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 for all Priory Students
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 uniform 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.
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.
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 under £3.00. All enquiries should be made via the school Reception or email Amanda.email@example.com to make an appointment to view the stock. We may also have a stand at parents evenings.
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 health and Safety reasons, false nails are not permitted, students will be asked to have them removed.
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. Non school uniform items are not permitted to be worn inside the school building.
The PE colours at Priory are; Sky blue T-shirts and all other kit should be black or navy blue ONLY. Grey sweatshirts, joggers, base layers etc. are not permitted in PE.
Students are not permitted to wear hoodies or coats (with a hood or zip) in PE due to health and safety. Please note that students will also not be permitted to wear their school V-neck jumper for PE.
Compulsory items for all students:
- Sky blue polo shirt with Priory logo purchased from our suppliers
- Plain black/Navy blue games shorts and/or skort (depending on preference)
- Or black leggings/joggers if preferred (plain - no patterns or mesh inserts permitted)
- Priory reversible Rugby shirt purchased from our suppliers.
- Pale blue football socks (2 pairs recommended)
- Sports trainers: these must provide adequate support, should be non-floor marking and not Converse (or similar fashion items)
- Studded football boots (Plastic studs or plastic moulds, no metal screw in studs or AstroTurf’s)
- Shin pads
- Water bottle
Recommended for all as extra:
- Plain black/navy plain sweatshirt (no big logos)
- Plain black/navy plain tracksuit trousers or leggings (no big logos).
- Protective rugby headgear
- Gum shield (highly recommended for rugby)
During the colder months we recommend the following to be worn as extras to the items above and/or as extra layers:
- Thermal base layers – Black Only.
- Hat and gloves (scarfs are not permitted in PE due to health and safety)
No jewellery should be worn in PE (including watches) and long hair should also be tied back. If a student is wearing stud earrings that they cannot remove due to a recent piercing, students must provide their own tape or plasters to cover the piercing to make it safe. The earrings must then be removed as soon as they are able to do so, hoop earring must not be worn at any time and cannot be covered.
Please be aware that in sports such as Rugby, taping is not permitted due to health and safety and the jewellery must be removed.
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.
- Students will be asked to have false nails removed.
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.