The Governors of Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form believe it is important that a School Uniform Policy exists for the main school and that it is followed by all students, enforced by their parents and the school. A uniform helps support the ethos of the school and a student’s pride and commitment to being part of it. Clear guidelines make it easy to follow; the items should be appropriate for engaging in learning activities; and there needs to be a balance between quality and cost.
The uniform policy enables parents to follow written guidelines. There are no exceptions, and parents should not waste money on items which are not identified in the policy. Please do not accept the comment ‘well, everybody else wears it’. Equally, please do not send a student to school who is not in uniform or in incorrect uniform unless there is a very good reason and a note is written by you. We frequently hear the excuse ‘it’s in the wash’ – an excuse which you, as parents, would not support! Following the code can reduce conflict for parents and avoid the cost of replacing inappropriate items.
Students must take full responsibility for wearing the uniform provided for them. Many already do, but some ‘push the system’. Examples include wearing hooded tops, piercings including too many ear piercings or nose piercings, brightly coloured hair or trainers. These items are not acceptable when in school.
Repeated failure to wear the uniform correctly will be treated as a persistent failure to follow instructions and will be treated as such. The procedure for this is outlined in the Attitude for Excellence Procedure document.
- White long sleeved shirt
- Year 11 Student Leaders wear a blue shirt
- Short sleeved shirts are acceptable uniform
- Navy pleated skirt or navy tailored trousers
- Black belt with small buckle (optional)
- Navy knitted jumper with the school logo.
- Black socks or tights
- If Muslim students choose to wear the Hijab it must be plain white or plain navy in colour
- Thorpe St Andrew School Sixth Form Tie
- Plain black footwear only: these must be ‘polishable ’- therefore no suede, canvas or similar allowed
- Dark plain coat or jacket (a hoodie is not a coat and therefore not acceptable attire).
- Blue and white striped apron for technology.
Uniform should be smart and clean at all times and worn in a correct business-like manner.
Hairstyles should not be extreme in either style or colour. All colour should be subtle, this means no pink, green, blue etc.
Nails should be kept short. Coloured nail polish, gel and acrylic nails are not permitted.
Make-up must be subtle and discreet.
Rings and other jewellery including nose studs are not considered suitable for school.
A maximum of one pair of plain stud earrings (not hoops or other styles) can be worn, but facial and other body piercings are potentially dangerous and not permitted. Earrings must be removed for PE (please think carefully about when you allow ears to be pierced).
Ear tunnels, stretchers and plugs are not permitted.