Uniform

This guide is for students in years 7 – 11. Sixth form students should refer to the Sixth Form uniform guide on the Sixth Form area of the website.


Jumpers and sweatshirts

  • Black v-neck pullover with embroidered school crest
  • The hem of the jumper must cover the shirt.

Shirts

  • White shirt with embroidered school crest
  • The top button should be left undone (unless wearing the school tie)
  • White or cream slips, t-shirts or vest-tops can be worn under the shirt (no coloured tops / undergarments)
  • T-shirts / slips or vest tops should not be visible below the hem of the shirt or sleeves
  • No kind of badge or decoration on the shirt is not allowed (except one birthday badge on the day of the birthday).
Coats, jackets and hoodies
  • Coats and jackets may be worn inside school, but removed in classrooms
  • No hoodies, sweatshirts, jumpers or cardigans may be worn as outside garments on the school site.
Trousers for boys
  • Plain black trousers (not grey)
  • No denim or corduroy; not cut away at the bottom, tapered, skin tight or skinny-jean style, no stitched-on pockets; no designer buttons or studs
  • Must be worn in such a way that they do not reveal underwear and should sit smartly at the waist and on the ankle / shoe line.
 Skirts and trousers for girls
  • Black trousers are standard uniform for all students
  • Girls may, however, choose to wear black skirts, in which case they should purchase the official school skirt or one which is indistinguishable from the school skirt.

Guidelines:

  • Skirts should be plain black, pleated, traditional (school skirt design)
  • The hem should be up to one credit card length from the top of the knee cap *
  • Trousers should be tailored and not skinny/legging style.

* We understand that different students have different body shapes and sizes. However, the school skirt is available in a variety of lengths (16, 18, 20inch) and waist sizes. If you are unable to obtain a skirt which meets our guidelines then trousers must be worn.

Footwear
  • Sensible, black shoes
  • “Traditional”, well constructed, weather-proof, leather or leather-type shoes with a low heel (no more than 3cm) and an appropriate, weather-proof non-slip sole. Trainers – black or otherwise – should not be worn at school, except when playing sport
  • Canvas shoes and plimsolls may not be worn *
  • “Doc Marten” style, predominantly suede finish or boots with overly conspicuous designer buttons, fastenings, buckles etc. are not allowed.

* except when issued by staff or for the rare occasion when a medical issue may necessitate (in this case, a medical note should be shown to your Head of College, who in turn will write a note which can be shown to staff).

 Tights and socks
  • Girls should wear white/black socks or black/skin-coloured/opaque tights
  • Boys should wear white/black socks
  • No other coloured socks or tights are allowed.
Piercings
  • Students may wear one metal stud or small metal ear-ring (no larger than 1cm diameter) in each ear
  • No other jewellery (including coloured necklaces, rings and bracelets) may be worn
  • No piercings other than ear piercings are allowed
  • You will be asked to remove incorrect jewellery
  • No flesh-holes or horn-style* ear-rings, nose, lip, eyebrow sleepers or temporary piercings
  • Ear-rings should be silver / gold in appearance.

* Flesh-holes: ear-rings which stretch holes in the ear beyond the normal range of traditional earrings. Horn-style ear decorations where the hole in the ear is a similar size to the front of the ear, or where the back of the piercing extends excessively behind the ear, are not allowed.

Necklaces and bracelets
  • One thin metal necklace and single charity bracelet are allowed
  • Necklaces should be worn inside the shirt collars; the chain should be no more than 2 to 3mm in diameter. They should be metal, silver or gold in appearance, and NOT cord or string
  • Any chain must be worn underneath the shirt and v-neck as opposed to hanging over the top
  • All necklaces should be easily removed with a clasp for PE lessons
  • One legitimate charity band* is allowed on one wrist. Anything other than a band representing a registered charity is not allowed. No other types of string, plastic, rubber or leather bands are allowed
  • Medical bracelets should be worn at all times **.

