School Uniform Policy
Given that there is a substantial parental and public approval of uniform, schools in South Ayrshire are free to encourage the wearing of school uniform. In encouraging the wearing of uniform, account must be 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 parents and pupils. Against this background it should be noted that it is the policy of South Ayrshire Council not to insist on pupils wearing uniform or having specialist items of clothing as a prerequisite to their attending and engaging in all of the activities of the curriculum.
There are forms of dress, which are unacceptable in school, such as items of clothing:
potentially, encourage friction (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, dangling earrings and facial piercings, are made from flammable material, 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
no hooded tops should be worn in class; these are classed as outside clothing and should be removed
At Belmont Academy, we are determined to achieve excellence in all that we do. This determination includes aspiring to the highest standard of school uniform. Achieving this high standard is important as it represents our school, shows pride and a commitment to our vision, values and ethos. Importantly, having a school uniform contributes to school security and personal safety and promotes a positive, professional work ethic which encourages a focus on learning. We also want to protect our young people from social pressures to dress in a particular way.
Our Uniform Expectations
The following items should be worn by all pupils as it represents our core uniform;
• a school shirt (black or white)
• black trousers or skirt (not denim/jeans (skinny or otherwise)/jeggings/leggings)
• a school tie
• black or dark school shoes – if trainers are worn they should be fully black
• appropriate school bag
The following may also be worn;
• black/grey jumper or cardigan (tie should be visible)
• school blazer
We have a fabulous resource thanks to the generosity of Kindness and Co who donate profits from their business to the South Ayrshire Uniform bank. Thanks to them and kind donations from Parents/Young People who want their blazers to be loved by another, we have an excellent uniform bank. The items in our bank (apart from blazers) are brand new and our great Medical Room Assistants Margaret and Rhona help and support young people and families who require uniform.
If you want to access the uniform hub you can do so with the utmost discretion – you can contact Margaret and Rhona directly and come into the school to select your pieces.