School Uniform

Why do we have a school uniform?

The Priory Primary School has a school uniform and we strongly encourage all children to wear it. We believe that wearing school uniform encourages children to be ready for learning, prevents discrimination, reduces arguments about clothes at home, makes recognition of pupils easier and fosters a pride in our school. We are often complimented on how smart our children look.

Where to buy our school uniform from?

When the Priory school uniform was changed back in 2017, a contract was made with Stevensons to be the sole provider of Priory branded clothing. We remain locked into that contract until January 2024.

Priory logo uniform or bespoke items (jumpers, cardigans, polo shirts, dresses etc) can only be purchased from Stevensons (visit the store at 148- 150 Seabourne Road, Bournemouth or online).

Shorts, shirts, coats etc can be purchased from any high street store.

What about affordability?

Children in receipt of the ‘Pupil Premium’ are entitled to a £40 clothing grant in the form of a voucher which may be redeemed at Stevensons in Southbourne.  Please contact the school office in the first instance.

Our amazing FPS team have started running a pre-loved uniform shop and all proceeds are donated to the school. If you require second hand uniform, then please either speak directly to Mrs Rayner or Mrs Ponsford on the school gate or via the facebook page ’The Priory School FPS school uniform shop’. A new drop-off and collection area for pre-loved uniform has been set up in the reception area. Currently, there is a particular need for junior sizes of most items, especially jumpers and cardigans.

We will also be running special uniform sales throughout the year – please read the fortnightly newsletter for details of the next event.

High Expectations

All children will be encouraged to keep themselves neat and tidy and to take pride in their general appearance – even when wearing our uniform out of school.   All clothing and personal belongings should be clearly marked with the child’s name.  

  • Long hair should be tied back using plain black or navy hair ties (large bows and flowers are not appropriate in school).
  • In general terms, you are advised not to allow your child to wear jewellery at school in case of loss, damage or injury. Studs are permitted for those children who have pierced ears, but during P.E./Swimming, even these will need to be removed. 
  • Watches and fitbits are allowed, unless they record images/video, but they remain the responsibility of the owner. 
  • Make-up, including nail varnish, is not appropriate in school and should not be worn.

Uniform — Winter

Navy cardigan or jumper (Priory logo compulsory).

Plain Navy Tie (normal or clip tie)

White school Shirt (long or short sleeved) with collar

KS1 – Navy & Burgundy Tartan Pinafore Dress or Charcoal Trousers

KS2 – Navy & Burgundy Tartan Skirt or Charcoal Trousers

Navy tights or navy, black or white socks
Black sensible shoes (heels should be no more than 2.5cm)

Navy Showerproof Reversible Jacket (Priory logo optional) or black or navy coat (as plain as possible)
Navy book bag – (Priory logo optional)

Priory jumper and charcoal trousers

Priory cardigan and tartan skirt (Y3 to Y6 pupils – KS2)

Priory cardigan and pinafore dress (Reception to Y2 pupils – KS1)

Uniform – Summer

Plain Navy Tie (normal or clip tie)
White school Shirt (long or short sleeved) with collar

Blue Striped Dress or charcoal shorts

Black socks

Shoes – black sensible shoes or closed toe sandals

Sunhat (logo optional)

Boys’ uniform (shorts)
The summer striped dress – all years

P.E. Kit

Long sleeved Navy Polo (Priory logo compulsory) – Winter and when representing the school
School T-shirt in house colour (Priory logo optional) – Summer and for team events in school

Black Shorts or plain Black Jogging Pants may be worn during Winter months
Long Black or Navy Socks
Trainers (EYFS pupils can wear black plimsolls or pull-ons)

P.E. kit (winter kit showing the long-sleeved navy polo shirt)
P.E. kit (showing Canterbury House colour)

Storing P.E. kit

P.E. clothing should be clearly named and kept in a drawstring bag.  Due to lack of space, large sports bags and rucksacks should not be brought to school.

Shoulder length hair will need to be tied back.   County safety guidelines require children to undertake gymnastics activities in bare feet.  Children with verrucas should cover them with a plaster or clear nail varnish.

Art and Craft Activities

It is a good idea to provide your child with an old shirt or apron for protection when taking part in Art and Craft activities.

Lost Property

We endeavour to return named clothing in lost property to its owner, but any unmarked items that have been left in lost property for more than half a term will be sent to a charity shop.