School Uniform

Given that there is substantial parental and public approval of uniform, schools in Inverclyde are free to encourage the wearing of school uniform. In encouraging the wearing of uniform account must be taken in any proposals to prevent any direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race or gender. Any proposals will be the subject of widespread consultation with parents and pupils.

Against this background it should be noted that it is the policy of the Education & Lifelong Learning Committee not to insist on pupils wearing uniform or having specialist items of clothing as a prerequisite to their attending and engaging in all of the activities of the curriculum.

Many parents do, however, wish their child to wear uniform at Wemyss Bay School and the items are listed below:

Girls
Grey pinafore or skirt
White blouse/polo
School tie
White or grey socks or
White or grey tights
Blue cardigan / sweatshirt
Blue and white checked summer dress

Pupils looking resplendent in their school uniformBoys
Grey trousers
White shirt/polo
School tie
Grey socks
School sweatshirt

PE kit for both boys and girls:
School polo shirt
Shorts
Gym shoes

There are forms of dress which are unacceptable in school, such as items of clothing which:
- potentially encourage faction (such as football colours);
- could cause offence (such as anti-religious symbolism or political slogans);
- could cause health and safety difficulties, such as loose fitting clothing, or clothing made from flammable material for example shell suits in practical classes;
- carry advertising, particularly for alcohol or tobacco;
and could be used to inflict damage on other pupils or be used by others to do so.

In addition jewellery such as dangling earrings and large rings could cause health and safety difficulties and it is unacceptable for such jewellery to be worn in school.

Under no circumstances will pupils be deprived of any educational benefit as a result of not wearing uniform.

The council is concerned at the level of claims being received regarding the loss of pupils’ clothing and/or personal belongings. Parents are asked to assist in this area by ensuring that valuable items and unnecessary expensive items of clothing are not brought to school. Parents should note that the authority does not carry any insurance to cover the loss of such items and any claims submitted are likely to be met only where the authority can be shown to have been negligent. To help reduce loss of clothing, please ensure that your son/daughter’s name is on their clothing and any items belonging to your child.



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