School Uniform Policy
It is our policy that all children should wear school uniform when attending school or when participating in a school-organised event outside regular school hours unless otherwise announced by the school administration. RISE School Director, academic Director, Head of Key Stages, teachers and supervisors will ensure the implementation of the school uniform policy. Our students will be expected to adhere to this policy starting the first school day. P.E. uniform should be worn only on days with the scheduled P.E. classes.
We provide a complete list of the items needed for school uniform on our school website and in the Student-Parent Handbook.
2. Aims and Objectives
Our policy is based on the notion that a school uniform:
- Promotes a sense of pride in the school
- Generates a feeling of community and belonging
- Is practical and smart
- Identifies the children with the school
- Is not distracting in class (as fashion clothes might be)
- Makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance
- Is regarded as suitable and good value for money, by most parents
- Has been designed with health and safety in mind
3. Jewellery and Accessories
On health and safety grounds, we do not allow children to wear jewellery and accessories at school. The exception to this rule is earring studs in pierced ears. We ask the children to either remove these items during PE sessions and games or to cover them with plaster. Discretion for small objects of religious significance will be discussed with the Head Teacher / Academic Director on an individual basis.
4. Extreme Haircuts
The school does not permit students to have haircuts that could serve as a distraction to themselves or others, e.g. Mohawk Style, un-natural hair colours/dyes, shaved patterns, beads and coloured braids.
The school wants all children to grow into healthy adults. We believe that it is dangerous for children to wear shoes with platform soles or high heels in school, therefore we do not allow this. Neither do we allow children to wear trainers in school; these are appropriate for sports or leisurewear, but are not in keeping with the smart appearance of a school uniform. We require all children to wear the type of footwear described in the uniform list (See Appendix A).
6. Parents’ role
6.1. We expect all parents and guardians who send their children to RISE to support our school uniform policy. We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily schoolwork. Parents/guardians should ensure that the child has the correct uniform and that it is clean and in good repair. Parents should send a Uniform Letter if their child’s uniform is incorrect.
6.2. If any parent would like the school to modify the Uniform Policy, they should make a representation, in the first instance, to the Head Teacher / Academic Director. The school welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities. If there are serious reasons, for example, religious concerns, if parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the school will look sympathetically at such requests.
7. Governors’ role
The Governing Body supports the Head Teacher / Academic Director in implementing the School Uniform Policy. It considers all representations from parents regarding this policy and liaises with the Head Teacher/ Academic Director to ensure that the policy is implemented fairly and with sensitivity.
8. Monitoring and reviewing
8.1 When monitoring this policy through its committee work, the Governing Body will:
- Seek the views of parents to be sure that they agree with the policy and support it
- Consider if the School Principal has any requests from parents for individual children to
have special dispensations.
- Require the Head Teacher /Academic Director to report to the Governors on the way the policy is being implemented.
8.2 This policy will be reviewed by the Governing Body every two years or earlier if considered necessary.
Not Allowed Items for Girls
- Tight fitted/skinny or low waist clothing.
- Dirty or ripped uniform.
- Denim/ jeans.
- Colourful hairband/ head scarfs.
- Multiple ear piercings and dangly earrings (one stud is permitted).
- Facial piercing.
- Makeup and traces of makeup.
- Nail Polish.
- Jewellery/ accessories such as Chokers, bracelets, ring (only a wristwatch is permitted).
- Extreme hairdos/Hair Colour.
- Sneakers such as Nike, Adidas, Converse ONLY if they are black or white.
- Tattoos or Hennah – if they have any, they MUST be covered.
Not Allowed Items for Boys
- Tight/skinny, extra baggy or low waist clothing.
- Dirty or ripped uniform.
- Denim/ jeans.
- Extreme hairdos, hair colour or long hair.
- Accessories, such as bands, bracelets, ring (only a wristwatch is permitted).
- Sneakers such as Nike, Adidas are ONLY allowed during normal school days if they are black or white.
Allowed School Shoes for Girls / Boys
- Black or white shoes for normal school days (without any flashy colours).
- P.E. shoes should not have any flashy colours.
- Students are advised to use an age/size appropriate school bag.
- They can use either trolley, backpacks or cross bags