School Uniform

St. Joseph's School Uniform

St. Joseph’s has an attractive uniform with a tie and badge designed by pupils. Pupils are encouraged to wear uniform in school to promote the positive ethos of the school.

Girls – navy/grey skirt or trousers, white blouse, school tie, navy blazer
Boys – navy/grey trousers, white shirt, school tie, navy blazer.

Jade/Navy sweatshirts, polo shirts, jackets, hats, blazers, ties and badges along with P.E. Kit which is optional are available from a local supplier, Smiths of Greenock. (Please mark your child’s name on all clothing).

For P.E. for health and safety reasons, children are asked to wear sandshoes, T-shirts and shorts (any colour). Football strips should not be worn for P.E. All articles of jewellery must be removed for P.E. lessons, this includes jewellery worn as a result of body piercing.

Given that there is substantial parental and public approval of uniform, schools in Inverclyde are free to encourage the wearing of school uniform. In encouraging the wearing of uniform account is 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 & 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, encourage 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 so.

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

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 unnecessarily 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.

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