Earlier this year, some parents of students at the College requested that the wearing of a jumper as part of the College uniform be considered. As promised at that time, at their meeting last week, the Governors reviewed all the comments made known to them by parents and other College stakeholders.
The Governors had originally agreed that having jumpers as part of the uniform would add a further cost for parents and that either a blazer or a jumper would be appropriate. However, based on the feedback they received, they now believe that parents would like the option to choose whether a jumper is appropriate for their son or daughter to wear, underneath their blazer, particularly in cold weather conditions. The Governors have therefore agreed that a jumper will be an optional, permitted item of College uniform for the 2015 – 16 academic year. The jumper will be available from ‘SchoolShop’ – our online uniform supplier, as per the rest of the College uniform (weblink: http://school-shop.co.uk/caedmon_college_whitby_yo21_1la/; telephone: 01904 607331; fax: 01904 607342; shop address: NextGen Clothing, Unit 5 Handley Court, Elvington Industrial Estate, Elvington, York, North Yorkshire, YO41 4AR.
The Governors wanted me to reiterate to parents that they believe in the importance of having a uniform that is ‘uniform’ and expect that any jumpers worn will be in the approved style (available from the school uniform shop – details above), embroidered with the College logo; I am sure you will agree that learning time should not be reduced by staff having to address students who do not wish to follow the rules and choose to wear a ‘non-uniform’ style jumper or other items that are not permitted in the uniform policy.
As a convenient reminder, I have included the full details of the College uniform policy, as follows:
Girls and Boys
Indoor Plain white polo shirt
Outdoor Plain black fleece
Indoor Plain white polo shirt
Outdoor College rugby shirt
Skirts: Must be knee to mid-calf length, plain black and not worn over leggings or trousersPLEASE NOTE:
Trousers: Must be plain black dress trousers – not ¾ length, culottes, shorts, footless tights or leggings. They must not be of cord, denim or pinstripe fabric. Jeans, combat-style, very flared or very tight trousers are not permitted
Footwear: Must be sensible for College wear, plain black shoes and polishable. No coloured laces, flip flops or slipper-style mules
Jewellery: Must not be worn apart from a watch, one charity wrist band and a single, plain stud in each ear lobe
- FASHION ITEMS SUCH AS HATS AND SCARVES, LARGE BELTS OR BELTS WHICH ARE NOT PLAIN BLACK, MAY NOT BE WORN
- MAKE-UP SHOULD NOT BE NOTICEABLE
- HAIR COLOUR MUST BE NATURAL/NO EXTREME HAIR STYLES
- FACIAL PIERCINGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
I hope that all parents will support the Governors in making this decision to allow jumpers, for those who wish to wear them, by making sure that students come in to College in the correct uniform each day so that teaching and learning time need not be disrupted by this issue. The Governors believe that adherence to a reasonable uniform policy helps young people and their parents by cutting out competition for the latest clothing fashions, making sure that students are dressed appropriately for learning and that it prepares students for later life when they will be expected to dress appropriately for interviews and work – possibly having to wear a workplace uniform.
Thank you for supporting the College in this matter.