Dress For the Great OutdoorsDress Code

As we pride ourselves educating in an outdoor setting, we do not currently have a set uniform in place for The River Valley. As we are a specialist setting, offering many outdoor programmes, a standard school uniform would not be practical or suitable for our students.

The Venue

The River Valley, Poets Corner venue has shelter, light and warmth for those winter days when the weather is cold or wet in our specially adapted timber classrooms. Similarly in summer, there are many areas to shade from hot and sunny weather, including woodland where the shade from trees within our basecamp areas is perfect for students to be comfortable.

Dress Code Requirements and Advice

The students will be learning all year around, so should be dressed for all weathers and temperatures. Designer clothing or any other clothing that is considerate special to the students will only get dirty very quickly, so should not be worn. More information can be found in our handbooks, HERE>

In Winter:

♦ Long trousers (males and females), cargo style or dark jeans that can get muddy

♦ Long sleeved tops or a short sleeved polo shirt in summer. White polos will be likely to get muddy and stained so darker colours are preferable.

♦ Jumpers and other base layers 

♦ Waterproof raincoat with a hood

♦ Waterproof Trousers (Recommended but not essential for part time. Essential for full time students)

♦ Outdoor footwear, wellies with thermal socks or preferably outdoor waterproof boots

♦ Waterproof gloves and hat in the relevant season

In Summer:

♦ Summer hat or cap

♦ Base layers that can be removed or added if the temperature fluctuates

♦ Sunglasses if the student suffers from glare or direct sunlight

Summer Additions:

In addition to the correct clothing, parent-carers should ensure that sun cream (high factor 30+ recommended) is brought to the venue by students. If the students suffers from summer allergies, for example, hayfever, then the appropriate medicine should be brought along and given to staff for safe keeping. Please note sun creams can not be shared due to hygiene and allergy reactions if the student forgets to bring their own.

If a student arrives at the setting on a day where it is considerably sunny and the UV index is expected to be 8 or over, without sun cream they will likely be refused entry, in line with our standard risk assessments.

Liabilities

If a student does not attend with the above items, or similar protective alternatives, we reserve the right to ask for the parent-carer to travel to the setting to provide the student with what they need in order to continue comfortably with their learning. If a parent-carer is unable to do this, students not suitably dressed may be asked to be collected if we feel their welfare and learning will be compromised.

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