School Uniform

It is our school policy that all children wear school uniform when attending school. We provide a complete list of items needed for school uniform in our school uniform policy and below.

Our uniform policy reflects and reinforces our school values of respect and aspiration. Our school uniform is important to us, and all pupils must dress according to the uniform policy. It is one way in which we identify ourselves as a school family and it promotes a strong, cohesive school identity, which supports high standards and expectations in all areas of school life. It promotes harmony between different groups represented in our school, and it enhances security.

Smartness and high standards of appearance are expected at all times.

At St Matthew’s, we have a required school uniform for several reasons:

  • Our uniform unites us as one school family and promotes a sense of pride in the school. It develops a sense of community and belonging towards the school.
  • Our uniform is practical and smart, designed with health and safety in mind. It is regarded as suitable for school and good value for money for most parents.
  • Our uniform helps to keep us safe. It provides additional security and identifies the children within the school.
  • Our uniform makes us all equal. Regardless of level of income, children come to school in the same clothes, making children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance.
  • Our uniform looks smart and professional. It sets our aspirations high and pupils come to school ready to learn.

We ask parents and carers to support all decisions by school staff regarding whether or not clothing is appropriate or inappropriate for school.

Our Uniform

Regular school uniform
Red sweatshirt/sweat cardigan with school logo*

White shirt or polo shirt (with or without logo)

Grey skirt, pinafore, trousers or shorts

Preferably grey or white socks or tights

Shoes must be a black school shoe (nothing above ankle height)

Wellington boots (Nursery and Reception only)

Optional during spring/summer
Red and white gingham summer dress

PE Kit (Required for Reception – Year 6, advised for Nursery)
Children will require a kit for indoor and outdoor use every week.
Some items may overlap and can be used for both, depending on the time of year.

Indoor (all-year) / Outdoor (summer)
Plain white T-shirt
Plain black shorts
Suitable trainers (outdoor) and black pumps (indoor)

Outdoor (autumn / winter)
Plain white T-shirt
Plain black jogging trousers
Plain black jumper or cardigan
Suitable trainers

For PE, appropriate footwear is essential.

For Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, and for any child who cannot tie laces independently, please send in Velcro fastening trainers.

Children may wear bare feet for gymnastics only.

Where to buy our uniform

All the items in our uniform list are readily available from the high street or supermarkets. Our uniform has been kept simple to avoid unnecessary expense. If parents and carers find any item difficult to obtain, please contact the school office.

Badged jumpers and cardigans, as well as other items, can either be purchased from the stockists below, or plain red jumpers can be brought into schools on certain dates to be badged for a small fee. Polo shirts can be worn with or without the school logo.

Official Stockists

John McHugh
Little Angels
The Old Post Office, 10 King Street, Stretford, Manchester, M32 8AE490 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9AS
0161 865 31420161 881 3895 Little Angels Facebook Page

Support with school uniform

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, school will purchase your child a badged sweatshirt or cardigan when they start school or at the beginning of each academic year.

Our active PTA, St Matthew’s Friends and Family, collect second-hand uniform, which is then available to all families for a small donation. Please contact them if you wish to enquire about current stock:

Further information about uniform assistance can be found in our policy above.