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Our Policy

It is for the governing board of a school to decide:

  • rules around appearance
  • whether there should be a school uniform policy and if so, what that should be
  • how the uniform should be sourced

These duties are placed upon all governing boards by statute to ensure that school policies promote good behaviour and discipline amongst the pupil body.

We strongly encourage schools to have a uniform as it can play a key role in:

  • promoting the ethos of a school
  • providing a sense of belonging and identity
  • setting an appropriate tone for education

So please search around for royal blue and gold uniform in local supermarkets. We do want out children to be smart and to have a positive sense of belonging to our school, but we are not insistent on uniform with our logos on it. We promote our uniform and want children to be prepared for secondary school. If your child has additional needs around sensory needs and types of clothing they can wear, please see Greg Pemberton our SENDCo on Greg.pemberton@potkiln.net. If you have financial concerns, we do have a uniform hub, where you can collect school uniform for no cost. This is stocked by the generosity of the families of our school. Please contact admin@potkiln.net  if you need support in this area.

The Department of Education states:

This non-statutory guidance will help support schools in developing and implementing their school uniform policy. It should be read alongside the statutory guidance on the cost of school uniforms.

Some schools, or year groups within schools, may not have a uniform policy or dress code, in which case some aspects of this guidance may not be relevant. We would, however, expect governing boards to consider this guidance, to ensure that they comply with their obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998and the Equality Act 2010.

The term ‘governing board’ in this guidance includes the:

  • board of trustees for an academy trust
  • governing body of a maintained school or non-maintained special school
  • local authority for pupil referral units

Throughout this guidance, ‘parents’ should be taken to include all those with parental responsibility, including guardians and carers.

Here are some charities that may be able to help you:




Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. 

What uniform does my child need?

Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2:

Grey skirt, trousers, pinafore or shorts, Yellow gold polo shirt, Royal blue sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan, Black school shoes. Blue gingham dresses may be worn in the summer term

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

Grey skirt, trousers, pinafore or shorts, White shirt, School tie, Royal blue jumper or cardigan & Black school shoes

Blue gingham dresses may be worn in the summer term

Ties, book bags and PE bags can be purchased online using the school's online payment facility, School Money.

Full details, including information on buying items with the school logo, can be found on our Uniform page


What is this week's school lunch menu?

School menus are set in conjunction with our caterers, Vertas.

Spring Summer menu to October half term

Spring Summer special dietary menu

Parents can pre book meals and view the current menu on our School money app. 


How much does wraparound care cost and how do I book it?

Breakfast Club costs £4 per child

After School Club costs range from £5-£9 per afternoon, depending on your booking.

Breakfast Club does need to be booked in advance on the SchoolMoney app. You can bring your children in from 7.30am on any school day.

After School Club must also be booked in advance on the SchoolMoney app. After School Club runs from 3:00-6:00pm daily.


What after school clubs are available for my children?

Coming soon


How do I pay for school services and trips?

When your child joins the school you will be sent a letter explaining how to set up a SchoolMoney account.

This account can be used to pay for school lunches, breakfast club, after school club, trips and other services. All services must be booked on SchoolMoney and paid for 24 hours in advance of each service required.


What about if my child is entitled to Free School Meals?

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, they are entitled to Free School Meals but these still must be booked via the SchoolMoney app. If your child is entitled to Free School Meals from Suffolk County Council and they are in Years 3-6, you also must book these in advance via the SchoolMoney app.


Early Help

Effective early help relies upon us all working together, providing local support as soon as a problem arises at any point in a child’s life, from early years through to the teenage years and into early adulthood. Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. By identifying emerging problems, sharing information with other professionals and targeting assessed needs, positive outcomes for children, young people and their families are increased.

What do we mean by Early Help?

Early help is about stopping problems escalating. It relies on accurate early identification of difficulties and early action which is targeted and evaluated. It can involve intensive intervention or lighter touch support and is usually based on a clear support plan, with identified actions, responsibilities and outcomes, which is then reviewed.

Early help is a form of targeted activity, with a specific action or actions being put in place to address a defined issue or combination of issues. It therefore forms part of a continuum of activity in supporting families.

What does Early Help look like at Pot Kiln Primary School?

  • Access to Breakfast Club at a low cost or free in emergency situations, decided upon by the Headteacher or Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Access to the After School Club at a low cost.
  • Access to support from the Thrive practitioner who helps those pupils who need emotional or social needs in their learning.
  • Access to the school Nursery (Donaldson Class) for 3-4 year olds – apply to the school directly for a nursery place.
  • Access to different agencies who support families in their moments of need e.g. Number 72 (a Sudbury-based charity) or O & M Health & Wellbeing who visit the school termly and can signpost families to gain other support.
  • The school works closely with PSCO Skeggs who makes regular visits to the school.
  • The school works closely with Suffolk Family Carers and can refer any of our pupils who have a carer role at home for additional support from them.
  • The school has a Senior Mental Health Lead and they work closely with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator to support pupils with challenges in this area.
  • The school supports volunteers who run a Parent and Toddler session weekly.
  • The school has a school dog called Daisy who is wonderful with our staff and children.
  • The school has a uniform hub where families can take uniform free of charge or donate old uniform which is in good condition for other families.

For any requests of early help, please contact: admin@potkiln.net

They will forward any requests onto the relevant people in school.


2023/24 Key Dates

Summer Holiday


 Friday 1 September 2023

Autumn Term


Monday 4 September 2023

Half Term

Monday 23 October 2023 to Friday 27 October 2023


Wednesday 20 December 2023

Christmas Holiday

Thursday 21 December 2023 to Tuesday 2 January 2024

Spring Term


Wednesday 3 January 2024

Half Term

Monday 19 February 2024 to Friday 23 February 2024


Thursday 28 March 2024

Spring (Easter) Holiday

Friday 29 March 2024 to Thursday 11 April 2024

Summer Term


Friday 12 April 2024

Half Term

Monday 27 May 2024  to Friday 31 May 2024


Friday 19 July 2024

Summer Holiday

Saturday 20 July 2024 to Saturday 31 August 2024