School Uniform

Uniform consists of:

  • Grey skirt/trousers
  • White shirt
  • Whinhill Tartan Tie
  • Red/grey Whinhill Jumper

Given that there is substantial parental and public approval of uniform, schools in Inverclyde are free to encourage the wearing of school uniform. In encouraging the wearing of uniform account is taken in any proposals to prevent any direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race or gender. Any proposals will be the subject of widespread consultation with the parents and the pupils. Against this background it should be noted that it is the policy of the Education & Lifelong Learning Committee not to insist on pupils wearing uniform or having specialist items of clothing as a prerequisite of their attending and engaging in all of the activities of the curriculum.

The traditional uniform is however available and most pupils do wear it. Smiths in Greenock stock most items of the school uniform. Children are required to wear plimsolls in the hall and in the classrooms.

There are forms of dress which are unacceptable in school such as items of clothing which:

• potentially, encourage faction (such as football colours);
• could cause offence (such as anti-religious symbolism or
political slogans);
• could cause health and safety difficulties, such as loose fitting clothing, or clothing made from flammable material, for example shell suits in practical classes;
• could cause damage to flooring;
• carry advertising, particularly for alcohol or tobacco;
and could be used to inflict damage on other pupils or be used by others to do so.
The council is concerned at the level of claims being received regarding the loss of children’s clothing and/or personal belongings. Parents are asked to assist in this area by ensuring that valuable items and unnecessarily expensive items of clothing are not brought to the establishment. Parents should note that the authority does not carry insurance to cover the loss of such items and any claims submitted are likely to be met only where the authority can be shown to have been negligent.

Parents should note that the activities the children may become involved in may be restricted because health and safety requirements state that jewellery of any kind must not be worn where children are undertaking physical activities. This includes jewellery worn as a result of body piercing.

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