Sixth Form Dress Code

Dress Smart. Think Smart. Be Smart-Sixth Form Dress Code

The sixth form dress code plays an important role in contributing to the ethos and standards of both the sixth form and the wider school.  Our sixth form students are leaders in the school, a role model to the younger students . Our younger students wear a formal uniform and they look very smart indeed; the sixth form dress code should also make students appear smart and ready to learn.

An independent and mature approach to learning is one of the key aims of the sixth form and a responsible dress code is one way of achieving this. It is only a short step to university or the world of work and following a dress code will prepare students for both.

The dress code should allow students to express themselves as individuals, but in an appropriate way. It is particularly important that the dress code complements the main school uniform policy and recognises that the school is a working environment for students from the age of 11 to 18. Most importantly the way a sixth form student dresses should not cause embarrassment to staff, students, members of the school community or to members of the wider community; the public perception of the school should be important to all of us.

 

Smart dress code 2016/2017

Male

  • School / office shoes (no trainers or Doc.Martin style boots)
  • Smart trousers (no jeans or joggers)
  • Shirt with collar, not a polo shirt or T shirt
  • Ties may be worn, but are not compulsory, and should be appropriate to a workplace setting
  • Suit style jacket, jumper, cardigan or waistcoat

Female

  • School / office shoes with a sensible heel ( no trainers or Doc. Martin style boots)
  • Skirts must follow the ‘at least 50/50 rule’ if worn above the knee.
  • Smart trousers (no jeans or joggers)
  • Smart  dresses must follow the ‘at least 50/50 rule’ if worn above the knee.
  • Shirt / blouse/ smart top
  • Suit style jacket, jumper or cardigan
  • Leggings, if worn, must also be worn with a skirt, dress or other top which follows the 50/50 rule.

For some practical subjects such as PE or Performing Arts students may need to wear a different set of clothes. This is at the discretion of the teacher and will only be allowed during that lesson and not before or after

UNSUITABLE – APPLYING TO ALL

  • Extreme hair styles, including unnatural hair colours e.g. pink / blue / purple are not permitted.
  • No facial piercings or visible tattoos.
  • Only one earring in each ear, no multiple ear piercings
  • See-through clothing
  • Body con skirts or dresses
  • Strapless or ‘string-strapped’tops;
  • Sweatshirts or hoodies
  • Clothing which is revealing; for example, exposing bare midriffs or showing underwear
  • Hats and caps
  • Clothing with offensive logos.
  • Shorts

It is recognised that this dress code will not cover all issues that may arise. Students may seek to wear, for example, items which have not been covered by the above guidelines, but which are against the spirit of this dress code. In such a case, or given any issue of dispute, the final arbiter is the Director of Learning Sixth Form. Students can be sent home to change.

Dress code, especially in a school setting, is always a contentious issue and people will have strong views for and against.  Some think that what you wear has no effect whatsoever on how well you learn but we believe that dressing more smartly can have a positive effect on your attitude to work, reminding you that you are in an academic environment.

Our staff and students believe that a smart school is a better school.