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 or shorts must be of a decent length (must cover at least two thirds of the upper leg, from hip to knee)
  • and suitable for wear in school (not too tight)
  • Trousers/leggings should be suitable for wear in school (ripped/scruffy/revealing items should be avoided)

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

  • Jewellery, including facial piercings, should be discrete and acceptable for the workplace
  • Hairstyles extreme in colour or fashion should be avoided
  • 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 Girl Team, prefects 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 all staff and the Head Teacher to monitor and enforce the dress code as part of the day to day running of the school. Parents/carers have the responsibility to ensure that students come to school in suitable clothing, but Sixth Form students are also expected to take responsibility for their own attire. 

  • Any member of staff recognising a breach of the dress code should address this directly with the student.
  • The Form Tutor should be vigilant daily and deal immediately with any concerns. A message could be sent home via a note in the student’s homework diary and a record should be made on SIMS.
  • Subsequently the student will be referred to the TLC.
  • If the dress code is repeatedly breached, the TLC will contact parents/carers to discuss the concern.
  • If this does not produce the desired result, the TLC will meet with the parents/carers and student to attempt to resolve the issue.
  • 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 Head Teacher are the final arbiters in all matters of appropriate dress.