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Uniform

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, question you and record this on your uniform card.

If your uniform card is completed, you will be given a 15-minute detention by your Director of Learning and a letter will be sent home.

A second completed uniform card will lead to a 30-minute detention with your Director of Learning and a phone call home.

A third completed uniform card will lead to you being referred to the Assistant Headteacher with oversight of uniform.

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 and give you guidelines of what is appropriate.

Seven 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?

The school can help.  Please contact your Director of Learning.


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 or your jumper has got damaged.  If this is the case, you need to bring a letter from your parents/carers 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.


What If Something Happens During the Day and An Item of My Uniform Is Unwearable?

Accidents do happen.  See your Student Support Manager, Director of Learning or Miss Timmins who may be able to supply you with a replacement item for the remainder of the day.


Can You Wear Jewellery?

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 are 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.


Are Nose and Body Piercings Allowed?

Nose and body piercings are definitely not allowed for obvious Health and Safety reasons. You will be asked to remove any obvious piercings.


Can you wear headscarves?

A black, grey or navy headscarf may be worn to respect religious observance.


Can You Wear Make-Up?

It is unnecessary to wear make-up or false beauty products (e.g. false nails or eyelashes) for school and it is not appropriate. You will be asked to remove obtrusive make-up and nail varnish.


Hair

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.


Uniform and P.E.

You will be required to remove watches and stud earrings for P.E. lessons.  As hockey and football are contact sports, shin pads are compulsory and we recommend the use of mouth guards for hockey.


If You Are Joining the Sixth Form 

When you join the Sixth Form, you will be allowed to wear your own choice of clothes and there are guidelines of appropriate attire on the Sixth Form pages here.


Looking Smart

We expect you to wear the correct uniform and look smart at all times.  Items of uniform should not be customised. We want to ensure that they remain the correct shape and style.


The school’s decision is final on the appropriateness of uniform items or appearance.


GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Fitted Jacket:   Navy Blue with school logo
Skirt:

Bedford Check

Navy pencil skirt with school logo (Year 11 only)

or  
Trousers: 

Navy Blue with school logo  

Blouse: 

Pale blue, long or short sleeved school blouse, with revered collar 

Jumper (Optional):

Highworth navy jumper with pale blue V-neck stripe

Outdoor Coat:   Navy or Black, not denim or leather. No hoodies
Shoes: 

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

ADDITIONAL EXPECTATIONS

Hair:  

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
Jewellery: 

One pair of discreet stud earrings - removable for P.E./Dance

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 or false beauty products (e.g. false nails or eyelashes) for school

DANCE KIT

Key Stage 3: Plain black T-shirt with small sleeves (not a strappy top).  Black tracksuit bottoms or black leggings (no short trousers or zips)
Key Stages 4 & 5: Plain black T-shirt or dance T-shirt and black leggings or tracksuit bottoms. Year 11 students will need a black leotard for the practical examination

YEARS 7-10 PHYSICAL EDUCATION KIT

P.E. Shirt with Logo Petrol blue/Navy with school logo
Skort with Logo:  Navy with school logo
or  
Shorts with Logo: Navy with school logo
Hoodie Top with Logo: Navy/Petrol blue with school logo                          
Socks: Navy knee length hockey socks and white ankle sports socks
Trainers:  Any proper sports style, not fashion trainers, plimsolls, 'converse' or boot style
Shin Pads:  Compulsory for hockey and football
Mouth Guards:   Recommended for hockey 
Base Layer Top and Leggings (Optional): Navy with white 'Highworth' printing, to be worn under polo shirt and skort/shorts

YEAR 11 PHYSICAL EDUCATION KIT

P.E. Shirt: Sky blue, short sleeved polo shirt with collar
Socks: Sky blue knee length hockey socks and white ankle sports socks
Skort: Navy, plain with no stripes or other decoration
or  
Shorts: Navy football-style, plain, with no stripes or other decoration
Hoodie Top with School Logo: Navy with school logo
Trainers: Any proper sports style, not fashion trainers, plimsolls, 'converse' or boot style
Shin Pads: Compulsory for hockey and football
Mouth Guards: Recommended for hockey
Base Layer Top and Leggings (Optional): Navy with white 'Highworth' printing, to be worn under polo shirts and skorts/shorts

YEAR 10 AND YEAR 11 ONLY 

The school skort with logo, or navy shorts with logo, may be replaced by ¾ or full length plain black or navy sports leggings or tracksuit bottoms. These may be worn on their own or under the school skort or school shorts. Leggings must be thick sports material with no sheer/cut out panels above the knee. P.E. shirts should be worn full length and not tucked in.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR DANCE AND P.E.

Hair:

Hair must be tied back if long enough to do so

Jewellery:

All jewellery including earrings and watches must be removed


UNIFORM SUPPLIER

All uniform items are available from our Uniform Suppliers:

Pages Schoolwear: Unit 13, Ashford Market, Monument Way, Orbital Park, TN24 0HB

Telephone: 01233 501300 www.pages-schoolwear.co.uk 


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