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The Hermitage School

Inspiring Everyone to Learn

School Uniform

Uniform Policy

Winter (standard uniform):

Boys

  • Charcoal or dark grey trousers. The style must be plain – no denim, corduroy or chino styles.
  • Plain collared, long or short-sleeve, white cotton/poly-cotton shirt or polo shirt, tucked in. The top button may be left open.
  • Royal blue sweatshirt with school logo.
  • Black or grey socks. No trainer socks.
  • Black belt (optional). Belts must be plain black with a plain buckle. No fashion belts.
  • Sensible black school shoes. No boots or trainers.
  • Coat or jacket. No hoodies, corduroy or denim jackets.
  • Small rucksack or bag (with or without school logo).

Girls

  • Charcoal or dark grey skirt, culottes or trousers. The trouser style must be plain – no flares, cropped, drain-pipes, markings, fashion stitching, slits, denim, corduroy, hipsters or combats. Skirts and culottes must be knee-length or no more than 6cm above the knee.
  • Plain collared, long or short-sleeve, white cotton/poly-cotton shirt or polo shirt, tucked in. No tailored designs or embroidery. The top button may be left open.
  • Royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan with school logo.
  • Plain white knee-high socks or black/grey plain woollen-type tights. No nylon or patterned tights.
  • Black belt (optional). Belts must be plain black with a plain buckle. No fashion belts.
  • Sensible black school shoes. No boots, trainers, slipper-style, slip-ons, sling-backs or heels are allowed for health and safety reasons. A maximum 4cm heel is allowed.
  • Coat or jacket. No hoodies, corduroy or denim jackets.
  • Small rucksack or bag (with or without school logo).

All children

At The Hermitage, we are passionate about learning outside of the classroom.  This means that, throughout the year, lessons are often taught outside – whatever the weather!  For this reason, during the Autumn and Spring Terms, it is important that children come to school with appropriate outer clothing for learning outside such as a waterproof coat and wellies.

Summer (optional - may be worn only in the Summer term and the first half of the Autumn term):

Boys

  • Charcoal or dark grey shorts. The style must be plain – no denim, corduroy or chino styles.
  • Plain collared, long or short-sleeve, white cotton/poly-cotton shirt or polo shirt, tucked in. The top button may be left open. 
  • Royal blue sweatshirt with school logo.
  • Black or grey socks. No trainer socks.
  • Black belt (optional). Belts must be plain black with a plain buckle. No fashion belts.
  • Sensible black school shoes. No boots or trainers.
  • Coat or jacket. No hoodies, corduroy or denim jackets.
  • Small rucksack or bag (with or without school logo).

Girls

  • Blue gingham dress.
  • Royal blue waist-length cardigan with school logo.
  • Plain white ankle socks. No trainer socks.
  • Sensible black school shoes. No boots, trainers, slipper-style, slip-ons, sling-backs or heels are allowed for health and safety reasons. A maximum 4cm heel is allowed.
  • Coat or jacket. No hoodies, corduroy or denim jackets.
  • Small rucksack or bag (with or without school logo).

PE kit:

  • Navy tracksuit top and bottoms. No large motifs or stripes. A small brand logo is acceptable.
  • Navy shorts. No large motifs or stripes. A small brand logo is acceptable.
  • Plain white T-shirt.
  • White ankle socks.
  • Trainers for outdoor use only. Any trainers or football boots for after school clubs should be kept in a boot bag or other suitable bag.
  • Drawstring PE bag.

Swimming kit:

Boys

  • Trunks or swimming shorts. Shorts must be no longer than knee-length.
  • Towel.
  • Swimming cap.

Girls

  • One-piece swimming costume.
  • Towel.
  • Swimming cap.

All clothing should be clearly labelled with the child’s name. This is especially important as uniform items look similar and can easily be confused for another child’s. The school cannot accept responsibility for any lost items.

 

All uniform items with the school logo can be purchased from Valentino Schoolwear in Knaphill:

Valentino Ltd, 3-29 Broadway, Knaphill, GU21 2DR    Tel: 01483 473357

Non-logo items are widely available from other local uniform stockists.

