Uniform and sports clothing
In order to ensure uniformity throughout the school, certain items of clothing and sports kit are only available from our suppliers. Our uniform is supplied by Early Years in Solihull and A. Oakes in Oldbury. Our sportswear is supplied by Akuma Sports. Please click on the links to find out about how to order clothing.
Our sportswear is changing from September 2012. We are introducing this change over 18 months, so that any current kit that still fits can be worn for regular games sessions in school throughout the 2012/13 school year. The exception to this is for boys who represent the school in matches, where the new kit will be required to be worn for school matches from September 2012.
Compulsory items available only from our uniform suppliers
These items are compulsory and only available from our suppliers Early Years in Solihull and A Oakes in Oldbury:
Blazer (with KES badge)
Compulsory items available only from our sportswear suppliers
These items are compulsory and only available from our suppliers Akuma Sports:
PE shirt and shorts
Rugby shirt, socks, shorts
White cricket shirt (summer term)
Boys may optionally choose to buy a beanie hat, tracksuit or warm training top for school sports, but these must only be bought from Akuma Sports - boys may not wear their own sports clothing in school.
Compulsory items available from any supplier
All the items below are essential, and many can be bought from our suppliers, but they can also be bought from other shops.
Shirt: plain white or blue. The blue shirt should only be bought from our suppliers. The vast majority of boys wear white shirts.
Trousers: grey, school-style trousers.
Pullover: there is a school v-neck pullover with a badge. However, any plain v-neck navy pullover is acceptable.
Shoes: black leather, not suede, not trainers, not boots.
Socks: plain dark socks.
Coat: any suitable coat.
Rugby/football boots in the two winter terms
A pair of white trainers and white sports socks for gym
The total cost of the uniform should be approximately £300.
The school will provide lab coats.
Naming of clothes
It is vital that all items of clothing should be clearly marked with the owner's name. Most items of sports kit from Akuma Sports will be initialled, but a name tape providing the full name is vital if property is lost or forgotten. The name tape should be inside the clothing, since the initials will be embroidered on the outside.
Every new pupil will be provided with a calculator. Since every boy in the Shells will have such a calculator, it is vital that your son puts his name on it clearly and indelibly. If your son loses his calculator, he can purchase a replacement from the Head of Mathematics, Mr Tim Cross.
Your son will need a padlock with two keys so that he can lock his locker. At the beginning of term he should put a spare key in an envelope with his name on it and give it to his Form Tutor so that we don't have to resort to bolt-cutters.