Uniform and Equipment Expectations for September 2017
Students and staff at school have recently voiced their views on how we can improve school uniform. Our school uniform makes all students equal and enables students to express pride in Leytonstone School.
Although many of our students wear uniform perfectly, we are aware that our outdated uniform does not always present the high standards our staff and students maintain. We are therefore clarifying and simplifying our uniform policy. If the changes outlined below create any financial problems for any family, please do contact the school as a matter of urgency. We are happy to support families in ensuring that students look smart and ready for school.
This letter therefore is to clarify the school’s uniform and equipment requirements for the coming academic year 2017/18. The school’s aim is to:
- Simplify uniform for parents, staff and students so that we will have a much clearer set of guidelines and expectations.
- Help avoid a number of the variations and confusions that our current uniform policy allows.
In particular we would like to point out expectations for September regarding:
- Shoes. From September all students will be expected to wear plain leather shoes for school. Trainers of any kind will no longer be acceptable as school uniform from September 2017. Boots of any kind are not to be worn for school. The school regards any footwear that is above the ankle as a boot and this is not part of school uniform. This includes Dr Martin boots and Kickers boots.
- Polo shirts. Previously Key stage 4 students have been allowed to wear a grey polo shirt and all students to wear a white polo shirt in the summer term. From September no polo shirts will be allowed and students must wear a buttoned white shirt and Leytonstone School tie.
The details for the school uniform are set out below and can also be found on the school website.
School uniform must be worn at all times unless specifically stated so by the school (e.g. non-uniform days or some activities/trips).
- A black blazer embroidered with the school logo on the right pocket
- White shirt (long sleeve) with a stiff collar, buttoned to the neck
- A black, green and gold school tie
- An optional black V-neck jumper embroidered with the school logo on the right side
- Black trousers (straight leg only)
- Skirt (skirts must be at least knee length)
- Black, polished shoes without any logo or pattern; plimsolls and canvas shoes/trainers of any kind (this includes-Nike Airforce One’s) are not permitted.
- Black hijab and shalwar kameez are permitted, however, school blazers must still be worn.
- Students are not permitted to wear makeup
- Students may only wear one plain ring or a single pair of small stud earring. No other visible jewellery is allowed
- Only black hair bands may be used
- Hoodies and non-uniform sports or leisure tops of any kind are banned items; if worn they will be confiscated. Students should instead bring suitable outdoor jackets or coats in plain black that will fit over their blazer. Coats can only be worn over blazers
- Coats can only be worn in the outdoor spaces around school, and to and from school. Coats cannot be worn in class
In addition, may I remind parents and carers that:
- Students may bring and use a clear plastic bottle for water only. Fizzy drinks and energy drinks are not permitted in school. There are plenty of water fountains for students to refill bottles of water.
- Chewing gum is not permitted in school
- Mobile phones, mp3 players, headphones and speakers are not permitted anywhere on the school site and will be confiscated if seen.
Leytonstone School uniform is provided by Victoria 2 based in Walthamstow or Marks and Spencer’s online service. Please be advised that uniform purchased from other vendors is unofficial, may be of a lesser quality and be more expensive.
We meet and greet our students on the gate every day to welcome them in. We also check that all students are equipped and ready to learn. If your son or daughter arrives in non-school items or without complete uniform we will contact you and we will expect uniform to be correct before they can enter the school site.
We believe that clarity on school uniform will make selection and purchase of uniform easier for parents as well. For further support, visual representations of the school uniform are on the school website.
We really appreciate your support in making these changes to ensure excellent standards of uniform for all of our students. If you have any queries or require any support in making the necessary changes, please contact your child’s relevant Head of Year.