Given that there is substantial parental and public approval of uniform, schools in East Renfrewshire are free to encourage the wearing of school uniform. In encouraging the wearing of uniform account must be taken in any proposals to prevent any direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race or gender. Any proposals will be the subject of widespread consultation with parents and pupils. Against this background it should be noted that it is the policy of the education committee not to insist on pupils wearing uniform or having specialist items of clothing as a prerequisite to their attending and engaging in all of the activities of the curriculum.
There are forms of dress which are unacceptable in school, such as items of clothing which:
- could potentially, encourage faction (such as football colours);
- could cause offence (such as anti-religious symbolism or political slogans);
- could cause health and safety difficulties, such as loose fitting clothing, dangling earrings,
- shell suits of flammable material in practical classes;
- could cause damage to flooring;
- carry advertising, particularly for alcohol or tobacco;
- could be used to inflict damage on other pupils or be used by others to do so.
Under no circumstances will pupils be deprived any educational benefit as a result of not wearing uniform.
The vast majority of our pupils do wear school uniform. The school blazer is navy blue or black and the basic colour of trousers, skirts and woollens is grey. Children wear white shirts and the tie is navy blue with red stripes. Jumpers and cardigans are grey. Pupiles may also wear red poloshirts and grey sweatshirts with the school name and badge on them. All these items can be purchased through the PTA. In warmer weather some children wear a red dress.
Parents are asked to assist in this area by ensuring that valuable items and unnecessarily expensive items of clothing, jewellery, etc. are not brought to school. Parents should note that the authority does not carry insurance to cover the loss of such items and any claims submitted are only likely to met where the authority can be shown to have been negligent.
To allow children to enjoy PE activities, shorts, T-shirts and appropriate shoes should be provided. The wearing of suitable clothing and footwear is an important safety matter. Children can wear coloured T-shirts linked to our House System; Orchard – yellow, Mains – red, Davieland – blue and Eastwood – green. Children should not wear jewellery during P.E. lessons.