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Our uniform

Statutory requirements

The uniform policy has been based on the Department for Education’s (DfE) current guidance (School uniform, September 2013) available on its website. The Department strongly encourages schools to have a uniform as it can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone. This policy also acknowledges the School Admission Code (2012) which highlights how high uniform costs should not discourage prospective pupils and parents from applying for a place at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy and how current pupils and parents should be supported where necessary.

Equalities Act (2010) - All children have equal access to wearing school uniform regardless of their culture, race, religion, gender, disability or ability. We ensure that the set uniform respects other policies such as the Equality Act (2010) and allows for individual sets of circumstances of all groups and individuals. Great Yarmouth Primary Academy is committed to creating a positive climate that will enable everyone to work free from racial intimidation and harassment and to achieve their full potential.

Principles

Our policy is that all children should wear clothing that is in keeping with a purpose and an aspirational learning environment. We want children at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy to take immense pride in their dress, behaviour and learning. Our core values are:

  • High expectations
  • No excuses
  • Always learning
  • Positivity

Aims

Our policy is based on the belief that Great Yarmouth Primary Academy school uniform:

  • Promotes a sense of pride in our academy.
  • Creates a strong sense and feeling of belonging.
  • Is distinctive, but part of the wider Inspiration Trust federation.
  • Identifies children within our academy.
  • Reflects our core values and incredibly high expectations.
  • Enables children to feel and live as valuable citizens.
  • Helps prepare children for secondary school and beyond.

Uniform for Reception, Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 pupils

  • Dark-blue V-necked jumper with Great Yarmouth Primary Academy logo
  • A white collared buttoned shirt (long- or short-sleeved)
  • Great Yarmouth Primary Academy tie (clip-on ties rather than normal ties can be worn for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils)
  • Grey trousers or grey skirt (below the knee). Only grey tights (no leggings) are permitted
  • Black shoes/black boots (below the shin) and no trainers

Uniform for Year 5 and 6 pupils

  • Year 6 (male and female pupils) are required to wear the dark-blue blazer with the Great Yarmouth Primary Academy logo
  •  A white collared buttoned shirt (long- or short-sleeved)
  • Great Yarmouth Primary Academy tie
  • Grey trousers or grey skirt (below the knee). Only grey tights (no leggings) are permitted
  • Black shoes/black boots (below the shin) and no trainers

In cold weather, wellies may be worn to and from Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, but children will need to get changed into black shoes.

Summer uniform

In the summer term, girls up to Year 5 may wear navy blue and white gingham dresses, and boys may wear charcoal grey shorts. Black shoes must be worn - no sandals, please.

Other items

Due to health and safety reasons, we do not allow pupils to wear jewellery other than small studs and a watch. Make-up and nail polish are not permitted at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy. We also require all parents to ensure their children are warm throughout the winter months, ensuring they have adequate coats, gloves, and hats where necessary.

Procedures for non-compliance

If a pupil attends Great Yarmouth Primary Academy with incorrect uniform, they will be dealt with in the following three steps:

  1. A verbal warning will be given to the pupil and they will be asked to remove the item (if jewellery or make-up). If the incorrect uniform (e.g. trousers, shirt, shoes) is evident, then a verbal warning will also be issued and parents immediately notified of the warning.
  2. If a second incident occurs of incorrect uniform or appearance, the school will inform parents immediately and the pupil will be asked to go home to rectify the issue. Page 7 of the DfE guidance states that teachers can discipline pupils for breaching the school’s rules on appearance or uniform. The guidance also states that a headteacher may ask a pupil to go home to rectify the breach of school rules or appearance in uniform. As the DfE guidance states, this ‘sending home to rectify’ will initially constitute an authorised absence. Great Yarmouth Primary Academy will grant this for a maximum of two days, but further breaches will result in unauthorised absence.
  3. Further breaches in uniform or appearance will result in sanctions in line with Great Yarmouth Primary Academy behaviour policy as these will constitute not following school rules.

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