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Great Totham Primary School

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admin@greattotham.essex.sch.uk

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Headteacher: Miss S Vass

School Uniform

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School uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of the school. It helps to instil pride in the school, support positive behaviour and discipline, encourage identity with, and support for, the school and protect children from social pressures to dress in a particular way.  Adhering to the school uniform policy is therefore compulsory and the school reserves the right to temporarily exclude pupils who persistently do not comply with the stipulated dress code.

General Requirements

  • ‘Plain’ is defined as no fashion embellishments, no contrasting colours or markings, no advertisements or brand logos
  • Children are expected to be smartly presented during the course of the day and to take pride in their appearance at all times
  • We ask that all items of clothing, including socks and underwear, are clearly marked with your child’s name
  • The school prohibits the use of make-up, nail varnish and the wearing of jewellery including earrings. A small, inexpensive watch may be worn
  • No extreme fashion haircuts e.g. tram lines, shaved head (complete or partial)
  • Children with long hair must have it tied back with a plain hair accessory in either black or school uniform colours
  • No hair colouring or the use of visible styling products is permitted and no products at all on swim days
  • Summer dresses can be worn from the start of the Summer term to Autumn half term

 

Uniform items should be purchased from the school office. We do not make a profit on these items. Please complete:

    

 

Boys

  • Plain charcoal grey tailored / formal trousers (long or short), not combat style.
  • White shirt, hard collar
  • One of the following school purchased tops with logo; Pullover, Cardigan, Sleeveless jumper.
  • Charcoal grey socks. No trainer socks.
  • School purchased tie, normal or clip on, not elasticated

Girls

  • Plain charcoal grey skirt, at least knee length.
  • Plain charcoal grey tailored / formal trousers, not combat style, leggings or jersey style trousers.
  • White shirt, hard collar.
  • One of the following school purchased tops with logo; Pullover, Cardigan, Sleeveless jumper
  • School purchased tie, normal or clip on, not elasticated
  • Plain charcoal grey tights or plain white or plain grey socks, no trainer socks.
  • Optional summer uniform - bottle green and white checked summer dress at least knee length. Plain white socks, no trainer socks.
Both girls and boys
  • The  choice of topcoat is optional and must be sensible, hardwearing.
  • Summer – a hat in hot weather.
  • A small (to hold A4 sized book) bag that fits easily into a school locker or hangs on a coat peg or a school purchased book bag.
  • Black shoes, low heeled, no boots, not canvas / material.

PE Kit

  • Plain black football shorts.
  • Polo shirt in house colour (Red: Oak, Yellow: Maple, Green: Birch or Blue: Willow)
  • White PE socks
  • Plain trainers (not boot style)*
  • School drawstring bag in House colour.
  • Plain tracksuit.
  • One piece swimsuit for girls and swimming trunks/shorts for boys (not long shorts due to safety). Compulsory swimming hat.

*   Please note if your child has a verruca that prevents them from going bare foot during indoor PE, please provide lightweight black plimsolls. Trainers are not suitable for the safety of the other children.

Lost Property

All items of Lost Property, including clothes, shoes, lunch boxes, P.E. bags etc. are kept in a unit in the Office Reception Area.

At the end of each month any unclaimed items will be donated to charity or be retained to assist with the uniform requirements of families suffering financial hardship.

In the interests of school security, parents are not to ‘search’ unattended classrooms for missing items. Parents are asked to regularly check that children have name-tags in all items of clothing and that all other equipment is clearly marked with the child’s name and class.

Other Items in School

We do not accept any responsibility for items lost or damaged in school and therefore ask that additional valuable items are not brought onto the school site unless specifically asked by your child’s teacher.

Although not encouraged children are allowed to bring in small, sensible and named game/toy for playtimes. For example a skipping rope, colouring book etc.

Children may also bring their own books to complement school reading scheme books during daily ‘quiet reading’ sessions.

Mobile Telephones

Children are not allowed, under any circumstances, to bring mobile telephones to school (including after school activities such as discos and film nights) or to take them to any off-site activity e.g. educational visits, sporting events, etc.

Forgotten Items

Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their belongings and are not allowed to telephone home for items which they have forgotten to bring to school (e.g. swimming kit).  If parents wish to bring such belongings to school during the day they may place them in the box provided in the Office Reception area and fill in the date, name and class of the child in the book provided. Monitors will distribute any such items during morning break and lunch time.

Sunhats and Suncream

Children are encouraged to have a hat during the summer months. This must be clearly labelled with your child’s name. The school would prefer parents to apply suncream in the morning before school. The latest guidelines would indicate that children should then be protected throughout the day. In extreme heat the children’s outside playtime may be limited to ensure their safety.

Sun Protection

Medical research has indicated that one of the possible causes of adult melanoma is excessive exposure to sunlight in the child’s early years. The school acknowledges the medical advice that has emanated from this research and is responding in the following ways during hot summer weather:

1. Encouraging the children to sit in the shade out of direct sunlight for part of the lunch break.

2. Encouraging all pupils to bring and wear a hat to school, preferably of a legionnaire style which has a protective flap for the back of the neck.

3. The application of sun protection cream on exposed body parts. Although it is not possible to allow pupils to bring such creams to schools, there are now products on the market which give protection for the whole of the school day, are water resistant and therefore ideal for pupils during swimming lessons.

4. Suggesting that vulnerable children wear long sleeved shirts or blouses.

5. If the above organisation is rigorously followed, then the children should not suffer any adverse long-term effects from the hot weather.

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