Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent uniform survey (we had over 200 families sending in their views). To summarise the findings of our survey (which included collecting the views of students and staff), the vast majority of our community are very happy with the uniform in its present form, with many commenting on how smart our students look when wearing the uniform correctly. There were also a number of requests to clarify some details about specific aspects of the school uniform.
I would therefore like to take this opportunity to highlight and clarify our expectations around uniform, make up, jewellery and mobile phones and provide you with an up-to-date uniform list – there have been no significant changes, just some clarity around certain items. This will be particularly useful as everyone starts to prepare for the next academic year.
I would welcome your support in reiterating our expectations at home. It is also important to remind you that, as per our policy, uniform and other infringements may result in an SLT Detention after school or further consequences (particularly if these infringements are persistent).
Please see the attached checklist outlining the uniform that we expect all students to wear.
Please note in particular that school trousers should be mid-grey and all socks and tights should be black in colour. Socks can be knee-length, but should not be worn over the knee.
As indicated earlier, students look very business-like and are ready to work when they wear their uniform correctly. The challenge we face is ensuring that all students wear their uniform in this manner and we welcome your continued support in ensuring that the highest standards are met.
We have recently focused on a number of aspects of uniform not being worn correctly by some students. These include the wearing of trainers, canvas shoes leather Converse or Vans shoes instead of appropriate school footwear, the wearing of excessive make up (including acrylic or gel nails); and the wearing of jewellery additional to that permitted (a single pair of stud earrings, a single ring and a wristwatch). Please see the sections below which detail our expectations in these areas.
We are also concerned about the number of students who are not wearing their skirts at the correct length. This will be a focus during the coming weeks and at the start of next term. Skirts have been designed to be at or just above the knee and should be worn at this length. Students should not roll the waistband over to shorten their skirts and any tailoring of skirts should not make the skirts shorter than this length.
Parents/Carers are asked to inform either the form tutor or the House Manager why a student is temporarily unable to comply with the uniform regulations (this can be by note, email or a phone call). They will then supply the student with a note regarding the issue, with a clear expectation of when the uniform issue will be resolved. This note should be presented to all other staff who may challenge the uniform issue.
If a parent has difficulty, financial or otherwise, in providing full or appropriate uniform for their child(ren), contact should be made with the school where appropriate so that support or
alternatives can be arranged.
Make-up & Nail Decoration
- Make-up and nail varnish/decoration are strongly discouraged.
- False nails, gel nails and acrylics are not permitted.
- Subtle, natural and minimal make-up and nail decoration will be accepted. Students will be expected to remove their make-up or nail varnish where excessive quantities or extreme designs/colours are worn.
Jewellery & Piercings
- Students are only allowed to wear a wristwatch, a single unobtrusive ring and a single pair of ear studs (one in each earlobe). Students will be asked to remove any additional items of jewellery (including bracelets).
- Students are not allowed to wear facial piercings at school. If, with a parent’s permission, a student has had a facial piercing (nose, lip, eyebrow, upper ear), a clear retainer must be worn at school in place of the metal piercing.
- For health and safety reasons all items of jewellery, including watches, must be removed for PE and some other practical activities.
- The school cannot accept responsibility for the loss, theft or damage of items of jewellery.
- Shoes should be plain black leather/leather-look and be securely fastened at all times. They should be of an appropriate style, suitable for everyday wear in the workplace – either flat or with a very low heel.
- Trainers are not considered suitable footwear for the school day. They should only be worn for PE.
- Canvas (or similar) shoes are not considered appropriate.
- Leather ‘Converse’ or ‘Vans’ style shoes are not appropriate.
- In extreme winter conditions (e.g heavy snow/ice) the school will adopt an appropriately relaxed attitude towards alternative footwear appropriate to the conditions.
- Research has shown that students in schools that do not allow the use of mobile phones during the school day spend significantly more time focused on their studies, as well as engaging more positively with their peers. Therefore the use of mobile phones by students in years 7 to 11 is not allowed on the school site. Mobile phones that are brought into school must be switched off and in bags/pockets throughout the school day. If absolutely necessary, students will be able to make contact home by going to Student Reception or the House Office.
- Students found using their phones are likely to receive an SLT Detention and may have their phone confiscated until the end of the school day.
- If you need to contact your child at school, please telephone the school number and we will get the message to your child.
- If students, with their parents’ agreement, do bring mobile phones to school, the school cannot accept financial responsibility for any damage, loss or theft which may occur and responsibility for the phone rests with the student.
I trust that the details provided clarify any questions around our expectations regarding some of these basic aspects of school life, but if you do have any further queries, please contact your child’s Head of House. If you have more general concerns, please contact Mr Green, Deputy Headteacher.
With thanks again for your support as we continue to work together to provide the best possible experiences and education for our students.