Dear Parents and carers,
We are writing to reassure families that we are sympathetic to issues that some parents have raised with us with regards to returning to school in uniform. As many of you will be aware current government recommendations about uniform are to come to school with daily laundered clothing. We have been working on trying to strike an acceptable balance - as we know many students will already have their uniform and we are expected to consult with the uniform suppliers 12 months before we make any changes; but we are also aware of the financial pressure that many of our families may find themselves in due to COVID-19
Our school uniform and preference would be to maintain the current uniform standards and expectation but because of the reasons outlined above at this unprecedented time we are making a COVID-19 exemption to uniform as follows:
With the following concessions of the blazer, tie, and the PE top, all other clothing can be non-branded as long as they follow the same design principles and closely match existing uniform e.g. a navy pleated skirt, v-necked navy jumper, white knee length sports socks and navy sports shorts.
With regards to the daily wearing of a blazer we will make further decisions about this closer to the time, in line with government guidance, but if these are required to be worn they should be branded as per the normal uniform policy. Any change to this will be clearly communicated in advance of students return to school.
We believe that asking students to return in uniform is important as the students will identify themselves as part of the Kingsway community, be ready to learn, and will eliminate issues with inappropriate dress or additional financial pressures to wear the latest trends or designer labels. Emotionally it will maintain the status quo as much as normal and ease the return to school by minimising significant change.
As we return to normal the expectation would be that the students would move back to the published uniform policy.
As with any other year if a family is finding any financial difficulty in providing their child with a school uniform, they are urged to contact the school directly so we can discuss further.