School Uniform Code
Our uniform code aims to:
- Help students understand the importance of presenting themselves in a professional manner
- 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
A high standard of personal appearance is expected. Uniform should be smart, clean and well maintained. All items of clothing and equipment should be clearly marked with the owner’s name.
All pupils are expected to conform to the requirements and can expect to be challenged by staff if they are not wearing the correct uniform. Students must wear the correct uniform properly at all times. This includes to and from school, the playgrounds, corridors and classrooms.
- Black blazer with school logo on pocket to be worn at all times. Blazers can be removed at teachers’ discretion, 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.
- White shirt that can be buttoned up to a formal collar. The shirt can be long sleeved or short sleeved – but no sleeveless / cap sleeves. The shirt is tucked into trousers/skirts all the way around at all times.
- 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, those wearing skirts can wear short white socks.
- Hijab/headscarves to be plain dark blue or black. Headscarves should be worn so that the tie can be seen.
- The V-neck school jumper with school logo can be worn under the blazer.
Clarification of trousers and skirts
There will be a gradual change over to the new kit:
- New Year 7s in September 2018 – will start with the new kit
- Current Year 7 – 10s – can continue in their current kit, and replace with new kit as your child grows
- By September 2020 – all students in new 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.
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 ear piercings, including fresh ones, will have to be removed for PE lessons. If students choose to get fresh piercings then they must practise taking them in and out, so when it comes to PE there are no concerns. Students must remove all personal effects (including piercings) 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 bright or unnatural. Hair accessories (including bands and beads) must be plain, preferably black, and of moderate size – they should not stand out.
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, iPods, MP3 players and other electronic media items 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.
Adherence to the uniform code
Students are expected to attend school in the correct uniform. If for any reason a student cannot be in the correct uniform, parents / carers should write a note explaining the reason and when the uniform will be rectified. Students will be given a single pass for one occasion per term, and where possible, will be provided with uniform to borrow for that day.
If a student arrives at school with incorrect uniform and no reason, then they may be sent home to change, and parents will be contacted.
Students who persist in wearing items that are not allowed, or students who will not remove items, will be deemed not ready to learn and their parent/carer will be contacted. Regular wearing of non-uniform items will be treated as defiance and could lead to exclusion.
The school cannot be held liable for theft or accidental damage of personal items or items of sentimental value. The school takes no responsibility for items which should not have been brought into school, and are subsequently lost or stolen. However, once confiscated, the school and its staff are responsible for ensuring its safety.
We appreciate the support given by parents in adhering to the uniform policy. We hope that by working together, we will create a smart and appropriate environment at Orchard School.
Uniform cannot be purchased from the school.
Most items are available from Famous School Branches uniform shop - Famous School Branches, 190 Henleaze Road, Bristol BS9 4NE
Alternatively, it can be ordered online at store.famousbranches.com
Some supermarkets sell inappropriate trousers/skirts as “school uniform.” Please be reminded that we set our uniform code, not the supermarkets. If there is any doubt about whether a particular item is acceptable, parents should check with the school before purchasing.