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The educational success of your child depends on a pro-active three-way partnership between the pupil, his/her parents and the School. Only by working together as a team can we ensure your child’s academic progress and personal growth. Our pupils come to school to achieve success. Their uniform is an important statement of this intent. Correct uniform, properly worn makes it clear that your son/daughter is here to work hard and learn. Our experience suggests that pupils who dress well are focused and self-disciplined. Our standing in the wider community is also judged, in part, on the appearance of our young people. A positive reputation is not only important to the School, but essential to our pupils as they apply to further and higher education establishments, or seek employment.

A copy of the School’s Uniform List outlining our expectations can be found below. We would like to highlight some key areas:

• Shoes should be plain black, leather in appearance, conventional in style and sensible in heel height – there should be no coloured laces or stitching, or trainer-style tongues or soles. Ankle boots are not acceptable footwear for school. Please do not be guided by retailers who will sometimes try to persuade you that smart trainers are shoes. They are not acceptable within our uniform policy.

• Girls may wear plain white or plain black socks but these must be worn clearly below the knee.

• Ties are compulsory for boys and should be worn correctly – they should be knotted sensibly at the neck and of appropriate length. Girls opting to wear ties are required to meet the same dress code.

• Trousers should be dark navy or black. Girls’ trousers must not be tight-fitting or cropped. • Any coat or scarf must be navy or black without motif.

• Hair colour and hairstyle should be appropriate for school (formal and smart) – if in doubt; please contact your child’s Head of Year before proceeding.

We insist that our pupils look smart and encourage them to wear our uniform with pride. Your support is both valued and essential if we are to maintain and develop the current, high standards of uniform found within the School.

Uniform List

A smart formal uniform, worn by all, imparts a sense of pride and belonging, which
contributes to the high tone of the School. Full school uniform must be worn by all
pupils in Years 7 to 11. Moreover, to ensure the health, safety and security of all
members of the School community it is essential that pupils can be recognised.
Clothing that obscures an individual’s face is therefore not allowed on the School site.
Where religious headwear is worn, this should be plain dark navy or black, and should
not obscure school uniform or the face. Caps and other headwear should not be worn.
Hair bands should be white, navy or black. Small sleepers or studs only are allowed.
Trainers may only be worn to school if a pupil has a covering note signed by a doctor.
All personal items should be marked. The School can accept no liability for items
lost. Pupils who come to school improperly dressed are liable to be sent home to
change or withdrawn from lessons until full and correct uniform is obtained.

Boys

Plain dark navy or black trousers

Plain sky-blue shirt

Plain dark navy V-necked pullover

School tie (compulsory)

Navy blazer with school badge

Navy or black coat without motif

Black shoes and dark socks

Girls

Plain dark navy or black skirt or dark navy or black trousers – Skirts must be no more than 4 inches above the knee or mid-calf length (no full-length skirts are allowed) – Trousers must not be tight fitting or cropped

Plain sky blue blouse with sleeves and collar

Plain dark navy cardigan or V-necked pullover

School tie (optional)

Navy blazer with school badge

White or dark socks (not above the knee) or natural, black or navy tights (plain)

Navy or black coat without motif

Black shoes in sensible style and heel height

Physical Education

Plain navy blue T-shirt (with embossed emblem)

Navy blue shorts (boys/girls) and navy cycling shorts (optional - girls)

Navy blue tracksuit bottoms

Navy blue sweatshirt (with emblem)

White socks (boys/girls) and navy blue football socks (boys)

Trainers (boys/girls) and football boots (boys)

Mouthguard (optional but strongly recommended – Hockey)

Shin pads (compulsory – Football/Hockey)