DfE guidance on school uniform states that "if some children look very different to their peers, this can inhibit integration, equality and cohesion." Furthermore, schools should consider "protecting young people from external pressure to wear clothing they would not otherwise choose to adopt, protecting them from harassment, and from having to adopt dress codes associated with extreme or anti-social elements in the wider community, including styles and colours of clothing associated with gangs." At Duncombe, our uniform code will be fully enforced to ensure that we are meeting the needs of children in our community. The Headteacher has the right to send any child home who is dressed inappropriately or has an extreme hairstyle. Children whose dress or hair does not comply with the school policy will not be permitted to represent the school or accompany outings made by their class.
Duncombe uniform is:
- A red polo shirt with either a dark blue cardigan or school sweatshirt.
- Plain black or dark grey/blue trousers, skirt or dress must be worn. Summer dresses may be worn in blue or red.
- Tights and socks must be plain black, grey, navy, red or white.
- Headscarves must be plain and in one of the school colours (red, blue or black).
- Footwear must be plain black shoes, ankle boots or trainers, with no logos. All footwear should be flat, no heels.
Please ensure that hair is neat, clean and tidy and worn with no extremes of style. Please do not dye or shave designs into your child's hair. Long hair should be tied back for health and safety reasons.
Pupils should not wear jewellery to school, especially as individuals become very upset if a treasured piece of jewellery goes missing. Should a pupil have pierced ears, plain studs should only be worn in order to comply with health and safety regulations. Watches may be worn, except during PE. Please note that the school will be unable to take any responsibility for any jewellery or watches that are lost.
No make-up or nail varnish should be worn. A special dispensation for face paint and henna may be authorised for non-uniform days or other celebrations.