NUMEROUS schools in Herefordshire have told children to ditch all or part of their uniforms as temperatures soar during the heatwave.

Students across the county have been allowed to wear PE kits or fewer layers during this week and the next to help them keep cool in the scorching weather.

Some of these schools include Weobley High School, Queen Elizabeth High School in Bromyard, Lady Hawkins' School in Kington and Aylestone High School in Hereford.

In an email to parents, Queen Elizabeth High School said: "Pupils will be allowed to wear their PE shorts and polo shirt if they would prefer. All other uniform standards apply."

Weobley High School is also allowing students to wear PE kits.

Meanwhile, Lady Hawkins' School and Aylestone High School are easing rules on blazers and ties.

Lady Hawkins' said in a Facebook post: "No blazers or ties are required, so they can all remain cool and comfortable."

Executive headteacher of Aylestone High School, Mr Simon Robertson, wrote to parents: "With the forecast of hot weather, children are not required to wear their ties or blazers. With the forecast set to cool next week, from Monday September 11 children are to wear full school uniform. Can I ask that children bring plenty of still fluids to drink, have appropriate sun protection and have a sensible hat to wear when they are outside in the sun."


A recent health alert indicates high temperatures could affect some people and impact the health service.

The health security agency, which provides alerts specifically for the health and social care sector, has issued a heat alert as a warning for vulnerable people. This is in effect until September 10, and it is thought that temperatures could exceed 30C between now and then.

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The agency's warning for the West Midlands says: "Minor impacts are probable, including increased use of health care services by the vulnerable population and an increase in risk of mortality."

Though the weather poses a risk to the most vulnerable, the agency says it does not expect a widespread impact.

Though the weather poses a risk to the most vulnerable, the agency says it does not expect a widespread impact.