1. Practising respect for self and the good name of the School
The highest standards of turnout in School uniform are expected. It is important that pupils take pride in their uniform. The reason for this is to show both respect and sensitivity to the formal School setting and to others in it. It also communicates degrees of self-respect and respect for the good name of the School. The uniform also exists to provide a welcome liberation for pupils – and parents - from the insidious and distracting pressures of body image, peers, advertising and consumerism, in addition to offering options that enable good value for money in purchase choices. More broadly, sharp turnout and sartorial elegance prepare pupils for life beyond the School, where compliance with the norms of the workplace and wider cultural sensitivity will need to be in evidence, on pain of negative repercussion in those contexts. Inferences are inevitably made about personal organisation and seriousness from the way individuals dress and so it is important that the School supports pupils in preparing for, and meeting this reality.
Pupils must wear uniform and sports kit of the official school pattern and material. Pupils who are not properly dressed may not be admitted. All boys must have the uniform raincoat or uniform overjacket which must be worn in bad weather. Shoes must be plain black, polished, without any fancy decoration (including buckles and manufacturer tags) or stitching. Suede, patent leather and matt finish leathers are unacceptable. Other shoes which are unacceptable for school include those that are sometimes called boat shoes, shoes with thick rubber or crepe soles and boots.
On very hot days arrangements will be made for pupils to remove their blazers and ties (shirt sleeve order). As a rule of thumb, ‘very hot days’ are those days when the temperature reaches 25 degrees Celsius and above for sustained periods. At such times, shirt sleeves must receive three turns of the cuff, ties be removed and top buttons undone. At all other times pupils must wear their blazers and ties (with the top shirt button fastened) down to their waists unless they have permission to remove them. Shirts must be tucked into trousers at all times.
Whenever school uniform is worn, it must be complete and not mixed with non-uniform clothes.
b. Sixth Form Uniform
Pupils must wear the uniform of the official pattern and material. Pupils arriving incorrectly dressed will not be admitted. All sixth form pupils must have a smart, plain black, dark grey, or Oxford blue woollen overcoat which must be worn in bad weather; they may also elect to wear the uniform overjacket supplied by the Shop. So-called ‘puffer’ jackets, or parker coats are considered off-limits. Sixth form pupils must carry books in a well-made bag of dark material. Hair must be short and tidy, clear of the face and shirt collar and in a straightforward style.
Girls must wear the full uniform of a white blouse, regulation school skirt and blazer and plain black or flesh coloured tights and plain black polished shoes without any fancy decoration or stitching. The skirt hem must come to the knee; if it does not, arrangements must be made such that it does. Makeup and nail varnish must not be worn. Girls may wear one stud earring per ear and are permitted to wear one plain ring, one plain bracelet and one plain necklace. Hair must be of a straightforward style and must retain its natural colour. As a guideline in evaluating this, modesty is the spirit of the rule.
c. Non-uniform dress for School visits, functions and field trips
Because of the nature of some visits, functions and field trips which are organised by the School or under its auspices, school uniform might not always be appropriate dress. In such circumstances the teacher-in-charge will inform the pupils concerned.
The following guidelines as to what is generally regarded as sensible and appropriate dress on such occasions should be followed, unless alternative arrangements are made for a particular occasion.
Semi-formal: a blazer, sports jacket or similar jacket; a straightforward shirt and tie; plain
trousers, similar in pattern to the school uniform trousers; plain black or brown
Informal: open neck (tie optional), long or short sleeve unostentatious shirt, tucked into
trousers; casual but smart trousers or jeans; shoes (not trainers); pullover or jacket,
depending on the weather.
Casual: smart casual clothes which do not look as though they have been designed to be
worn on the beach.
Field Trips: shirt: open neck, long or short sleeves, tucked into trousers.
trousers: straightforward jeans or other appropriate trousers but not
tracksuit bottoms etc.
pullover: plain, long-sleeve, V-neck or crew-neck.
anorak: school uniform waterproof jacket or a plain anorak.
shoes: plain, strong waterproof shoes. Sports shoes and trainers must not
be worn unless permission is given by the teacher-in-charge for a
Pupils may not wear baseball caps.
Hair must be of a straightforward style, tidy and clear of the face and shirt collar, and must retain its natural colour. The face must be clean-shaven and sideboards must not extend below the middle of the ear. Peculiar, ostentatious or bizarre styles are unacceptable. Examples of unacceptable styles are: bleached, dyed, tinted or highlighted hair; closely cropped hair (including cuts described as ‘numbers 1, 2 or 3’); and lines or patterns cut into the hair. Gel and similar substances are not allowed. Pupils whose hair styles are unacceptable will not be allowed to remain in School and risk disciplinary action, including exclusion.
Body adornments are not permitted. Pupils are generally discouraged from wearing jewellery in School. Where jewellery is worn, the only items permitted are:
- a plain wrist watch;
- no more than one finger ring (in which case it may only be a plain band, without a stone, or a small signet ring, or a claddagh ring);
- a plain bracelet;
- a plain necklace (for example a chain with a cross or medal).
In the case of sixth form girls, no more than one plain stud or sleeper may be worn in each ear.
Jewellery must not be ostentatious or valuable. The School accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen jewellery.
Rings and, where appropriate, other items of jewellery must be removed for Art, Technology, and Sports lessons, and at any other time determined by a teacher.
f. School bags
Books and equipment must be carried in a School Bag. Housemasters will write the pupils’ initials and House on the bag with a marker pen. There must be no other writing, designs, marks or stickers on bags. Pupils must normally keep their school bags with them throughout the day. Where, in special circumstances, it is necessary for a pupil to bring a second bag into School, be it a regulation or non-regulation bag, they must leave it with their Housemaster during the day. Sports kit should be brought in the School Bag. Sixth form pupils must carry books in a well-made bag of dark material, which is without prominent logos or distinguishing marks.