Our School Uniform
Our school uniform gives the children a sense of identity. It has been kept as simple and inexpensive as possible, bearing in mind that school clothes should be hardwearing, washable and allow freedom of movement. It is our school policy that all children wear school uniform.
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All uniform (expect the PE hoodie) is available from the above retailers or can be purchased more widely from retailers such as supermarkets, including via second-hand retailers.
The PE hoodie is currently only available to purchase from Rivals or via the school office.
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- Bottle green v-necked school jumper with or without the school logo or a bottle green knitted button-up cardigan
- Grey school shorts or trousers
- Grey skirt or pinafore
- Infants - white polo shirt (with or without the school logo)
- Juniors – white shirt with green and yellow striped tie
- Between April and October - Summer dress in green and white check / stripes or green gingham “skorts” with a white polo shirt
Socks and shoes
The school wants all children to grow into healthy adults. We believe that it is dangerous for children to wear shoes that have platform soles, strappy open toed sandals, slingbacks or high heels, so we do not allow children to wear such shoes in our school. Neither do we allow children to wear trainers to school; this is because we think that this footwear is appropriate for sport or for leisurewear, but is not in keeping with the smart appearance of a school uniform. We require all children to wear sensible, smart shoes.
- White, grey or black socks
- Bottle green, grey or black tights
- Sensible, flat black shoes
- Boots are not permitted
- Trainers are not permitted (unless it is a PE day)
- Children must have a bottle green standard size bookbag. Other rucksacks and bags are not permitted.
PE and Games
Required uniform for PE / sport
Outdoor play clothing
Our school believes that all children need opportunities to play because play is critical to children’s health and wellbeing, and essential for their physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual development. At Hernhill, children will go outside to play in all weathers. All classes also take part in forest school sessions every year. Therefore it is important that children have suitable clothing that allows them to do this. The following is strongly recommended.
- Suitable winter coat with a hood. This should be waterproof.
- Children must have a sun hat during the summer term.
- Lightweight raincoat for when there is warmer weather but it is still wet (recommended).
- Wellington boots to be able to play on the field all year round – these should stay at school all year round.
- Waterproof over trousers are recommended so that children can play outside when it is very wet and muddy.
All of the above items can be any colour or style. The PTAFA run a pre-loved shop where parents and carers can source items.
We are determined that no child in our school should miss out on play experiences through a lack of suitable clothing. We have a small bank of items in school that children can borrow. In addition, should any family find it difficult to obtain these items, please speak to the headteacher, Mrs Alexander directly and in confidence, for help and support.
On health and safety grounds we do not allow children to wear jewellery in our school. The exceptions to this rule are small gold or silver earring studs in pierced ears, small objects of religious significance and a watch.
- Hair accessories should be small and insignificant. Jo-Jo bows are not allowed.
- Long hair should be tied back.
- The school does not permit children to have ‘extreme’ haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children. The definition of an extreme hairstyle is at the discretion of the Headteacher.
As part of our eco-focus on sustainability and reducing unnecessary waste, we strongly support ways of reusing uniform and providing pre-loved uniform options for all families. We do this through a number of different channels:
- Parents and carers are encouraged to donate any non logo’ed uniform items they no longer need such as trousers, skirts, socks, tights etc with local charity shops, to recycle them in the clothes bank situated in the village hall car park or send them into school where we use them as a spare clothes store,
- Our PTAFA organise and run a pre-loved uniform ‘shop’ through the school Facebook group. This collects and sells (for minimal cost) logo’ed items such as PE t-shirts, PE hoodies, bookbags, jumpers & cardigans. Donations for the shop can be left at the school office. Requests for uniform items can be made in person to a PTAFA committee member, via the school office or on the Facebook group.
- Coats, waterproof trousers and wellies that have been grown out of can also be donated either to school for use by others during wet OPAL playtimes or to the PTAFA pre-loved shop.
- We also encourage the recycling of dressing up and World Book day costumes via the PTAFA pre-loved shop or sending them into school for our OPAL playtimes.
Hernhill welcomes suggestions from staff, children and families on any other ways we can be more sustainable with uniform items.
Please make sure that all items of clothing and personal property are marked with the owner’s name.
Lost property is kept in the lost property boxes in the front lobby. Each year we acquire several boxes of unmarked, unclaimed but good quality clothing which often includes coats, tracksuits, jumpers, underwear and ties. Lost property, which is unclaimed for a length of time, will be given to charity.