Delph Road, Denshaw, Oldham, OL3 5RY

01457 874554

Christ Church C.E Primary School

Denshaw, Saddleworth


Our school’s legal duties under the Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination against an individual based on the protected characteristics, which include sex, race, religion or belief, and gender reassignment.

To avoid discrimination, our school will:

  • Make sure that our uniform costs the same for all pupils.
  • Allow all pupils to have long hair (though we reserve the right to ask for this to be tied back).
  • Allow all pupils to style their hair in the way that is appropriate for school yet makes them feel most comfortable.
  • Allow pupils to request changes to swimwear for religious reasons.
  • Allow pupils to wear headscarves and other religious or cultural symbols.
  • Allow for adaptations to our policy on the grounds of equality by asking pupils or their parents to get in touch with the school office via telephone or by emailing office@christchurch-pri.oldham.sch.ukwho can answer questions about the policy and respond to any requests.

Limiting the cost of school uniform

Our school has a duty to make sure that the uniform we require is affordable, in line with statutory guidance from the Department for Education on the cost of school uniform.

We understand that items with distinctive characteristics (such as branded items, or items that have to have a school logo or a unique fabric/colour/design) cannot be purchased from a wide range of retailers and that requiring many such items limits parents’ ability to ‘shop around’ for a low price.

We will make sure our uniform:

  • Is available at a reasonable cost
  • Provides the best value for money for parents/carers

We will do this by:

  • Carefully considering whether any items with distinctive characteristics are necessary
  • Limiting any items with distinctive characteristics where possible
  • Keeping the number of optional branded items to a minimum, so that the school’s uniform can act as a social leveler and is available from ‘high street’ retailers
  • Avoiding different uniform requirements for different year/class/house groups
  • Avoiding different uniform requirements for extra-curricular activities
  • Considering alternative methods for signaling differences in groups for interschool competitions, such as creating posters or labels
  • Making sure that arrangements are in place for parents to acquire second-hand uniform items.
  • Avoiding frequent changes to uniform specifications and minimising the financial impact on parents of any changes

Jewellery, Hair Ornaments, Make-up and Nail Varnish

For many reasons, including safety, we do not allow children to wear jewellery. The exceptions to this rule are ear-ring studs in pierced ears. Children are required to remove any items during P.E. and swimming lessons to prevent them from causing injury.  Please note: Teachers are not permitted to remove earrings.

Hair bands, ribbons/bows or ‘scrunchies’ should be plain blue to match our uniform. Hair bands should not have large flowers or other decoration attached.

Make up and nail varnish should not be worn to school.

Extreme hairstyles are not appropriate for school. The use of styling products should be kept to a minimum and children should not have decorative patterns cut into their hair or have hair coloured or dyed.


For health and safety reasons we do not allow children to wear shoes with platform soles or high heels. All children are required to wear plain black shoes no trainers). If boots are worn these should also be plain black.  The only exception is during bad weather when warm boots or wellingtons can be worn outside, but children still need their school shoes to wear inside.

The Role of Parents

We believe that one of the responsibilities of parents is to ensure that their child has the correct uniform and PE kit, and that it is:

  • clean,
  • in good repair
  • the child’s name is visibly labelled on all items.

If a parent has difficulties for any reason with fulfilling this request they are asked to speak confidentially to a senior member of staff to discuss the issues. Parents should be assured that we will do all we can to help.

Children who arrive at school wearing non-school uniform clothing will be reminded that day and expected to wear the appropriate clothing the next day. If there are any difficulties, we ask parents to inform school.

The school welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities. If there are serious reasons, for example on religious grounds, why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the Uniform Policy will consider such requests sympathetically. If any parent would like to request an exception to the uniform policy they should, in the first instance, contact the Headteacher and then the Governors.

We ask that children come dressed in the appropriate PE kit on their PE day.

School Uniform List

Uniform with the school logo on is available from Simple Schoolwear, Chew Valley Rd, Greenfield

Plain uniform is available from any high street retailer or supermarket.

  • Plain navy or grey skirt or pinafore
  • Plain grey trousers or shorts.
  • logo or plain  navy / white polo shirt.
  • Logo or plain navy cardigan or sweatshirt.
  • Blue gingham or striped cotton dress for summer
  • Black shoes
  • Navy or grey tights
  • White, blue or grey socks


  • White T- shirt,
  • navy sports shorts
  • Navy jogging pants & sweatshirts
  • trainers are allowed for outside PE
  • additional trainers or black pumps to wear at the Village Hall