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Uniform

Our active learning uniform

The days of changing into PE kit for two 40 minute PE lessons each week are over! All children at St Margaret's Lee are active every day. On average, children are physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, not including PE lessons, playtime or extra curricular clubs. To find out how we manage this, click here. For this to happen, we need our children to be dressed for active learning at all times. See the information below for guidance.

Top half

  • black or yellow school sweatshirt
  • Black school cardigan
  • white shirt and school tie or plain white polo shirt
  • in summer, yellow and white striped or checked school dresses (optional). 

Bottom half (any of the choices below)

  • plain black shorts (no branding) – available from various stores
  • plain black leggings (no branding) – available from various stores
  • plain black joggers (no branding) – available from various stores
  • grey knee length tunic or skirt or grey school trousers or shorts

Socks /tights

  • plain black, grey or white socks or plain black or grey tights 

Footwear

  • trainers – velcro until independent with laces  

Bags

  • School rucksack (Rec-Y2)* , school rucksack or own suitable bag (Y3-6)

Coats / hats

  • Any suitable coat or hat

Jewellery / accessories

  • watches and small stud earrings are permitted 
  • chains, bracelets earrings other than studs or other jewellery are not permitted
  • no accessories

Nail varnish

  • no nail varnish

Hair

  • long hair tied back
  • simple / plain hair bands/scrunches/clips – no elaborate bows etc.

*due to the size of the storage trays in R-Y2.  

Why do children wear trainers to school?

In 2018, we carried out a trial and full consultation on changing to trainers for school uniform. The response from parents and carers was overwhelmingly in favour of the change. Below are some of the reasons we have for this change.

Health

Advice from podiatrists is that trainers, and in particular running shoes, provide the best support for children’s feet. Removal insoles and cushioned soles also contribute to healthy feet.

Comfort

Most trainers provide comfort and are made from breathable material

Convenience

Having school shoes and trainers and changing from one to the other can be inconvenient, contributes to lost property.

Increased learrning time & more active learning

Not having to change footwear means less time wasted and more time being active!

Cost

School shoes cost money and are generally only worn for school. Wearing trainers to school would reduce costs for parents as they wouldn’t need to buy school shoes.

Gender equality

Following the research carried out by children in Year 5, the vast majority of children who wear ‘trainer-style shoes’ are boys (mainly due to the way shoes are marketed), meaning that the vast majority of girls are coming to school wearing shoes that discourage them from playing actively. When they do participate, their footwear puts them at a physical disadvantage.

Uniformity

Wearing trainers will obviously make children look less uniform, but we believe that the image that is conveyed is that we are a school that puts children’s well-being high on the agenda. From September, we will be tightening up on our PE kit policy to make that more uniform, including on Fitness Fridays (plain white top half, plain black bottom half). This will counter the proposed removal of school shoes from our uniform policy.

Winter

When the weather gets colder, we will give parents the option to send their children to school with footwear that keeps their children’s feet warm. However, they will be expected to have trainers in school to change into each day.

Lost property

This is reduced as there is less changing of footwear in school

Journey to and from school

Wearing trainers will improve the walk to and from school

Won't children get sweaty and smelly if they don't change?

Children do get sweaty and when children approach puberty, they can start to smell when they sweat. When this happens, we encourage children to wash in the morning, wear deodorant and bring a white polo top to change into after sessions that have been particularly sweaty! Although there is no set changing time, children who need to can quickly go to the WC block and change.

What about when the weather is colder / wetter?

If it is raining, parents have the option of dressing their child in wellies, or equivalent, and bringing trainers in a bag.

If it is cold, parents have the option of dressing their child in more insulated footwear and bringing trainers in a bag.

Where do I buy the uniform?

School sweatshirts, cardigans and rucksacks can be purchased from Whitehall Clotheirs. Click here to visit their website. All other items can be bought from any shop.