Uniform

Uniform Policy

Our uniform policy reflects our values and reinforces our academy’s culture of high expectations and academic achievement. All pupils must dress according to the uniform policy. Our academy uniform is important to us. It is one way in which we identify ourselves as a community and it promotes a strong, cohesive identity which supports high standards and expectations in all areas of academy life. Smartness and high standards of appearance are expected at all times.

We have a required academy uniform for several reasons:

  • Uniforms unite the academy. Wearing the same shows that the children are part of one team working together
  • Uniforms reduce distractions. We are focused on achieving success. When pupils are allowed to wear their own clothing, there is the potential to talk about fashions and styles rather than learning.
  • Uniforms make us all equal. Everyone wears the same and there is no label stigma in academy.
  • Uniforms look professional. Pupils look neat and ready to learn.

We ask parents and carers to support all decisions by academy staff regarding whether or not clothing is appropriate or inappropriate for academy.

Non-compliance with the Uniform Policy

It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that the academy uniform policy is adhered to. Parents and carers of pupils that do not wear the correct uniform will be contacted and asked to ensure the correct uniform is provided.

There may be good reasons why a pupil is not wearing academy uniform. In this case, parents and carers are asked to contact the academy and we will help to resolve this discretely.

Equal Opportunities

All children have equal access to wearing academy uniform regardless of their culture, race, religion, gender, disability or ability. We ensure that the set uniform respects other policies such as equality, race relations and sex discrimination. Rainbow Forge Primary Academy is committed to creating a positive climate that will enable everyone to work free from racial intimidation and harassment and to achieve their full potential.

Academy Uniform

Navy blue sweatshirt/cardigan/ jumper or fleece WITH the academy logo

Light blue polo shirt with or without academy logo

Black trousers/skirt/pinafore/shorts

Grey/black or blue socks/tights

Girls in the summer: blue gingham dress and white socks

PE Kit

Plain white t shirt with or without the academy logo

Navy or black shorts/skirt/cycling shorts/leggings/jogging trousers

Navy Academy sweatshirt/fleece/cardigan

Drawstring P.E. bag for kit

Outdoor clothing

Pupils should bring a coat to school each day, apart from during the hotter weather. Hats, scarves and boots should not to be worn inside the school buildings. Sun hats should be worn outside during the hotter summer months.

Footwear

Pupils must wear closed-toed, hard-soled, all black plain shoes with a flat sole.

Open-toed sandals may be worn with socks but flipflops should not be worn.

In the case of extreme weather children can wear wellington boots to school but must change into a pair of shoes on arrival to school.

Pupils can wear trainers or back plimsolls for outdoor PE lessons.

Barefoot work is undertaken for indoor gymnastic, yoga and dance lessons.

Children in Nursery are asked to change into ‘indoor shoes’ on arrival.

Hairstyles

 Pupils’ hair should be neatly groomed and tidy at all times. Long hair on both girls and boys should be tied back neatly.

The Halo Code

Our academy champions the right of staff and students to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black staff and students’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance.

We welcome Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves, and wraps.

At this academy, we recognise and celebrate our staff and students’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on anyone’s ability to succeed.

For more information about the Halo Code: https://halocollective.co.uk/

Fingernail Polish & Make-Up

Pupils are not allowed to wear fingernail polish or false nails. Make-up is not allowed.

Jewellery/Accessories

Pupils may wear a watch and may wear one pair of small, stud earrings. Religious necklaces eg a cross can be worn but must be underneath the child’s polo shirt.

All jewellery must be removed for PE by the pupil or left at home. Studs earrings that cannot be removed by the pupil for PE lessons will be covered with a plaster or tape.

Please note that the academy will be unable to take any responsibility for any watches or jewellery that are lost.

Naming Clothing and Property

VERY IMPORTANT – Please ensure all clothing and property is clearly marked so that lost articles may be easily traced and returned. The academy cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage of pupils’ property and valuables.

Lost Property

All mislaid items are placed at the back of the hall. Please ask the academy office if you wish to look through these. We endeavour to return all named property. All unclaimed lost property is put out for parents periodically throughout the term. At the end of every term, all unclaimed items of uniform will be disposed of.

School Uniform Suppliers

Sweatshirts, fleeces and cardigans must have the academy logo. They can be purchased from:

Pinders Schoolwear

School Trends All other items can be bought from high street stores.