Many thanks for your continued support of the school and its policies. Planning is well under way for the new school year and I am therefore writing to you to remind you of the uniform change from September.
This time last year we reviewed our school uniform policy and made one significant change to the policy, introducing standardised Dean Academy skirts and trousers, giving a school year for this to phase in. These remain black with the addition of our school badge and are available through our school uniform provider, Trutex. This uniform is available at Trutex in Gloucester. There are a number of reasons why we have decided to introduce this part of the uniform:
a. As we continue to raise expectations, ensuring uniform is smart and consistent is a key part of this.
b. We aim to make it clear what is appropriate uniform and what is not.
c. We want to encourage a sense of belonging where students take pride in their school and uniform.
d. We want to take away the pressure from students to wear something fashionable, often having a big impact on self-esteem.
At the initial consultation parents raised some concerns around cost, availability and style of the new trousers and skirts. We have taken these concerns on board and have therefore introduced a second option if you do not wish to purchase the uniform directly from Trutex.
a. We have the school badges available to buy separately from school reception that can then be ironed on to school trousers/skirts/shorts that have been purchased elsewhere. These will be 50p per badge.
b. We will only accept school trousers/skirts/shorts that meet our uniform policy below, therefore if you are unsure please speak to your child’s Head of Year prior to purchase/ironing on the badge or bring the item of clothing to school reception to check.
Further to this, I would like to outline some more detail on the school uniform. I am pleased to say that the large majority of students wear appropriate uniform and look very smart. There is still a minority of students, however, who are not wearing the appropriate uniform, and having spoken to students across the school, we know this is a frustration for those who are following the uniform policy. Moving into the new school year, we are focusing on ensuring that students are dressed smartly and appropriately in all aspects of their uniform. I would like to bring your attention, in particular, to the following:
Plain black leather that can be polished to a shine.
No boots, no canvas shoes, no logos, no trainer style shoes.
School shoes are particularly expensive, but we have had issues this year with parents spending a lot of money on footwear which clearly does not take note of the above information. We would very much like to avoid this as it puts the school at odds with the student which is not what any of us would wish for. If you are not sure if the footwear will be accepted, please bring a picture into school for us to check before you buy them.