Our policy is based on the philosophy that school uniform:
- Promotes a sense of pride in the school and identifies the students with the school.
- Engenders a sense of community and belonging towards the school.
- The students’ smart appearance in full school uniform is a visible statement that the student is part of our community, that they are proud to be part of our community and that the student is purposeful and takes their learning seriously.
- Is practical, smart and good value for money for most parents.
- Makes students feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance.
- Prevents students from coming to school in fashion clothes that could be distracting in class.
- Takes into consideration equality issues and cultural, race and religious requirements.
- Is designed with health and safety in mind.
The Role of Students
Students in Years 7-11 should wear school uniform according to the list on the school uniform policy:
- When travelling to and from school.
- When attending school.
- When participating in school organised events (to include Consultation Evenings), either in or out of normal school hours.
- Exceptions may be made on certain types of visits. Parents/carers and students will always be notified in writing with details of the visit.
- Students should also follow the guidance on jewellery, make-up, hair colour and use of a school bag.
- Sixth Form students are expected to follow the Sixth Form Dress Code.
The Role of the School
All members of staff (teachers and support staff) have the authority to challenge any student who is not wearing the correct uniform or suitable clothing or is wearing the uniform in an inappropriate manner. Students not wearing the correct uniform, in the first instance, will be sent immediately to the Pastoral Manager, where they will be given alternative clothing/shoes/bag. Students may be sent home in exceptional circumstances. If the Pastoral Manager is not available, students should be referred to the relevant Head of Year or the Director of Welfare. Teachers should sanction any repeat offenders of the above and confiscate items which should be given to the Pastoral Manager until the end of the week.
During lessons, tutors and teachers will check for inappropriate wearing of uniform which includes:
- Blazer not worn (unless permission has been given by the teacher or during break and lunchtime)
- Blazer sleeves rolled up
- Skirts rolled over and worn too short
- Unsuitable footwear
- Outdoor coats, hats and scarves
- No hoodies are permitted, either in or out of school whilst in uniform
- Excessive jewellery, hair accessories or extremes in hair styles or colour
- Inappropriate bags. A replacement bag will be issued if required.
- Make-up in Years 7-11 is NOT allowed and students will be sent to the appropriate member of staff for it to be removed.
We recommend that all uniform is labelled.
If any parent is in doubt about any item of uniform, we advise them to check with the school before purchasing. Any changes in uniform will be notified to parents in writing. The uniform policy is available on the website for parents to view.