.
Please note we only allow plain stud earrings and ask that all other jewellery is left at home. Earrings will be taped up just before PE, to always ensure safety.
Nail varnish is not permitted in school and the school does not permit children to have extreme haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children and are not in keeping with the ethos of the school. This includes patterns shaved into the hair, excessive use of hair products and false hair. The definition of an extreme hairstyle is at the discretion of the Headteacher.
We do not have cloakrooms outside of the classrooms and therefore the space available for children to store coats and bags is limited. Please refrain from buying them huge school bags. School supplies everything they need in lessons, so there is no need for pencil cases, notebooks or other stationery and they certainly will not have time for toys please.
Thank you for your support in this area. We are a ‘BeSMART’ school, and we want all children to feel part of our team whilst wearing our ‘BeSMART’ uniforms.