School clothing and uniform
There are forms of dress which are unacceptable in school, such as items of clothing
- 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, dangling
- are made from flammable material for example, tracksuits 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.
Under no circumstances will pupils be deprived of any educational benefit as a result
of not wearing uniform and in particular, pupils will not be denied access to examinations
as a result of not wearing school uniform.
Parents receiving income support, working tax credit, child tax credit, income-based
job seekers allowance, housing benefit or Council tax rebates will normally be entitled
to financial assistance
for footwear and clothing for their children.
Approval of any requests for
such grants made by parents in different circumstances is at the discretion of the
Director of Educational Services. Information and application forms
may be obtained from schools, libraries, registration offices and from Educational Services, County Buildings, Ayr.
The Council is concerned at the level of claims being received regarding the loss
of pupils' 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 school. Parents should note that the Council does not carry insurance
to cover the loss of such items and any claims submitted are likely to be met only
where the Council can be shown to have been negligent.