Dress Code and Equipment

Our Mission Statement states that we have “expectations of the highest possible standards in all things for all pupils…”

At St Thomas More, we are proud to wear our uniform. It contributes to our sense of belonging and our aspiration to #BeMore.

We expect an excellent personal appearance and behaviour to be maintained by every student at all times during the school day and on their journey to and from school.

It is our school policy that all children wear school uniform when attending school, representing the school and when appropriate, when participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours.

Aims and Objectives

Our policy on school uniform is based on the notion that school uniform:

  • represents high standards and expectations;
  • promotes a sense of pride in the school;
  • generates a sense of community and belonging towards the school;
  • is practical and smart;
  • identifies the children with the school;
  • prevents children from coming to school in fashion clothes that could be distracting in class;
  • makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance;
  • is regarded as suitable wear for school and good value for money

Winter Uniform – 1st September to 30th April

You must wear the following:

  • School tie (clip-on for all years)
  • White plain shirt
  • Plain, black trousers (jeans/cords/canvas/linen/skinny trousers are not acceptable)
  • Plain black skirt, sensible length (pencil skirts, Lycra skirts and short skirts are not acceptable)
  • School maroon plain v-neck jumper with school logo (key stage 3 pupils)
  • School black plain v-neck jumper with school logo (key stage 4 pupils)
  • Plain black/white socks or black tights
  • Black flat sensible shoes with no logo/motif (not boots, trainers, canvas or flip flops – see appendix A for additional guidance)

School hoodies and coats

  • Whilst our winter uniform is in effect, school hoodies and coats should not be worn in the classroom and should be removed before entering.

Optional summer uniform (1st May to 31st July)

  • school polo shirt with logo
  • school grey cardigan with school logo

Please note that jumpers must not be worn over the top of the summer polo shirt. If cold, pupils may wear the school grey cardigan with logo for boys & girls, the school hoodie, or the full winter uniform.

You must not wear:

  • Trainers, apart from during PE lessons or playing sports at break or lunch, or flip-flops. Pupils must change back into their school shoes at the end of break/lunch.
  • T-shirts, polo shirts and hoodies (other than those bearing the school logo), zipped tops or sweatshirts.

Additional Guidance

  • All uniform should be marked with the owner’s name.
  • Skirts should be of a reasonable length and shorts/cycling shorts are not permitted under skirts. Trousers for girls should be smart tailored trousers and must be of a design which allows shirts to be properly tucked inside.
  • Leggings are not permitted to be worn in school.

Boys

  • PE Polo – Black with logo
  • PE plain black base layers
  • Black PE shorts
  • Black socks
  • Trainer (NOT black soles) – no pumps, canvas or fabric shoes
  • Black bottoms (STM logo) for winter PE
  • Towel

Girls

  • PE Polo – Black with logo
  • PE plain black base layers
  • Black skort or skirt
  • Black socks
  • Trainer (NOT black soles) – no pumps, canvas or fabric shoes
  • Black bottoms (STM logo) for winter PE
  • Towel

Football boots are highly recommended for outdoor football for both boys and girls.

Jewellery

  • The only jewellery allowed is a watch and one small sleeper (6mm diameter) or stud in each ear lobe.
  • No facial piercing, including tongue.

NB. Watches must be removed during Food and Design Technology lessons whilst all jewellery must be removed for PE.

Exceptions cannot be made for recently pierced ears, so pupils are advised not to have their ears pierced during term time.

Make Up and Nails

  • No make-up including nail varnish, false nails, false eyelashes, lip gloss or fake tan.

Hair

  • Hair colour must be natural and the style appropriate for school. Extreme hair styles are not allowed.

School equipment

Every student is expected to provide the following essential items of equipment for every lesson.

Backpack – large enough to carry the following:

  • Compass
  • Felt tip pens or coloured pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Headphones
  • PE kit when appropriate
  • Pencil
  • Pencil eraser
  • Pens – black or blue pen, purple pen and red pen
  • Planner
  • Protractor
  • Ruler – 30cm
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Scissors

Please note: Tipp-Ex/liquid paper is not allowed in school. Textbooks and specialised equipment will be used on loan and students will be required to pay for any loss or damage to school property. This includes the school planner and library books.

The Academy does not take any responsibility for the loss of or the damage to personal possessions brought on to site.

Mobile Phones

  • Mobile phones are covered in our Behaviour Policy.

School Uniform Policy

Uniform Suppliers

All uniform and kit can be purchased from the following supplier:

Headmasters Schoolwear

11 Union Road,

New Mills,

High Peak,

SK22 3EL

Tel: 01663 749526

Support with Uniform and Equipment at STM

Our PTA (FOSTM) run a previously owned uniform shop to support families with school uniform. If you would like any further details about this service, please contact the school for further information, asking for Mrs Waldron – Business Manager.

To help us stock our previously owned uniform shop, we welcome donations for our families. Please make sure that any donation is in good condition and that items are not soiled when sent into school.

In all cases, the Headteacher has the discretion to decide what is and is not allowable under the policy.

The Role of Parents

We ask all parents who send their children to our school to support the school uniform policy. We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily schoolwork. One of the responsibilities of parents is to ensure that their child has the correct uniform and equipment, and that it is clean and in good repair.

Parental Requests

If any parent would like the school to modify the uniform and equipment policy, they should make representation, in the first instance, to the Headteacher. The school welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities. If there are serious reasons, for example on religious grounds, why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the school will look sympathetically at such requests.

The Role of Governors

The governing body implements the school uniform and equipment policy. It considers all representations from parents regarding uniform and liaises with the Headteacher to ensure that the policy is implemented fairly and with sensitivity. It is the governors’ responsibility to ensure that the school meets all regulations concerning equal opportunities. Governors ensure that the school uniform and equipment policy helps children to dress sensibly, in clothing that is hardwearing, safe and practical and equips children ready to learn.