The school has a strict policy on school uniform. This policy should be read in conjunction with the school’s Behaviour Policy, as disciplinary sanctions may be imposed for breach. To ensure consistency of presentation, articles of school uniform should be purchased from the school recommended stockist.
Selected items of the school’s uniform are available from the school’s current official uniform stockist:
Premier Schoolwear, Unit 7, Tonbridge Works, Tonbridge Road, Romford, Essex, RM3 8TS
Telephone: 01708 377699
The school’s compulsory blazer, PE kit, house badge and food technology apron must be purchased as directed by the school.
Blouses, shirts, trousers, skirts and other non-branded items may be purchased from other suppliers, but must conform to the policy set out below.
Please note that labels clearly stating the student’s full name should be sewn into each item.
|SIXTH FORM BOYS AND GIRLS|
|Blazer:||A plain dark navy blazer with the school badge on the pocket. Premier Schoolwear provide a pre-embroidered blazer. Unfortunately, the blazer/badge, cannot be purchased from another supplier, currently.
A ‘House Colour’ also needs to be purchased and be sewn onto all blazers, under the school badge on the left-hand side of the blazer
During hot weather, students may be permitted by the school not to wear their blazer. Other garments should not be substituted for the blazer either in school, or on the way to and from school (other than an outdoor coat in cold weather – see below).
|House badge:||Once the school has allocated students to their house, a house badge must be purchased from Premier Schoolwear. The house badge must be sewn onto the student’s blazer one inch below the breast pocket on the left-hand side under the school badge.|
|Jumper or cardigan:||A plain black jumper or cardigan displaying the school’s badge, either with a V neck or button through. Alternatively, a plain black jumper or cardigan, either with a V neck or button through. A ‘sports style’ sweater with a high circular neck line, is not permitted. Hoodies are prohibited.|
|Outdoor coat:||A smart plain black or dark navy coat is permitted to be worn in cold weather over the school blazer.
A coat must not be worn instead of a school blazer. The coat must be longer than the length of the school blazer and must not include any logos, text, graphics or accessories of any kind. Leather or leather-look coats, bomber jackets and hoodies are prohibited.
|Gloves and scarves (including headscarves):||Plain black or dark navy only. Gloves, headscarves and scarves of any other colour, multi coloured gloves and scarves, football scarves, fashion scarves or pashminas are prohibited.|
|School bag:||The school strongly recommends that a ruck sack style bag with straps for both shoulders is purchased for students, to reduce the risk of students suffering back problems. The bag must be plain black. Branded bags and bags with emblems, logos or graphics on them are prohibited.|
|PE Kit (A Level PE):
(Students taking A Level PE)
Sixth form students taking A Level PE must wear items from the school’s PE kit. Please see the separate ‘PE Kit Uniform Policy’ for more information.
|PE Kit (Enrichment):
|For sixth form students taking Enrichment, the type of PE kit required will depend upon the nature of the activity. In the case of indoor activities and events such as the school’s Sports Day, students should wear a white sports shirt with a collar and either shorts or a skirt in plain white, black or dark navy, or plain navy jogging bottoms. While it is not compulsory to wear items from the school’s own PE kit for Enrichment, sixth form students may purchase these items as directed by the school.|
|Hair:||Hair should be worn in a neat, standard style suitable for school. Extreme hairstyles are prohibited – for example hairstyles with a defined contrast in style. We recommend that long hair should be tied back. Hair must not be excessively short. There must be no designs of any kind in the hair (for example, steps, tram lines, text or other graphics). Hair products must not be used excessively.
Dyed or bleached hair which significantly alters the student’s appearance is prohibited – this includes highlights, lowlights and “dipping” as well as full head dying. Brightly coloured, non-natural or multiple hair accessories (for example, decorative flowers or coloured extensions within the hair) are prohibited. Eyebrows must look natural – shaved eyebrows (and artificially enhanced eyebrows) are prohibited.
It will be for the Headteacher to decide if a hairstyle is “extreme”. It is difficult to definitely set out in advance what will be regarded as an “extreme hairstyle” as styles vary regularly according to fashion. Students are therefore expected to speak to their Head of Year before they alter their hairstyle or dye their hair to obtain confirmation that the proposed new hairstyle will comply with this policy.
|Safety items:||Students who cycle to and from school should wear a safety helmet and reflective chest and waist bands in yellow or orange.|
|Jewellery:||Jewellery of any kind, with the exception of a discreet smart watch, is prohibited. In particular, earrings, studs or sleepers worn in the ears or any other part of the face or body are prohibited for both boys and girls.|
|Make-up:||The wearing of make-up during the school day is discouraged. If worn, make-up should be lightly applied in natural tones, and be in keeping with the school uniform. Thick eyeliner and/or mascara and brightly coloured make up are prohibited. This includes false eyelashes and fake tan.|
|Nails and nail varnish:||The wearing of nail varnish of any kind is prohibited. Students are not permitted to wear extensions to nails or ‘false’ nails.|
|Shoes:||Plain black, formal style, shiny leather or leather effect (patent) shoes, in a discreet style. Shoes of other colours and multi coloured shoes are prohibited. Buckles and other decorations must be minimal. Please note that the shoes MUST be formal in style (we do not permit students to wear ‘hybrid trainer style shoes’) – please ask at the school if unsure. If a student wishes to play social sport at lunchtime, then it is expected that they will change into a pair of appropriate trainers.
