Uniform, Kit & Equipment

Uniform, Kit & Equipment

New School Uniform from September 2017

The new uniform

The new uniform will consist of:

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

New uniform items can now be purchased online from Price & Buckland at www.pbparentsonline.co.uk/stivo.

When choosing to have uniform from Price & Buckland delivered free of charge to the school, please note that Price & Buckland ship orders to the school on the second and fourth Monday of each month during term time. Parents/carers will be informed when orders are available for collection.

The new uniform is for all students in Years 7 to 10 from September 2017. Only the current Year 11 are able to wear their old uniform for their last year here (although they have the option to wear the complete new uniform). This means all students in Years 7 to 11 from September 2018 will be in the new uniform.

If things go wrong

If you have encountered a problem which is preventing your child arriving in the correct uniform, we do not want your child to be worried about coming into school. In order to help your child and the school deal with the situation appropriately, please can you complete this sheet, and give to your child to bring into school. We will then liaise with you to help resolve any problem as appropriate, thereby ensuring that all students are swiftly in the correct uniform. Once any issues have been resolved, full compliance with the new uniform will be expected at all times.

House colours for blazers

For current students, their House can be found using Go4Schools. 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.

Uniform pricing, ordering and support

Please see pricing guidance from Price & Buckland for uniform items.

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 www.pbparentsonline.co.uk/stivo.

The school, including the Governing Body, 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 will charge for the return of unwanted items, regardless of reason or delivery charge.

For those parents/carers in receipt of Working Tax Credit or Income Support, further financial assistance will be available. You may also wish to contact St Ivo if your current school is in receipt of Pupil Premium funding for your child. 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 this support, please email uniform@stivoschool.org with the email subject “Uniform Financial Assistance” and stating the names(s) and year group(s) of your children, and the reason for you request for 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 maroon v-neck jumper with school badge under their blazer, in which case these must be supplied by Price & Buckland (online through their website). 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. It should be worn with the school shirt/blouse and tie that is visible, together with other uniform items.

Outerwear and keeping warm

When purchasing coats or other items to go over the blazer (for example, for cold and wet weather), please ensure that these items are appropriate for school. For example, no inappropriate slogans or denim and items should be as plain as possible. We want students to look as smart as possible at all times, in school and in the local community, in keeping with the new formal uniform. Any coat worn over the blazer must be removed before entering classrooms. A coat or non uniform casual garment can never be worn instead of the school 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 girls 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.


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@stivoschool.org) and we will quickly work to assist you.

Parents can purchase trousers from the following, with prices ranging from £6 to £18. Please also see retailer trouser visuals.

Price & Buckland:

The Green School Shop, St Ives (try on and purchase in store, see website for opening hours):

Tesco (the F&F desk at local stores will have the St Ivo approved codes):

Marks & Spencer (staff can assist with finding correct trousers):

We trust that this selection will enable parents to choose a suitable trousers for their child(ren), whilst helping the school to maintain the consistent and smart look of the new uniform. It will also mean that parents can buy multiple pairs of trousers for September, with the only items restricted to one per student on initial orders being the blazer, tie, skirt and optional v-neck school jumper.

We are aware that Marks & Spencer and Tesco sometimes update their range of school trousers nearer to September as part of their ‘Back to School’ launch. This page on school uniform will seek to be a live reference with the correct trouser codes.

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 for boys and girls 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 (which includes all types of Vans, Converse, Adidas, Nike or other similar brands), and will not have such additions as stripes or ticks. Footwear with any logo is not permitted. 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.

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 the old uniform

Some parents have asked if they can donate old uniform items for good use. These can be returned to school, using the green recycling wheelie bin in reception. New or nearly new donated items will be made available to families of the current Year 10 to help them in their last year in the old uniform (through to June 2018).


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

Jewellery must be removed for PE lessons.

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

Bracelets and anklets must not be worn, apart from one charity band or charity bracelet on the wrist.


Students may wear a small amount of discreet, natural style make-up. False nails are not permitted. Nail varnish is not permitted apart from “French manicure”/”French polish”. Students unsure about how much make-up counts as discreet should seek advice from their Head or Assistant Head of Year.


Extreme hair-styles, such as Mohicans and words and patterns shaved into the hair, 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.

PE Kit

The PE kit has not changed. However, in line with other uniform items, the PE kit is no longer available for purchase on ParentMail or through the school Business Centre. Instead, St Ivo PE kit will be available online from the Price & Buckland website.

The PE kit is as follows:

Essential PE kit – required by all students:
Maroon polo shirt with St Ivo logo
Maroon rugby/football/hockey socks
Trainers (non-marking)
White socks

Boys also need:
Plain black shorts with St Ivo logo
Swimming trunks (not Bermuda type) and towel
Rugby/football boots (due to use of 3G astroturf, no metal studs or blades please)
Maroon reversible rugby shirt

Girls also need:
One piece swimsuit (any colour, no two piece swimsuits) and towel
Light blue hoodie with St Ivo logo
Maroon matching 'Skort' OR plain black shorts with St Ivo logo

Optional PE kit:
Tracksuit bottoms (for outdoor work at discretion of PE staff)
Towel (shower facilities are available for all students)
Gum shield - recommended for rugby and hockey
Shin pads - recommended 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@stivoschool.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 their child with a note on the first day 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 parent’s note for the tutor the next day to explain the non-compliance.

Any student not in the correct uniform should report to the Reflection Room straight away in the morning to borrow school uniform for the day.

If a student is wearing incorrect uniform and has no note from the parent, 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 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 Reflection Room until the problem is resolved.

Uniform for Year 11 September 2017 to June 2018 only

Uniform can be purchased directly from Price & Buckland, or in the case of the maroon sweatshirt and white polo shirt directly from the school on ParentMail. Parents/carers are encouraged to donate uniform and kit that is not needed, but still in good condition. Simply place the items in the green bin in reception.

Uniform list for current Year 11

From September 2017, only Year 11 students are able to wear the old uniform:

Jewellery, make up and hair

Please see the guidance on these items within the new uniform section.

Additional information


Pens (blue/black), pencils, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener, protractor, compasses, calculator and glue stick.

All the above items can be purchased from the school Business Centre at cost price. In addition students may purchase other items such as art sketch books and revision booklets.

Many students find it useful to have the following items: coloured pens/pencils and a USB pen.

Students will need a sturdy bag in which to carry equipment and books. They will be issued with a number of text books, which should be looked after and returned in reasonable condition. All students are allocated a locker, which may be shared with one other. Students provide their own padlock and key which can also be purchased at the Business Centre.

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.