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All pupils at Fernwood Primary and Nursery School are expected to wear school uniform every day. Our school uniform identifies the children as members of the school community. The uniform supports the ethos of being ‘smart and ready to work’.

If a family is experiencing a problem on any one day e.g. washing machine is in need of repair or clothing has been left at a parent’s house, then as a school we are very understanding to all these issues. If the problem becomes a longer-term issue, we would attempt to help families find a solution. This could be using our fundraising money to buy new uniform or giving washed, nearly-new items, in very good condition, to parents who need assistance.  

There are no sanctions for not wearing a uniform. We have a very good relationship with our families who themselves are proud to be a key part of the Fernwood ethos. If a problem did arise of non-compliance, we would consider each step carefully particularly the needs of the child and their inclusion in school.

If a child wore clothing to school which was inappropriate e.g. on a special dressing up day then the parents would be asked to bring the child an alternative piece of clothing for the child to wear.

We are always ready to make reasonable adjustments to the uniform to meet a child’s needs. A few of our children for whom buttons and zips are problematic in regard to fine motor control are offered adaptations to their uniform, for example: wearing jogging bottoms.

We represent a richly-diverse area of Nottingham City and as such, represent many different world religions, customs and beliefs. We embrace this privilege in our ethos and aims. We would only ask a child to remove or adjust an item of clothing or accessory if this was necessary due to health and safety concerns both generally or in a specific instance.

 Our uniform is: 

  • A grey skirt/pinafore dress or a summer dress in red and white or grey or black trousers/shorts
  • A white shirt or polo shirt
  • A red jumper, sweatshirt or cardigan
  • Black flat shoes – not trainers.
  • Children are expected to have a coat to wear in cold and/or wet weather as part of their usual uniform. 

 PE kit is:

  • A white t-shirt or polo
  • Black shorts 
  • Warm clothing is required for the colder months – black jogging bottoms/leggings or a tracksuit
  • Red school jumper/cardigan/fleece
  • Trainers
  • Children are expected to have a coat to wear in cold and/or wet weather as part of their usual uniform. This remains valid on days when children are expected to be in PE kit. 
  • Please note: No football shirts or any team-affliiated logos. With regards to logos on PE kit in general: brands are fine, sports teams are not. For example: Nike - Yes! Kit emblazoned with Man Utd - No. 

 All of these items can be bought from any supplier online or on the high street.

Our sweatshirts, cardigans and polo shirts with a Fernwood Primary and Nursery School logo are available from 3 outlets – Marks and Spencers online (M&S will stop supplying Fernwood uniform on 7th October 2024), Just-Schoolwear and Morleys, a local shop in Chilwell. The prices of these items are higher than those same items without the logo. It is completely a matter of parental choice whether or not to choose an item with a logo.

If the Executive Headteacher and Governing Body decide that a change in uniform is required, a full parental consultation would take place.

In an attempt to be environmentally friendly and a role model for recycling the school offers items of washed, nearly new items for a small donation, to all parents at given points in the school year plus regularly displaying lost property items to be reclaimed. Historically the Friends of Fernwood parental group has offered sale/donation nearly new clothing to parents. Parents often donate bags of clothing in good condition for the school to pass on to families.

Complaints in regard to school uniform would follow the same process and procedures as all complaints. Please see the Complaints Policy.

  • M&S School UniformsM&S Link to Fernwood Primary School Page - M&S will stop supplying Fernwood uniform on 7th October 2024.