Canvas and suede shoes are prohibited. Boots are prohibited (except wellington boots which can be worn on the way to and from school only in inclement weather conditions).
|SIXTH FORM BOYS|
|Trousers:||Plain black trousers in a traditional school style. Jeans and trousers made of denim-type material of any colour, and trousers with patch style pockets, are prohibited.|
|Tie:||A school tie (available from Premier Schoolwear) is compulsory for sixth form boys. Alternatively, the school’s rugby tie may be worn.|
|Shirt:||A plain white shirt with a collar. Sleeves may be long during colder months and short during warmer months. Buttons must be light blue/clear/white. Buttons of other colours and decorative buttons are prohibited.|
|Socks:||Plain, dark coloured socks; preferably black. White or bright socks not permitted.|
|SIXTH FORM GIRLS|
|Skirt:||A plain black traditional skirt (not pencil style). The skirt must be pleated. For example, a plain black side or kick pleated skirt, box pleated, or a plain black stitched down pleated skirt. Skirts must be no higher than 5cm above the knee and should be worn in a manner appropriate for school. In particular, the waist band of the skirt must not be rolled over. Tight or clingy skirts (for example, skirts with a high LYCRA content) are prohibited. Examples of acceptable styles are skirt can be found at the end of this policy.NEED TO PUT SOME EXAMPLES IN!!|
|Tie:||A school tie (available from Premier Schoolwear) is optional for sixth form girls.|
|Blouse or shirt:||A plain white blouse or shirt with a collar. The sleeves may be long during colder months and short during warmer months. Decorated or frilled blouses and shirts are prohibited. Buttons must be white/clear. Buttons of other colours and decorative buttons are prohibited.|
|Tights and socks:||Plain black or natural flesh coloured tights. Socks must only be worn in hot weather – these must be plain white ankle or knee length socks. Other coloured socks or tights, multi coloured or patterned socks or tights, and socks or tights with graphics or text on them are prohibited.|
|Breach – clothing and jewellery:
Breach – hair:
|Where a breach of this policy can be rectified immediately for example, by placing the prohibited item in the student’s bag, or by confiscation by the school, the student will remain in lessons as usual. The school may also ask students to substitute an item of clothing for a school owned item, temporarily, in order to rectify the breach immediately.
Where the breach cannot be rectified immediately, internal isolation may be imposed for the remainder of that school day, or until the student has a break in which they are able to safely return home to rectify the breach.
In the case of a hairstyle which is deemed to be extreme by the Headteacher, the student may be formally excluded from the school in accordance with the school’s Behaviour Policy and the student will be expected to adopt a compliant hairstyle before returning to school.
|Sanctions for all breaches:||In the case of a first breach, a disciplinary sanction may be imposed in accordance with the school’s Behaviour Policy, depending upon the nature of the breach.
In the case of a second or subsequent breach, escalating sanctions will be imposed in accordance with the school’s Behaviour Policy.
In the case of persistent breaches, formal exclusion from school will be available to the Headteacher in accordance with the school’s Behaviour Policy.
|Failing to comply with a direction:||Where a student has been informed that they are in breach of this Sixth Form School Uniform Policy and refuses to take action to remedy the breach, this will be regarded as a separate breach of the school’s Behaviour Policy (i.e. defiance of an instruction) which is in itself punishable with a disciplinary sanction.|
|Equality:||In implementing this policy, the school will have regard to the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, in particular the requirement not to discriminate, either directly or indirectly, against a student or group of students because they have a protected characteristic, for example because of their gender, race, disability or religious belief.
In particular, the school will consider requests from parents or students who can demonstrate that wearing a particular article of clothing or jewellery or having a particular hairstyle which are not permitted by this policy is a genuine manifestation of the student’s religion, or is necessary as a result of a medical condition amounting to a disability, on a case by case basis. Where the school is satisfied that the student’s equality rights would be infringed, the request will be granted except where doing so would raise a legitimate concern, for example on security, public order or health and safety grounds.
The school reserves the right to request documentary evidence from, for example, a religious leader or medical professional, in support of any request to deviate from this policy, in appropriate cases.
|Remission:||The school’s Charges and Remissions Policy sets out the circumstances in which the school may assist with the cost of compulsory items of school uniform.|