The wearing of school uniform is a key significant feature of our new academy and our uniform code is strongly enforced. School uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone.

At Oriel Academy we believe that school uniform is important for the following reasons:

·    It helps to foster a sense of belonging to the school community.
·    It enables a child not only to identify with, but also to be seen as a member of the school.
·    It helps children to understand that school is important and should be taken seriously.
·    It helps children to behave well.
·    It assures both parent and teacher that the child is wearing clothes that are smart and sensible, and helps remove the   potential problems that fashion and competition could bring about.

In accepting a place at Oriel Academy parents and pupils agree to support this aspect of our school philosophy.  We ask all parents and pupils to sign our Home School Agreement which emphasises this aspect of the school’s expectations.

Boys (Years 1 to 6):

Oriel Academy tie
Oriel Academy navy blue blazer
Charcoal grey trousers
White shirt
Navy blue v-necked pullover / jersey
Socks Grey

Girls (Years 1 to 6):

Oriel Academy school tie
Oriel Academy navy blue blazer

Pinafore Dress / Skirt / trousers - charcoal grey
Dresses - Navy blue and white check (Summer months only)
Blouses - White
V-necked pullover / jersey / cardigan - Navy blue
Grey Socks or grey tights
Summer:  As above but with the option of wearing summer dresses (short sleeved navy blue gingham (checked) dress) with white socks  

Children in the early years (boys and girls) are asked to wear a white polo shirt and navy blue plain v-necked jumper

Head Coverings:
Turbans, patkas, rumals and Hijabs (Hijaabs), head scarves, hair bands – navy blue, grey, white or black.  PE Hijabs in safe stretchy material are available in shops. 

Plain black flat soled shoes should be worn. No high heels or boots or open toed sandles. 

Indoor PE Kit:
White t-shirt or polo shirt, navy shorts and plimsolls.  PE kit should be left at school at all times. 

Outdoor PE Kit:
As above plus:  Blue fleeces, navy or black jogging bottoms and trainers for outdoor PE

Boys: Swimming trunks (not shorts), swimming hat, towel  + a bag
Girls: One-piece swimming costume, swimming hat, towel + a bag

Please provide your child with an art overall (an old shirt is ideal), and a bag in which to keep these items.  All clothes should be clearly marked. 

Children starting reception will be asked to wear a white polo shirt and a school jumper and charcoal grey trousers or skirt.

Children in all other years need to wear a plain navy jumper/cardigan, grey skirt or trousers, white shirt, blazer and a school tie in years 1 to 6. Summer dresses (navy check) will be acceptable also from May to July.

Blazers and ties can be purchased from Elizabeth Fashion. Ties will be elasticised for Years 1 and 2 and then clip on or ‘proper’ ties from years 3 to 6. If you have any queries please contact the school office.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families strongly encourages all schools to have a uniform as it can instill pride, support positive behaviour and discipline, encourage identity with, and support for, school ethos, ensure pupils of all races and backgrounds feel welcome; protect children from social pressures to dress in a particular way, nurture cohesion and promote good relations between different groups of pupils. Above all, many schools believe that school uniform supports effective teaching and learning.

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