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Why wear Uniform?
As a member of the Highworth community, you will want to have a sense of belonging. Your uniform demonstrates this. It is important that you wear it with pride as you are showing those around you that you represent the school.
Here are some reasons why uniform is important:
- it is clothing suitable for the work you do in school
- it puts you on equal terms with your fellow students
- it encourages a pride and sense of belonging in the school
- it makes you easy to recognise when you are out of school
- it reduces the arguments about clothes at home
- it is safe clothing for some of the practical tasks that you have to do in school
- it ensures an acceptable standard of appearance to other members of the school, visitors and the outside community
- it is part of the school tradition
Why was this uniform chosen?
We have chosen a uniform which is practical, inexpensive and appropriate for school. The uniform has been the same colour for many years but the style has changed to try to keep up-to-date.
How strict are we about enforcing the uniform rules?
Because we think uniform is very important, we are very strict about our expectations. We expect you to wear your uniform correctly and if teachers feel you are inappropriately dressed, they will stop you and question you.
If you continue to wear incorrect uniform, we will contact your parents to make sure that you do not continue to let down our high standards.
If for religious reasons you cannot comply with any part of our uniform policy you should contact the Headteacher.
Do you have to wear uniform every day?
No. There are two special circumstances when you will be allowed to wear non-uniform clothes.
If you are on a school trip, different clothes may be more appropriate. For example, you may get muddy or your uniform may get damaged if you are on a Geography field trip. Your teachers will always advise you in advance if you need to wear your own clothes.
Six times a year we have a non-uniform day to raise money for each Learning Community charity. The dates for these are always published in advance in the school calendar. You can choose not to join in if you don’t want to. Jewellery and make-up rules still operate on these days and on school trips.
What if you cannot afford the uniform?
Help is available. Please contact your Director of Learning or the school office.
What happens if one day you have a good reason for not wearing the uniform?
Occasionally students have a good reason for not wearing a particular item of uniform. It may be that you need to wear trainers because you have hurt your foot. Maybe your jumper has got damaged. If this is the case, you need to bring a letter from your parents explaining the problem and how long it will last. Take this to your Student Support Manager who will issue you with a special permission slip. Then, when teachers ask you about your uniform, you can show them that you have official permission.
Jewellery is not allowed, as it is a safety risk in practical lessons and can easily be lost or stolen. A watch and one stud earring in each ear is all that we allow. Other items of jewellery including bracelets, neck or ankle chains, tooth jewels, nose studs and friendship braids are not allowed. If you do wear jewellery, it will be removed and placed for safe keeping in the school office until the end of term. It is easier to keep to the rules.
NOSE AND BODY PIERCING?
Definitely not allowed for obvious Health and Safety reasons. You will be asked to remove any obvious piercings.
Again we expect our students to be sensible and reasonable. If your hair colour is dyed an unnatural shade or you come to school with an extreme haircut, appropriate action will be taken.
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It is unnecessary to wear make-up for school and is not appropriate. You will be asked to remove obtrusive make-up and nail varnish.
We expect you to wear the correct uniform and look smart at all times. For example your skirt should be a suitable length, on long sleeved shirts your sleeve cuffs should be buttoned up and high neck T-shirts must not be visible beneath your blouse. The school’s decision is final on the appropriateness of uniform items or appearance.
IF YOU ARE JOINING THE SIXTH FORM
When you join the Sixth Form you will be allowed to wear your own choice of clothes.
UNIFORM AND PE
At the discretion of the PE staff you will be allowed to wear tracksuit trousers for outdoor PE lessons when the weather is cold. You will be required to remove watches and stud earrings for PE lessons. As hockey and football are contact sports shin pads are compulsory and we recommend the use of mouth guards.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2013 (compulsory for new intake)
|Fitted Jacket:||Navy Blue with school logo|
Pencil Navy skirt with school logo (Year 11 only)
Navy Blue with school logo
No denim or High Street fashion style
Pale blue, long or short sleeved school blouse, with revered collar (button-down pockets or collars are not uniform)
Casual polo shirts are not uniform
|Jumper with Logo:||
Highworth mid-grey jumper with Learning Community school logo
|Outdoor Coat:||Navy or Black, not denim or leather. No Hoodies|
Black shoes with closed-in toes and heels. Heels should not be higher than 5cm
No boots, canvas shoes, sandals or trainers
|Ankle Socks or Tights:||Black. No patterned or footless tights. No leggings|
|Headscarves:||A black, grey or navy headscarf may be worn to respect religious observance|
PHYSICAL EDUCATION KIT:
|P.E. Shirt:||Sky blue, short-sleeved polo shirt with collar|
|Socks:||Sky blue knee length hockey socks and white ankle socks|
|Skort:||Navy (skirt with inner short)|
|Hoody Top with Logo:||Navy|
|Trainers:||Any proper sports style, not fashion trainers|
|Shin Pads||are compulsory for hockey and football|
|Mouth Guards||are recommended for hockey and football|
All uniform items are available from our Uniform Suppliers:
Pages-Schoolwear: Unit 7-8 Granada House, Lower Stone Street, Kent ME15 6 JP
Tel: 01622 753900 www.pages-schoolwear.co.uk
One natural colour
No extreme hair styles are tolerated (this includes partially or totally shaved hair with or without patterns)
|Hair Accessories:||Should be unobtrusive, blue, black, white or grey|
One pair of discreet stud earrings
One wrist watch
Nose and body piercing is not allowed for Health and Safety reasons
|Make-up:||It is not appropriate to wear make-up for school|
HIGHWORTH GRAMMAR SCHOOL EXPECTS ITS STUDENTS TO WEAR THEIR UNIFORM CORRECTLY AND WITH PRIDE AS WELL AS DEMONSTRATING A SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE HIGHWORTH COMMUNITY