Sixth Form Dress Code

Uniform should be exemplary at all times and there is no excuse for not wearing the correct school uniform, including to and from school.

*In general, if you are not sure whether something fits the following dress code, assume that it does not.

Dress code

We expect our students to dress in an appropriately professional manner, i.e. what you would wear in a formal office environment. All students must always wear the following:

Formal suit: Jacket with trousers or skirt, all of which should look like they come from a suit, though not necessarily the same suit.

Plain (or subtly pattered*) shirt or blouse: These should have a collar and sleeves and be of an opaque material. Top buttons must be fastened, and their shirts tucked in.

Black or dark brown formal, low-heeled, shoes: Dark socks should be worn with trousers; tights with a skirt.

Tie to be worn with shirt and suit.

Seasonal variations

In winter, a plain black, grey, or similar V-necked knitted jumper may be worn, as well as roll neck jumpers in which case the jacket must also be worn.

In summer, the following concessions are made:

  • Short sleeves on shirts and blouses are permitted.
  • Jackets may be removed on days when the Principal has permitted Summer Uniform.

The following are never appropriate:

  • Obvious patterns or designs in suit/top fabrics, including an excess of visible zips.
  • Stretchy fabrics (lycra etc.), for instance in ‘tube’ skirts. Skirts should be ‘pencil’ or ‘A-line’.
  • Ill-fitting buttoned shirts which ‘gape’.
  • Short, low-cut, or tight-fitting clothing.
  • Skirts which sit more than 10cm above the knee, or which ‘ride up’ excessively during normal wear/walking*. It is important that skirts are not bought too small.
  • Sheer/see-through fabrics (e.g. lace and chiffon).
  • High-heeled shoes, stilettos, wedges, boots (including Dr Martens) and sandals

Hair, jewellery and make-up

Our expectations for hair, jewellery and make-up are as follows:

  • Hair must be neat and respectable with no extremes of style.
  • Hair may be dyed in one natural colour. Any hair accessories must match and be minimal.
  • Jewellery should be appropriate (sleepers and studs only, this includes small nose piercings – NO NOSE RINGS). Clear plastic ‘plugs’ may be used to keep piercings open.
  • ‘Natural look’ day make-up and well-maintained nail varnish of a single colour is permitted.

Please note that students who do not adhere to the above expectations will be sanctioned.