Cotswold schools relax uniform policy as heatwave strikes

Soaring temperatures have forced schools across the Cotswolds to relax their uniforms. 

At Sir William Romney’s School in Tetbury, students are not expected are not expected to wear their ties this week.

Malmesbury School also permitted students to not wear a tie to allow for open collars on Monday and Tuesday.

At Deer Park School in Cirencester, pupils are allowed to wear their PE shorts or skorts to school this week instead of black trousers/skirts.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester Deer Park SchoolCirencester Deer Park School

A statement on their website said: “If temperatures are forecast by the Met Office to exceed 24 degrees, we will make an exception and advise pupils that they can wear their school PE shorts or skorts in place of their usual school uniform trousers or skirts. Pupils should not decide to do this without our instruction.

“We confirm that during the week Monday 11 to Friday 15 July 2022 pupils will be allowed to wear their school uniform PE shorts or skirts to school instead of black trousers/skirts, should they wish to do so.

“Pupils should not be in any shorts/skirts other than their usual school uniform or PE shorts/skorts. Pupils should continue to wear their school shirts and school shoes as normal.

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“Owing to the extremely hot weather forecast, we ask that parents/carers ensure that their children come to school with sun cream and a water bottle. 

“Please encourage your young people to stay hydrated – they can refill their bottles from the water stations around the school site. 

“A headache during a heatwave is often a sign of dehydration, so everyone needs to be drinking much more water. There are plenty of shady spaces around the site for break and lunchtimes.

“We will review these arrangements weekly and advise pupils and parents accordingly.”

The school has also made changes to sports day in order to avoid the heat in the middle of the day. It will now be taking place on Wednesday morning and pupils will be permitted to wear full PE kit all day.

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