School Uniform Assistance

Head TeacherChair of GovernorsReview Dates
    Last Review: March 2019
Trevor Patterson Philip Cavalier-Lumley Next Review: March 2020

 

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 Head of School has responsibility for handling complaints regarding this policy as outlined in the school’s Complaints Policy.
1.5. The Head of School 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

Our School Uniform consists of:

  • White or sky blue polo shirt
  • Black/grey trousers/skirt/shalwar kameez/blue and white checked school dress
  • Black/white socks or black tights   
  • Black shoes - not trainers or high heels (Boots can be worn for outside but shoes/pumps worn in school.    Trainers can be worn only for break times and PE
  • Navy blue sweatshirt/cardigan with school logo 

The full range of uniform is available from Henry Smith's in Shipley or The Uniform Shop in Bradford.

  • Book Bags are available to purchase from the school office.

Sensible, low-heeled black shoes (not trainers) should be worn for school.  Appropriate hair styles are also expected as part of the school uniform.  Exaggerated colours and styles are not welcome.  In this we are reflecting the policies of local Secondary Schools.

PE Uniform

Children  should wear navy blue shorts or black leotard, a white T-shirt and black PE pumps for indoor PE. Trainers, plain navy blue or black tracksuit for outdoor games. Pump bag. 

Jewellery

The school follows Health and Safety regulations set down by the Local Authority.  In line with our ethos of developing and supporting cultural diversity, we recognise that some parents may wish their child to wear jewellery in accordance with their cultural beliefs and practices.

We would respectfully ask that parents consider the Health and Safety implications and take on full liability for any incidents that may occur whilst in school.

For safety reasons, we ask that rings, bracelets and necklaces are not worn in school.  If children have had their ears pierced only studs and not sleepers must be worn at school.  By following this guidance we also hope to avoid the added problems of loss.

Name Labels

It is absolutely vital that all items of clothing are named.  

The labels provided by Nametags.com are very good and are easily ironed into clothes. They also provide stick on labels which are ideal for water bottles and lunch boxes etc.  If you use the following link, school will receive a small donation from the company for each set of labels bought.  Use the School ID 22551 if prompted. 


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 £30 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.

• Universal Credit with an annual net earned income threshold of less than £7,400.

3.4. Families who meet the criteria will be sent a form in July each year which should be completed  and returned 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 the end of July each academic year.
5.4. Vouchers can be collected from the School Office. 

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.