School uniform plays a vital role in promoting the ethos of a school, providing a sense of belonging and identity and setting an appropriate tone for education. By creating a common identity amongst all pupils, regardless of background, a school uniform can also act as a social leveller.
The “Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Act 2021” states that all stipulated school uniform items must be affordable for all and any branded items, purchased through uniform suppliers, offer value for money. This statutory guidance came into effect in September 2022.
The Aspire Uniform Policy, formed in part by parent/pupil voice, ensures each individual uniform offering across the trust is in line with this legislation and helps maintain the balance between affordability and upholding of school ethos and identity.
- Navy blue sweatshirt or cardigan (school logo optional)
- Light blue or white polo shirt
- Grey trousers/shorts/skirt/pinafore
- Grey, navy or white socks/tights
- Blue & white gingham summer dress (optional)
- Plain black school shoes - no trainers, boots, heels or open toes
- An appropriate coat is provided, dependent on time of year
- Hair is clean, natural colour (not dyed) and long hair tied back with school colour band
- No jewellery with the exception of single pair of stud earrings
- Wristwatch permitted (but no Smart watches)