Uniform options.Given that there is a substantial parental and public approval of uniform, schools in Inverclyde are free to encourage the wearing of uniform. In encouraging the wearing of uniform account must be taken in any proposals to prevent any direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race or gender. Any proposals will be the subject of widespread consultation with the parents and pupils. Against this background it should be noted that it is the policy of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee not to insist on pupils wearing uniform or having specialist items of clothing as a prerequisite of their attending and engaging in all of the activities of the curriculum.

There are forms of dress which are unacceptable in school, such as items of clothing which:

- potentially, encourages faction (such as football colours);
- could cause offence (such as anti-religious symbolism or political slogans);
- could cause health and safety difficulties, such as loose fitting clothing, or
clothing made from flammable material for example shell suits in practical classes;
- carry advertising, particularly for alcohol or tobacco;
- and could be used to inflict damage on other pupils or be used by others to do

In addition jewellery such as dangling earrings and large rings could cause health and safety difficulties and are unacceptable to be worn in school.

Parents of children receiving one of the following benefits will normally be entitled to monetary grants for footwear and clothing for their children: Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based), Child Tax Credit, who have an annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) of below £15,575 and who do not receive a Working Tax Credit, or receive support under Part V1 of the Asylum and Immigration Act. Approval of any requests for such grants made by parents in different circumstances is at the discretion of the Corporate Director Education and Social Care.
Information and application forms may be obtained from schools and from Education and Social Care, 105 Dalrymple Street, Greenock, PA15 1HU.

The council is concerned at the level of claims being received regarding the loss of pupils’ clothing and/or personal belongings. Parents are asked to assist in this area by ensuring that valuable items and unnecessary expensive items of clothing are not brought to school. Parents should note that the authority does not carry insurance to cover the loss of such items and any claims submitted are likely to be met only where the authority can be shown to have been negligent.

In consultation with parents the following items are recommended, should you wish your child to wear them:
Grey skirt or trousers white/grey shirt or blouse
Black blazer school tie
Grey pullover/cardigan school polo shirt
Navy school sweatshirt

Girls may wish to wear tailored trousers during the winter months only.
The polo shirts and sweatshirts can be obtained at Smith’s Sports in Greenock.

Pupils who represent the school e.g. choir, speech contest etc. are recommended to wear,

Girls: Grey skirt, white blouse and scholl tie.

Boys: Grey trousers, white shirt and school tie.

For reasons of safety and comfort pupils should have sandshoes and shorts for physical education.

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