Grange National School has had a uniform for over twenty years. The uniform was introduced following requests from parents. It has reduced costs for parents who might otherwise be under pressure to dress their children according to the current fashion trends. As pupils wear a common uniform there is less to distract pupils from learning and valuable school time is not wasted with staff having to decide whether items of clothing/accessories are appropriate or not. The uniform ultimately cultivates a sense of belonging to the community which is Grange National School. The school crest, which can be purchased from the school and sewn on to generic jumpers/cardigans, depicts the megalithic tomb of Labbacallee.
CIRCULAR 0063/2013 issued by The Department of Education and Skills required all recognised Primary, Secondary, Community and Comprehensive Schools to consult with parents during the 2013/14 school year to ascertain parents’ views on the school’s uniform. Questionnaires were sent to 91 families and 71 questionnaires were completed and returned.
The results of the questionnaires were presented to the Board of Management on March 3rd 2014.
Parents wishes, as outlined in the completed questionnaires, were taken into consideration and will form the basis of the school’s Uniform Policy for the coming years until a review is deemed necessary by the Board of Management or is required by the Department of Education and Skills.
THE SCHOOL’S UNIFORM POLICY
99.9% of the questionnaires returned in the 2014 survey, wanted the school to continue having a uniform. The majority of respondents were satisfied with the generic uniform already being used by pupils and expressed a wish to retain the red tie and school crest as part of the uniform.
A majority of parents wanted the school to have a generic tracksuit so the BOM respected their choice and is allowing parents the option of purchasing either a generic plain navy tracksuit or the non-generic Grange NS tracksuit currently available from Shaws in Fermoy.
THE GRANGE NATIONAL SCHOOL’S UNIFORM
Attendance at Grange National School requires all pupils to wear the following uniform during school activities:
Boys: Grey Shirt, Red Tie, Navy Jumper bearing School Crest, Grey Trousers
Girls: Grey Shirt, Red Tie, Navy Jumper/cardigan bearing School Crest, Grey Trousers/Grey Pinafore/grey Skirt
All pupils must wear footwear suitable for the prevailing weather conditions and suitable for playground activities.
Optional: Plain navy shorts and a grey polo shirt during warm weather
Pupils are required to wear a tracksuit as outlined below for P.E. or school trips but it cannot be worn as an alternative to the school uniform at other times. Pupils will be informed when they are required to wear the tracksuit. Pupils may not combine elements of the tracksuit uniform with the main school uniform.
Grey polo shirt, plain navy tracksuit bottoms, Plain navy tracksuit top bearing school crest, Runners
In order to respect the integrity of the uniform and limit time-wasting arbitration by staff on the suitability of items of clothing, pupils and parents are asked to observe the school policy on uniform.
If pupils do not have a plain navy tracksuit or plain navy shorts, they have the option to wear the school uniform as it currently stands – Grey trousers/skirt/pinafore; grey shirt; red tie and navy jumper with school crest sewn on.
Tracksuits/ jumpers etc. bearing any logo other than the school crest are not permitted.
Pupils are not allowed to wear hoodies or other garments over their school uniform in the classrooms or school hall.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Jewellery and Accessories: Any item, jewellery or accessory, should not be worn or brought to school if it can potentially cause an injury to the pupil or others. Parents are asked to be particularly vigilant with regard to ear piercings and ensure that pupils who wear earrings only wear small studs during school activities.
Footwear: Pupils should wear footwear appropriate to the weather and general activities normally conducted in a primary school.
Hair: Parents are advised that long hair should be ‘tied back’ to reduce risk of spreading or contracting headlice.
Jewellery or accessories that can pose a distraction for the pupil and his/her peers in the classroom should not be worn or brought to school.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Pupils & Parents:
- The correct uniform must be worn at all times.
- Pupils must be neat and tidy in their appearance.
- All items belonging to a pupil must be clearly marked.
- A note from parents must explain incomplete uniform or explain any deviation from the uniform policy on medical or other exceptional grounds.
- Teachers shall monitor school uniform daily.
- Uniform checks by the Principal/Deputy Principal shall take place regularly.
- Pupils who are not in full uniform will be subject to disciplinary action.
- In the event of a dispute regarding the acceptability of a pupil’s uniform, the school’s principal is the arbiter.