School Uniform

Clothing and Uniform:
All North Lanarkshire schools must have a dress code which encourages pupils to dress in a way which is appropriate to attendance at school. This 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 Learning &Leisure Services that parents will be keen to support the dress code and written agreement may be sought.

Clothing which is unacceptable in school under any circumstances includes items which:
1. could potentially encourage factions (e.g. football colours)could cause offence (e.g. anti-religious symbolism or political slogans)
2. could cause health and safety difficulties such as loose fitting clothing, dangling earrings and other potentially dangerous jewellery
3. are of flammable materials which may be a danger in certain classes (e.g. shell suits)
4. could cause damage to flooring
5. carry advertising in particular for alcohol or tobacco, and
6. could be used to inflict injury to other pupils or to be used by others to do so.

Parents in receipt of a clothing grant 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 First Stop Shop. 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.

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 well-being 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/guardians 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 things are likely to be met only where the authority can be shown to have been negligent.

Parents have given the school wholehearted support on the matter of our school uniform. We are most grateful to parents and hope that their continued support will be forthcoming in what we consider to be a most obvious and important factor in maintaining our school ethos.

This uniform dress code was developed by the school council and has the full support of St Andrew’s High Parent Council.

All pupils are encouraged to take a pride in their appearance, setting high standards. Pupils are expected to use a sound judgement and reflect respect for themselves and others in their dress and appearance.

St Andrew’s High Schools’ policy is that all our pupils require to wear the school uniform.
1. This is a sign of the pride pupils take in their school reflects their commitment to and identification with St Andrew’s High school.
2. It encourages school attendance.
3. It encourages good order and conduct.
4. It improves school security by identifying unwelcome visitors.
5. It reduces the pressure to compete wearing “Designer” clothes and the financial pressure on parents.

The School Uniform consists of:
1. A white School Shirt/Blouse, and School Tie which is visible at all times.
2. Black ‘Smart’ Trousers or Skirt (Leggings, Jeans, Denim and Track Suits are not acceptable, under any circumstances).
3. Plain Black jumper or cardigan (No hooped tops)
4. A school Blazer with Badge.
5. Sensible Plain Black Shoes.

Pupils Must Not Wear:
1. Football colours.
2. Clothing which has Offensive Slogans or symbols.
3. Clothing carrying advertising, particularly Tobacco, Alcohol or Drugs.
4. Clothing which could cause Health & Safety difficulties, e.g. Track Suits, and similar sportswear; clothing labelled FLAMMABLE.
5. Clothing or items which could inflict damage on others such as heavy jewellery.
6. Expensive items of jewellery or clothing. There is no insurance to cover the loss of such items.
7. Outer jackets, not part of the school uniform, must be removed on entry to the school buildings.

Blazers, complete with badge and ties can be ordered from the school.

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