School Uniform

It is our school policy that all children must wear school uniform when attending school or when participating in official school-organised events outside normal school hours.

It is expected that children wear the school uniform each day, with the appropriate footwear.


(Most items of uniform can be purchased from the MCS store on Fog Lane in Didsbury and from the TESCO store online at

parents may wish to purchase items without the school logo from other stores but these should reflect the style of school trousers/ skirts/ shirts/polo shirts)


  •  If a child does not wear the correct uniform, a verbal or written reminder of our expectations will be communicated to the parents/carers
  •  If a child arrives at school wearing inappropriate clothing which causes concern (eg unsuitable for the weather, too revealing, offensive/unsuitable slogans, etc) then the school will provide uniform for the child to wear for the day.
  •  PE kit should be kept in school all week and only taken home at weekends for washing.
  •  If a child does not have their PE kit in school, a letter is sent home to the parents/carers.
  •  Parents are asked to clearly label every item of school clothing with their child’s name.
  •  The children are responsible for taking care of their own items of uniform.
  •  There are baskets for lost property located in the building. Any items left unclaimed are periodically disposed of.
  •  If there is any reason why a child cannot wear our uniform or requires special dispensation (eg health or religious grounds) then the governors will consider sympathetically any such request from a parent/carer.


Please note that school also has the right to ask parents to take children home to remedy the breach of policy. This would be classified as an authorised absence.


Jewellery, hairstyles and footwear

  • The school is not liable for any jewellery that is lost or stolen and teaching staff will not look after jewellery.
  • Pupils should have a bag/case in which to place the earrings during PE or swimming.


For parents of children in who attend swimming the wearing of earrings is forbidden by Manchester City council regulations.

  • Children should not wear earrings to school unless they are able to take them out and put them back in without assistance
  •  No other jewellery should be worn to school
  •  All jewellery is to be removed during PE to comply with health and safety regulations
  •  PE and swimming are legal requirement
  •  Long hair must also be tied back and, for swimming lessons, and children must wear swimming hats
  •  Coloured hair should be natural coloured highlights not bright colours
  •  Tramlines / designs should not be cut in to hair Extreme Hair Styles


Extreme Hair Styles

  • The school does not permit children to have ANY haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children. This includes conspicuous markings eg tramlines and Mohicans, or Mohican like styles.
  • No colours or styles which would be considered as extreme are allowed and no extreme graduation of cut and hair length across the hair.

We strongly advise that parents/carers check with school before they get their child’s hair cut if they are unsure in anyway as staff are always happy to help.

  •  Make-up and nail varnish have no place in the day-to-day running of St Cuthbert’s Primary School and are not allowed.
  • Wet hair gel and beads in hair are also inappropriate on health and safety grounds.
  • Tattoos of any type are not permitted.



We want all our children to grow into healthy adults. We believe that it is dangerous for children to wear shoes with platform soles or high heels in school, so we do not allow this.

Neither do we allow children to wear trainers to school; these are appropriate for sport or as leisurewear, but are not in keeping with the smart appearance of a school uniform.

Parents should ensure that all children wear plain black shoes – there are many sensible, safe and healthy varieties available. Brightly coloured footwear or items with flashing heels must never be worn.


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