Dear Parents and Carers,
We’re two thirds of the way through our school year, summer is fast approaching and we’re ready to begin a new half term. However, although we still have a few months to go before the end of term, I can see our school uniform is not as consistent as it was in the autumn term.
Can I therefore please remind you to send your child to school wearing the correct school uniform until we break up in July. This includes a dark green cardigan or sweatshirt, preferably with the school logo, a bottle green polo shirt, and grey trousers, skirt or pinafore. As the weather continues to warm up, we would encourage the children to wear grey shorts (smart cargo type, not PE or sports shorts) or green check summer dresses, if desired. Black shoes, not brightly coloured fashion trainers should also be worn. I am also kindly requesting that on PE days, the children only wear the school PE uniform – black joggers, or shorts, a white t shirt and plain dark hoodie or sweatshirt.
All parents agreed to adhere to school policies when their child became a member of Woodlands Primary School. Wearing the correct school uniform is school policy: it also creates an identity for school and is an important part of being a school pupil. However, since all children have returned to school, we have noticed many children are not wearing the correct uniform.
At Woodlands, we, as do all other primary and secondary schools in the authority, insist on children wearing the correct uniform for a number of reasons. Uniforms create a sense of belonging to a particular school and an identity for the school in the community. Perhaps most importantly, a uniform means student don’t have to worry about peer pressure when it comes to their clothes. When everyone is dressed the same, worrying about what you look like isn’t so important. There is no competition about being dressed in the latest trend, which can put a great deal of financial pressure on parents. In addition, potential bullies have one less target for their insults, as it’s hard to make fun of what someone is wearing when everyone is dressed exactly the same. Finally, for some children, wearing a different jumper, or top makes them ‘stand out’ from their classmates so they are seen to be flouting the rules and different from everyone one else. This can be very upsetting for some children and unnecessary issues often arise when the children are asked to remove the item that is not uniform. Of course, this can be readily avoided if parents encourage their children to wear correct uniform, as they will need to when transferring to any secondary school in the borough.
We have some barely worn school sweatshirts available for any children that don’t already have them – these are available free of charge. If you would like additional sweatshirts or cardigans, please contact Mrs Jones or Mrs Speak in the school office, Mrs Fisher or Mrs Crilly.
Thank you for your support, ensuring school policies are followed and making sure your child is dressed appropriately for school each day.