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Letter to Year 9s

22 May 2024 (by Lisa Slight (lslight))

Year 9s Transition into KS4

As you are aware, we are nearing the end of Year 9 (Key Stage 3) and moving into Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11). This next step will bring new subjects, great challenges, higher expectations and even a new uniform.  Transition into Key Stage 4 is essential if children are to experience success in two years’ time.  

Whilst the majority of students will start Year 10 as normal, a small number of students will be required to begin a re-integration programme prior to starting lessons. This is to ensure that there is no disruption to GCSE lessons. All GCSE subjects have an enormous amount of content/skills to be covered. Each lesson is vital if students are to cover all of the specification and be in a position to do their best. Hence, there is no room for disruption to lessons/learning. 

The Key Stage 4 uniform from September and the uniform expectations will be as follows:

 Compulsory Items – all Students

  • A black blazer with teal/white braiding, embroidered with the School badge.
  • Plain black shoes with FLAT heels. Boots, suede shoes, canvass, Vans/plimsolls or trainer style shoes are NOT permitted (except trainers for PE).  Shoes should be appropriate for School use.  This rules out raised heels, casual and fashion shoes.  There should be no logos on shoes or other coloured markings.
  • Navy jumper embroidered with the school badge. Hoodies/sweatshirts/plain jumpers are NOT permitted and will be confiscated. (Autumn and Spring a jumper is compulsory).

Compulsory Items - boys

  • The School KS4 tie.
  • A plain white School shirt with either long or short sleeves. Printed coloured t-shirts or polo neck sweaters are NOT permitted even if they are worn under School shirts.
  • Black trousers (should not be skinny, tight fitting or of canvass like material).
  • Black shoes – no trainers.

Compulsory Items - girls

  • The School KS4 tie.
  • A plain white School shirt with either long or short sleeves. Printed coloured t-shirts or polo-necked sweaters are NOT permitted even if they are worn under School shirts.
  • Black pleated skirt of appropriate length and or black trousers. It is not possible to describe the trousers as there are such a wide range of options in shops it will always be difficult to be exact.  As a guide trousers should not be skinny, tight fitting or of canvass like material (cotton/polyester) or contain any zips.
  • Black or neutral tights to be worn with skirts or plain socks (white or black).


A particularly reminder to those families who are entitled to free school meals in that the deadline to utilise the school bursary will be the end of the school day on Monday 1st July 2024. You will be required to complete a bursary form which can be found on our school website.   https://www.saintedmunds.org.uk/parents/uniform-shop/uniform-ks4 

To enquire how much bursary allocation you have left please email finance@saintedmunds.org.uk     For families who have not paid the £50 building fund this will be automatically take from the bursary allocation.  Any bursary that is not utilised cannot be carried over to the next academic year.

Work experience

Students in Year 10 will undertake work experience in the summer term. This is run by EBP who charge £49 approximately for this service. Students eligible for a bursary – money will be allocated for this.  Students who have organised their own work placement will have the cost at a reduced rate of £25 per child. For students eligible for a bursary the £25 would be allocated from this.

Please visit our KS4 uniform section of our school website https://www.saintedmunds.org.uk/parents/uniform-shop/uniform-ks4  to view the uniform order form where you can submit any pre-orders to the school and you will be contacted once the uniform is ready.  We have a dedicated email address for the uniform shop which uniformshop@saintedmunds.org.uk    

Our online uniform shop will be open from Monday 3rd June – Friday 28th June 2024 until 12 noon for you to purchase the KS4 uniform for September only. You will be contacted once this is available prior to the end of the academic year. Alternatively, this will be available to collect during the following dates in the summer holiday. Online access to the uniform shop can be made through the school website when it is open.


School Uniform Shop Summer Holiday Opening Times

Tuesday 27th August 2024 (CLOSED)

Wednesday 28th August 2024 – open 9am to 1pm.

Thursday 29th August 2024 – open 9am to 1pm.

Friday 30th August 20204 – open 8am until 11am.

To reiterate if pupils are not dressed correctly when they return in September at the start of the next academic year, including incorrect footwear, pupils will not be accepted to class. If families have any issues/concerns or facing financial hardship, please contact the school explaining your circumstances and we will endeavour to support.

If you would like to discuss uniform with me further please do not hesitate to contact Miss Hammond, Year 9 Head of Learning at school on 02392 892586.

Many thanks in advance for your support in ensuring your child is dressed correctly and supporting our high standards.

‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’  Jeremiah 29:11.

Yours sincerely


Mr S Graham