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School Uniform


We want all of our pupils to take pride in wearing the
Foyle College uniform. It is expected that all pupils
wear regulation uniform throughout the school day.
including on the journey to and from school, when
travelling to represent the school at extra-curricular
events and at all school functions. It is really important
that all uniform items be clearly labelled with the
owner’s name.


Core Uniform


• School blazer.


• House tie should be worn with a neat knot and
reach the waistband of the pupil’s trousers / skirt.


• Regulation knee-length blue school skirt or black
trousers.


• White blouse/shirt – An optional, regulation
blue-checked open neck blouse can be worn with
a skirt from the 1st May Bank Holiday until the
end of October.


• Optional mid-grey v-neck, long-sleeved pullover.
• Grey knee-length socks or plain black tights if
worn with a skirt.


• Plain black or dark grey socks covering the ankles
if worn with trousers.


Footwear


• Plain black leather-look shoes.


• Heels must be no higher than 3cms and be of a
block style.


Outerwear


• A plain black, navy or grey coat which should
be worn over the blazer.


Mission Statement


The aim of Foyle College is to provide pupils with a secure and appropriate learning environment and a programme which meets their individual needs, which brings them success and fulfilment in their school life and prepares them for the life beyond school.


School Ethos / Culture


Foyle College believes that every pupil is capable of reaching their full potential and can only do this by contributing fully and achieving enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the school. The school recognises that this can only be achieved by creating an atmosphere where every pupil wishes to attend school because they feel valued and secure. This policy is one of a number of interrelated policies which are concerned with pupils’ welfare, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.


Policy Aims


The aim of this policy is to ensure a clear understanding of the need for a school uniform.


School uniform can play a valuable role setting an appropriate tone; instilling pride; supporting positive behaviour and discipline; encouraging identity with, and support for, the school ethos; ensuring pupils of all races and backgrounds feel welcome; protecting children from social pressure to dress in a particular way; and, nurturing cohesion and promoting good relations between different groups of pupils. Many schools also believe that school uniform supports effective teaching and learning.


School uniform is important for the following reasons:


• Promoting school identity – It promotes a school identity that supports high standards and provides a sense of belonging for pupils;
• Health and safety – Our school reasonably expects that long hair is safely tied back during practical lessons. Similarly, we have rules regarding jewellery as non-compliance may pose a risk of injury;
• Security – Our school needs to be able to identify individual pupils so that we may maintain good order amongst pupils and can identify visitors easily;
• Teaching and learning – If a pupil’s face is obscured for any reason, the teacher may not be able to judge their involvement in the learning process (excluding the wearing of mandatory face coverings due to Covid-19);
• Promoting harmony – School uniform promotes a sense of harmony and equality amongst different groups within the school;
• Protecting young people – A uniform protects our pupils from pressure to conform to a particular dress code; this includes badges which are not awarded by the school or exposed tattoos;
• Preparing pupils for the world of work – Many employers have a dress code. Having a uniform policy prepares pupils for the expectations that will be placed upon them in employment.
Consideration may be given by the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Board of Governors (BOG) to requests for exceptions to be made for any individual pupil on the grounds of religious beliefs or a medical condition.


Uniform Regulations


All pupils must wear regulation uniform throughout the school day. This means that correct school uniform must be worn in school, on the journey to and from school, when travelling to represent the school and at all school functions. All uniform items should be clearly labelled with the owner’s name.


CORE UNIFORM


• School blazer.
• House tie should be worn with a neat knot and reach the waistband of the pupil’s trousers / skirt.
• Regulation knee-length blue school skirt OR black trousers – Trousers should cover the top of the shoe and / or half the laces and skirts should not be rolled at the waistband.
• White blouse/shirt – An optional, regulation blue-checked open neck blouse can be worn with a skirt from the 1st May Bank Holiday until the end of October.
• Shirts / blouses must be tucked in with top buttons fastened at all times.
• Under-garments worn below the shirt / blouse must not be visible.
• Optional mid-grey v-neck, long-sleeved pullover.
• Grey knee-length socks or plain black tights if worn with a skirt. Plain black or dark grey socks covering the ankles if worn with trousers.


FOOTWEAR


• Plain black leather-look shoes.
• Heels must be no higher than 3cms and be of a block style. High-heeled fashion shoes, kitten heels and pumps are not permitted.
• Fabric or suede trainer style footwear is not permitted.
• Shoes must not have decorative stitching or coloured soles (Black DM shoes with yellow stitching are permitted).
• No boots are permitted.


HAIR


• Hair must be kept neat and tidy. • Long hair should be tied back during practical lessons with a plain headband / bobble. • Fringes should not cover the eyes.
• Hair must not be dyed unnatural colours and must not be excessively highlighted or streaked.
• Pupils must be clean-shaven.


JEWELLERY


• Jewellery must be confined to a watch, a single plain ring and a pair of small, plain sleeper or stud earrings worn in the lobe.
• Additional piercing is not acceptable.
• Pupils must remove any additional piercing(s) in advance of attending school.
MAKE-UP
• Make-up is not permitted in Years 8-10 and should be natural and unobtrusive if worn by pupils in Years 11-14.
• Nail polish is acceptable in neutral tones only e.g. light pinks, nude tones, etc.


TATTOOS


• No visible tattoos are permitted.


