School Uniform

St James School Uniform

The 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.

Please ensure that all items of clothing and other belongings are clearly named.


‘Sensible’ shoes should be worn to school at all times. For example-plain black shoes or boots only.

This means:

  • No heels
  • No boots in summer
  • No sandals in winter
  • No ‘strappy’ unsafe shoes
  • No fashion shoes with lots of difficult laces

(Clearly this guidance is for Health and Safety reasons)

All of the uniform with school logo is available from ‘Top Form’ shop-The Stow, Harlow.

 The following is a guide to what children may wear: -

Trousers, Skirts & Pinafore Dresses                                  Charcoal Grey

Polo shirts, Roll neck tops, cotton shirts & blouses        White or Red

School Sweatshirt/Cardigan                                                Red

Jumpers and Cardigans                                                        Red

Fleece                                                                                        Red

Waterproof Fleece                                                                  Red

Summer Dresses                                                                     Red/ White   Check/ Stripes

Pique Dresses (T Shirt Dresses)                                          Red

Summer Shorts                                                                      Charcoal Grey

Baseball & Knitted Hats                                                       Red

Socks                                                                                        Black/white/grey

Tights                                                                                       Black/red/grey

Also available are School Back Packs and Book Bags

PE Kit                                                                                  Red Polo Shirt & Black Shorts/Red Socks

Our PE kit is available from Create Identitee Ltd Greenway Business Centre, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5QE, 01279 456016. You can also order online

The PE Kit should be kept in a named drawstring bag, together with a pair of black, slip-on plimsolls for KS1 and trainers for KS2.



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.