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.

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 guidelines overleaf, 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 Head of Sixth Form. Students that are inappropriately dressed will be asked to go home and change.


Below is the guidance as of September 2022: 


Appropriate Unsuitable – applying to all

Ties may be worn, but are not compulsory, and should be appropriate to a workplace setting.



Suit style jacket, plain jumper/sweatshirt, cardigan, or waistcoat


Sensible footwear, appropriate for each subject. (trainers, if worn, must be black in colour)


Smart trousers (no jeans or joggers).


Skirts/dresses/slits must be no shorter than the length of your arms when held down at the side of your body.


Shirt / blouse/ smart top (not a t-shirt).


Leggings, if worn, must also be worn with a skirt/dress.




All piercings must be studs.


Extreme hair styles. (No unnatural hair colours)



Visible tattoos.


See-through clothing.


Strapless or ‘string-strapped’ tops.




Clothing which is revealing; for example, exposing bare midriffs or showing underwear.


Hats and caps.


Clothing with offensive logos.


Shorts/Hot pants.


Denim of any colour.


Leather skirts, trousers, or jackets.


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.


ID Badges are part of the dress code and must be worn at all times.


Whilst this is not an exhaustive list, it does give a clear indication of the standards expected within the dress code.  Students wearing items deemed not in the spirit of this code, will follow the warning system before being asked to go home and get changed