Sixth Form Dress Code

The Sixth form dress sends a strong message to the rest of the school and the community about pride in their appearance and attitude to work. The impression it creates sets an example to younger pupils and is a strong influencing factor.


To specify a style of dress which is different both from the school uniform in Years 7-11 and from leisure wear. The dress code allows a degree of flexibility, in acknowledgement of the progression
towards higher education or the world of employment. It should be smart and show that Sixth Formers are concerned about their appearance, the impression it creates and the example it gives to younger pupils, visitors to the school and the local community. A Sixth Form student should be able to leave the school site and immediately attend a formal interview without having to change their appearance.

General Principles

  1. Clothes should be appropriate to the school working environment and follow the requirements listed below.
  2. Excessive make-up and excessive jewellery are to be avoided.

Required Dress:

 PermittedNot Permitted
Security Badge- To be worn at all times on lanyard
Suit (also see notes related to jackets, trousers, skirts and dresses below)- Trouser Suit
- Skirt Suit
- Dress Suit
- Novelty Suits
- Play Suits
- Jump Suits
Shirt or Blouse- Collared shirt or blouse
- Plain or discreet pattern
- Shirts without collars
- Shirts with a logo
- T-Shirts
- Polo Shirts
- Flannel/ lumberjack style
- Strappy tops
- Blouses with plunging neck lines
- Open backed tops
- Tops that reveal midriff
- Off the shoulder tops
- Lace fabric
- Suit Jacket
- Tailored blazer
- A coat as a substitute for a jacket
Jumper or Cardigan- A jumper or cardigan is not a substitute for a jacket and must be worn under the jacket- Hoodies
- Sweatshirts
- Jumpers or tops with logos
- Body warmers
- Jumpers or cardigans worn without a jacket
Skirts- Mid-thigh length or longer- Short skirts
- Bodycon skirts
- Denim skirts
Dresses- Pinafore dresses
- Shift dresses/ tailored
- T-Shirt dresses
- Bodycon dresses
- Backless or revealing necklinges
- Short dresses
Trousers- Smart
- Tailored
- Plain or discreet pattern
- Full length
- Jeans/ Denim
- Trousers with bold patters
- Leggings
- Shorts
- Jogging bottoms
Tie- Must be worn whenwearing a shirt
- Optional with a blouse
- Plain or patterned
- Novelty ties
Tights/ socks- Plain- Patterned or knee length socks
- Patterned tights
- Fishnet tights
Shoes- Smart, plain leather shoes or ankle boots
- Dr Martens boots or similar
- Trainers
- High heels
- Flip flops/ sandals
- White soled shoes
- Canvas shoes
- Knee length boots
- Ugg boots
- Backless shoes
Coats- Smart- Denim
- Leather
- Big logos/ slogans
- A coat as a substitue for a jacket
Hair- Natural colour- Extreme hairstyles
- Unnatural colour

Jewellery, Make up, Piercings and Tattoos- Discreet jewellery and make up
- Jewellery of religious significance
- Ear piercings (discreet stud/ hoop)
- Nose stud
- Any other piercing than those described under 'Permitted'
- Visible tattoos

Please Note:

  • A jacket must be worn at all times where you are moving around the school, including for assemblies and other formal occasions.
  • Shirts or blouses should be worn tucked into trousers or skirts.
  • Denim clothig is not permitted.
  • No garments bearing a slogan or large logo.
  • Students requirng alternative closting for a practical lesson (e.g. PE, Performing Arts) must arrive to school in Sixth Form dress and change into the alternative for the planned lesson only.


Failure to comply with these requirements may result in students being sent home to rectify the issue.

It is impossible to account for all eventualities on any dress code. The final decision regarding Sixth Form dress lies with the Sixth Form Leadership Team.

Date of next review: May 2023