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Most of our uniform can be purchased from standard stores who stock uniform, such as Marks & Spencer, Next, or any of the supermarkets.  Please note the details of our uniform in the Uniform Code below.

Our branded uniform (PE kit, blazer, tie) can be purchased from Monkhouse Schoolwear Specialists. Please click here to be taken to details of Monkhouse uniform website and shop. 

 Problems purchasing uniform?

If you are unable to purchase uniform due to financial constraints, please contact your child's Pastoral Manager, or for Year 6 students please contact our transition team. 

School Uniform Code

Our uniform code aims to:

  • Help students feel equal to others and not left out – there is no hierarchy of who has the best trainers, or the most fashionable jeans for example.
  • Encourage students to wear their uniform with pride
  • Create a sense of belonging to the school community through a common dress code
  • Enable students to feel that they are a valued member of the school community irrespective of ethnicity, gender, religion or socio-economic background

 Compulsory Uniform

  •  Black blazer with school logo on pocket to be worn at all times. Blazers can be removed if it is hot weather, but students should still carry their blazer with them.
  • Plain long black trousers – straight legged. No skinny trousers, tracksuit bottoms, leggings, jeans or jean-type trousers. See examples below for clarification. If a belt is required, this should be plain black.
  •  Plain black pleated skirt – non clinging, not made of stretchy material. Skirts should be knee length and must be pleated. See examples below for clarification. An alternative to a knee-length skirt can be agreed in consultation with senior leaders, for example if a student wishes to wear a full length skirt to ensure legs are covered in line with cultural expectations.
  •  White shirt that can be buttoned up to a formal collar. The shirt can be long sleeved or short sleeved – but not sleeveless. The shirt is tucked into trousers/skirts all the way around.
  •  If T-shirts or vests are worn underneath shirts or blouses, they should be white in colour and not visible.
  •  House tie, which must be tied appropriately and rest at the top shirt button.
  •  Sensible black shoes which can be polished. Black laces and black soles. All shoes should have a back on them.  No trainers, canvas shoes, daps, boots or sandals.  Shoes should be flat – no heels.
  •  Black or dark grey socks. Tights should be black or natural. In warmer weather, short white socks can be worn with skirts, if preferred.
  •  Hijab/headscarves to be plain dark blue or black. Headscarves should be worn so that the house tie can be seen.

 Optional Uniform

  •  Plain black V-neck knitted jumper

Parents can purchase plain black v-neck jumpers from most supermarket chains and highstreet shops. A selection of links below should help you with where to start.

 Clarification of trousers and skirts

  PE Kit

 Compulsory items for PE also include:

  • Mouth guard and shin pads (for football, hockey and other contact sports)
  • Sports trainers
  • Football/rugby boots – moulded or bladed boots are recommended as these can be worn on the astro pitch too.

 Other items

Outdoor coat, hats and scarves – These may be worn outside but not inside the school building or during lessons. They must be removed on entry to the building.  There is no uniform coat, but students should wear a 'proper' coat that is large enough so blazers can be worn under the coat.  Coats, hats and scarves should be kept in lockers during the day or in student bags.

Bag – Students must have a ‘rucksack’-style bag which is large enough and strong enough for A4 files, books, and an outdoor coat, if required.  Handbags are not appropriate for school.

Jewellery – The only jewellery permitted in school is one earring in each ear (stud or sleeper), one plain ring, school badges and a watch. Necklaces and bracelets should not be worn. Inappropriate jewellery will be confiscated.

Body piercing – For Health and Safety reasons, the school does NOT permit body piercing, apart from one small stud or sleeper earring per ear.  Any other form of body piercing is not allowed. Lip, nose and brow rings need to be removed in school as do extensive ear or other piercings.

Students should refrain from getting fresh piercings until the start of the six-week summer holiday.  All earrings, including from fresh piercings, will have to be removed for PE lessons.  If students choose to wear earrings, they should practise taking them in and out, so when it comes to PE there are no concerns.  Students must remove all personal effects (including earrings) for every practical PE lesson for health and safety reasons. 

Hair Styles – Must be neat and tidy, avoiding extremes of fashion. Hair should be natural colour and students should avoid hair dyes or weaves which are excessively bright or unnatural.  Hair accessories (including bands and beads) should be plain, of moderate size and not excessively bright in colour or unnatural.

Our school champions the right of staff and students to embrace all Afro-hairstyles.  We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black staff and students’ racial, ethnic, cultural and religious identifies and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance.

We welcome Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves and wraps.

At this school, we recognise and celebrate our staff and students’ identities.  We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on anyone’s ability to succeed.

Make-Up – very light, subtle make up is permitted.  Staff reserve the right to ask student to remove make up which is excessive and noticeable, at their discretion.

Nail varnish – False nails (acrylic or gel) and nail polish are not permitted. Teachers reserve the right to ask students to remove nail varnish/false nails at their discretion.

Mobile phones – Mobile phones are not permitted in school.  If seen (whether or not in use), the item will be confiscated by the member of staff and kept securely at Reception.  Students can collect the item at the end of the day on the first occasion, however for the second/subsequent occasions, a parent/carer will be asked to come in and collect it.