2018/19 Years 8 to 11 School Uniform, Equipment and PE Dress Code

William Farr School is committed to setting high standards in all aspects of school life. The school uniform plays an important part in this process, promoting consistency in standards and helping to set the right climate for learning for all pupils. It reflects our school ethos and provides an identity with the school and the wider community. If pupils take pride in their appearance, they take pride in themselves, their school and their learning.

All pupils in Years 7-11 must wear school uniform whilst at school and on school organised activities, unless otherwise instructed. There is no exception to this rule. From September 2018, Year 7 only will be wearing a new school uniform. This change will not affect Years 8-11 who will continue to wear the existing school uniform (below) this year and for their remaining years of compulsory education at William Farr School. This uniform will continue to be available from the school uniform shop. There are, however, some minor changes to school uniform from September 2018, which will affect all pupils, including Years 8-11. We would like to draw these to the attention of all parents and look for your support in its implementation. These changes are designed to ensure the school continues to uphold its high standards and expectations which we are all justifiably proud of. Should parents have any questions regarding uniform, they should contact their respective Head of Year.

An up-to-date-list of the school uniform requirements including PE dress code and equipment is set out below. The changes can be seen here.

*Asterisked items are available to purchase from the school uniform shop

Boys' School Uniform

Uniform

Further Details

Blazer*

Black.

Blazer Badge*

House colour.

Shirt*

Pale blue polycotton or cotton, of conventional school style (not denim style).

Summer Shirt*

With school badge.

Trousers*

Black, plain, only in conventional school style- worsted or similar plain material. Cotton drill, jeans style, chinos or skinny fit are not acceptable (for the school to determine).Trousers should not be cropped (there should be no significant gap between the bottom of the trouser and the shoe).

School Tie*

Clip on with house colour.

Socks

Plain black or grey (no other colours are permitted).

Shoes

Black – of a solid construction, polishable and suitable for a busy school environment. Platform soles are not acceptable, neither are flimsy fashion shoes, canvas shoes or trainers. Boots are not acceptable unless in inclement weather. Where a pupil is forced due to legitimate medical reasons to wear trainers instead of shoes, a medical note is required.

Girls' School Uniform

Uniform

Further Details

Blazer*

Black.

Blazer Badge*

House colour.

Blouse*

Pale blue polycotton or cotton, of conventional school style (not denim style).

Summer Blouse*

With school badge.

Skirt*

Approved grey. Must be a reasonable length (Approximately 4 fingers in depth above the knee and not rolled up).

Trousers*

Black, plain, only in conventional school style. Cotton drill, jeans style, chinos or skinny fit are not acceptable (for the school to determine). Trousers should not be cropped (there should be no significant gap between the bottom of the trouser and the shoe).

School Tie*

Clip on with house colour.

Socks

Plain black or grey (no other colours are permitted).

Tights

Black or grey (no patterns).

Shoes

Black - of a solid construction, polishable and suitable for a busy school environment. Low heels (5cm or less). Platform soles are not acceptable, neither are flimsy fashion shoes, canvas shoes or trainers. No sling backs or stiletto heels. Boots are not acceptable unless in inclement weather. Where a pupil is forced due to legitimate medical reasons to wear trainers instead of shoes, a medical note is required.

Physical Education Uniform

*Asterisked items are available to purchase from the school uniform shop.

Uniform

Further Details

Rugby/Hockey Shirt*

Royal blue with amber stripe.

Black Shorts

Plain black shorts (these must be above knee length – Lycra or cycling shorts are not suitable).

PE Polo Shirts*

Royal blue polo shirt.

PE Black socks

Plain black socks.

Leggings

Plain black sports leggings that sit below the knee and must not be of a fashion nature.

PE Sweatshirt*

Navy blue hooded top.

Plain black tracksuit bottoms

No jogging bottoms. There are however certain sports where tracksuit bottoms are not appropriate and therefore shorts must be carried to all lessons.

