PE Protective Clothing

RE:  Protective Clothing for PE

Dear Parents,

At this time of year in PE there is a heavy focus on invasion games such as Netball, Hockey, Rugby and Football.  We advised all students, during our start of year talk to each PE group, to invest in shin pads, studded boots and gum shields for football, hockey and rugby in particular.  We explained to all students that this was necessary to help avoid unnecessary injury. Many students are opting to not bring these items of protective clothing with them for lessons and this can leave them more susceptible to injuries.

I’d like to take this opportunity to directly inform all parents that we strongly advise our students to bring gum shields, shin pads and studded boots to the relevant lessons where these invasion games are being delivered on their PE timetable.  We do appreciate that this involves further cost to parents but we must consider student safety.  We are not making these items compulsory within PE lessons but we are advising that they are beneficial to safety; we are however, insisting that they are compulsory items during organised fixtures against other schools.

Football Shin pads & studded boots when playing on grass
Hockey Gum shield & shin pads
Rugby Gum shield & studded boots

I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind parents that students must bring their PE kit to every lesson.  As stated in the student planner, kit should still be worn, even when students are not physically taking part in the main part of the lesson, as this allows them to remain fully involved in the lesson as a leader, a coach, a referee and as a timekeeper.  It also prevents a situation where a student is outside in potentially inclement weather and has to remain in wet uniform for the rest of the school day, which will no doubt result in further illness and protects their school footwear from getting muddy.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss these points further.

Kind Regards


Mrs Wittich-Jackson
Faculty Leader for PE