All North Lanarkshire schools must have a dress code which encourages pupils to dress in a way which is appropriate to attendance at school. It is the expectation of the education authority that parents will be keen to support the dress code and written agreement may be sought.
In Glengowan our uniform consists of:
Blue blazer (available from school)
Blue Sweatshirt (available from school)
White Polo Shirt (available from school)
Grey or black trousers or skirts
White School shirt with school tie, grey or black “V” neck jumper or cardigan
Other items of uniform, including school ties are available from the School Office. Order forms will be issued approximately every 3 months. Pupils starting in P1 are given a tie when they leave Glengowan Nursery Class. Parents are asked to label all of their children’s clothing – especially sweatshirts and gym shoes.
Parents in receipt of a grant for footwear and clothing from the council will be encouraged to purchase items which 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 & Leisure Services. Information and application forms may be obtained from any school or area office. Parents are entitled to receive a clothing grant if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits: Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance (income based), Employment & Support Allowance (income related), Housing Benefit, and Council Tax Rebate.
P.E kits consist of shorts and t-shirt – school polo shirt is ideal. The gym shoes, (plimsoll type) that the children change into when they arrive at school are ideal. Trainers worn for outdoor wear are not allowed for PE lessons.
Please remember to mark all clothing with children’s names. Children are not permitted to wear tights during PE. The all-weather outdoor pitch can also be used for PE lessons and, when instructed, children should bring suitable outdoor trainers and PE kit for outdoors e.g. joggers, a t-shirt and sweatshirt. Jewellery must not be worn when participating in PE lessons. Hooped/dangling ear-rings should not be worn at any time during the school day.
Clothing which is unacceptable in school under any circumstances includes items which:
could potentially encourage factions (e.g. football colours)
could cause offence (e.g. anti-religious symbolism or political slogans)
could cause health and safety difficulties, such as loose fitting clothing, dangling earrings, and other potentially dangerous jewellery
are of flammable materials which may be a danger in certain classes (e.g. shell suits)
could cause damage to flooring
carry advertising in particular for alcohol or tobacco, and
could be used to inflict injury to other pupils or to be used by others to do so.
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 may be deemed to be a serious challenge to the Head Teacher’s authority and to be detrimental to the wellbeing of the whole school community. In such circumstances a Head Teacher may justify the use of the school discipline procedure.
The council wishes to minimise claims arising from the loss of pupils’ clothing and/or personal belongings. 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 any claims submitted to cover the loss of such items are likely to be met only where the authority can be shown to have been negligent.