Our uniform policy, which can be found on our website, explains that jewellery, apart from a plain wrist watch and plain stud earrings, should not be worn. Plain studs worn in pierced ears must be removed for PE due to health and safety concerns.
LEA advice states:
'Where removal of stud earrings is not possible as ears have been pierced and this has been done in school term time and not healed, then parents should be aware that their child may have to sit out of certain activities and only be involved in a way which avoids direct, physical participation’ (LEA Oct 2013).
We do not allow the taping up of pierced ears either during or after the healing period.
‘If the stud was caught hard enough it could still pierce the tape and penetrate the skin behind the ear. Removal of tape from either stud or small sleeper type jewellery, if not done carefully can cause an injury in itself and some pupils are allergic to ‘elastoplast’ type tape. Taping up of ear-rings for swimming is not allowed as it is not an appropriate safeguard due to the risk of the tape coming off in the water and causing a choking hazard to other swimmers’. ( LEA guidance Oct 2013)
‘The school should not accept as an alternative to the removal of jewellery, a parent’s/carer’s assurance that he/she will not hold the school liable in the event of an accident/incident. The parent/carer cannot accept liability for injury to the pupils during school activities. This is not allowed by UK or European legislation or Civil Law.’ ( LEA guidance Oct 2013)
If a child is unable to remove earrings themselves then they should not be worn on PE/ swimming days.