The Education Committee recommended at its meeting of 21 August 1997 that - ‘the adoption of a distinctive dress code chosen to enhance the ethos of the school should be encouraged in all schools’. Given that there is substantial parental and public approval of uniform, schools in Argyll and Bute are free to encourage the wearing of school uniform.
In Castlehill Primary School, the suggested uniform is as follows: a blue school sweatshirt, a white polo shirt and plain dark trousers, joggers, skirt or pinafore dress.
Parents and carers are also asked to ensure that valuable items and unnecessarily expensive items of clothing are not brought to school.
For PE, it is desirable that PE shorts, t-shirt and trainers or gym shoes are worn. Items, such as jewellery, watches, belts with metal buckles etc., which may cause injury to the wearer or other children must be removed. Jewellery worn as a result of body piercing should be such that removal is possible and easily undertaken.
Please note that school uniform is not compulsory and it is not policy to insist on pupils wearing uniform or having specialist items of clothing in order to engage in all of the activities of the curriculum. As such, pupils will not be deprived of any educational benefit as a result of not wearing uniform.
However, there are forms of dress which are unacceptable in school, such as items of clothing which:
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 earrings);
are made from a flammable material, for example shell suits 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.
All clothing brought to school should be labelled or marked in some way, as it is difficult for children to distinguish their own clothing from others.
School Clothing Grant
Parents or carers who have a child under 16 attending an Argyll & Bute school and receive any of the following qualify for a School Clothing Grant of £50 per child:
Job Seeker's Allowance (Income Based)
Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
Council Tax Rebate or Housing Benefit (25% reduction for single occupancy is not included)
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit (income should not exceed £6,420)
Universal Credit (monthly take home pay must be under £610)
Pupils aged between 16 and 18 years who receive any of the above benefits in their own right also qualify.
Entitlement to Clothing Grants is assessed as part of the application process for Housing Benefit/Council Tax Benefit and you should complete an application form which is available at your local benefit enquiry office or by telephoning 01369 708548 or FREEPHONE 0800 252056 (mobiles may be charged). However, if you are not eligible for these benefits there is a separate application process available and you should contact any of the telephone numbers above for details.
Please visit the Argyll and Bute Council website for more information on School Clothing Grants.
Please note that the above eligibility criteria is correct at time of publishing (August 2018) and that this may be subject to change by the start of August 2019. The link above will contain the most up-to-date information