Kingsmead Shoe Policy Update

Dear Parent/Carer

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help in supporting the new school shoe policy and hope you agree that your children are looking very smart as they come to school.
The vast majority of children are in ‘black sensible shoes’ as per school policy but some were wearing shoes that have caused confusion. I am happy to clarify on three types of shoe, all of which need to be replaced by January at the latest.

We held back on addressing this at the beginning of term as quite a few students seemed to have misunderstood. The following shoes need to be replaced before the return to school on 8th January 2018.

  • Kickers Hi Core Boots or any boot on or above the ankle bone are not allowed. A very small number of students are wearing the thin leather Hi Core Kicker which will need to be replaced by the start of the new term in January 2018. As we do not allow boots, we cannot allow these.

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  • Kickers Tovni Lacer will be allowed until the end of the Autumn Term only, so by the start of January 2018 these shoes must be replaced. While some suppliers sell them as a shoe, they are very definitely a leather plimsoll (a type of trainer), not a formal black shoe.


  • Ballerinas/ballet pumps (including pumps with a strap) must not be worn by the start of the new term in January 2018. These are often very flimsy and offer the wearer little support or protection. They are not an all-weather shoe.


If you are in a financial position that means you feel it would be impossible to provide your child with the correct shoes before January, then please contact Mr M Ali with a letter of explanation.

We have also decided, as a school, that whilst we encourage students to wear traditional watches to school, we have now banned ‘smart’ watches, including ‘fitbit’ watches. If watches link to phones, do more than just tell the time and could be a distraction in class, please do not allow your child to wear them to school. In addition to these problems we are also concerned that ‘smart’ watches could make our students a target on their way to and from school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Ms Shann - (Assistant Head Teacher)

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