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The school is currently transitioning its uniform over to a new supplier, with a new style, over a five-year period from September 2024. Therefore, the style of uniform is different for Year 7 (September 2024 intake) than the rest of the school.

Students wear their PE kit instead of their ‘normal’ uniform on PE days.

The uniform (Year 7 from September 2024):

  • Blazer: A black school blazer with the ‘new style’ school badge (purchased from our suppliers)
  • Tie: Blue and black striped (purchased from our suppliers). These will be standard ties (not clip-on). We have purchased, separately, a batch of clip-on ties for students who may need reasonable adjustments with their uniform. If parents/carers, feel that this applies to their child, please email uniform@astreastivo.org.
  • Shirt: White shirt/blouse, plain, buttoned, short or long sleeved with standard collar and without any logos (purchased from any supplier)
  • Trousers*: Plain black trousers in a tailored style (purchased from any supplier)
  • Skirt*: Plain black skirt with the school logo on the waistband (purchased from our suppliers)
  • Shorts*: Plain black knee-length shorts in a tailored style (purchased from any supplier)
  • Jumper [optional]: Plain black V-neck jumper without any logos (purchased from any supplier)
  • Socks/ Tights: Plain black (purchased from any supplier)
  • Shoes: Plain black (including laces, uppers and soles) and have a smart appearance suitable to be polished (purchased from any supplier)
  • Rucksack: Plain black rucksack with the school logo (purchased from our suppliers)

PE/ Dance kit:

  • Top: Black polo with the school logo [required] and/or Black quarter-zip jumper with the school logo [optional] (purchased from our suppliers)
  • Bottoms: Black shorts and/ or 2-in-1 short with maroon detailing [required] (purchased from our suppliers)
  • Bottoms [optional]: Black training trousers and/ or black leggings with maroon detailing (purchased from our suppliers)
  • Socks: Black sports socks (purchased from any supplier)
  • Other items: Trainers (non-marking); black (football style) socks should be worn for rugby, football and hockey; plain sports socks can be worn for other activities/ One piece swimsuit or trunks (any colour, no two piece swimsuits or shorts)/ Towel (purchased from any supplier)
  • Recommended-only items:Football boots – for rugby and football/ Gum shield – for rugby and hockey/ Shin pads – for rugby, football and hockey (purchased from any supplier)

* All students can choose which of these to wear and there is no seasonal restriction on when they can be worn

The uniform (Years 8 – 11 from September 2024):

Year 8-10: Will continue to wear their existing uniform. The only changes that we are making, are year group ties. These will be provided by the school, at no expense to parents/carers. These will be standard ties (not clip-on). We have purchased, separately, a batch of clip-on ties for students who may need reasonable adjustments with their uniform. If parents/carers, feel that this applies to their child, please email uniform@astreastivo.org.

Year 11: Will continue to wear their existing uniform in its entirety.

  • Blazer: A black school blazer with the ‘old’ school badge and a house colour stripe (purchased from Price & Buckland until 31 August, then from the school)
  • Tie: Year 8 = White and black striped, Year 9 = Green and black striped, Year 10 = Gold and black striped, Year 11 = Old-style St Ivo Academy clip-on tie (purchased from our suppliers)
  • Shirt: White shirt/blouse, plain, buttoned, short or long sleeved with standard collar and without any logos (purchased from any supplier)
  • Trousers*: Plain grey trousers in a tailored style (purchased from any supplier)
  • Skirt*: Grey knee-length tartan skirt (purchased from Price & Buckland until 31 August, then from the school)
  • Shorts*: Plain grey knee-length shorts in a tailored style (purchased from Price & Buckland until 31 August, then from the school)
  • Jumper (optional): Maroon V-neck jumper, with or without an embroidered school badge (purchased from the school)
  • Socks/ Tights: Plain black (purchased from any supplier)
  • Shoes: Plain black (including laces, uppers and soles) and have a smart appearance suitable to be polished (purchased from any supplier)

PE/ Dance kit:

  • Tops: Maroon (unisex or tapered fit) Sports Polo/ Maroon reversible rugby shirt/ Light blue or maroon hoodie with St Ivo logo (other garments such as t-shirts or ‘skins’ may be worn under the tops for extra warmth) (purchased from Price & Buckland until 31 August, then from the school / any supplier)
  • Bottoms: Plain black Sports Shorts, or Marron Sports Skort, with St Ivo logo (purchased from Price & Buckland until 31 August, then from the school)
  • Bottoms (optional): Students wishing to wear tracksuit bottoms or leggings instead of (or in addition to) the old-style shorts/ skorts will need to purchase new-style optional bottoms from September 2024 (purchased from our suppliers)
  • Other items: Trainers (non-marking); Maroon socks should be worn for rugby, football and hockey; plain sports socks can be worn for other activities/ One piece swimsuit or trunks (any colour, no two piece swimsuits or shorts)/ Towel (purchased from any supplier)
  • Recommended-only items: Football boots – for rugby and football/ Gum shield – for rugby and hockey/ Shin pads – for rugby, football and hockey (purchased from any supplier)

