Uniform

The Friary School is committed to maintaining a high standard in school uniform and relies on parents and teachers working together to meet school expectations.

The school’s prescribed uniform supplier is Uniform Plus, 33 Tamworth Street, Lichfield, WS13 6JP, (Tel – 01543 414 520) although most items can be purchased form alternative retailers.

The Year 7-11 uniform consists of:

  • Plain black blazer with a school badge
  • Plain black full length ‘suit-style’ trousers
    Any kind of jeans-style, fitted, skinny, legging, ‘above the ankle’, or with detailing are not allowed
  • Approved tartan skirt – available from Uniform Plus – or pleated skirt close to the knee
    These skirts have minimum lengths and are available from the set school supplier
  • Plain black footwear
    Footwear with colour markings, badges or trim are not allowed.
  • Plain black pullover or cardigan
    Hoodies are not allowed.
    Pullovers that cover the knot of the tie or fitted tops of any kind are not allowed.
  • Pullovers should not have obvious logos.
  • Plain white shirt tucked in
    Polo shirts, fitted shirts or shirts without a top button are not allowed
  • Official School or County clip-on ties
  • Plain black or flesh-coloured tights
  • Footless, patterned or coloured tights and leggings are not allowed
  • Plain black or grey socks

Our uniform expectations are clear and when managing over a thousand students it is beneficial to have clear standards that are enforced. We believe students perform best where there is consistency and clear boundaries.

We are not in the business of making exceptions for particular students or families, and would not expect any of our parents to expect special or preferential treatment. We have these standards because they work well for us and, though we appreciate families may adopt different standards, we believe that as we work in a far larger setting than any family, then parents should understand we have to work differently to what maybe happens at home. Again we always work with any parents’ approaches in the home, and so expect every parent to work with our approach in school.

Further Guidance:

Whilst we believe that the uniform requirements set out above in bold are very clear we have provided some additional guidance in italics. Staff are available throughout the summer holidays for further clarification and throughout the year thereafter.

In addition to the school uniform requirements, please note that extremes of hairstyle are not allowed. This would include, but not be limited to, colourings that cannot be naturally grown, any kind of patterning, or lengths of cut that the school considers to be inappropriate.

Also, although one stud or sleeper earring in each ear may be worn, all other forms of facial piercings (including tongue piercings) are not allowed. Other jewellery must be worn in moderation.

Acrylic nails, or any false or long nails, are not permitted. Nail varnish may be worn but not in extreme colours, or in patterned / multi-toned styles.

Finally, mobile phones are not permitted to be switched on by students during the school day. This expectation runs from their arrival on the school premises until the school days ends at 3.05pm

Once again, if you have any doubts about whether specific items of uniform are acceptable it is essential that you contact school before purchasing so that the cost of replacement can be avoided.

If a student arrives to school in incorrect uniform then we will:

  1. Confiscate the item(s) of incorrect uniform
  2. Confiscate the item(s) of incorrect uniform and provide a non-negotiable alternative
  3. Contact parents or guardians so that they can bring the appropriate item(s) of uniform to schoolIt may be necessary on occasions to send a student home if they are dressed incorrectly but this would be a last resort.If a student has their mobile on or used during the school day we will:

It may be necessary on occasions to send a student home if they are dressed incorrectly but this would be a last resort.

If a student has their mobile on or used during the school day we will:

  1. First occasion – Confiscate the mobile phone (electronic device) and return it to the student at the end of the school day
  2. Second occasion – Confiscate the mobile phone (electronic device) and return it to the parent / carer when they come into school to pick it up.
  3. Third occasion – Confiscate the mobile phone (electronic device) and return it to the parent / guardian in a meeting with senior staff. This meeting is likely to result in the student facing a serious school sanction which will go onto their school record.

Further Information:

For more information about our school uniform, please contact Luke Baker, Assistant Headteacher, via office@friaryschool.co.uk.