Sixth Form Dress Code & Expectations



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






All students in the Sixth Form sign a STUDENT CONTRACT when joining.  Breaking this contract may result in the student being asked to leave.

• All staff have a responsibility to ensure students follow this contract.

• All Sixth Form students have a responsibility to respond appropriately if challenged about their work or behaviour.




• Students must have a positive attitude to learning at school and at home.

• Students must take responsibility for their own learning.




• Silent and quiet work or for debating as appropriate.

• No mobile phones, i-pods, mp3 players.

• No food or drink.

• No use of chat sites, games sites, shopping sites or music sites.

• No accessing inappropriate sites or data on pen drives.


Work done in the INDEPENDENT STUDY AREAS must be relevant to A Level courses being followed eg:

• research

• homework

• revision

• reading

• organising files


For your directed study period you must ensure you complete work to an excellent standard.




Minimum target is 95%.

• Students must be punctual and attend registration every day.

• Period 4 registration is in lessons or Private Study.




• Students must dress appropriately, remembering their position within our 11-18 school.




The Student will:

• Be punctual and attend registration as directed; the minimum attendance target is 95%.

• Attend all lessons, PE, Extended Project and course activities if applicable.

• Be required to attend after school study sessions if they consistently underperform.

• Wear identification badges on a lanyard at all times.

• Use private study time in the school day and at home appropriately for study.

• Complete all work to the best of his/her abilities.

• Attend progress review meetings and tutor evenings.

• Be aware their Attitude to Learning (ATL) grades will be monitored by staff.

• Inform tutor and subject teachers of absences and, if it is anticipated, complete the required documentation.

• Inform tutor of any personal circumstances which may affect performance.

• Discuss with subject teachers subject-related problems and seek assistance where necessary.

• Be responsible for his/her own health and safety within the centre and not put other people at risk.

• Treat other students and staff with respect.

• Treat the centre and other student’s property and resources with respect and care.

• Dress appropriately, remembering the position of the centre within our 11-18 school.  Extreme hair styles/colours are not allowed.  You must remove piercings to the face/neck during school hours for health and safety reasons.  See Dress Code for details.

• Technical devices and headphones must be switched off during lessons and only used in Sixth Form areas.

• Mobiles allowed to be used in in class for learning purposes.