New School Uniform from September 2017
The new uniform
The new uniform will consist 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
- An optional maroon v neck jumper with 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 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.
- Plain black socks (ankle or below knee length) or plain black tights
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 will be for all students in Years 7 to 10 from September 2017. Only next year's Year 11 (the current Year 10) will be 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 for the start of term, 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 initial 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com) 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:
- Online shop available from 24th June (all are machine washable, tumble dry friendly)
Tesco (the F&F desk at local stores will have the St Ivo approved codes):
- Boys grey 2 pack Teflon EcoElite pleat front school trousers, adjustable waist, tumble dry friendly (code AG639443, ages 11-16)
- Boys grey 2 pack Teflon EcoElite flat front slim leg trousers, adjustable waist, tumble dry friendly (code AG739407, ages 11-12)
- Girls grey grosgrain bow school trousers, adjustable waist, tumble dry friendly (code AP439222)
Marks & Spencer (staff can assist with finding correct trousers):
- Boys – grey (not charcoal or light grey) regular or slim (not skinny) fit trousers from the school uniform range. Examples of the correct grey and style include 2 pack grey flat front trousers, adjustable waist, tumble dry friendly (code T763616G) and grey slim leg trousers, adjustable waist, tumble dry friendly (code T764725G)
- Girls – plain grey (not charcoal or light grey) regular or slim (not skinny) fit trousers from the school uniform range. Examples of the correct grey and style include 2 pack grey regular leg trousers, adjustable waist, tumble dry friendly (code T761285) and grey slim leg slim fit trousers, adjustable waist, tumble dry friendly (T761245)
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
- St Ivo School maroon sweatshirt with school logo
- St Ivo School white polo shirt with school logo
- School-wear trousers, full length, plain black
- School-wear skirt, knee-length, plain black
- School-wear, plain black shoes
- Black tights
- Our standard PE kit
Jewellery, make up and hair
Please see the guidance on these items within the new uniform section.
- Clothing (and other personal possessions) should be clearly named
- Kameez/salwar, plain black or grey, may be worn
- Coloured tops, long-sleeved tops and tops with logos or designs should not be worn under the polo shirt. Students who are cold may choose to wear a plain white T-shirt or vest under the polo shirt, the aim being that tops worn under the polo shirt should be as invisible as possible
- The school policy on shoes is that they must be plain black (both uppers and soles).
- Socks of any colour may be worn under trousers (since trousers must be full length) but if socks are worn with a skirt, these should be plain black or grey ankle-socks
- Coats and other items worn over the sweatshirt must be removed when inside the buildings
- Hats must not be worn inside the buildings.
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 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.