 

Hair and headwear

  • Hair should be kept tidy so as not to be a distraction, with a sensible cut. No highlights or colouring. It must not be shorter than grade 2. No sculpture lines, shapes or patterns cut into hair or eyebrows are permitted.
  • Hair that is longer than shoulder length must be tied back at all times. Sensible hair accessories, e.g. hairbands, ties and small clips, are allowed to keep hair tidy, but must be in school colours (navy, royal blue, black or white). No fancy bands, clips or ties, flowers, etc., may be worn.
  • Hard hair bands must be removed during PE and Games sessions.
  • On sunny days children may bring a cap to school to wear when outside the building. Caps should be in school colours. Large brimmed straw hats, etc., are not permitted.
  • No headwear (e.g. caps) may be worn during class time or inside the school buildings, except for religious or medical reasons.

Jewellery

  • No jewellery apart from a maximum of one small gold stud in each ear lobe may be worn. No other earring styles, including small hoops and studs containing coloured stones of any description are permitted. Earrings must be removed for PE, Games and swimming lessons and children must be able to do this themselves; staff are not allowed to help children to remove earrings. Children will not be allowed to join in PE, Games and swimming lessons with plasters covering earrings.
  • A small watch may be worn. Watches must be removed for PE, Games and swimming lessons. 
  • No charity wristbands are permitted unless they are sold by the school and then only on the day of sale. Wristbands must be removed for PE, Games and swimming lessons.
  • All jewellery and watches are at all times the responsibility of the child to whom they belong. The school cannot take any responsibility for any jewellery or watches that are lost in school.
  • For a child that wishes to have their ears pierced, it is recommended that this should be done during the summer holiday to allow time to heal, and to give the child confidence to remove the studs themselves. If it is done at another time, they will still be required to remove the studs themselves for PE, Games and swimming lessons.
  • Only school badges may be worn. The exception to this is birthday badges.

Make-up and nail polish

Both make-up and nail polish are not permitted to be worn in school. This includes school trips and non-uniform days unless it is as part of a dress-up day costume.

Non-uniform or dressing-up days

Occasionally the school has a non-uniform day. This may be to raise money for good causes, as a team reward or as part of a curriculum topic. Parents will be notified in advance, via the school newsletter or Parentmail, when the non-uniform day will be and if there is a dressing up theme.

Even though pupils do not need to wear uniform to school on these days, parents and children are reminded that the following rules of dress still apply for health and safety reasons as well as reasons of decorum:

  • No extremely low cut, strapless or cropped tops.
  • Sensible shoes must be worn e.g. school shoes or trainers. No slipper-style, slip-ons, sling-backs, flip-flops or heels are allowed for health and safety reasons. A maximum 4cm heel is allowed.
  • No make-up or nail polish can be worn unless it is part of a dress-up day costume.
  • No jewellery apart from a maximum of one small gold stud in each ear and a small watch. If the school is raising money through the sale of charity wrist bands, then these may be worn on the day of sale only.
  • If children are using hair dye as part of a costume, then this must be washed out by the following school day.
  • Hair that is longer than shoulder length must be tied back.

School trips

Children are expected to wear school uniform on all school trips unless specific instructions have been given not to do so. Parents will receive notification via Parentmail in advance of the trip of any specific dress requirements. Parents should always consider weather conditions on a school trip day and ensure their child is provided with suitable outer clothing e.g. waterproof jacket, gloves, etc. in cold or wet weather and sun cap in hot weather.

Lost property

The school will maintain a lost property box. The box will be checked weekly. Named items will be returned to the child. At regular intervals throughout the year, depending on the amount of lost property gathered, parents will be invited to look at the un-named items to identify any of their child’s lost items. This is usually carried out towards the end of each half term with parents being notified in advance that a table containing the lost property will set up outside the children’s entrance for parents to look at, at the end of the school day. Following this, any un-named items remaining will be sold or disposed of with any proceeds going to the school.

 

Failure to comply

Please note that failure to comply with this policy may result in the parent being contacted to ensure that the correct uniform is in place on the following school day. Further non-compliance may result in the parent being requested to attend a meeting at the school to discuss the matter further.

Questions or concerns

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this uniform policy, please contact the school office or your child’s class teacher in the first instance.