School Uniform Assistance

Head TeacherChair of GovernorsReview Dates
    Last Review: 07-2014
Trevor Patterson Philip Cavalier-Lumley Next Review:

Statement of Intent
This Policy has been created to establish school uniform requirements and to provide a clear process for those requiring support when purchasing uniforms.
Following the withdrawal of the Council’s necessitous Clothing Allowance, Blakehill Primary School has decided to provide assistance to families struggling to meet the costs of school uniforms.
It is the policy of the School Governing Body that school uniform creates a neat personal appearance and a sense of pride and belonging, which together promotes an image of the school that comes to be recognised and respected. The school looks for full parental support and co-operation in this matter.

1. Key roles and responsibilities
1.1. The Governing Body has overall responsibility for the implementation of the School Uniform Policy and procedures of Blakehill Primary School.
1.2. The Governing Body has overall responsibility for ensuring that the School Uniform Policy, as written, does not discriminate on any grounds, including but not limited to ethnicity/national origin, culture, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
1.3. The Governing Body has overall responsibility for reviewing the School Uniform Policy annually.
1.4. The Headteacher has responsibility for handling complaints regarding this policy as outlined in the school’s Complaints Policy.
1.5. The Headteacher will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation and management of the School Uniform Policy and procedures of Blakehill Primary School.

2. School Uniform Requirements
2.1. The school uniform is Royal Blue.
2.2. Normal Uniform:
• Plain Black skirt, pinafore dress/shalwar kameez or trousers.
• Polo Shirt – White or Sky Blue
• Navy Blue Sweatshirt or cardigan embroidered with the school logo.
• Socks/tights – Girls = White or Black socks or black tights, Boys = dark socks .
• Shoes – Plain Black not trainers or high heels. (boots can be worn outside but shoes or pumps must be worn indoors).
• Trainers can only be worn for break time or P.E.
2.3. Summer term (optional):
• Blue and white checked summer dress.
2.4. Physical Education and Games
• Plain White t-shirt.
• Navy Blue shorts or Black leotard.
• Black P.E pumps for indoor.
• Plain Navy Blue or Black Tracksuit & trainers.
2.5. Jewellery is not permitted during P.E. lessons for health and safety reasons however we do permit children to wear small stud earrings (watches must be removed).
2.6. Hair must be neat and tidy and worn with no extremes of style or colour.
2.7. Make-up and cosmetics are not appropriate for school and must not be worn.
2.8. All clothes must be clearly labelled with the pupil’s name.
2.9. Non-compliance with the School Uniform Policy will be dealt with in line with the school’s Behaviour and Discipline Policy.

3. School Uniform Assistance
3.1. Blakehill Primary School supports vulnerable families in meeting the costs of uniforms.
3.2. School Uniform Assistance is a voucher worth £26 that can be spent on school clothing.
3.3. School Clothing Assistance eligibility criteria is as follows:
• Children must have parents / carers who live in the local area.
• Children must attend a tax-payer funded school full-time.
• This scheme applies at Blakehill Primary School to children from Reception to Year 6.
• Parents / carers must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
• Child Tax Credit, (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.
• Income Support.
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
• The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
3.4. Families who meet the criteria should complete the form at the end of this policy and return it to the school office.

4. School Uniform Supplier
4.1. Our school uniform suppliers are:
Henry Smith’s, 21 Briggate, Shipley. BD17 7BP Tel: 01274 585015

The Uniform Shop, 54 Darley Street, Bradford BD1 3HN Tel: 01274 736300

4.2. Our school uniform suppliers accept School Clothing Assistance Vouchers.

5. Further details
5.1. The budget for the School Uniform Assistance scheme will come from Pupil Premium.
5.2. Eligibility shall be determined by checking original documents from the relevant authority detailing the receipt of the benefit and the address of the pupil.
5.3. Applications should be received by xx/xx/xx.
5.4. Vouchers will be sent by first class post during the week of xx/xx/xx. 

Monitoring the Effectiveness of the Policy

This policy and its effectiveness will be reviewed at least every three years, but also when the need arises by the Governing Body.