* All students can choose which of these to wear and there is no seasonal restriction on when they can be worn

Types of school tie

The school is moving to a ‘standard’ self-tie tie. However, as promised in a previous parent engagement event, and in other communication, there is an option of clip-on ties for those students who need them. The school will provide an alternative clip-on tie in the following situations only:

  • There is a mental health, wellbeing or safeguarding situation and either the safeguarding or pastoral team would support such a request.
  • There is a special educational need that could be helped by using clip-on ties and the school’s Senco is in support of a such a request.
  • There is an exceptional reason, unrelated to the previous two options, and the Principal is in support of such a request.

If you believe you child falls into one of these criteria, please email uniform@astreastivo.org.

Ordering and opportunities to try on
Uniform can be ordered online or in-shop from Chroma:

We also have ‘try before you buy’ events on Tuesday 18 June 2024 and Wednesday 26 June 2024 between 4pm and 6pm in the school hall for parents/ carers purchasing the new uniform.

For students in Years 8 to 11 in September 2024, current Price and Buckland online shop will continue to operate until 31 August 2024, with current uniform items available. After this time, any remaining stock of badged items will be delivered to the school. We will make this stock available to Year 8-11 families (current Year 7-10), and estimate doing so on MCAS by early October 2024.

Financial assistance
For those parents/ carers in receipt of Working Tax Credit or Income Support, further financial assistance is available. To obtain this support, please email uniform@stivoschool.org with the email subject “Uniform Financial Assistance”.

Blazers and jumpers
All students must wear their blazer at all times, unless informed otherwise by a member of staff. Sleeves must not be rolled up. Students can choose to wear the optional V-neck jumper under their blazer. The V-neck jumper is not a substitute for the school blazer; if a student is too warm, the jumper must be removed, not the blazer. No other jumpers or hoodies are permitted underneath blazers.

Outerwear and keeping warm
The type of coat that is accepted is a standard long-sleeve outdoor coat, which typically provides warmth and water resistance. This helps ensure the student is kept warm, and both the student and their uniform is kept fully dry, unlike short-sleeve garments. Please ensure that any logos are minimal, and appropriate for a school site. Please note that non-school jumpers and non-school hoodies are not allowed to be worn on the school site, and will not be accepted as a coat. Coats can only be worn over the top of the school uniform (shirt, V-neck jumper and blazer) where permitted in the school, and must not be used as a replacement for the blazer.

Students who are cold should wear the V-neck jumper under their blazer. If this is not sufficient for warmth or comfort, students may also choose to wear a plain white T-shirt, vest or garment under the shirt/ blouse; the aim being that garments worn under the shirt/ blouse for warmth or comfort should not be visible.

Jewellery
The following items of jewellery, only, may be worn:

  • One plain ring per hand
  • A watch
  • One small, plain stud in each ear no bigger than 5mm diameter; if a retainer is required for other piercings, then it must be clear
  • Chains/ Necklaces may be worn under garments as long as they remain hidden.

All jewellery must be removed for PE lessons.

Make-up and nails
Make-up should be discreet and natural in style. False eyelashes and false nails are not permitted (including acrylic, gel or any other false nail). Nail varnish is not permitted apart from clear (not coloured) “French manicure”/”French polish” on the natural nail. Students unsure about how much make-up counts as discreet should seek advice from their Head of Year or Student Support Assistant.

Hair and Eyebrows
Extreme styles, lines and patterns shaved into the hair or eyebrows, are not permitted. If hair is dyed, it must not be dyed a colour that could not be achieved naturally.

Lost uniform
We encourage all parents to label all uniform items with their child’s name to avoid them being lost and causing parents unnecessary expense. If an item is misplaced, the school has a lost property system; students can check for their item by going to reception.

What happens if a student is incorrectly dressed?
If a student cannot wear the correct uniform for any reason, the parent/carer must provide a note, explaining the problem and the date by which their child will be back in correct uniform. During that time, the school has a limited supply of uniform items which the student will borrow to ensure that correct uniform is worn at all times. Alternatively, in line with Department for Education guidance, the student may be sent home for a short period to change.

If a student is wearing incorrect uniform and does not have a note from their parent/carer or a good reason for not having a note, the student will borrow uniform from the school and the student will be given a detention after school. The school may be able to provide financial support if a parent/ carer is unable to rectify the uniform problem due to financial hardship.

A student who comes to school wearing incorrect uniform repeatedly without good reason, may spend time in the Reset Classroom until the issue can be resolved; parents/carers will be informed if this happens. Likewise, students with extreme hairstyles and/or unnatural colours, may be required to spend an extended period of time in the Reset Classroom until the problem is resolved.

