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Sixth Form Dress Code

Sixth Formers, in a school which they share with other younger students, are in an unusual position. They have privileges and freedoms that are not granted to those in Year 7 – 11.


Staff have different views on how students should look in the Sixth Form, but none of us wants to waste time on disputes over clothes, jewellery or hair. Very importantly we have a high local reputation which is precious; outsiders do make judgements on how our students look, whether we like it or not.


Whilst we do not have a uniform or insist on smart office-wear, there are limits on how casually students are permitted to dress. Through discussion with our sixth form students, we have established a general rule that acceptable clothing will always cover the shaded area in the image below. Additionally, we have also agreed the following specific restrictions.


The following items are not acceptable:

•         Jogging bottoms or sports shorts (unless taking part in a school sporting activity)

•         Strapless tops, or tops with spaghetti straps

•         Skirts, dresses etc. that are shorter than mid-thigh

•         Cropped/micro shorts

•         Cropped tops exposing midriff/T Shirts tied up to reveal midriff

•         Baseball caps or fashion headwear worn inside

•         Clothing with inappropriate or offensive slogans/logos/ images


Permitted items

•         Hoodies or coats with hoods are fine, but hoods must be down unless up due to inclement weather.

•         Sensible jewellery. (but no hoops must not be worn in ears or face).

•          A nose piercing is permitted, but must be a stud.

•          Jewellery of religious significance is permitted, but as with all jewellery, must be removed if it is deemed a health and safety risk in certain circumstances.

•         Headwear of cultural or religious significance