PE Kits for Years 1 to 6

Dear parent/carer

I hope you are all doing well and continuing to enjoy the gradual reopening of the nation, fingers-crossed for some sunshine this bank holiday weekend!

Please remember that the same safety measures are still in place for our school and we need to continue to follow the principles of Hands > Face > Space for yours and everyone’s benefit.

As always, thank you for your continued support of school, I wrote out last week regarding mobile phones and their use on site by our children.  I am so proud of our children in Years 5 and 6 who have listened and responded to this message from their teachers and you at home.  It is fantastic to see them walk into school without a device in hand, not staring at the screen of a phone, looking and talking with each other as they walk in and the same at home time.  Brilliant!

I have another favour to ask and this time it is about PE kit.

This year we have asked that children come to school ready changed in their kit for the whole day when they have a PE lesson and this is working really well, so well in fact that we want it continue and be a permanent change.  Less time is spent getting changed before and after lessons, meaning more time active.  Kit is not lost and left, meaning less stress and hassle for you.  All round we believe it is a winner and a positive to keep from the past twelve months.

What I need your help at home with is the actual kit the children wear.

PE kit should be the following:

  • Plain white t-shirt or polo shirt
  • Plain black shorts
  • Black tracksuit top and bottoms, black leggings may also be worn
  • Trainers or pumps
  • Other sports kits, such as football strips, are not appropriate and should not be worn

This has, on the whole, been followed brilliantly but more recently we are seeing children in a variety of kits and not the straightforward black tracksuit and white t-shirt set out above.  As a parent myself, I know that my children can come home and say “But everyone else wears …” and then we wonder if we are doing the right thing.

If it helps with such a conversation for you at home, please reiterate to your children at home that the kit is black tracksuit and white t-shirt, despite what they might be saying. Show them this message if you need to and come back with the line, “Mr Hanley says …”.

We are currently looking into new PE clothing for the new school year that support with a school badged sportswear kit.  This has been done with the mind that should you not want the school branded kit, you can always get a plain kit that easily matches the needs too – a plain black tracksuit and white t-shirt.  More information to follow on this soon.

In the meantime, I would be very grateful if you could support us by sending in your child with the correct PE kit.  It helps keep a smart, standard appearance for all and prevents a fashion parade of clothes and the danger of expensive items coming to school and being lost.

Many thanks and I hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend, Mr Hanley