OUTERWEAR


• A plain black, navy or grey coat which should be worn over the blazer, i.e. one that does not have coloured panels, coloured stripes, badges for sports teams or overly large fashion logos (If you are unsure about whether a coat is acceptable, please check with the Principal or one of the Vice Principals).
• Pupils may also wear the waterproof smock tops that the sports’ teams wear to away matches, provided these are worn over the blazer.
• Scarves should be plain black, navy or grey in colour.
• Belts (if worn) should be black with a small, plain buckle.
• Pupils must not wear hooded tops.


ADDITIONAL NOTES


• Hooded tops that are items of school sportswear should only be worn in P.E. and Games.
• Pupils are permitted to wear badges awarded for school activities and a maximum of two badges unrelated to school, e.g., Girls’ Brigade, Scouts.
• Pupils are permitted to wear the full school tracksuit to and from Saturday fixtures.
• Pupils who persistently wear clothing that is contrary to the uniform regulations are liable to have such items confiscated. In such instances, the item will be left in the main office to be collected by a parent. The teacher who has confiscated the item will ensure that it is clearly named (with a piece of paper and a safety pin).


The Principal will have the ultimate decision regarding what is acceptable in appearance.

P.E. Kit


If you are representing the school in any sport, you are required to wear branded items of Sports Kit. These can be purchased through the Online Shop, accessed through the school’s website.


Pupils are NOT required to wear branded kit but ARE expected to wear plain white T-shirt, plain navy shorts and white socks for P.E. Please see further details below:
• Plain white t-shirt or Foyle College white P.E. t-shirt* or Foyle College Navy team t-shirt*.
• Plain navy shorts or Foyle College navy team shorts* or Foyle College Rugby shorts or Foyle College Leggings* or Foyle College tracksuit bottoms* or Foyle College Skort*.
• Plain white socks.
• Foyle College maroon rugby/ hockey socks*.
* Items are available to purchase on the school website. (No other leggings other than the school official leggings are acceptable)
• If representing the school at Hockey a Foyle College Hockey top will be required.
• If playing Rugby during Games periods pupils also require a Foyle College Rugby jersey, Foyle College Rugby socks, rugby / football boots and a gum shield.
• If playing Hockey during Games pupils also require a hockey stick, shin pads, gum shield and suitable outdoor footwear.
• These items can all be purchased from local sports retailers.
Optional items
• P.E. Tracksuit (Foyle College 1/4 zip top & Foyle College Tracksuit Bottoms)
• Foyle College Tracksuit Bottoms
• Foyle College Navy Hooded Top
• Foyle College Training Top
• Foyle College Team t-shirt
• Foyle College Thermal Base Layer
• Foyle College Contact Top


These items are available to purchase on the school website only. Go to Parents tab on school website www.foylenet.org.uk and then to Sports Shop Online (See Appendix 1 for pricelist). All optional items can be worn during games / P.E. lessons.
If your child is representing the school at a sporting event, they must travel in the P.E. tracksuit.


Any questions or queries please contact the school on info@foylecollege.derry.ni.sch.uk.


Cost


Financial assistance is available through the Education Authority’s School Uniform Allowance Scheme for certain pupils at grant-aided post-primary schools, towards the cost of uniforms and appropriate suitable clothing for PE. The eligibility criteria are the same as those used for free school meals.


Non-uniform days


During the school year, non-uniform days may be held. Clothing choices should be appropriate for school. No extra jewellery, nail polish, heels, low cut or short length tops are allowed to be worn. Football, Rugby and GAA tops must not be worn.


School trips


Full school uniform must be worn when pupils are on a school trip, unless alternative arrangements have been made by the lead teacher.


During periods of extreme weather, the Principal will inform parents of any changes to the uniform policy.

Role of the School


The Principal will:


• Set high expectations of uniform standards to promote the school’s corporate image.
• Monitor school uniform.
• Liaise with the Board of Governors in relation to school uniform.
• Implement strategies to address issues that arise.


The Pastoral Team will:


• Meet regularly to discuss school uniform.
• Remind pupils of the uniform regulations, carry out regular uniform checks and address any issues in relation to school uniform.
• Inform the SLT and Principal of school uniform issues.
• Notify parents of pupil who do not meet school uniform expectations.
• Implement strategies to ensure pupils meet the uniform standards.
• Consult Student Councils in the development of uniform choice.


Teaching and Support Staff will:


• Familiarise themselves with the uniform regulations as issued annually to parents.
• Help to ensure that the uniform regulations are followed. The Form Tutor and the Classroom Teacher will both play a significant role in this.
Parents / Carers will:


• Ensure their child is provided with our core school uniform requirements.
• Ensure their child is properly attired each day.
• Ensure their child does not get facial piercings during term time.
• Inform school of the reason for a pupil’s inability to wear full school uniform.
• Ensure their child attends all examinations wearing full school uniform.
• Support the school in the enforcement of sanctions that are in line with the school’s disciplinary procedures.
Pupils will:


• Wear full school uniform to, during and from school, and at all school related events.
• Follow the school uniform policy.
• Communicate any concerns, regarding uniform, through the Student Council.


Non-compliance with School Uniform Policy


Where a pupil is not adhering to the School Uniform Policy, the Pastoral Team will make discreet enquiries as to why this is the case.


• Depending on the infringement, a range of sanctions or strategies will be put in place by the Pastoral Team.
• If a pupil arrives in school wearing a non-compliant piercing, this must be removed and placed into an envelope until the end of the school day.


Please note that acceptance of a place in Foyle College, requires acceptance of our School Uniform Policy.


The Principal’s decision on what is appropriate is final.

Contact Us:

  • 67A Limavady Road, Londonderry, BT47 6LR
  • info@foylecollege.derry.ni.sch.uk
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