Uniform – Black Leather Shoes

This is a repeat of the message sent out at the beginning of the year because we are still having children come to school in black trainers rather than black leather shoes.
As you may know we are making changes to our uniform over the next year or two.
ESF have centralised the procurement so that we can benefit from economies of scale.  This will mean the uniform should be slightly cheaper and of equal or better quality.
It does mean however we will need to make some comprises including moving away from green shorts and trousers but fortunately we will be able to maintain our green tops.  The PTA and school will work closely together to ensure the changes goes as smoothly as possible.  However, there will be a 18-24 month period where our uniform will be in transition meaning we will be “in between” uniforms.  For example children will be able to wear black or white shorts for PE until we have fully transitioned to black (our only options with the new supplier was dark blue or black so we went black).
This can look look a little messy so we will need your help to ensure no other items “creep” into the change.
One item that will not be changing and the expectation remains that the children wear black leather shoes (not black trainers).  We still have a number of children come to school in black trainers.  These are not the same as black leather shoes and are not part of our day to day uniform.
For PE we have always asked for white trainers but have appreciated white trainers are hard to get or are made of a heavy hot leather.  With that being said, children can wear coloured trainers with their PE uniform moving forward.
However, what they cannot wear are black trainers with their normal school uniform.  The shoes need to be black leather shoes that are either lace up or smart velcro.  
We will be informing parents if their child is coming to school with the wrong type of black shoes.  Uniform is a collective responsibility and should not just be left up to the school to monitor.
If you receive a uniform note from the class teacher please respond to ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform as soon as possible.

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