From January 2017, we are introducing a new policy regarding PE Kit. Children will come to school wearing their PE Kit on their PE days (including swimming days). We are doing this because:
- it will raise the profile of PE in school to put more clearly in children's minds the importance of sport in leading active, healthy lives;
- it will maximise time spent on physical activity in PE by cutting out time spent on changing;
- it should eliminate the possibility of clothing being lost while children change;
- it will even out wear and tear on uniforms & PE kits, making normal school uniform last a little longer and getting maximum wear out of PE kit;
- PE kits can be washed more regularly rather than staying in bags until the end of term;
- there will be no need to buy/replace a PE bag;
- this is an idea that has been supported by the Parent Council as well as by our PE leaders.
This new policy will require that all children have the correct PE Kit for Pensford, so that they look smart during the school day as well as being ready for their sport. The policy will be phased in during Term 3 (4th Jan to 10th Feb inclusive). By the start of Term 4 (21st Feb) all children must have the correct kit, with the one exception given below:
Year 6 parents are asked to support the policy as far as they possibly can, but we recognise that with just over 6 months left in the school it may not be economic to buy branded Pensford kit for their children. Therefore Y6 are not required to wear kit specific to Pensford in terms 4, 5 and 6. However, the plain black and white items listed below should be worn.
The PE Kit for Pensford is as follows. Items marked with an asterisk* should be bought through the School Trends website.
- Top layer: either a hooded sweatshirt with school logo* or white T-shirt with school logo*
- Plain white T-shirt (when worn under the hooded sweatshirt with school logo)
- Plain black tracksuit bottoms and/or black shorts (plain or the shadow-stripe pattern*) or black skorts
- A pair of black daps or black trainers (If daps are worn for PE, comfortable black school shoes/trainers should be worn for the rest of the day)
- Black or white socks
We have updated the School Trends website to reflect the above, but parents should ignore any conflicting advice that may still be found on School Trends - the list here is accurate.
If children forget their kits we will contact parents ahead of the PE lesson, which will be in the afternoon. When children have swimming, they should still wear their PE kit for the rest of the day in order to fulfil the first bullet point above in our rationale for the change.
In Term 3, the PE days for the children are:
|Class||PE kit to be worn on:|
Tuesday (all children)
Wednesday (Reception only)
|Otter||Wednesday and Friday|
|Kingfisher||Wednesday (swimming) and Friday|
It remains the case that, for hygiene and safety reasons, long hair should be tied back. This applies at all times to pupils with long hair; occasionally we are visited by head-lice and they spread themselves quickly.