School Uniform

Elaine Picken in her Prefects Uniform with Prefects Tie, Prefects Badge and House Badge.

School Dress from the School Prospectus (Late 1930s)

The School Uniform consists of a cap and tie for boys, which is supplied through the School or through Southcott's, of Wakefield. The use of a dark blue raincoat is recommended. No badges other than those of the School Offices and Societies are allowed. For football and physical training a boy requires a House Shirt, a strong white shirt, blue shorts, School stockings, rubber shoes, and football boots. For cricket, white or grey flannels, open neck white or qrey flannel shirt, white cricket boots or rubber shoes. A sweater would be a useful addition. A shoe bag in which to keep gymnasium kit is also necessary. All property should be clearly marked with the owner's name.



The uniform for girls consists of a navy blue gym. tunic (three pleats back and front), tussore blouses, navy felt hat (in summer a Panama hat) and the School band and badge. These can be obtained through the School. The use of a dark blue raincoat is recommended; if desired girls may also wear a navy blue blazer and a navy or red cardigan. Girls are not allowed to wear jewellery. For physical training and games a girl will need a blue blouse, black shorts, black or brown gym shoes, hockey shoes or boots. A shoe bag in which to keep gymnasium kit is necessary.
All property should be clearly marked with the owner's name. To achieve uniformity it is recommended that articles should be purchased from Southcott's of Wakefield. 
School Blazer Badge 1940s, Boys' cap and Scarf 1950s and 60s, Girls' Hat, School Tie, Shoulder Purse, Blazer from the 1930s.

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The School Governors decided that pupils at Hemsworth Grammar School must wear blazers. Mr. R.W. Hamilton (Headmaster) said the years following the war were difficult, but for the past three years they had been trying to get down to some kind of uniform. Most of the boys were wearing grey flannel trousers and sports coats, but the latter differed greatly in colour. The suggestion now was that for the summer term at least children should wear blazers. "I want your backing," he added, "because the minute this goes out as an instruction I shall get letters from parents." The Chairman recalled a discussion that took place some time ago relative to distinctive clothing. Several governors supported a parent who refused to clothe his girl in school uniform. "I think that any arguments that applied then," said the Chairman, have gone by the board." Mr. Hamilton said that if they could say to children "You must have a blazer," it would mean giving them the next year to make the provision. Then parents of the new pupils would be told that blazers were a necessary article of equipment. The Education Officer said that financial help could be given to parents who were in really poor circumstances although the scale was very low. Another governor said that most modern schools had uniform, which added dignity. The governors refused an application by a firm to retail school clothing in a local branch shop. In one village there had been complaints about not being able to get badges. One governor had been told that one shop had even refused to sell badges alone. Mr. Hamilton said no parent had protested to him, but he had heard indirectly of the complaint. He had told the firms that if a bona fide pupil went for a badge he should be supplied. He suggested that either the Education Officer or himself should write to the firms asking them not to adopt such practices.