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School Uniform

We expect parents to send their children to school in clothing which is practical and comfortable.  We feel, as do most parents, that the children benefit from wearing a uniform.  This gives a sense of unity and of belonging to the school.  We therefore ask for the following items of clothing. 


* a navy blue logoed Katherine Semar sweat shirt or cardigan, a plain navy blue sweat shirt or cardigan


* a white, logoed Katherine Semar polo shirt, a plain white polo shirt or a fitted white blouse or a shirt


* grey skirt, pinafore, culottes, shorts or trousers


* white, grey, navy blue or black, plain socks or tights


* blue and white checked gingham summer dress


* appropriate, sensible, flat heeled black or navy blue shoes.


If a parent feels that it is necessary for their child to wear boots in winter, then the boots must not prohibit the children from sitting crossed legged on the floor or impact the child’s mobility on the playground. Similarly, these should be appropriate, sensible, flat heeled, black or navy.


Children wearing non-standard elements of uniform will be asked to change them by members of staff. When appropriate, a spare piece of uniform may be lent for the day. If this happens, a note will be placed in the child’s planner / reading record or a phone call may be made home, asking for the correct uniform the following day.


If your child is wearing trainers, they are asked to change into their plimsolls for the day. If your child does not have plimsolls at school, a pair will be lent by the school for the day.


If your child loses their shoes, or they break, then please inform the class teacher through the school planner / reading record book. Your child will wear their plimsolls at school.


If your child needs to wear trainers for medical reasons for more than a day, a doctors’ note will be required.




We understand that pierced ears needs earrings to avoid the holes closing up. So, to this end, children are allowed to wear plain stud earrings. They should not wear earrings if they are unable to remove them themselves for PE.


* Wristwatches may be worn at the child’s own risk, but children need to be able to remove and replace independently.


* Charity wrist bands if the school is promoting the cause.




When choosing where to get your child’s hair styled, please do consider that we follow the same haircut rules as Saffron Walden County High School.


* Students may not dye their hair an unnatural hair colour and highlights/streaks and dip dyed ends are not allowed. Hairstyles judged to be extreme by the Headteacher or Senior Leadership team are not permitted.


* No students may have their hair cut shorter than a barbers’ number 2.


* Hair must be tied back if it is shoulder length or longer, with a plain coloured hairband.


* Hairbands must be plain and a colour that complements the school uniform, such as navy, black, white or grey. All novelty hairbands, such as cat ears, flowers and large bows are not permitted.


Children with novelty hairbands will be asked that they remove them and not wear them again. Students breaking the hairstyle regulations with extreme cuts may be educated away from their class until their hair grows back or becomes a natural colour again.




Fortunately, it is rare that a child arrives at school wearing make-up. When this does occur, it is generally nail varnish that hasn’t been removed from the weekend. Please be reminded that no make-up may be worn.


If your child is wearing make-up, including nail varnish, they will be sent to the school office where they will be given the means to remove it.


P.E. Kit


Our infants and junior sections do have different PE kits. We advise that PE kits are kept in school at all times, and send them home each holiday for washing.


Please ensure that:


Katherine Semar Infant School:


The PE kit consists of: A white t-shirt, navy shorts, plimsolls/trainers and white socks.

Children may not wear tights with their P.E. kit.


Katherine Semar Junior School:


The PE kit consists of a blue ‘rugby style’ and ‘airflow’ T-shirts, navy shorts, navy skorts, navy tracksuit bottoms/skins, plimsolls/trainers and white sports socks.


Children may not wear tights with their P.E. kit.


If children are unable to take part in P.E. due to having no PE kit, then they are expected to complete work while the PE lesson takes place or write notes about the lesson.


Swimming Kit


There are Katherine Semar Swimming costumes available from Grey Palmers, however, children may wear their own one-piece swimming costume of any colour. There are also Katherine Semar swimming hats, although children may choose to wear their own swimming hat. In addition, children may choose to wear goggles. All swimming kit must be tight fitting rather than baggy shorts. i.e. children may not wear Bermuda shorts.


Spare swimming kit will not be issued to children without kit (except for special circumstances). It is the responsibility of the class teacher to make sure parents are informed and swimming kit is brought up to the school. If a child repeatedly fails to bring swimming kit in, it is the responsibility of the class teacher to discuss this with the parent and if necessary inform a member of the senior management team.


Children who are not swimming due to a lack of kit will still go to the swimming pool with work to complete.


Gray Palmers have a website which enables you to purchase school uniform over the website, which is: and


Our school uniform is now available from  Please click on the documents below for more information.