Year 10 - Letter to Parents - Year 11 Uniform

Posted: 21/06/2016

Dear Parents/Guardians, I wanted to take this opportunity to re-introduce myself to you. As you may already be aware, I will once again be the Learning Manager supporting your child during their time at Idsall. There are a few points that I would like to raise in preparation for the start of the new school year.

Many subjects set pupils based upon their academic ability. School policy dictates that these sets are by no means permanent and are subject to change.  Each department will assess pupils throughout the year and may change the set that your child has been placed in based on each pupil’s individual learning needs. Also, it may be that I take the decision to rearrange tutor groups or to swap pupils’ year halves if I feel that this would help promote a more effective learning experience. Therefore, it is important for your son/daughter to understand that, if he/she wishes to stay within his/her friendship group, his/her behaviour, attitude and effort are consistently of a good standard.

Please be aware of the procedure should you wish to speak to one of your child’s teachers or if you need to pass on information/discuss an issue relating to your son/daughter.  In the first instance, please contact the main office where your call will be appropriately directed.  Subject specific queries will go to the class teacher; communication relating to your child’s day-to-day well-being will be passed to his/her tutor or Mr Lamb, who is the Student Support Manager for Key Stage 4. They will liaise with me in due course as necessary. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to see a member of staff if you arrive at school without an appointment because they have full-time teaching commitments.   Should you need to speak to someone regarding an urgent matter, you will be referred to Mr Lamb, the Key Stage 4 Support Manager, who is office-based. He will subsequently liaise with me and I will decide upon the best course of action in relation to your concern.

I write to clarify the two changes in the school uniform policy that affect students as they progress from Year 10 to Year 11, so that all students can be smartly and appropriately presented in September.

1. Skirts

Firstly, female students are allowed to wear a black skirt instead of a green skirt. The guidelines on skirts are detailed in the school uniform policy on the school website, in the Parents’ section.

Some of the key points are as follows: 

Skirts must be appropriate for work in terms of material, style and length.  Skirts should be straight and not tightly tailored or of a stretchy ‘Lycra’ type material.  Skirts must be worn on the knee and not be of a high-waisted style. Any splits should be of an appropriate length for school.

Please be aware that in previous years, “school” skirts purchased from some High Street Retailers have been deemed inappropriate for school. Skirts made from stretchy Lycra type material are too figure hugging and inappropriate for school wear, as they are often too short and also tend to “ride up”.  Pleated skirts are not considered suitable for Key Stage 4 as they have a tendency to blow up in the wind.  Please also be aware of any tailored splits in the skirt and how high they go.

A general guide for appropriate skirts according to material and length is that when the pupil stands up from a sitting position, the skirt naturally falls to a length that is on the knee.

I would request that you kindly avoid purchasing any skirts that are too tight or too short so that your child is able to be presentable in school. An entirely appropriate skirt can be purchased at a reasonable price from many High Street Retailers, but please be aware that some retailers market items as “school wear” which do not comply with our policy. I have met with the girls in the current Year 10 cohort to ensure that they are all aware of what will be deemed a suitable school skirt in September. I would ask that you do not allow your fashion conscious teen to dictate the choice of her skirt. 

2. Prefect Uniform

Secondly, many pupils will have been made a prefect, which requires a navy blue tie to be worn. However, beyond this change, prefects are expected to uphold the school’s uniform policy to the highest standards. Prefects are expected to be role models for the rest of the school. Ties are provided in school and do not need to be bought from any of the uniform suppliers.

General Uniform Guidelines

For all pupils, blazers will continue to be worn at all times, and shoes should be suitable for school in terms of both style and material. Sweaters remain black with a V-neck. Trousers remain an option for girls and any trouser, whether for male or female, should meet the guidelines on length, style and material. The relevant section from the school uniform policy is detailed below: 

School trousers should be plain black, loose fitting with a straight leg and front fastening. They should have a single button at the waist and a concealed zip. We do not allow low cut ‘hipster’ style trousers or broad, decorative belts.  Jean-style/stretch or denim fabrics are not acceptable. Please be aware that “skinny” or “drain-pipe” style trousers do not conform to our uniform policy and are therefore not allowed.

It is recommended that should your child wish to have their hair cut or dyed in an atypical manner, you seek guidance from school before commencing any cut or colouring. Any inappropriate hair styles or colours will be expected to be resolved within an agreed timespan and may result in the pupil working independently from the year group. Dip dye styles and unnatural hair colourings are unacceptable. 

Likewise, piercings are limited to one plain ear stud per ear. No other piercings are allowed, including nose piercings and the “tunnel” style ear plugs that stretch the ear lobe.

Uniform “Seconds”

Although the current economic situation is showing some signs of improving, we still feel that there remains an identified need for the provision of good quality second-hand uniform being made available to others in our community. Should you have any out-grown uniform (appropriate to Idsall School) that remains in good condition and you are happy to pass on to the school, please bring it in to the Key Stage Office and we shall pass it on as appropriate.

Failure to adhere to the school’s uniform policy may result in a pupil being withdrawn from circulation until the uniform issue is corrected.

I am sure that you understand the importance of both the school and home working together to help ensure that your son/daughter has a positive and productive time at Idsall School.  In order to promote a happy and healthy learning environment we must jointly uphold the standards that the school has set and expects from all of its students.

May I take this opportunity to wish you a pleasant summer; however, should you wish to discuss any of the above matters, please contact either myself or Mr Lamb, the Key Stage 4 Support Manager.

Mr. A. Baldwin, Head of Year 10


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