Refusal to wear the correct uniform, including refusal to wear clean clothing lent by the school, will be treated as defiance and this is likely to result in being placed in the Reset Classroom.

Equipment

  • Pens: two black and one green pen
  • Pencil
  • Highlighter (any colour)
  • Ruler (30cm)
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Glue stick
  • Scientific calculator (the Casio FX83GTX is preferred)
  • Canteen card
  • Water bottle

Valuable items
Valuable items such as mobile phones and expensive jewellery are brought on site at the owner’s risk. The school insurance does not cover damage or loss of these items. Parents/carers may wish to enquire as to whether their own insurance policies cover valuable items brought to school. The school is not responsible for the safety and security of these items.

Frequently asked questions

Will ties for Year 8-10 next year need to be purchased by parents/carers?

  • No, the school is providing new ties for these year groups. These will be handed out later in the summer term. The new Year 11 will continue to wear their current tie.

What if my child still requires a clip-on tie?

  • For students who require reasonable adjustments around uniform, please email uniform@astreastivo.org. We have purchased some clip-on ties, in the same style as each year group tie. These will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

Can you provide financial help if we receive universal tax credits/my child receives Pupil Premium funding

  • Absolutely. For new Year 7 students, the school will provide funding for all branded items of uniform/PE kit. New Year 7 parents should attend the ‘try before you buy’ events, where we will have names of students who meet this criterion. You can then choose your branded items, at no expense.
  • If you are unable to attend either event, please email uniform@astreastivo.org for other options.
  • For students in other year groups, we will provide funding for a legwear item of the new PE kit. This will be for either the track pant or leggings. You will receive a separate email over the next few weeks, to let you know how this will work.

Westfield Junior School students aren’t able to attend the ‘try before you buy’ events. How will they be supported?

  • We are liaising with Westfield Junior School to put on an additional event. More information will be circulated when we have confirmed the date.

What trainers are allowed on PE days?

  • We allow any trainer that is suitable for PE activities (not ‘fashion’ trainers). The colour of trainers doesn’t matter, as long as they’re suitable for sporting activities.

For Year 8-10 students, when they grow out of their current uniform, what are the expectations?

There will be two options:

  • Our current suppliers are still available to buy from up until 31 August 2024. After this date we will be purchasing all remaining stock from them. This will be made available to parents and carers at cost price by October 2024.
  • If parents/carers/students wish to purchase the new uniform, they are welcome to transition to this at any stage throughout their time at the St Ivo Academy. For example, if students want to replace the current grey trousers, with the new black trousers, they can do this at any time.

Do all students need to be in the new PE kit?

  • All Year 7 students need the new PE kit. The requirement is that all students in Years 8-11, have the new PE legwear, unless wearing the current branded shorts/skort.
  • If Year 8-11 students are wearing the longer legwear options, they must be from our new PE kit range (Pupil Premium support available, please see above).
  • Students in Years 8-11 can wear the existing PE tops (polo top, Rugby top, blue/maroon hoodie). If older students wish to purchase the new PE tops, they are welcome to do so.

Do rucksacks need to be purchased from Chroma for Year 7 students?

  • Yes, we have noticed an increasing number of unsuitable bags being brought into school. We are looking to standardise backpacks, to improve the smart look of our uniform. We are also having increasing numbers of students who don’t bring backpacks at all. All students need to bring their backpack and equipment to school every day. This will include their timetable. Since we have introduced PE kit being worn on PE days, some students who don’t bring bags, don’t have their timetable with them.
  • It is a challenge to remember, transferring it between uniform and PE kit, hence the need to store in backpacks. We are currently liaising with our suppliers regarding the backpack. At the moment, you are unable to purchase this in the online shop. We will update all new Year 7 parents and carers on this as soon as possible.

The skirt is listed as a branded item.  According to the statutory guidance from the Department for Education, branded items should be kept to a minimum.  Can you please explain why it is specified that there is a branded skirt, which is more expensive than similar items at high street retailers, which is another aim of the DfE guidance?

  • We have spent time looking at different styles of skirt, including talking to other schools who have similar uniform. The feedback we have received is that this style of skirt has been well-received by students who wear it due to comfort, style and length. Due to the need for consistency, we have chosen this as one of our branded items. The skirt is an optional item of uniform, all students can wear non-branded trousers if they choose to.

What safeguards are you going to put in place, for both the classroom, dining halls, and large social spaces to ensure that bags do not get mixed up?  If there are 30+ identical bags within a classroom, and in practical subjects where storage of these is next to each other and away from students, how are you going to ensure that they are not accidentally picked up by other students, and ensure the safety of all property within in them? 

  • The school are paying for each backpack to have student initials on them. This will come at no extra expense to parents/carers.

Other questions

If you have any queries relating to the school uniform, please contact the school by emailing uniform@stivoschool.org. If your child’s additional needs might have an impact on their ability to wear the certain uniform items, please contact us.