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Help! New to UK - do they go back in September in summer or winter uniform?

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bloss Sun 24-Aug-08 10:10:31

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Grumpalina Sun 24-Aug-08 10:22:17

It may depend on the school although I usually send them in the outfit most appropriate for the weather. Certaanly in previous years we've recieved a letter from the school stating children must wear their winter uniform after the first half-term so I think summer winter uniform is ok if you want to wear it.

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WaynettaSlob Sun 24-Aug-08 10:23:41

Ours go back in winter uniform........

SlartyBartFast Sun 24-Aug-08 10:24:00

depends on the weather, you could just send in winter uniform to save having to buy the summer uniform til next spring... quite often we have a hot spell when they go back

SlartyBartFast Sun 24-Aug-08 10:25:02

all of mine started in summer uniform

SqueakyPop Sun 24-Aug-08 10:32:07

Most kids go back in their summer uniforms, but it's usually personal choice. You wouldn't expect new kids to already have their summer uniforms. There will be a mixture of both.

SqueakyPop Sun 24-Aug-08 10:32:09

Most kids go back in their summer uniforms, but it's usually personal choice. You wouldn't expect new kids to already have their summer uniforms. There will be a mixture of both.

SlartyBartFast Sun 24-Aug-08 10:33:14

think about it, if at home would they still be running around in shorts rather than long trousers and/or dresses?

bloss Sun 24-Aug-08 10:35:35

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PestoMonster Sun 24-Aug-08 10:40:52

The coat thing will depend on the school. Usually state primaries will allow any coat, but Secondary schools may stipulate a certain colour of coat. Private schools will probably require you to buy the regulation coat/blazer.

At our primary you can wear any coat, but they have to wear black sensible shoes. At my dd1's new state secondary they again may wear any 'sensible' coat plus black school shoes.

No sandals
No trainers

LIZS Sun 24-Aug-08 10:46:04

Either until half term at ours. Policy on coats etc can vary - it should n't be so cold intially that you'd need pne until you can suss that out, maybe use a cheap rain jacket in the main colour or neutral (ie navy) to start with. Independent likely to be more strict than state.

TsarChasm Sun 24-Aug-08 10:48:07

Ours are ok about wearing the summer uniform if the weather is still (hmm if ever!) nice.

If starting for the first time in Sept though and you don't have it from last term, it's not worth buying summer clothes just for a few weeks wear. They might not fit by next year.

bloss Sun 24-Aug-08 12:43:38

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ChippyMinton Sun 24-Aug-08 16:36:05

Either until half-term at ours. I picked up DD's dresses in the sales for a couple of quid each so it doesn't matter if she outgrows them by Easter.

RustyBear Sun 24-Aug-08 17:24:29

We don't have any rules about this at the school I work at - you can wear summer or winter uniform all year if you want. In fact, not many girls above Y4 wear summer dresses at all - just polo shirt & skirt.
Does the school have a website? There may be a uniform list and any rules on there.

muggglewump Sun 24-Aug-08 17:26:35

DD has been back three days and wore winter uniform for two and summer for the other. It entirely depends on weather, our school have no rules about that.

Butkin Sun 24-Aug-08 22:58:31

Our DD will be going back in her dress and switching to shirt and pinafore at half term.

AvenaLife Sun 24-Aug-08 23:01:10

It depends on the weather. ds starts his new school on Thursday grin, he's got a jumper so I might send him in summer uniform with a jumper and his blazer.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 24-Aug-08 23:10:29

dd will start in her summer dress unless the weather is horrendous. Mostly cos its easier to wash and dry grin

Clary Sun 24-Aug-08 23:43:23

Oh a mixture here.

Most new kids (ie FS2) would start in sinter stuff, but mine will go back in shorts/summer frocks for a few weeks at least.

Clary Sun 24-Aug-08 23:44:47

I mean winter of course.

Rustybear that's a bit sad about no summer dresses past yr4 - I so love DD in hers.

She is going up to big (junior) school (ie yr3) but I am hoping we can hold on to the summer dress for a year or so yet..

hippipotami Mon 25-Aug-08 22:22:15

Our (state) school does not stipulate which uniform is worn at which period. Hence you have boys who detest trousers wear shorts year-round and vice versa.
One of dd's friends detests the summer dresses so wears skirts and polo shirts year round, and another friend dislikes the winter uniform so wears the summer dress with tights and a cardigan in winter.

Ask your dc which they prefer and send them in that.
A summer dress for a state school does not cost a lot. And if you buy it big it will still fit at Easter.
My dd wore the same dresses last september and then again after Easter. She will go back to school in them this Sept as they still fit. (I bought a large size to get the length as I don't like school dresses above the knee)

hippipotami Mon 25-Aug-08 22:23:58

Rusty, that is interesting. Ds is going into Y5, and last year was a battle getting him into shorts. And yes, there were less girls in the summer dress.
Shame, because the dress looks much nicer than white poloshirt and grey skirt.

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