Firstly a thank you to parents for the positive response we have had to the new uniform policy over the last few months. The Department for Education strongly encourages schools to have a uniform in place as they believe it contributes to the ethos of a school and in setting an appropriate tone for children, staff, parents and the community. It has been encouraging for the Governing Body to see that a large majority of our parents agree with this view.
Thank you also goes to those parents who have contacted the school offering solutions for consideration. All of these have been communicated, and the views of parents have been taken into account by the Governing Body, to ensure we have a school uniform policy which is providing best value for money whilst meeting the policy objectives.
A final thank you goes to all parents for their patience and understanding over the last few months whilst we have considered these requests to variations in the original policy introduced and finalised the options available to ensure we have the best possible policy going forward. The Governing Body wishes to extend the thanks to the School Office staff who have worked hard to negotiate supplier costs, to ensure the best value for parents, their time has been tremendously appreciated.
Further to the previous communication from the Governing Body on the policy, we wish to clarify the following to parents:
From January 2015
- Correct shoes (in recognition that growing children need correct footwear)
- Children should be continuing to wear blue sweatshirt or cardigan with the school logo
Clarification: Due to the popularity of the sewn on logos, and to help parents with the transition process of the policy, existing non hooded blue items can continue to be used with a sewn on logo until September 2016. This is in recognition that some parents have already purchased clothing at the beginning of the academic year which they may wish their child to wear for more than one school year. Please note however, that the School Office will only continue to sell the sewn on logo badges, at cost price to parents, until July 2015. After this time the sewn on badges will no longer be available to purchase.
- Socks to be grey, black or white
From Feb half term 2015
- All polo shirts for uniform must be white (and must be with the school logo by September 2015)
- All polo shirts for PE must be light blue (and must be with the school logo by September 2015)
Clarification: In response to parents feedback and our commitment to providing cost effective solutions to parents, the School Office have organised for logo uniform which can be purchased from Tesco. You will be receiving a Parentmail message from the School Office with more details on this new supplier and how to order, but as an indication, logo polo shirts cost £3.75 with sweatshirts at £6.50.
We have noted that it will take up to 14 working days for the uniform to arrive and so with this in mind, the date has been pushed back from Monday 23rd February to Monday 16th March for all polo shirts to be white for uniform and light blue for PE. We hope that this will enable those parents who wish to purchase polo shirts, with the school logo, for their child to wear from after February half term (although please note above, that a logo is not required until September 2015) to be able to do so using this new supplier.
From Easter 2015
- Grey trousers/skirt/pinafore/tailored shorts (Note: Current year 6 will be allowed to wear black tailored trousers/skirt as per Swavesey VC uniform as recognition that we don’t wish parents to purchase more new clothing than necessary)
- Summer dresses to be blue checked
- PE shorts to be navy
- PE tracksuits to be navy
From September 2015
- Complete uniform must be adhered to including school white polo shirt with logo, school sweatshirt or cardigan with logo and school light blue polo shirt with logo for PE
Clarification: As explained above, existing non-hooded blue items that have the sewn on logo can continue to be used until September 2016.
Thank you for your cooperation and we hope Bar Hill School parents and carers can appreciate that the Governing Body have revised the specification due to the views and feedback from parents we have received. By continuing to work together we can help to foster respect for the school environment, pride and belonging.
The School is advised by the Department for Education that there should not be frequent changes to uniform specifications and so this letter now concludes our revisions of the policy. We will however review the policy each academic year, as we always have done with all our school policies.
One final note, which is that the Governing Body has been encouraged by the active voice amongst Bar Hill School Parents. We would therefore like to highlight that we have elections coming up in summer months for parent governors (more details to follow in the coming months). Governors are the largest volunteer workforce in the country, who all give their spare time each and every week (around work, family and other commitments) to ensure the school standards are maintained and where possible, raised. Our Bar Hill School Governing Body, which was considered outstanding in the last Ofsted, comprises of 15 members including; school senior leadership, staff, parents and members of the wider community in its representation. We would highly encourage those parents who wish to join us in our work to endeavour to make Bar Hill School the best it possibly can, to put themselves forward for elections.
Chair of Governors, on behalf of the Bar Hill School Governing Body