AN UPDATE ON SCHOOL UNIFORM
School uniforms will be made more affordable for families under a new law passed by Parliament (29 April).
The Act, which received Royal Assent, will require schools to follow new statutory guidance on uniform costs, instructing them to keep prices down.
The cross-party support for the Bill recognised the costs parents face for school uniform, particularly for branded items, and the statutory guidance will tell schools to consider high street alternatives.
It will also include measures on encouraging second-hand uniform, schools’ arrangements with suppliers, and ensuring parents have access to clear information about uniform policies.
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said:
School uniforms are important in establishing the right ethos in a school. They also help to improve behaviour and a sense of belonging and identity. But we want to be sure they are affordable for parents.
This new law will help to save families money and ensure the cost of a blazer or shirt is never a barrier to accessing the best possible education.
The new law, introduced as a Private Members’ Bill by Mike Amesbury MP and given Government backing, enables the Government to set statutory guidance for schools to consider about costs for uniforms.
The Department will publish the statutory guidance in the autumn this year, which will focus on ensuring costs are reasonable for families of all backgrounds and giving parents the best value for money.
It will also advise schools to make sure that when they take up contracts with uniform suppliers, they are competitive and transparent in order to keep costs down.
The Government is committed to ensuring no family is deterred from applying to a school due to the costs for its uniform. Once guidance is published, schools will be required by law to consider it when developing their uniform policies.
Matt Easter, Co-Chair of the Schoolwear Association said:
As the leading schoolwear industry body, we welcome the Bill and the help it will provide for schools looking for further guidance on their uniform policies, to ensure the process of choosing a uniform supplier is as robust, competitive and easy as possible.
In particular, we welcome the Government’s recognition that the quality and longevity of garments should be considered alongside their cost. Whilst the vast majority of schools already work hard to keep their uniforms affordable, this Bill is an important step to help them continue to make the best decisions on their uniform policies and offer the best support to parents.
Mark Russell, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:
We are thrilled this new law has passed and we thank Minister Gibb and the Department for Education for their support. This legislation will be vital in ensuring that school uniforms become more affordable for families across the country.
Young people told us back in 2014 that high-priced school uniforms had a huge impact on their ability to make the most of their education. We hope this new law will make children feel more equal to their classmates and make life easier for struggling families
SCHOOL UNIFORM AT FAIRLIGHT
All children are asked to wear school uniform to school every day at Fairlight unless there is a special non-uniform day being held.
At the current time however we have relaxed the school uniform to allow children to wear clothes to school that may be more appropriate to what they are doing (e.g. wear your PE kit all day on the day we have PE to cut down on the bags needed) but also to allow those parents who wish to wash clothes at the end of every day.
Please click below to be taken direct to Sussex Uniforms Website. Or call them on 01444 227066.
A STATEMENT FROM SUSSEX UNFORMS ABOUT THE NEW LAW
The new law makes most of the existing guidelines now statutory, which we have proudly always abided by, providing the best value school uniform to our schools. We do not provide any kick-backs or incentives to the schools we supply and always keep our prices as low as possible for parents, whilst providing long-lasting top quality uniform and a fast reliable service. Thanks to the on-going support from our loyal schools and parents, we as a retailer with three shops have managed to survive the pandemic. It’s been extremely challenging, but we know how much parents value our shops, so we have worked tirelessly throughout the past year to keep everything going, make sure parents could always get hold of any uniform they needed throughout all the lockdown and invested in our shops to enable us to safely reopen with all the Covid restrictions.
We are pleased to confirm that all our shops are now open Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am to 4pm and from 1st July they will extend our opening times Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.
We thank you for your on-going support and look forward to continuing to provide a great service to all our schools this summer….under hopefully more normal circumstances!
WHY WE CONTIUE TO WEAR SCHOOL UNIFORM?
We pride ourselves on looking smart and well presented, both within school and when on school visits.
Wearing our school uniform creates a sense of community and belonging. It minimises competitiveness about clothes and ensures that children are appropriately dressed for a busy and active day.
At Fairlight Primary and Nursery School we ask that all children wear the correct school uniform and adhere to our jewellery policy.
As part of the Parent Supportive Code, parents have agreed:
We dress appropriately when attending school and ensure our children do so as well. We ensure our children wear the correct uniform for school.
HOW WE CHOOSE OUR UNIFORM?
The choices around our uniform were made by the children to support parents and most importantly children to wear the uniform.
Black footwear for example allowed parents to choose between "school Shoes" and black trainers. Black or grey trousers or skirts allowed parents to purchase from a range of sources.
We have also tried to choose the easiest styles and colours that ALL major supermarkets stock.
OUR SCHOOL UNIFORM
- Navy blue jumpers / cardigans/ fleece or hoody.
- Plain or Logo can be purchased from our Uniform Shop
- White polo t-shirt
- One with school logo or can be purchased from our Uniform Shop
- Grey or black smart school style trousers
- Grey or black skirts
- Grey or black pinafore dresses
- Styles can be purchased from our Uniform Shop
- Blue/White Gingham Summer Dresses
- School shoes PLAIN BLACK (No heels and avoid branded trainers with patterns.)
- We permit trainers but ONLY PLAIN BLACK
- Sun-hats or caps to be worn during the summer for outside play and PE. These can be purchased from our Uniform Shop.
- A school book-bag to be brought in every day – these can be purchased from our Uniform Shop.
PE KIT- Please keep PE kit in school all week
- Navy shorts or Joggers
- Black or white plimsolls or trainers
- Plain white t-shirt (Reception children)
- House colour t-shirt (Years 1 - 6)
- To be kept in a small drawstring PE Bag
All clothes should be clearly labelled with your child’s name to aid identification of mislaid items. Sharpie pens to write in white labels are fine for this purpose.
All lost property will be in the office or returned to class.
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION
- Long hair should be neatly tied back, or plaited, at all times, not just for PE.
- Hair should be natural colour – no dyes or bright colours in stripes or dips.
- Cool haircuts only!!
- Children are not permitted to wear jewellery at school.
The only exceptions to this are:
- A small, plain watch, which is the responsibility of the child throughout the day.
- Very small, plain stud or sleeper earrings – no fancy styles, gems or stones. Hoops or dangly earrings are not permitted.
- Make-up, temporary tattoos and nail varnish are not permitted at school.