All States-maintained schools have some form of uniform. This ranges from formal blazers and ties to sweatshirts and polo shirts.
The adoption of a school uniform can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school.
A uniform can:
- instil pride in the school, encourage pupils to identify with it and to support its ethos
- promote positive behaviour and discipline
- help to protect pupils from peer group pressure to dress in a certain fashion
- help to promote cohesion between groups from different backgrounds
Individual school will have their own uniform policy, which outlines what is acceptable and what sanctions will be imposed if the school policy is not adhered to. These are usually available on the school website or prospectus.
The development of a new Les Varendes High School uniform is currently underway, and will be brought in in September 2024.
In 2011 the then Education Board agreed that all High Schools, including St Anne's in Alderney, should adopt a more formal uniform moving away from the sweatshirt and polo shirt and introducing a blazer and tie.
The States of Guernsey operates a means-tested grant scheme to help parents with the cost of buying school uniforms. Grants are awarded on a sliding scale dependant on the parents' residual income once certain allowances have been made.
The uniform grant scheme is administered by Social Security. We require proof of income and rent/mortgage before we can process an application. A copy of the application form for a uniform grant can be accessed here.