Uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of the school and setting an appropriate tone. We have worked very hard over the academic year to ensure that our uniform is worn correctly so that it instils pride, supports positive behaviour and encourages identity with, and support for, our school ethos. Our uniform helps to ensure pupils feel welcome and part of the school. It helps to protect children from social pressures to dress in a particular way; and nurtures cohesion, promoting good relations between different groups of pupils. Above all, we believe that school uniform supports effective teaching and learning.
All pupils attending St Leonard’s are expected to wear the school uniform correctly and at all times in the school.
At St Leonard’s, we firmly believe that uniform should be:
Our school uniform is as follows:
School Uniform (Main School)
Boys Years 7-11
Girls Year 7-11
Please note, we have offered optional items of PE kit to ensure all pupils are comfortable and confident whilst participating in sport.
|Shorts (32303)||Shorts (32303) or Skort (32315)||Compulsory|
|Unisex Polo Shirt (6100)||Unisex Polo Shirt (6100)||Compulsory|
|Plain white socks||Plain white socks||Compulsory|
|Trainers (not plimsoles or high tops)||Trainers (not plimsoles or high tops)||Compulsory|
|PE Navy Hoodie (30853)||PE Navy Hoodie (30853)||Optional|
|Tracksuit Bottoms (6800)||Tracksuit Bottoms (6800)||Optional|
|Tracksuit Top (6611)||Tracksuit Top (6611)||Optional|
|Slimfit Tracksuit Bottoms (34458)||Slimfit Tracksuit Bottoms (34458)||Optional|
|Unisex Training Top (6600)||Unisex Training Top (6600)||Optional|
|Reversible Sports Shirt (6400)||Sports Leggings (34459)||Optional|
Jewellery & Other
All forms of jewellery, false eye-lashes, acrylic nails and nail varnish are not permitted in school. Watches are allowed but they must not be smart watches.
We also remind all of our pupils that extreme haircuts and coloured/ two toned hair dyes are not permitted. Visible make-up is not permitted.
Our branded school uniform can be purchased online from Price & Buckland or in person by visiting Parkins School Wear and Men’s Wear in Durham City Centre.
Non-branded uniform is available from many retail outlets. Whilst the School does not require parents to purchase all uniform from a particular supplier, the School has entered into partnership with Price & Buckland who hold an approved stock of main school uniform. All items for sale from Price & Buckland have been approved as acceptable school uniform. Feedback from parental consultations has informed us that certain aspects of the school uniform most notably appropriate navy-blue school skirts and girls’ navy-blue trousers have been difficult to source. We would be very grateful to parents, to help us to achieve these standards, if you would purchase all items of uniform from our suppliers.
Other Suppliers: Sainsbury’s and Tesco currently stock charcoal grey trousers which match the approved style and colour for boys in Years 7-11. Please note that trousers from other suppliers may vary in both colour and style.
Uniform Worn Correctly
Pupils who fail to wear uniform correctly will be dealt with according to the School’s Behaviour Policy. The statutory guidance on uniform from the Department for Education states:
“Teachers can discipline pupils for breaching the school’s rules on appearance or uniform. This should be carried out in accordance with the school’s published behaviour policy.
A head teacher, or a person authorised by the head teacher, may ask a pupil to go home briefly to remedy a breach of the school’s rules on appearance or uniform. When making this decision schools need to consider the child’s age and vulnerability, the ease and time it will take, and the availability of the child’s parents. This is not an exclusion but an authorised absence. However, if the pupil continues to breach uniform rules in such a way as to be sent home to avoid school, or takes longer than is strictly necessary to effect the change, the pupil’s absence may be counted as an unauthorised absence. In either case the pupil’s parents must be notified and the absence should be recorded. If a school is considering excluding a pupil in response to breaches of uniform policy then this must be in line with the legal requirements for exclusion.”
Pupils are asked to bring this equipment every day:
Support for Parents / Carers
We are committed to working with and supporting parents/ carers in the provision of good quality uniform, worn correctly, that reflects our high standards and commitment to excellence. We have carefully considered our uniform offer and have tried to keep branded items to a minimum to ensure our uniform is affordable for all.
We would like to support any parents/ carers who are experiencing financial difficulty in providing their child with school uniform. Please contact us if you would like support towards the cost of uniform.
We also hold a stock of ‘pre-loved’ uniform in school for anyone who requires this, regardless of benefit status or income level. All items are cleaned, in a good state of repair and are free of charge. If you would like to find out more about the stock we hold, please complete this form.
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