Given that there is substantial parental and public approval of uniform, schools in East Ayrshire are free to promote their own dress code. In encouraging dress code, account must be taken in any proposals to prevent any direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, religion or disability. 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:
– potentially, encourage rivalry (such as football colours)
– could cause offence as a result of wording or pictures
– could cause health and safety difficulties, such as loose fitting clothing, dangling earrings, and flammable materials for example track suits in practical classes
– could cause damage to flooring
– carry advertising, particularly for alcohol, tobacco or drugs and
– could be used to inflict damage on other pupils or be used by others to do so
Under no circumstances will pupils be deprived of any educational benefit as a result of not wearing uniform and, in particular, pupils will not be denied access to examinations as a result of not conforming to the dress code.
The Government provides assistance to families on low income to access school clothing grant. The criteria for clothing grants is as follows:
Council Tax Rebate
- CTC and or WTC with income <= £15276
- CTC only with income <=£15860
- Income Based Employment and Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income Support
The clothing grant is £50 per eligible child.
It is the parent or carers responsibility to apply for school clothing grants and application forms can be obtained from your child’s school or by contacting Area Registration Office, Department of Neighbourhood Services, Burns Centre, Kay Park, Kilmarnock or online at: http://www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/EducationAndLearning/Schools/Schools-GrantsAndBenefits/Clothinggrantsandfreeschoolmeals.aspx
SCHOOL DRESS CODE FOR AUCHINLECK ACADEMY
– White blouse/shirt or polo shirt
– Black dress trousers/skirt (no denim)
– Black V-neck jersey/sweatshirt with an embroidered school badge
– School tie
– School blazer with an embroidered school badge
Attached are some examples of pupils in uniform.
Mobile phones are not banned in school. Pupils can use them at intervals and lunchtimes and at the end of the day. However they must be switched off during classes and in corridors to prevent disruption. Anyone using a phone in class will have the phone confiscated and returned at the end of the day. Mobile phone security is the responsibility of the pupil.