Football Boots

Can be moulded studs or traditional studded boots.

Shin Pads

Training Shoes

These must have a non-marking sole.

Towel

Gum Shields for Rugby and Hockey

When undertaking a rugby module each pupil must have a gum shield to participate fully in the lesson. It is advisable that they are worn for hockey.
Gum shields ideally should be professionally supplied and fitted by a dentist. The school recognises that gum shields are available for self-fitting from sports suppliers.
Where parents/guardians decide to purchase these instead of professionally fitted ones, then they should satisfy themselves that they are adequate for the purpose intended and that parents/guardians supervise the fitting according to the manufacturers’ instructions.
[‘Safe practice in Physical Education and School Sport’ – Section 22.3.32]

Other Areas of Dress

Other Area of Dress

Further Details

Drama

Drama pupils will need clean, soft soled shoes to change into (these should be different shoes to those worn in PE). If trousers are not being worn, shorts/leggings are required. Long hair will need to be tied back.

Nails

Long nails, false/gel nails and nail varnish is not permitted.

Jewellery

The only jewellery allowed is a wristwatch (this should not be a Smart Watch) one signet ring, one bracelet and one set of very small stud or sleeper earrings (one per ear). No other forms of body piercing are allowed. No other forms of jewellery are acceptable.

Hair

Extreme hairstyles are not permitted and the school reserves the right to advise parents on what it considers to be extreme. There should be no tram-lines. Only natural hair colour is allowed.

Make-Up

Natural and subtle make-up will be accepted in school but excessive make-up will not. It is for the school to determine what is acceptable make-up. There should be no false eyelashes or false eyebrows.

Hoodies

These can be worn as an outdoor garment/coat but must not be worn underneath a blazer.

Equipment

*Asterisked items are available to purchase from the school stationery shop.

Equipment

Further Details

Pencil Case

Books and Equipment for the Day

Diary

The school will provide this.

Pen, Pencil, Rubber, 30 cm Ruler, Pencil Sharpener, Coloured Pencils*

Calculator*

The school recommends the Casio FX 85 GT.

French Dictionary*

Required in Years 8 and 9 for all pupils. Required in Years 10 and 11 if an option

Computer Memory Stick*

Bag

All pupils should have a rigid, waterproof bag to carry books. Smaller sports bags are an acceptable compromise as are small rucksacks.

Apron

For studying Design and Technology in a workshop

All clothing and equipment should be clearly marked with the pupil’s name.

Should parents have any questions regarding the school uniform they should contact the school.

Electronic Devices – Mobile Phones/iPods/iPads

Mobile phones, iPods and other electronic devices are not allowed in school. The rationale behind this decision is two-fold. Firstly, we know from other schools which allow such devices the level of disruption that can be caused. Secondly, the school has an open policy in terms of pupils using the school telephone to communicate with parents where necessary. In exceptional circumstances, parents can request that their child leaves a mobile phone at the school office at the start of the day and collects it again at the end of the day for safeguarding reasons. If parents would like to make such a request, they should apply in writing to the Head of Year. Pupils attending after school sporting fixtures may bring their mobile phones into school provided they are handed into reception at the start of the day. Please can parents notify the school in writing if this is the case. Mobile phones are also sometimes allowed when pupils are going on an educational visit. Information about this will be provided by the visit leader.

Under no circumstances are pupils allowed to have a mobile phone in their possession during the school day. If pupils are found in possession of a mobile phone, the School Behaviour Policy will apply. In terms of electronic devices such as Kindles and iPads the school would like to allow pupils to use these to support their learning. These devices must only be used as a learning tool.

Any device which has mobile internet capability must not be brought into school. This includes Smart Watches.

The school accepts no liability or responsibility for any electronic devices brought into school. Pupils bring them into school entirely at their own risk.

Failure to follow this Code will be dealt with in line with the School Behaviour Policy.

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