The School Shop
In your pack you will have received a list of uniform, sportswear and equipment necessary for your son's start at this school. Oakwood Park is currently the sole supplier of our sportswear and uniform but this will be subject to change in September when Simmonds, an external supplier will be taking over. See below a copy of the letter sent to current parents, dated 8th January 2013.
SCHOOL UNIFORM SUPPLIERS
Oakwood Park Grammar School has sold uniform direct to parents for a number of years providing an economical and practical service.
During the past year Oakwood Park Grammar School has been reviewing the current provision and it has become evident that due to increasing costs and time required for administration, an alternative external supplier would be more appropriate.
With effect from September 2013 Simmonds will become our school uniform supplier and uniform will be purchased from them direct instead of Oakwood Park. Simmonds are a major school uniform supplier based in Kent and have been trading for 175 years. They offer an online service or purchases can be made from their shop in Tunbridge Wells. Additional advantages include:
· Accept all debit/credit cards
· Online sales 24/7
· Telephone sales Monday — Friday 9am to 5pm
· Free postage and packaging
§ Customer services email
· No quibble returns policy
The uniform will not change, although the sport kit is being reviewed and will be updated and phased in. As stated in the School Comms message sent on 19thDecember the uniform prices are increasing in January 2013. A new price list is available on the school web site. These prices are applicable from Monday 14 January 2013.
Between January 2013 and August 2013 uniform will continue to be purchased from the school, either through Wisepay or manual order sheets.
In addition the school proposes to set up an outgrown/nearly new uniform store at specific times during the school year.
We currently offer the facility for both online and manual payments for these items. The online shop can be found on the school website www.opgs.org ‘Online Shop.' Uniform and equipment can be seen online without the need to log in so take an opportunity to browse these items. There are three sections within the online shop that you will need to look at should you choose to order online. They are Sports Equipment and Kits, School Uniform for blazers and ties, and School Shop for equipment, School Fund and lockers.
Wisepay Online Payment
All students are given an online account which provides a continual record of all payments, both online and manual, made to school throughout their school life. These accounts are set up using the student's unique pupil number, which we receive via the admissions process, and a valid email address which allows Wisepay to communicate directly with parents and carers.
Once we receive these details passwords are issued along with user instructions and the accounts become active. Those with siblings already in school will be familiar with this system and are able to link the new account with their existing one.
Order forms are available to download from the school website. Cash or cheque payments are still accepted. Please make cheques payable to Oakwood Park Grammar School.
School Kit Procedure for new students entering Year 7
Sessions to see and try on school uniform and sportswear
I am expecting to run sessions on Thurs 30th May and Fri 31st May 2013(Whitsun half term)
between 9am and 3pm,to provide an opportunity for new students to try on school kit in order to clarify any sizing difficulties. There is no need to book but these sessions can become busy at certain times so please be prepared to wait. No kit is distributed on these occasions. All orders will be distributed on the New Year 7 Parents Evening held on the 26th June 2013. Once these orders have gone out any amendments or exchanges are dealt with on a one to one basis.
Do I have to buy everything now?
There are essential items that your child will need immediately. Other items, for example, track pants and fleece, are optional.
Can I collect my order at any time?
Initial orders will be distributed on 26th June 2013. Later orders are dealt with on a one to one basis.
I ordered online this morning. Can I receive my kit today?
Online orders placed on one day are downloaded overnight so are not available for school to view until the following day.
Ties - I don't know which house my son will be in?
For online purchases choose the House Unknown option. For manual purchases order and pay for a house tie. Distribution of ties will take place once form and house groups have been decided. Siblings are usually placed in the same house group.
I need to exchange some of my purchase
Contact the School Kit Co-ordinator, preferably by email, giving as much detail of the items to be changed and the new sizes required. A suitable time for collection can then be arranged.
Can I order and collect items over the summer holidays?
Due to the changeover of supplier the arrangements for the summer holiday are under review. Details will be forwarded to you at a later date.
Normal orderingand collection procedure during term time (Please note - Once the external supplier takes over in September this will no longer be available)
Orders and monies are received in school either online or manually into the Finance Office. The orders are picked and the student receives a note in the register that it is available for collection from a central point near the school office. The collection times are as follows:
Monday: 1.55pm - 2.15pm
Tues: 1.55pm - 2.15pm
Friday: 1.55pm - 2.15pm
The collection times above are for both manual and online purchases.
Ms M. Friday