Why do we wear a uniform?

We are proud to be a smart, uniformed school.  The blue blazer of The Hemel Hempstead School is instantly recognisable in the local community and our students wear it smartly inside the school and on their way to and from home.  It is a symbol of our collective identity, values and pride.  Uniform is proven to both reduce bullying and discrimination and to encourage in young people a sense of belonging to than themselves and of which they are an integral and valued component.  All specific school uniform, such as blazers and PE kit, must be ordered from Stevensons in St. Albans or online at www.stevensons.co.uk.  Trousers and shirts are, to ensure affordability, specified so that they can be bought from any supermarket or online.

Second-hand uniform

We have a selection of preloved donated school uniform items for sale.  Please email matron via parentmail@hemelschool.com or call to discuss which items you need.  Once you have what you need please go to Sims-Pay or call student services to pay over the phone.  All proceeds will go to the school funds.

Years 7 – 11   – Uniform requirements

  • Blazer
    • French Navy with school crest
    • Can only be purchased from Stevensons
    • It must be worn at all times unless otherwise instructed
  • Tie
    • Navy with school crest and stripes in your house colour
  • Shirt
    • White only, with a collar that can be buttoned to allow the wearing of a tie
    • Long or short sleeve
  • Jumper
    • Optional, but no other jumpers should be worn
    • Navy, v-necked, trimmed with gold
  • Trousers
    • Black or dark charcoal grey
    • Formal, tailored and full length as shown in the image below

  • Skirt
    • Navy, and knee-length
    • Can only be purchased from Stevensons
    • With broad overlapping pleats top-stitched to the hips
    • Or, as an option in years 10 and 11 only, the Stevensons unpleated skirt
  • Tights are navy or black only. No leggings
  • Socks are white, grey or black only
  • Coats
    • Should be practical – warm and waterproof
    • No large logos or slogans
    • Discrete reflective strips or designs are encouraged for road safety
    • Hoodies are not allowed
    • Coats are not worn in lessons, or assemblies, unless otherwise instructed
    • Hoods are not worn inside
  • Hats, scarfs and gloves
    • Can be worn in inclement weather but should be removed in lessons
    • Headscarves worn for a religious observance should be black or navy and are not removed
  • Shoes
    • Should be plain, black, leather and sturdy
    • Trainers, canvas or soft fabric shoes of any kind are not acceptable as they do not meet the safety requirements of science, technology and food lessons
    • Heels should not be higher than 6cm  for safety reasons

Years 7 – 11   – Physical Education requirements

  • Top – outer
    • The Hemel Hempstead School Navy 1/4 zip PE track top
    • Which is only available from Stevensons
    • Which is only to be worn for PE or as otherwise instructed
    • It should not be worn as an alternative to the school jumper
  • Top – inner
    • Either The Hemel Hempstead School unfitted polo shirt
    • Or The Hemel Hempstead School fitted (ladies) polo shirt
  • Legs
    • During Covid restrictions, whilst the PE changing rooms are closed and students are wearing PE kit all day, students can wear dark blue or black tracksuit trousers or joggers
    • The Hemel Hempstead School PE shorts
    • Or The Hemel Hempstead School PE skirt
    • Or The Hemel Hempstead School PE trousers
    • In addition, The Hemel Hempstead School leggings and skins can be worn underneath any of the above
  • Socks are The Hemel Hempstead School socks available from Stevensons
  • Trainers are required, which can be bought from any sports shop or supermarket
  • There are restrictions on what can be worn on the 3G and MUGA surfaces – please check with the PE staff if you are competing or taking PE as an option subject

Additional information and equipment

  • School uniform is compulsory for all students
  • We strongly encourage that all items are marked with the student’s name
  • Nail varnish, if worn, must be of a natural colour.  Nails should be kept short for safety reasons
  • Jewellery, such as rings, bracelets and necklaces (unless for religious observance) should not be worn for safety reasons
  • Earings should be small studs
  • No facial or body piercing is allowed for safety reasons
  • Hair should be of a natural colour and not be cut shorter than a grade 2
  • No makeup should be worn
  • All students need a study and practical school bag
    • This must be sufficiently big to carry a number of A4 books plus pencil case, calculator, lunch etc.
    • Students may be issued a locker and very large bags (over 25cm x 40cm x 40cm) will not fit into these
  • All students need a pencil case containing as standard:
    • Several HB pencils
    • Several blue and black pens for handwriting
    • A pencil sharpener
    • A rubber
    • A ruler
    • A scientific calculator
    • As students progress through the school, and in certain subjects, they will be advised of additional equipment requirements by their teachers
    • We strongly encourage students to also have:
      • coloured pencils
      • a glue stick
      • highlighters
    • Students in receipt of Free School Meals (or who have been in the last 6 years) can get support with buying any of this equipment – please contact parentmail@hemelschool.com


The official Stockist for Uniform is:

133-135 Victoria Street
St Albans
(01727 853262)
Stevensons offer a telephone ordering service

Sixth Form Dress Code
Please visit our Sixth Form Dress Code page