Sixth Form Dress Code

Students in the Sixth Form dress in a manner that best represents the nature of education at Kendrick School. Students display pride in their attire; are smart, presentable and avoid extremes of dress, make up or hairstyle.

Top half

  • Tops must cover the shoulders and stomach and not be revealing or low-cut
  • Spaghetti straps are not acceptable
  • No offensive language or logos

Bottom half

  • Skirts must be of a decent length (should cover at least two thirds of the upper leg, from hip to knee) and suitable for wear in school (not too tight)
  • Trousers should be suitable for wear in school and should therefore not be torn/ripped/scruffy/too tight/low cut
  • Shorts are not acceptable, even with tights or leggings
  • Tailored culottes are acceptable, as long as they cover at least two thirds of the upper leg, from hip to knee
  • Tracksuit bottoms are not acceptable
  • Three-quarter length trousers are acceptable
  • Leggings or jeggings (or anything similar) are only acceptable when worn under a dress or skirt that itself fits the dress code

Dresses should be of a suitable length as detailed above and fit the above criteria

Footwear 

  • Smart pumps, trainers and boots are all acceptable
  • Heeled shoes should not be more than three inches and should be suitable for wear in school. Stilettos are not acceptable.
  • Flip flops are not acceptable but smart sandals are permitted in summer, as long as they have a strap at the back to hold them securely on the foot. For science and practical lessons, toes must be covered for health and safety reasons.

 Accessories 

  • Minimalist jewellery acceptable for the workplace is allowed
  • Earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery should be discrete
  • No facial piercings are allowed except one discrete nose stud
  • Hairstyles should not be extreme in colour or fashion
  • Hats can be worn to and from school, but should be removed during the school day
  • Religious items can be worn within reason. The wearing of the head scarf or hijab is acceptable but the wearing of the niqab is not acceptable

Students taking particular subjects, such as science, should be sympathetic to the nature of their lessons and dress accordingly. For science, students are expected to provide their own lab coat and goggles.

If students have any doubt as to the suitability of their attire, they should check with a member of the Sixth Form Team.

 Enforcement of the Policy

First and foremost, students are expected to consider the suitability of their attire carefully each day. Students are expected to be proactive in reminding their friends of the dress code where necessary.  The Head Student Team and Form Captains should not only set an example but should also engage in self-regulation to minimise the input needed from staff.

It is the responsibility of the Head teacher and staff to monitor and enforce the dress code as part of the day to day running of the school. Parents have the responsibility to ensure that their daughter comes to school in the correct uniform, but Sixth Form students are expected to take responsibility for their own attire.

  • In the first instance, the Form Tutor should deal with any minor breach of the uniform policy. A message could be sent home via a note in the student’s homework diary.
  • Subsequently the student will be referred to the TLC.
  • If the dress code is repeatedly breached, a standard letter will be sent by the TLC to parents/carers.
  • If this does not produce the desired result, the TLC will phone the parents/carers.
  • Finally, the student will be sent to a member of the SLT who will, if necessary, send the student home to change.

In the case of jewellery and other accessories which infringe the policy, a member of staff may ask the student to remove the item. It will be taken to the General Office and may be collected at the end of the school day. 

The Head of Sixth Form and the Headteacher are the final arbiters in all matters of uniform and dress.