* If you wear a charity band, be prepared to discuss your chosen charity. Other types of bands take away the value of people wearing legitimate bands which is to raise the profile of good causes.

** Medical bracelets or necklaces should be worn at all times and should NOT be taken off for PE. Discuss with your PE teacher the use of a wrist band to cover the bracelet for health and safety.

Rings and writing on hands and arms
  • Arms, hands and nails should be clean and free from jewellery.
Make-up and nails
  • We do not encourage students to wear make-up and nail varnish to school
  • If make-up and nail varnish is worn, it should be subtle and discreet
  • Excessive or gaudy make-up is not suitable in school
  • Nail extensions or elongated nails are not allowed.
Hair
  • Hair should look natural with natural colours. Hairstyles which attract undue attention are not allowed
  • Long hair should be tidy and tied-back as appropriate
  • No stripes or shaven styles such as tramlines or patterns
  • Highlights should be inconspicuous, blended and not designed to draw undue attention
  • No bright, non-natural colours (e.g. purple, blue, green etc. unless agreed by the Headteacher as part of a charity event or drama production, for example)
  • Hair ties, bands, ribbons, braiding, slide as well as afro-style or long hair should be subtle, kept smartly, and not draw excessive attention
  • It is important to contact your Head of College to discuss BEFORE having any hairstyle which may be considered inappropriate.
Headgear and sunglasses
  • Hats, caps and other headgear should not be worn on the school site, except in certain conditions
  • Hats must not be worn indoors. They should only be worn to keep the head warm in the winter or to protect from the sun in the summer… not merely as a fashion accessory
  • Sensible hats and sunglasses may only be worn outdoors as a protection from the elements during times of high sunlight or very low temperatures
  • Sunglasses should have shatter-proof lenses and should not be unduly expensive.

Belts

  • Belts should be plain black and worn for purpose i.e. to help a skirt or trousers fit better. Fashion belts (decorated, coloured or very large) are not allowed
  • Belts should be linked through belt hoops rather than worn over the top of trousers or skirts as a fashion accessory.
Smart Technologies (Mobile phone usage)
  • Please see our Smart Technologies policy

Hygiene and health & safety issues

Guidelines:

  • Students should come to school clean and well presented
  • Students are encouraged to bath or shower daily, and ensure that their feet are well looked after
  • Athlete’s foot or other types of foot skin issues can be avoided by choosing appropriate socks, and by using foot powders
  • Students are strongly warned that they should not have any piercings done which would necessitate the use of a ‘sleeper’ or temporary clear piercing, as these will not be allowed. Aside from basic, traditional ear-rings, piercings are considered a health and safety risk
  • Deodorant should be applied before coming to school. Deodorants can be applied in PE changing rooms but should be the roll-on variety (to avoid eye and lung irritation in confined spaces). Aerosols are not allowed in school and if confiscated will only be returned to a parent / carer
  • Sun cream should be applied before school when any student is expecting to spend prolonged periods of time in the sun (e.g. PE lessons and lunchtimes). Students are encouraged to keep to the shaded areas when outdoors and avoid prolonged exposure to potentially harmful UV rays
  • Students who suffer from asthma should carry the necessary inhaler and other medication with them at all times. All medications should be declared to the school (to the Head of College, or reception who will in turn inform the Head of College)

Before school, breaks and after school

Guidelines:

  • Students can wear a jacket / coat in the building in the morning before school on the way to their tutor group. Once at the door of the tutor room it must be removed
  • Students can leave school in PE kit (e.g. when going to an activity off-site) but not with combinations of PE / normal school uniform
  • Personal music players or other accessories should not be worn or used until students are off site and well away from the school. In particular, students should take extreme care when using personal music players in the vicinity of moving vehicles. Students should not wear other clothing accessories after school until they have changed completely out of school uniform

Purchasing uniform

School uniform can now be purchased from Aubyn Davies which is located on St Johns Street in Bury St Edmunds. Their opening times are Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm, and you can also purchase from their online shop.