Parents

Years 12 & 13 - Uniform, Appearance & Possessions

SIXTH FORM DRESS CODE, APPEARANCE & POSSESSIONS GUIDELINES 

Please note:

  • We have a Dress Code and clear expectations in the Sixth Form to ensure that personal appearance does not detract from the purpose of being in the Sixth Form, namely to achieve academic success and prepare you for life beyond school.
  • It should also be noted that all members of the Sixth Form are expected to set an example to younger students through their appearance as well as through their behaviour.
  • The Dress Code applies at all times whilst a student is in school. This includes examination and study leave periods. The only exceptions to this will be communicated in advance by staff, e.g. mufti days, Activities Week, weekend rehearsals.
  • The Dress Code also applies for trips and visits away from the school unless communication by staff in advance advises this is not the case.
  • All students sign an agreement to comply with the published Dress Code on entry into the Sixth Form.
  • If a student is found not adhering to the dress-code the following staged response will be applied:
  • First occasion - Student given a warning and a Student Concern recorded.
  • Second occasion – as above – detained in PREP after school
  • Subsequent occasions will result in a period of internal exclusion (removal from lessons) or external exclusion

         The same sanctions will apply to a student wearing additional items, such as a hoodie.

         Non-uniform items will be temporarily confiscated. 

PLEASE NOTE 

No apparel of any description will be allowed which in the opinion of the Headteacher and Governors would impede the need for teachers and students to relate well together and communicate effectively.

If parents/carers wish an exception to the dress code, appearance and possessions guidelines to be made for their child they should state their case in writing, in advance, to the Headteacher

 DAYWEAR

 

 Compulsory for all students

BOYS

GIRLS

JACKET

SHIRT AND TIE

TROUSERS

JACKET

BLOUSE

SKIRT or TROUSERS

OR

DRESS with sleeves (or blouse underneath)

GUIDANCE ON ACCEPTABLE STYLES

ITEMS

STYLE

Jacket

Tailored, smart style - to be worn at all times

Trousers

Tailored and not tight fitting – no shorter than 15cm above the ankle

Skirt

 

Smart style  - no shorter than mid-thigh at all times – skirts that ‘ride up’ are not acceptable

Dress

Smart, long or short sleeved

 - No shorter than mid-thigh - dresses that ‘ride up’ are not acceptable

 - Sleeveless dresses may be worn but only with   a blouse with sleeves

Shirt (with collar) / Blouse

Long or short sleeved

Tie

For males only - fastened at the collar

Shoes / Boots

Smart, formal

For safety reasons

  - heels must not be higher than 4cms

  - no sandals

 

 Optional items that can be worn with the items listed above – knitwear is not a substitute for a jacket but may be worn underneath

ITEMS

STYLE

Jumper or cardigan

 

These can only be worn with a jacket and in addition to a shirt or blouse and not as a single item

- smart style, not overlong or baggy

- allows the tie to be visible for males

 

Items that can be worn to/from school and when in external areas on the site

ITEMS

STYLE

Coat or outer jacket

Plain – leather (incl. leather look) or denim coats and jackets are NOT permitted


IF AN ITEM OF CLOTHING DOES NOT CONFORM TO THE ABOVE DESCRIPTORS IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR WEAR AT SCHOOL.

This applies to travel between home and school and not just during the school day.

 Please take careful note of the above.

The following advice gives further clarification HOWEVER just because an item is not mentioned below it does not infer that it will be permitted

UNSUITABLE ‘TOPS’

  • Hoodies/sweat shirts including any garments with a logo or bold statement
  • Tops made from fleece material – also not a substitute for an outer coat
  • T shirts or any garment made of T-shirt style (stretchy) material
  • Revealing clothing of any type e.g. low cut, sleeveless or crop tops
  • Blouses made of sheer fabric must be worn with a vest top underneath
  • Sleeveless tops notably ‘vest tops’
  • Skinny jumpers are not a substitute for a blouse – jumpers must have a blouse underneath and the blouse must be visible

UNSUITABLE ‘BOTTOMS’

  • Tight-fitting ‘Lycra’-type short skirts / dresses
  • Leather (real and fake), denim, combat styles of any description
  • Trousers reflecting jeans styling, i.e. patch pockets, metal studs/trim and revealed stitching, e.g. black jeans
  • Skinny fit, drain-pipe style trousers / leggings / jeggings
  • Cropped style trousers, culottes or shorts
  • Trousers tucked into boots

For safety reasons

  • Long/maxi dresses/skirts i.e. over ankle length

UNSUITABLE ‘FOOTWEAR’

  • Trainers, flip-flops or mules

 

ITEMS

STYLE

OTHER INFORMATION

Hair

No ‘extreme’ or unconventional styles

Hair colouring – no blue, green, pink or purple.

Face must be clear – long hair may need to be tied back for safety reasons

Facial Hair

Beards are acceptable

Beard style/growth should reflect expectations for boys to be smart and well-groomed.

Facial piercing

One discreet nose stud, 2mm or less in diameter may be worn.

Rings / bars in facial piercings (nose, lip, eye brow) are not permitted.

Jewellery

Earrings should not be excessive in size, long or with large hoops (maximum diameter 2.5cm).

Certain items may need to be removed for safety reasons

There should be no more than two studs/earrings per ear.

Makeup

Should be discreet

Students may be asked to remove it if excessively overt

  

 

POSSESSIONS GUIDELINES 

Personal possessions brought into school are at the owner’s risk.The school does not have insurance to cover loss, theft or damage to personal possessions. Students should check that valuable items are insured by personal/home insurance. Please note that disregarding the information below will lead to confiscation of the item(s). 

All students are requested to hand in items for safe-keeping prior to PE and Performing Arts lessons/shows/matches when they are using the changing rooms. 

Mobile phones, music players

During a Study Period in the designated study areas students may listen individually to music via headphones.

Students are also permitted to use phones during specific publicised times, e.g. break, lunchtime in nominated areas (Sixth Form Study areas G2/L2, court yards, dining area).

At all other times phones are to be switched to silent and not to be used during the school day.

Lap tops and tablet computers

Their use is permitted and students may apply to the ICT Support Team to connect to the school’s WiFi.

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students are expected to wear sports appropriate clothing for physical activities.

ITEMS

STYLE

COLOUR

Comments

 All Sixth Form Students

Sleeved T shirt or polo shirt

Unisex

Any

No bold logos or statements

Shorts and /or full length track suit bottoms

 

Any

Standard design shorts will generally not be suitable for rugby

Football boots

Screw-in or moulded sole studs

Any

For football, hockey, rugby

Shin pads

Mandatory for safety reasons

For football, hockey, rugby

Trainers

Proper training shoe with instep support and non-marking sole - no fashion pump style shoes

Any

 

Gum Shield

Recommended for safety reasons

Optional

 

 PERFORMING ARTS

Items are not to be worn when attending other lessons.

Students studying Dance and/or Drama will be advised of clothing requirements however they are likely to include:

ITEMS

STYLE

T-shirt

Loose fitting, plain, black colour, without logos

Jogger/tracksuit trousers

Leggings