Marsh Hill, Erdington, Birmingham B23 7HY | Telephone: 0121 464 2920

School Uniform

School Uniform Policy


It is our policy that all children should wear school uniform when attending Marsh Hill Primary School, or when participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours.

Aims and objectives

Our policy is based on the notion that a school uniform:

  • promotes a sense of pride in the school;
  • encompasses a feeling of community and belonging;
  • is practical and smart;
  • identifies the children with the school;
  • is not distracting in class (as fashion clothes might be);
  • makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance;
  • is regarded as suitable, and good value for money, by most parents;
    • has been designed with health and safety in mind.
    • teaches children value of self-expression without depending on clothes or things being owned.

The required Marsh Hill Primay School uniform is:

  • a white shirt or white/red polo shirts (optional: with the school logo)
  • a red sweatshirt/cardigan (optional: with the school logo)
  • black or grey trousers/a skirt
  • For Year 6 pupils only: a white shirt and a v-neck cardigan as our Year 6 pupils wear a school tie, which is given to pupils at the start of Year 6
  • If applicable, a red, white or black headdress, of shoulder length (can be worn during PE lessons if it is fastened securely
  • Optional: an old, oversized shirt can be used to protect uniform during Art lessons

Required Footwear

The school wants to all children to grow into healthy adults. We believe that it is dangerous for children to wear shoes that have platform soles, high heels, or stiletto heels, so we do not allow children to wear such shoes in our school. Neither do we allow children to wear trainers to school: this is because we think that this footwear is appropriate for sport or for leisure wear, but is not in keeping with the smart appearance of a school uniform. We require all children to wear black shoes.

P.E. and Games Kit 

All children are required to take part in P.E. unless they provide a note from a parent excusing them from that session due to a medical condition. We do not allow the children to wear jewellery including stud earrings during P.E. for safety reasons.  Children are required to wear the following PE and/or Games kit:

Indoor (winter or summer)

  • black or red shorts
  • a white t-shirt (optional: with the school logo)
  • black pumps
  • black leggings, at parents'/carers' request

Outdoor (winter or summer)

  • black or red shorts
  • a white t-shirt (optional: with the school logo)
  • a plain track suit (preferably black)
  • trainers

If you wish to purchase school uniform that has the school's logo displayed, then please Click on this link to order your child's school uniform from and search for Marsh Hill Primary School. This service has been replaced by the service that was previously provided by Tesco. If you have any further questions regarding uniform, please contact the School Office.

Extreme Haircuts

Extreme haircuts are not permitted in school (‘extreme’ being any haircut that is considered by the school to be significantly different so as to cause distraction to others, and therefore their learning; and therefore not in keeping with the school’s ethos).   This includes the shaving of tramlines, letters, patterns, logos or names into child’s hair as well as 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.

If children arrive in school will such haircuts, then a letter will be sent home outlining the school policy and the parents/carers will be asked to rectify the child’s haircut. A letter will then be sent to parents/carers outlining the school policy.


On health and safety grounds the only items of jewellery we allow children to wear in our school are small stud earrings and watches. If children arrive in school wearing unacceptable items of jewellery they will be removed by the class teacher and returned at the end of the day. A letter will then be sent to parents/carers outlining the school policy.

Make Up - No makeup, nail varnish on fingers or toes or temporary tattoos should be worn.

Equal Opportunities - All children have equal access to wearing school uniform regardless of their culture, race, religion, gender and ability.

The role of Parents

We ask all parents who send their children to our school to support the Marsh Hill School Uniform Policy. We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily schoolwork.  Parents should ensure that their child has the correct uniform, and that it is clean, in good repair and is named clearly.

The role of Governors

The governing body supports the head teacher in implementing the school uniform policy. It considers all representations from parents regarding this policy, and liaises with the head teacher to ensure that the policy is implemented fairly and with sensitivity.

It is the governors’ responsibility to ensure that the school uniform meets all national regulations concerning equal opportunities, and that our school uniform policy is consistent with our policy on equal opportunities.

Governors accept that, even though the school is able to provide uniform at a reasonable cost, some parents may find the purchasing of uniform difficult. If parents are unable, because of financial hardship, to provide school uniform for their children, then they should discuss this with the head teacher who may be able to offer some financial support from school funds.


This policy will be reviewed by July 2023, or earlier if considered necessary.