Our expectation for exemplary behaviour, both in and out of school, is reflected in our expectation of uniform compliance. We expect and trust that parents and carers, students and staff work together to promote fairness and consistency and to prevent valuable school time being diverted to following up on breaches of uniform policy.
Our uniform was designed with the distinct purpose of differentiating between leisure and learning time. It was chosen to foster a smart image for students and to encourage them to be ready to focus on their work, free from distractions.
We strive to support our students to develop themselves academically and socially and prepare themselves for life after school where a dress code or other restrictions may be expected. A uniform also helps us to dilute the status placed on expensive clothes or labels and challenge the belief that we are defined by what we wear. Instead, we encourage individual beliefs, ideas, passions and wellbeing and an ethos of camaraderie that is reflected in this shared experience.
Whilst wearing Priory uniform, all students are ambassadors for our school and we hope all our students take this responsibility seriously. Wearing our school uniform properly demonstrates a commitment to our high standards of conduct and support of our shared values. We hope it indicates a sense of loyalty to one another and a commitment to look after what we have, our buildings, our equipment and our environment. It encapsulates our pride in our school community.
We believe that a uniform worn without modification is the best way to ensure equality. We do not want children feeling vulnerable and stressed by the pressure they feel to wear or own the latest trend or status symbol. We strive to shift the emphasis of competition and status, to create a feeling of oneness and of support for fellow students. By adhering to Priory’s uniform expectations, students have a more positive experience at school and therefore a better chance to excel.
Uniform update for all Priory Students
From September 2019, all Priory Students will be required to wear our updated uniform.
This uniform has been designed specifically in response to the many issues and suggestions raised by parents, students and school staff. Specifically, it addresses the current issues of inequality and decency. We hope that it will provide a smart, comfortable and affordable alternative to the current uniform.
The update consists of school polo shirt, school jumper and trousers for all.
During terms 5 and 6, students may choose to substitute their school trousers for shorts with the school badge, which will be supplied by Inter Sport, Lewes. No other variations will be permitted.
Please note: in response to parental concerns from September 2019, all Priory students will be expected to follow these guidelines.
We hope this uniform addresses the suggestions and concerns that have been raised, whilst maintaining the high standards which are embedded within our school values.
The Intersport team will be selling uniform in school on the evenings of Monday 15th July 2019 between 4.00pm and 6.30pm. All families are welcome.
All uniform items are available from our supplier:
Intersport : 53 Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2AN. Telephone 01273 475235. Website: gameforlife.co.uk
If parents are in any doubt about the suitability of an item of uniform, they are advised to contact their child’s House Assistant at the school.
Recycled School Uniform Shop
The school has a second-hand uniform shop consisting of good condition uniform all priced between 50p and £2.00. All enquiries should be made via the school Reception. The uniform shop will be available most days during morning break and after school at 3.15pm, as well as at most parents’ evenings.
From September 2019 onwards, all Priory Students are expected to purchase the updated uniform as documented below.
Compulsory Items for all
• Navy blue jumper with Priory School badge purchased from our suppliers.
• Navy blue Polo shirt with Priory School badge purchased from our suppliers.
• Grey school trousers. Formal, suit-like trousers, no fashion trousers, chinos, jeans, leggings nor cargo pants.
• Plain black, grey or white socks.
• Totally black, flat shoes (not boots) with no additional colour whatsoever, eg: no coloured panels, laces, logos, eyelets or other embellishments.
• Students wishing to wear a belt should ensure that it is a discreet, simple, thin, plain, black or grey belt only.
Students are only permitted to wear a watch and one pair of small stud ear-rings. Please note: body piercing of any kind is not acceptable and must be removed before coming to school.
We do not wish to discourage individuality with regard to hairstyle, but request that extreme styles, bleaches or dyes that are in blatant contrast to natural hair colours are not worn. Any student considering a change of style is advised to speak with their House Assistant before doing so.
Should students choose to wear make-up, they must ensure that it is discreet and natural.
For the journey to and from school, and for break and lunch times, it is recommended that students bring a warm, waterproof jacket. This can be stored in the student lockers or carried with them during the day. Hooded tops should not be worn on the school site.
PE Kit - Compulsory items for all students
• Sky blue polo shirt with Priory logo purchased from our suppliers.
• Black games shorts or skorts
• Priory reversible Rugby shirt purchased from our suppliers.
• 2 pairs of long, pale blue socks
• Sports trainers: these must provide adequate support, should be non – floor marking, not Converse (or similar fashion items)
• Football boots (Plastic studs or plastic moulds, no metal screw in studs)
• Shin pads
• Water bottle
• Gum shield (for rugby)
Recommended for all
• Plain black/navy sweatshirt (no logo)
• Plain black/navy tracksuit trousers
• Protective rugby headgear
During the colder months we recommend the following to be worn:
Sky blue polo/Rugby Shirt
Black/Navy tracksuit bottoms
Thermal base layers
Hat and gloves (scarfs are not permitted in PE due to health and safety)
Food Prep Kit - Compulsory item for all students
• Plain apron
Dance Kit - All Year 7,8 and 9 students
• Plain black T shirt (collared or round neck)
• Black games shorts
• Optional - Black track suit trousers, dance trousers or leggings
Dance Kit - for Year 10 and 11
• Plain black T shirt
• Black leggings or dance trousers
Dealing with uniform issues detracts from our core purposes as a school: learning and teaching. Parents are urged to ensure that their child is sent to school in correct school uniform. Where there is a genuine difficulty in sending students to school in correct uniform, parents are advised to contact their child’s House Assistant. Students who need to borrow items of uniform should report to their House Assistant no later than 8.25 in the morning.
Should a student's uniform not meet expectations :
• Students are expected to report to their House office immediately.
• Students are expected to work with their House team to find a solution.
• House teams will attempt to lend a suitable item if they have it.
• House teams may call home to request suitable items are brought in.
• Students may be sent home to change. (once home has been contacted)
• Students could be requested to work outside their House office until the matter is resolved.
• Parents may be liable for any borrowed uniform that isn't returned.
Sanctions may include :
• Confiscation of inappropriate item of clothing/jewellery. (For persistent cases, parents may be asked to collect these from school)
• Behaviour log.
• Loss of social time.
• In extreme circumstances, students may be excluded from school for persistent defiance of the uniform rules.
• Existing students, who persist in wearing the old style uniform incorrectly, could be expected to adopt the new uniform in order to resolve specific issues