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 prospectus.

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

Red sweatshirt/sweat cardigan with school logo

White shirt or polo shirt (with or without logo*)

Grey skirt/pinafore OR grey trousers/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)

In summer, girls are welcome to wear: red and white gingham summer dress*
Red sweatshirt/sweat cardigan with school logo

White shirt or polo shirt (with or without logo*)

Grey trousers/shorts*

Preferably grey or white socks*

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

Wellington boots* (Nursery and Reception only)

PE Kit

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*

Black shorts*

Suitable trainers* (outdoors)

Black pumps* (indoors)

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 starred 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 be purchased from the stockists below. Polo shirts can be worn with or without the school logo.

Official Stockists
John McHughLittle Angels
The Old Post Office10 King StreetStretfordManchesterM32 8AE490 Wilbraham RdChorlton-cum-HardyManchesterM21 9AS
0161 865 31420161 881 3895

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: