As a school community we are very proud of our school crest, motto and the logo on our school ties and work hard with our children and together with you as our parents/carers to ensure that these standards are maintained and become second nature for our children. We are sure you will appreciate that there are a number of positive reasons for having a school uniform. Not only is it a sign of our commitment to and pride in belonging to what we believe is a special and unique family here at St Thomas More Catholic School but it supports you as parents/carers and the children in our care in avoiding the cost incurred in fashion contests amongst students and the feeling that some have and some have not and the troublesome consequences this can often cause.

When purchasing items of school uniform, particularly jumpers, trousers, skirts and shoes, we would ask that you continue to refer to the guidelines provided below. If you have a query regarding any of the information outlined please do not hesitate to contact the pastoral team at school for further clarification and advice.


Boys' uniform

Boys' uniform

  • Plain white shirt - to be worn tucked into the trousers.
  • Black uniform type trousers - no fashion trousers, no canvas, denim or cord.
  • Black blazer with school badge* - blazers must be brought into school each day and worn at all times.
  • School tie* - each year group has its own tie which should be worn at all times, correctly knotted with the STM logo visible below the knot.
  • Footwear must be plain black shoes, black or grey socks. Pupils will need different footwear for school and for PE!

Jewellery

Wrist watches are allowed. No body piercings are permitted, including earrings. Students who wear a small cross and chain must keep it under their shirt and must remove all jewellery for PE.

Optional items

A grey School jumper may be worn as an optional item –available from Clemmy’s, Darlaston.

Coats

Coats should be plain with no obvious logos. Hoodies, leather or combat style jackets are not allowed. Hair should always be neat and tidy. Hair colour and style must be appropriate for school. No extreme styles or colours are allowed. Boys hair should not cover the face or shirt collar and must not be shorter than Grade 3 clippers. Boys must be clean shaven. Hair gel or wax is not permitted.

Make-up

Make-up or nail varnish must not be worn.

Practical lessons

Safety goggles are supplied but pupils may wear their own.

Boys' PE kit

Boys' PE kit

The St Thomas More Catholic School PE kit is available from Clemmy’s, Darlaston.

Indoors

  • Black with red panel short
  • Black and red socks
  • Black with red panel polo shirt
  • Training shoes with laces

Outdoors

  • Black with red panel rugby top
  • Football boots (no blades)
  • Black with red stripe hoody (optional)
  • Shin pads
  • Plain black tracksuit bottoms
  • Towel
  • Black with red stripe shorts
  • Training shoes with laces
  • Plain black waterproof rain coat
  • Waterproof bag for kit.

(As pupils in Key Stage 3 could have PE lessons on consecutive days and so it may be an advantage for pupils to have two pairs of black with red stripe shorts)

Girls' uniform

Girls' uniform

  • Plain white blouse - to be worn tucked into the skirt/trousers.
  • Plain black skirt - no shorter or longer than 5cm (2 ins) above or below the knee, no slits at side or front, skirts must not be skin tight.
  • Black uniform type trousers - no fashion trousers, e.g. hipsters or combat trousers. Trousers must not be skin tight and must be ankle length.
  • Black blazer with school badge* - blazers must be brought into school each day and worn at all times.
  • School tie* - each group has its own tie which should be worn at all times, correctly knotted with the STM logo visible below the knot.
  • Socks or tights must be worn if girls choose to wear a skirt. In this case socks must be white/black, ankle length, and tights must be plain black.
  • Footwear must be plain black shoes. Heels-no higher than 5cm (2 ins), no platform soles. No Ugg boots. No wearing of trousers tucked into boots. Pupils will need different footwear for school and for PE!

Jewellery

Wrist watches are allowed. Girls can wear one pair of studs in their earlobes. No other body piercing is permitted. Students who wear a small cross and chain must keep it under their blouse and all items of jewellery must be removed for PE.

Make up

The wearing of make up and nail varnish is not allowed.

Optional items

A grey school jumper may be worn as an optional item –available from Clemmy’s, Darlaston.

Hair

Should always be neat and tidy, tied back if longer than shoulder length. Hair colour and style must be appropriate for school. No extreme styles or colours are allowed. Hair gel or wax is not permitted.

Practical lessons

Safety goggles are supplied but pupils may wear their own. Girls with long hair must tie it back. 

Girls' PE kit

PE kit

The St Thomas More Catholic School PE kit is available from Clemmy’s, Darlaston.

Earrings must be removed for health and safety reasons. It is therefore recommended that ears are pierced are the start of the six weeks holiday, to ensure that they can be removed for PE lessons.

Indoors

  • Black with red panel shorts/skort
  • Black with red panel polo shirt
  • Black with red socks
  • Training Shoes with laces (not pumps)

Outdoors

  • Black with red panel hooded sweatshirt
  • Plain Black Tracksuit Bottoms
  • Black with red panel shorts/skort
  • Training shoes with laces
  • Plain black waterproof rain coat
  • Waterproof bag for kit.

(As pupils in Key Stage 3 could have PE lessons on consecutive days and so it may be an advantage for pupils to have 2 pairs of Black with Red stripe shorts/skorts)

Suitable Footwear

Boys and girls footwear for school must be plain black leather shoes. The following is prohibited:

  • heels higher than 5cm (2 inches)
  • platform soles
  • Ugg boots
  • trainers or trainer style boots/shoes
  • canvas shoes or pumps.
The wearing of trousers tucked into boots is not allowed. Pupils will need different footwear for school and for PE.

Examples of suitable footwear

Examples of unsuitable footwear

Please note

Failure to follow the school uniform may result in your child being sent home to correct their appearance.

All personal belongings are the responsibility of the individual.

All items of school uniform should be labelled with the student’s name.

Aims of the curriculum

The Key Stage 3 art curriculum focuses primarily on the development of drawing skills, from observation work to expressive pencil studies. Students then build upon these skills, approaching painting and 3-dimensional works to give students a wide range of skills. Students are expected to keep a sketchbook.

Aims of the curriculum

  • To give students the opportunity to investigate the work of small businesses and their role in the business world.
  • To introduce the features and skills of an entrepreneur and learn how they can be used to spot an opportunity to develop a successful business idea.
  • To become familiar with business financial matters and how to manage them effectively.
  • To understand how the world around us affects a small business and the people involved.
  • To develop the skills of organisation and self-discipline and use them to manage their school work.

Aims of the curriculum

The fundamental aim of the art department is to raise standards by helping students to develop an enquiring mind and the technical skills to express themselves confidently, creatively; with feelings and imagination. Art is one of the best areas of the curriculum to lead this approach and the skills students learn here can be applied to all their other studies and to the rest of their lives.

Aims of the curriculum

Key Stage 3 design and technology aims to prepare students for living and working in an ever-changing world by being adaptable and aware of the impact of their decision making on the environment. To enable pupils to develop their design and technology capability through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make products.

Aims of the curriculum

  • To consolidate and enhance skills acquired at Key Stage 2.
  • To nurture independence through a variety of Teaching and Learning methods including self and peer assessments and using assessment criteria as a fundamental tool for progression.
  • To equip students with the love of learning and appreciation of language and literature.
  • To extend reading, writing, grammar and speaking and listening with the view of meeting or exceeding individuals potential at the end of the Key Stage.
  • To offer a challenging curriculum which mirrors and prepares the Key Stage 4 experience.

Aims of the curriculum

  • To develop students knowledge and understanding about the planet we all live on
  • To provide students with the skills to illustrate, research and refine their understanding
  • To ensure that students are given a grounded understanding of key geographical concepts
  • Enable students to be able to reach conclusions and begin to question the world around them
  • To provide continuous engagement in key contemporary issues such as climate change and sustainability

Aims of the curriculum

  • To consolidate and enhance skills acquired at KS3
  • To nurture independence through a variety of teaching and learning methods including self and peer assessment and using assessment criteria as a fundamental tool for progression
  • To equip students with the love of learning and appreciation of language and literature
  • To extend reading, writing and speaking and listening with the view of meeting or exceeding individual potential at the end of the Key Stage
  • To offer a challenging curriculum that prepares students for further education.

Core curriculum

Aims of the curriculum

  • To promote knowledge and understanding of religious issues whilst instilling a sense of spirituality in each pupil
  • To make the teachings of the Church accessible and meaningful to our pupils so they can fully appreciate, and participate in, the Catholic nature of the school
  • To promote the ideals of empathy, tolerance and understanding amongst our pupils as they examine the religions of Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism
  • To promote an understanding of the personal, social and moral issues that are relevant the pupils experiences
  • To instil in each pupil a deeper understanding of faith and belief in God

Aims of the curriculum

These are the essential skills and processes in physical education that pupils need to learn to make progress:

Developing skills in physical activity

Pupils should be able to:

  • Refine and adapt skills into techniques
  • Develop the range of skills they use
  • Develop the precision, control and fluency of their skills

Aims of the curriculum

The history curriculum aims for all young people to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Aims of the curriculum

At St Thomas More we aim to provide students with an exciting and relevant programme of study which will enable them to progress in to Key Stage 4 with the knowledge and skills required to be a success and reach or exceed their potential.

We have chosen to allow our students to progress and prepare for their future in Computing and Computer Science. We believe this will allow students to make informed decisions at Key Stage 4, their prospects for KS5 or employment.