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The uniform consists of:

  • A black school blazer with a school badge and a house colour stripe (already embroidered on the blazer) supplied by Price & Buckland
  • A clip-on tie in school colours supplied by Price & Buckland
  • White shirt/blouse, plain, buttoned, short or long sleeved with standard collar and no logos
  • Grey trousers in an approved style and shade as available from Price & Buckland, Tesco and Marks & Spencer
  • An optional grey tartan skirt (knee length) supplied by Price & Buckland
  • Optional grey tailored shorts in an approved style supplied by Price & Buckland, only to be worn during the summer term (Easter to July)
  • An optional maroon v neck jumper (with or without an embroidered school badge) supplied by Price & Buckland
  • Shoes must be completely plain black (including laces, uppers and soles) and have a smart appearance suitable to be polished. They can be leather or leather style shoes, but not trainers, canvas or casual footwear (such as Vans, Converse, Adidas, Nike, Slazenger, Lonsdale, Asics and all other similar brands). No stripes, ticks or logos except for main school shoe suppliers e.g. Clarks. Some examples of acceptable footwear can be seen here. Some parents have asked where suitable footwear can be found. We are aware of examples in many retailers, including Clarks, Marks & Spencer and Tesco.
  • Plain black socks (ankle or below knee length) or plain black tights

Please see full uniform visuals for the overall look of the uniform. Full details of what is acceptable for each item can be found in the sections below.

Uniform items can be purchased online from Price & Buckland:

The uniform is for all students in Years 7 to 11.

House colours for blazers
For current students, their House can be found using MCAS. New students will have their House allocated to them by the Head of Year. Siblings should be in the same House.

The colour stripe on each student’s blazer will need to match their House colour, please ensure that you purchase the correct blazer.

Home delivery and collection
We would ask that families have items delivered to home wherever possible. Price & Buckland offer free delivery on orders of more than £70. Orders should be placed by 1st August to guarantee delivery before the new academic year.

Uniform pricing, ordering and support
The core uniform items: the blazer, tie, optional jumper and skirts are supplied by Price & Buckland. They can be purchased online from Price & Buckland at https://www.pbuniform-online.co.uk/stivo.

The school wants to ensure that the smart appearance we are aiming for is consistent across all students – and is ‘uniform’ without variation giving a sense of equality for all students whilst at school. We want this smart, consistent appearance to be something that the whole school and local community can instantly recognise and be proud about.

Please ensure that orders are accurate, as Price & Buckland may charge for the return of unwanted items, regardless of reason or delivery charge.

This year we are providing uniform financial assistance to parents/carers who have requested assistance and are registered for Free School Meals/Pupil Premium. If you still need to register, this can be done online through the Cambridgeshire County Council website http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals

Schools receives Pupil Premium funding for students who are currently in receipt of free school meals, students who have been entitled to free school meals in the last six years, looked after children, and service children. To obtain financial assistance for uniform purchases, please email uniform@astreastivo.org with the email subject “Uniform Financial Assistance” and stating the names(s) and year group(s) of your children.

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 Price & Buckland maroon v-neck jumper (with or without school badge) under their blazer. The maroon v-neck jumper is not a substitute for the school blazer, if too warm, the jumper must be removed, not the blazer (unless informed by a member of staff). No other jumpers or hoodies are permitted underneath blazers.

Shirts and blouses
Shirts and blouses can be bought from any retailer or supplier. The only requirement is that they be plain white, including white buttons, and without any logos. A standard collar suitable for the school clip-on tie is also required. Sleeves may be short or long, but must not be rolled up. For those students with additional needs, parents might like to know that autism friendly shirts, which have the appearance of standard school shirts, are available from some retailers.

Kameez, plain v neck grey available from Price & Buckland by contacting the school by phone or emailing uniform@astreastivo.org. It should be worn with the school shirt/blouse and tie that is visible, together with other uniform items.

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. These standard long-sleeve coats can be worn on to the school site and during break and lunch. Please note that non-Ivo jumpers and non-Ivo hoodies are not allowed to be worn on the school site, and will not be accepted as a coat. Hence we strongly recommend that students get into the habit of wearing a sensible standard outdoor coat to school, which provides warmth and water resistance. Coats can only be worn over the top of the school uniform (shirt, Ivo v-neck jumper and blazer) where permitted in the school, and must not be used as a replacement for the blazer.

As with coats, gloves and scarves must be removed before entering classrooms.

Students who are cold should wear the maroon v neck jumper with school badge 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.

Skirts and tights
If students choose to wear the tartan grey skirt, with adjustable waist, please order the correct size to ensure that the skirt is knee length. Skirts must not be rolled up. Tights must be plain black only. Black tights or black socks are the only acceptable garments to be worn in combination with a skirt.

Trousers
Trousers are a particular shade of grey, and a formal standard style.

To assist parents with cost, quality and availability, we have sourced a range of places for parents to purchase trousers which fulfil the requirements of the new uniform. This does bring some risk of inconsistency, therefore if you cannot purchase any of the approved trousers due to availability or sizing, please do not buy an alternative that is not listed. Instead contact the school (by emailing uniform@astreastivo.org) and we will quickly work to assist you.

Parents can purchase trousers from the following, with prices ranging from £6 to £18.

Price & Buckland:

  • As per the online shop (all are machine washable, tumble dry friendly)

Tesco:

  • A range of grey (not dark grey or light grey) trousers to be the same shade and style as Price & Buckland (not skinny fit)

Marks & Spencer:

  • A range of grey (not charcoal or light grey) regular or slim (not skinny) fit trousers from the school uniform range

We trust that this selection will enable parents to choose suitable trousers for their child(ren), whilst helping the school to maintain the consistent and smart look of the new uniform.

Shoes and socks
We recognise that parents will want to purchase school shoes that are as comfortable as possible. In addition, some families may not wish to buy shoes that are made from leather. We are specifying that shoes must be completely plain black (including laces, uppers and soles) and have a smart appearance suitable to be polished. They can be leather or leather style shoes, but not trainers, canvas or casual footwear (such as Vans, Converse, Adidas, Nike, Slazenger, Lonsdale, Asics and all other similar brands). No stripes, ticks or logos except for main school shoe suppliers e.g. Clarks. Some examples of acceptable footwear can be seen here.

Heels of shoes must be limited, to ensure they are safe around the school site. As a guide, heels should be no more than 1 and 3/4 inches.

All types of boots, including ankle boots, are not acceptable footwear. If boots are worn to school due to weather conditions, these should be changed for school shoes once students arrive at school.

Socks must be plain black, ankle or below knee length, and not patterned. If a footsie sock is worn, then it must be black.

Heads and faces
Headwear is not permitted, unless agreed by the child’s Head of Year, and must be plain black without logos or any type of addition or attachment such as badges, bands, brooches, shadow stripes, diamantes, tassles. The full face of all students must be completely visible at all times on the school site.

Machine washable?
Blazers, trousers, skirts and the optional jumpers will be machine washable and not require dry cleaning.

Recycling of uniform
Some parents have asked if they can donate uniform items for good use. These can be returned to school, using the green recycling wheelie bin in reception.

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

  • One plain finger ring
  • A watch
  • One small, plain stud (in each ear lobe only and no bigger than 5mm diameter). If a retainer is required, then it must be clear.
  • One necklace, but not to be seen.

Jewellery must be removed for PE lessons.

Facial piercings (other than the ear-studs) and other visible piercings must not be worn.

Anklets must not be worn. One bracelet is allowed, but must be discreet and safe.

Make-up and nails
Students may wear a small amount of discreet, natural style make-up. 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, such as Mohicans and words, 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. In other words, hair may be dyed blonde, since blonde is a natural colour for hair, but not bright blue or green etc because these are not natural colours for hair. All hair must be a single natural colour and not two or more natural colours, for example it would be blonde or black or ginger.

PE Kit
In line with other uniform items, PE kit is available online from the Price & Buckland website. From 13th November 2023, students can wear PE kit on the days they have PE. The PE kit is as follows:

Tops:
Maroon (unisex or girls 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

Bottoms:
Plain black Sports Shorts, or Marron Sports Skort, with St Ivo logo
Plain black or navy tracksuit bottoms may be worn over the shorts/ skorts for warmth around the school, but not during some PE activities
Plain black leggings may be worn under, or instead of, shorts and skorts for extra warmth; however, shorts and skorts may be required for certain PE activities, which the teacher will specify in advance.

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/ trunks (any colour, no two piece swimsuits or shorts)
Towel

Recommended-only items:
Football boots – for rugby and football
Gum shield – for rugby and hockey
Shin pads – for rugby, football and hockey

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. Laundry pens and name tags can be purchased from The Green School Shop.

In-year applicants
Where a student is joining the school part way through the year, the Head of Year will provide details of how to obtain uniform.

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

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, preferably by completing this sheet, 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 has a genuine reason for being incorrectly dressed but was unable to bring a note from the parent, for example due to the parent leaving the house early, the student will borrow correct uniform from the school and the student must bring in a note the next day to explain the non-compliance.

If a student is wearing incorrect uniform and does not have a note from their parent/carer, the student will borrow uniform from the school and the student will be given a one-hour detention after school with parents/carers being informed. Where a parent is unable to rectify the uniform problem due to financial hardship, the school may be able to provide financial support.

A student who comes to school wearing incorrect uniform 3 times without good reason, will spend a day in the Reflection Room and parents/carers will be informed.

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 or being sent home, which could include fixed term exclusion.

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.

Equipment

  • Pens – at least two black and a green pen if possible
  • Pencils
  • Colouring pencils
  • Highlighter (any colour)
  • Ruler (30cm preferable)
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener (preferably with container)
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Glue stick
  • Scientific calculator (Casio FX83GTX preferred)
  • Canteen card
  • Water bottle – especially important now we are heading towards warmer weather
  • Any existing textbooks and revision guides for subjects each day
  • Something to store equipment in (e.g. pencil case, sandwich box) clearly marked with the owner’s name.

Valuable items
Valuable items such as mobile phones 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.