School equipment

Primary schools provide all the equipment your child needs (except for a P.E kit - see below). They may ask you to provide a water bottle and a book bag.

In secondary school you need to provide pens, pencils etc as well as a P.E kit. Your secondary school will give you a list of equipment to buy.

Physical Education Kit

In primary school your child needs:

  • a plain white t-shirt,
  • a plain pair of shorts (usually black or dark blue)
  • a pair of trainers.

In cold weather they can usually wear jogging trousers if they go outside.

Secondary schools often want pupils to wear PE kit in the school colours. The school will give you a list of what your child needs. There are shops that sell PE kit for secondary schools. It is best to check with your child’s school before buying kit.

Sometimes your child may be able to go swimming. They will need a swimming costume and a towel. Swimming sessions are usually for both boys and girls. If you are not happy with this, please talk to your school.

Girls can cover their arms and legs for PE and swimming if they wish.

Dress and articles of faith

Children can wear religious clothing and jewellery but health and safety must always be the priority. The school will give you advice.


Local Area Teams Information Service (formerly York FIS)

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