The St Stephen’s School uniform colours are green, yellow and grey. All pupils are expected to wear uniform unless, for example, they are going on a residential visit. It is essential that all items brought to school are named.
The recommended uniform is as follows:
PE/Games (Indoor): white T-shirt, black shorts and plimsolls (not designer trainers).
PE/Games (Outdoor): as above, with black sweatshirt and optional tracksuit bottoms (or school tracksuit), for cold weather, and trainers (not designer trainers)
PE Swimming (Year 3 only): one-piece swimsuit, swimming cap (necessary if hair is worn long) and a towel.
Items which have the school logo embroidered on to them can be bought through Michael Hope, a uniform supplier based in Bathampton (Tel: 01225 464648). Uniform can be ordered either online at www.michaelhope.co.uk or over the phone with a credit/debit card. Uniform will be delivered to the school and can either be picked up from reception (new parents), or will be sent home with your child.
Pupils are not required to wear uniform bearing the school logo, but if purchased, St Stephen’s will receive some commission.
Approved school sun hats, PE bags and reading bags are available direct from the school office. All other items can be purchased from the schoolwear department of many stores. There is no restriction in terms of coats for school, though green fleeces with the school logo are available.
There are second-hand uniform sales several times a year, at which most items are £2 or less; these are advertised in the school newsletter. Items for donation are always needed, as long as they are in good condition; please bring any donations in a bag to the school office. All proceeds go towards PTFA fundraising.
Please name ALL your child’s belongings so that they can be returned to the child’s classroom.
Lost (unnamed) property is placed in a container upstairs in the Yellow Room. Children are regularly reminded to check for lost items. All items are periodically displayed on a table at playtime/lunchtimes. We regret that unclaimed lost property will be disposed of as a great deal of property is not named and is never claimed.
The wearing of jewellery in school is not permitted. Earrings other than studs are potentially dangerous and must not be worn. Children are allowed to wear a wristwatch, but they are responsible for its safekeeping. Watches must be removed for physical education.
The school cannot take responsibility for the loss of valuables.
Many children near the top of the school have their own mobile phone. We do not ban mobiles because they are a very useful safety device, especially for children who travel to and from school alone or without adult supervision. They are also helpful in linking up with parents for collection from clubs and so on. Indeed there are many appropriate and supportive uses.
However, mobile phones can also present a very real challenge. Ringtones in class (how annoying is that?), the temptation to play games on phones, send texts and make calls even in breaks – and that is not even taking into account the unsupervised web access that many phones include within their capacity these days.
Everything is fine as long as phones are turned off during school time – so that is our rule. Any phones in school must be stored off the person of the child and be switched off between registration and dismissal.
There is clearly a security issue with phones and this must remain the child’s responsibility. Whilst we will take every care to ensure that all property is safe and secure, small high-value items (mobile phones, for example) are always at particular risk if they are brought into school and therefore they must remain the child’s responsibility.