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Dress Code and Expectations

Guidance for all Sixth Form students:

Smart dress is required in the Sixth Form. Sixth Form students must remember that they are role models for young pupils and are seen by the school as working adults. Therefore, clothing should be appropriate, practical and businesslike.

Dress Code: Please see below:

  • Conventional tailored short sleeved dress, skirt or trousers, in dark colours: blue, grey or black. Trousers should be full length and not cut off. Dresses and skirts must be worn with tights and must not be mini-length. Ponte/bodycon/jersey trousers leggings or skirts are not permitted.
  • A conventional blouse or shirt, plain, or modestly patterned providing it is tailored and designed for professional business wear. It must have sleeves and must not be low cut; it must cover shoulders and midriff. Cleavage should not be visible.
  • Cardigans may be worn with a blouse/shirt and jacket.
  • Plain shoes capable of being polished; suede shoes are not permitted. Shoes should be conventional, work orientated and comfortable in dark colours. Heels should be less than 5cm high. Boots are not permitted.
  • Conventional tailored jackets/blazers must be worn with dresses, skirts and trousers and must be in dark colours, brown, blue, grey, or black. Patterns are permissible as long as they are subtle and reflect the principle of smart professional dress i.e. pin stripes, or faintly chequered. Ponte/jersey jackets are not permitted.
  • Conventional two-piece suit or three-piece suit, with matching tailored jacket and trousers in dark colours, as a general guide in blue, grey, or black. Trousers should be full length. Patterns are permissible as long as they are subtle and reflect the principle of smart professional business dress (i.e. pin stripes and Prince of Wales check).
  • Conventional office shirt plain or modestly patterned (i.e. stripes and checks) pastel coloured formal shirts may be worn provided they are tailored and designed for professional dress; these must be worn with a tie. Shirts must be tucked in to trousers at all times. The tie must be fully visible to below the knot at all times.
  • Jumpers may be worn with shirt, tie and jacket; tie knots must still be visible if a jumper or cardigan is worn
  • Plain leather shoes, capable of being polished; suede shoes are not permitted. Conventional, work orientated and comfortable in dark colours.
  • Ties are to be worn with the top button done up at all times and the knot covering the top button.
  • Identity badges and the Sixth Form lanyard must be worn and visible at all times whilst on the school site.
  • Jewellery must be subtle and consistent with smart professional business dress. 
  • Belts are to be plain, regular width and designed to hold up trousers or skirts, not just a fashion accessory.
  • Students’ hair should be well-kept, clean and moderate in style, length and treatment; bright dyed colouring, tram lines or other shaved shapes in the hair and ‘bar codes’ in eyebrows are not permitted.
  • No clothing with obscene slogans or messages is permitted.
  • No head garments (except those worn for parentally confirmed cultural, medical or religious reasons).
  • All students must wear jackets in assembly, at formal events as well as to and from classrooms. Students may take jackets off in classrooms, the common rooms, study rooms and the canteens.
  • Jeans or chino style trousers.
  • Jersey jackets, trousers or skirts.
  • Corduroy or denim.
  • Polo shirts or t-shirts.
  • ‘Hoodies’ of any description even if worn as an outdoor coat.
  • Headgear (except for parentally confirmed religious or medical reasons and it must be of dark colours and matching the colour of the days attire).
  • Trainers.
  • Combat trousers, shorts or cut-offs.
  • Strappy tops or vests. 
  • Exposing bare midriff, cleavage or chest.
  • Sportswear/leisurewear, including velour and cotton jersey.
  • Extremes of style, for example, mini skirts.
  • Logos.
  • Visible facial or body piercings (except ear rings) or tattoos.
  • Unnatural hair colourings or extreme hairstyles.
  • Open toe or strappy sandals (health and safety reasons).

On Fridays, the Sixth Form have a ‘dress down’ Friday where you can wear more casual attire.  Clothing should remain appropriate in terms of no offensive logos; no hats; no shorts; no cropped tops with midriff showing; no spaghetti strap tops.  

We ask all students to pay £1 which goes towards Leavers’ Prom, Hoodies, tea, coffee supplies etc.

  • Students who study PE must wear business attire to school and then change before and after their lessons.

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