School Uniform

At Preston Street we wear a school uniform. This uniform was designed after consultation with parents.

Parents are asked to co-operate with the school in encouraging the wearing of the school uniform. Wearing school uniform contributes to a positive school ethos and helps avoid discrimination and reduces peer pressure to wear expensive designer clothing. A school’s reputation can also be enhanced in the local community by the wearing of school uniform and school security will be improved as it will be easier to identify intruders.

Our uniform is as follows:

  • School sweatshirt and polo shirt (navy blue) OR white shirt and school tie
  • Black / grey school trousers OR black / grey skirt / pinafore
  • Blue and white checked dress (optional item during the summer months)
  • Black shoes

P7 pupils may wear a P7 hoodie and / or a white shirt and P7 tie.

There is a limited stock of uniform within the school of sweatshirts, polo shirts, and school t-shirts in white and navy. Once this stock is gone we will be moving to an online ordering system. In the meantime, please enquire at the office if you wish to purchase any items. Payment is by cheque (preferred) or cash, but please note that the office may not always be able to give change.

Please note that generic navy / white polo shirts and t-shirts are also available from the school uniform section of major supermarkets.

If your family is on a low income, you may be entitled to a clothing grant from the City of Edinburgh Council. Please visit the following page for details:

 

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20183/food_and_clothing/392/free_school_meals_and_help_with_schoolwear

 

PE Kit

 

In addition, we ask pupils to bring a change of clothes for PE. This should include:

  • A t-shirt – no football tops or offensive / inappropriate slogans;
  • Shorts / leggings / tracksuit trousers as required;
  • Indoor trainers / gym shoes;
  • A jumper / tracksuit top and outdoor trainers, for use in outdoor PE lessons.

 

It is usually best to keep the above items in school, in a bag clearly marked with your child’s name.  This means that your child will always have PE kit ready. However, please do remind your child to take it home to be washed now and again!

 

Lost items

 

Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s full name and class. This particularly applies to ties, sweatshirts and PE equipment, which are often lost.

If your child has lost items of clothing or footwear, please go to our school office. There are lost property boxes clearly labelled in the office and any items with name labels will be reunited with your child each Friday.

We cannot keep lost property long term as we simply don’t have the space, so please come to the office to check for any items as soon as possible. At the end of each month, any unnamed clothing which has not been claimed will be recycled to the ‘relove rail’ (our second hand clothing rail which is situated in the Family Room) or the local charity shop.

For hygiene reasons, packed lunch boxes that are unnamed can only be kept for one week, and will then be disposed of if unclaimed.

Please also help us by ensuring that pupils do not bring valuable or expensive items of clothing to school. We cannot take responsibility for damage caused to clothing or footwear.

Preparing for the weather

At Preston Street, we encourage our pupils to be outside whenever possible at break and lunchtimes. As well as promoting fresh air and exercise, this also helps to build resilience. Pupils only stay inside in cases of severe or dangerous weather (e.g. heavy snow, high winds or extremely heavy rainfall).

Additionally, classes may from time to time go outside in order to participate in outdoor activities.

Because of this, it is important that your child comes prepared for the weather. Do not assume that because it is raining, your child will stay inside all day!

Depending on the time of year, please provide your child with:

  • A warm, waterproof jacket;
  • Comfortable shoes;
  • A hat / gloves / scarf in cold weather;
  • A sunhat and suncream in hot weather.

 

 

Questions or queries

 

If you have any queries regarding the school’s uniform policy, please contact the school office via admin@prestonstreet.edin.sch.uk

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