School Uniform

St James School UniformThe school specifies a colour scheme that includes combinations of grey, red and white, and suggests the types of clothing suitable for school. All the items listed are available at reasonable prices from clothing stores, and at the school uniform shop Academy Direct (first floor in the Harvey Centre, Harlow).

We encourage all children at St. James’ to wear school uniform daily and to take a pride in it. We ask parents to help their children by checking that they are wearing the correct uniform and that each item is clearly labelled.

Boys Uniform

  • Grey shorts/trousers
  • Grey socks
  • White or red polo shirt or white shirt
  • Red school sweatshirt
  • Black shoes or black trainers (completely black)
  • Suitable outdoor coat for winter

Girls Uniform

  • Knee-length grey skirt or pinafore dress or tailored grey trousers
  • Red or white checked dress for summer (small checks)
  • White or red polo shirt or white blouse
  • Red school sweatshirt
  • Red cardigan or red school sweatshirt
  • White socks or red or grey tights
  • Flat black sensible shoes with low heels (no slip-ons) or black trainers (completely black)
  • Sensible outdoor coat for winter 

Sportswear (boys and girls)

Please note your child will have a P.E. activity every day.  It is therefore essential that your child has the correct P.E. kit in school at all times. P.E. kits should be in a reasonably sized, named bag that can be hung on a peg. 

  • Red polo shirt with school logo
  • Black shorts with school logo
  • Pair of long red socks
  • Plimsoles in Key Stage 1
  • Trainers for outdoor P.E. in Key Stage 2
  • Black jogging bottoms (for winter/cold weather)
  • or black tracksuit with school logo


Children may wear one pair of small plain studded earrings. No other style is permitted. Children in Year 3 to 6 may also wear a watch.

During P.E. and other physical activities, the school follows the guidance for Health and Safety from Essex County Council. Guidance is also followed from the British Association of Advisors and Lecturers in Physical Education (BAALPE).

As directed, we can no longer allow children to wear earrings during P.E., Games and swimming lessons as, if an accident did occur, the school could be found liable. We will also apply this rule to any physical activity where wearing earrings could present a hazard to the wearer or to others. It is no longer acceptable to tape over earrings for these lessons due to the safety of the wearer.

Teachers are not allowed to take out or replace children’s earrings if they are unable to do so themselves. Whilst we are willing to guide children as to where to store their earrings during the sessions, staff cannot be held responsible for any losses.

We would advise that if children are having their ears pierced that they do this at the beginning of the summer holidays. Pupils should avoid wearing earrings on days when P.E. lessons are planned.

Personal Items

Neither the County Council nor the school staff accepts liability for personal property brought onto the premises.