We consider that uniform is important for several reasons:
- it provides pupils with a sense of identity and pride in their school;
- it enhances the appearance of pupils and therefore the reputation of the school;
- it makes the children easily recognisable from a safeguarding point of view when on trips and residentials;
- it helps to keep pupils from bickering over individual fashion and helps to eliminate social stereotyping based on fashion;
- it helps to instil in pupils a sense of purpose when they put on their uniform in the mornings;
- it helps to keep the school atmosphere studious and focused on learning;
- it overcomes the problem for both parents and teachers of what is or is not suitable for school;
- it tends to be a more inexpensive way for parents to dress their children for school.
Clavering school uniform
At Clavering, we have an embroidered sweatshirt and polo shirt, which we regard as smart yet versatile. The shirts are supplied in a very pleasant jade, embroidered with the school logo - a stag that emphasises our belonging to Hartlepool. The colour lends itself to mixing/matching with grey.
Uniform is available in school in sizes 3-4 years, 5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-10 years and 11-12 years. Adult sizes are also available.
In terms of footwear, children are expected to wear black shoes or black trainers. Shoes must be appropriate to the demands of the various activities carried out at school. For example, children should not wear espadrilles of any kind.
During hot weather, we request that sun lotion is applied to children before leaving home. We also recommend that shoulders are covered and that children bring a sun hat and a water bottle to school.
Young children should be dressed in clothing that is easily removed for PE. They should be encouraged to be able to button/unbutton clothes and fasten laces if applicable. Velcro shoes are ideal for young children who are unable to fasten laces; however, the sooner children learn how to tie shoelaces, the better.
We would be grateful if clothing is marked with your child's name. This greatly helps returning misplaced articles of clothing to their rightful owner.
It is important that children have a change of clothing for PE for both hygiene and safety reasons. Children need an indoor and outdoor PE kit (EYFS children only require an indoor PE kit) as follows:
Indoor PE kit: black shorts, white t-shirt, gym shoes.
Outdoor PE kit: black tracksuit bottoms or black jogging bottoms; black long-sleeved tracksuit top, jumper or hoodie; white t-shirt and trainers. These trainers must be different to what the child wears as his/her school shoes. Dunks, Hi-tops and any form of espadrille are not suitable for PE.
PE kits are to remain in school. They will be sent home at the end of each half term so that they can be washed and returned in readiness for the following term.
We have a number of fantastic team kits and sport t-shirts which children are allowed to wear when representing the school in inter-school sport competitions.
Rules regarding personal appearance are as follows:
- no jewellery should be worn at school other than a watch and/or charity wristbands/sweatbands sold by the school during the period in which they are sold (e.g. 'Help for Heroes' wristbands and 'Sport Relief' sweatbands);
- no make-up (including nail varnish) should be worn;
- hairstyles should be practical – hair styles shaved in bands, stripes, initials or dyed in unnatural colours are unacceptable.
- If your child is due to get his/her ears pierced over the summer holidays, please arrange for this to happen at the beginning of the holidays.
'Great Uniform Exchange'
As part of our commitment to sustainability and recycling and to help families, our Eco Group organise a ‘Great Uniform Exchange’ where outgrown clothes in good condition are swapped for other donated school uniform items. This typically takes place during every Parents’ Evening.
We expect all pupils to abide by the school’s policy on school uniform and personal appearance.
Every week, the smartest class is presented with our ‘Smartest Class’ trophy during Monday’s whole school assembly led by Miss O’Brien.
We greatly appreciate parents' and carers' support in ensuring that every Clavering child is appropriately dressed for school.