All North Lanarkshire schools must have a dress code that encourages pupils to dress in a way, which is appropriate to attendance at school. The dress code must not lead to direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender or disability. Prior to drawing up the dress code the parents, pupils and staff were fully consulted. It is the expectation of the authority that parents will be keen to support the dress code and written agreement may be sought.
St. Gerard’s has a beautiful uniform that the children wear with pride. It would be appreciated if the parent, when buying clothing for their children, would purchase the following:
Lilac shirt with purple & gold striped tie
Grey socks & black shoes
V- neck school jumper/cardigan optional
Boys P.E. Kit
School polo shirt,
Grey skirt/dress or trousers
Lilac blouse with purple & gold striped tie
White socks & black shoes
V- neck school jumper/cardigan optional
Girls P.E. Kit
School polo shirt
All children should be dressed in shirt and tie for the school day. Children who have P.E. should bring their kit to school to change into. After P.E. children should again wear their school shirt and tie.
Please write your child’s name boldly on each item of clothing including shoes.
Where can you buy the school uniform?
The purple and gold striped tie is available from a few local shops
Purple sweatshirts, lilac polo shirts and white t-shirts (for P.E) with the school badge embroidered on them are available from:
6 Mackinnon Mills,
TEL: 01236 606560
77 Manse Road
TEL: 01698 252990
There are forms of dress, which are unacceptable in school such as items of clothing which:
- potentially, encourages 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
- could cause damage to flooring
- carry advertising, particularly for alcohol or tobacco and;
- could be used to inflict damage on other pupils or be used by others to do so.
School is one of the most important places for a developing child. It is important that the place of learning should be afforded the highest level of respect. Therefore parents are asked to support the school in implementing a No Jewellery Policy whereby no child would come to school wearing jewellery of any kind. School is not the place for inappropriate wearing of earrings, rings, necklaces etc. The school would be happy if all parents complied with this request. Parents are also asked to support the school in implementing a No Make Up Policy. This includes nail varnish.
Under no circumstances will pupils be deprived any educational benefit as a result of not wearing uniform and, in particular, pupils will not be denied access to national assessments as a result of not wearing school uniform.
Parents are entitled to receive a clothing grant if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income based). Employment & Support Allowance (income related), housing benefit, council tax rebate.
Parents in receipt of a grant for footwear and clothing from the council will be encouraged to purchase items that are in accordance with the school dress code. Approval of any requests for such grants in other circumstances are at the discretion of the Executive Director of Learning and Leisure. Information and application forms may be obtained from any school or area office.
Whilst in general terms it would not normally be the policy of the authority to exclude a pupil from school solely on the basis of his/her dress, persistent refusal to respond to a reasonable dress code might be deemed to be a serious challenge to the head teacher’s authority and be detrimental to the well being of the whole school community. In such circumstances a head teacher could justify the use of the school discipline procedure.
Parents should note that the school will not accept responsibility for any claims submitted to cover the loss or damage of uniform items. They are only likely to be met where the authority can be shown to have been negligent.