Uniform and Appearance Regulations

At Wootton Upper School we have high expectations of all, in everything we do. This includes personal appearance. Uniform plays an important role in establishing the ethos of a school and at Wootton Upper School we believe that our uniform policy benefits the school in a number of ways:
• It encourages identity with the school and nurtures the notion of community
• It protects students from social pressures to dress in a particular way
• It supports discipline and good behaviour and ensures the health and safety of students
• It instils a sense of pride in the school
• It promotes more effective teaching and learning

Full co-operation with our dress code enables staff to concentrate their time and effort on teaching and learning. Anyone arriving at school in non-uniform clothing may be sent home to get changed or have the item confiscated. At Wootton Upper School the students wear uniform in Years 9 - 11.

In Years 12 and 13 students are not required to wear uniform however, there is a dress code which requires the students to dress smartly and appropriately for a professional working environment.

The decision about what is and is not acceptable will always remain with the school.

Student Responsibility:

• We expect students at Wootton Upper School to adhere to the school uniform policy
• To recognize that it is the public face of Wootton Upper School and that it should be worn correctly and with pride
• To appreciate that uniform infringements will result in a verbal reminder and continued non-compliance will result in a sanction
• Items of clothing that do not follow the uniform policy may be confiscated

Parental Responsibility:

• We welcome parental support in the purchase of items of clothing that follow the uniform guidelines
• To ensure all items of clothing are clearly marked with your son/daughter’s name
• That a note is written in the planner if there is a problem concerning uniform
• To remind students as they leave home of the uniform code and encourage their cooperation

Tutor Responsibility:

• To ensure that all students leave tutor bases appropriately dressed
• To remind students that their top buttons must be fastened and ties worn correctly
• Students must be wearing their jumpers and if appropriate blazers
• Students must be wearing the correct footwear
• Continued non-compliance with uniform policy is reported to the Partnership Centre

Class/Subject Teacher responsibilities:

• To ensure students arrive and enter your classroom appropriately dressed
• To ensure that students leave your classroom appropriately dressed

All Staff Responsibilities:

• To regularly speak to students when their uniform is not as it should be around school
• To remind and encourage students to wear the school uniform correctly.

Pastoral Progress Leader Responsibilities:

• To speak to students in their Year group about the expectations for standards of dress. This may be done through assembly
• To challenge students who dress inappropriately
• To contact parents/carer if there is non-compliance about uniform
• To send the student home to find/collect the correct item of uniform
• To support the student if there is financial hardship that prevents the student from following the uniform policy
• To issue sanctions for non-compliance
• To support the form tutor in the enforcement of the uniform policy

Leadership Responsibilities:

• To support staff in the implementation of the school’s uniform policy
• To challenge students who dress inappropriately and issue an appropriate sanction for non-compliance

Wootton Upper School will carefully consider any request that is made to vary the policy to meet the needs of an individual student. This may be to accommodate their religious belief or any temporary or permanent medical conditions, in order to avoid breaches of disability discrimination legislation.

The Principal or person authorised by the Principal has the right to send a student home, briefly, to put on the correct uniform or otherwise adjust their appearance in line with the school's uniform policy. The school must first inform the student’s parents and consider factors such as the student’s age, vulnerability, availability of the parent and how easily the breach can be remedied. When this is done it will constitute an authorised absence.

The school has the right to exclude a student for uniform offences, even where they do not otherwise display poor behaviour. This will happen where the breaches of the school's uniform policy are persistent and defiant. However, every consideration will be given to the particular circumstances of individual cases.

UNIFORM

The following is a list of school uniform items:


GIRLS’ UNIFORM

Skirt Plain black, of a sensible length, knee length without side slit or back seam.
Black opaque tights should be worn with skirts for reasons of modesty.
School Trousers Plain, black, tailored trousers with a single side-seam.
Fashion trousers are not acceptable neither are:
Skinny Trousers/Leggings/Jeggings/Jeans
School Jumper Plain black V neck jumper with school logo must be worn.
Cardigans and hoodies are not acceptable. (We would expect all students to wear an outside coat when it is cold; students bringing in hoodies to wear will have them confiscated).
School Blazer Black school blazer with the school badge (from September 2017).
Hijab Where a headscarf is worn, this must be black, grey or navy blue.
Shirt/Blouse White TRADITIONAL shirt/blouse with collar and sleeves.
Blouses/shirts must be sufficiently long enough to be tucked in.
School Tie The school tie must be worn neatly around the neck (from September 2017).
Shoes Plain black low-heeled shoes without decoration or logo must be worn.
Plimsolls, trainers, platform heels, stiletto heels and boots are not acceptable.
Socks Ankle length dark socks (black, navy blue, charcoal grey)
Polo Shirts School polo shirt with logo may be worn instead of a shirt/blouse and tie during the summer term


BOYS’ UNIFORM

School Trousers Plain, black, tailored trousers with a single side-seam.
Fashion trousers are not acceptable neither are:
Skinny Trousers/Leggings/Jeggings/Jeans
School Jumper Plain black V neck jumper with school logo must be worn
Cardigans and hoodies are not acceptable. (We would expect all students to wear an outside coat when it is cold; students bringing in hoodies to wear will have them confiscated).
School Blazer Black school blazer with the school badge (from September 2017)
Shirt White TRADITIONAL shirt with collar suitable to wear with the accompanying school tie, buttoned to the neck.
Shirts must be sufficiently long enough to be tucked in.
School Tie The school tie must be worn neatly around the neck
Shoes Plain black low-heeled shoes without decoration or logo must be worn.
Plimsolls, trainers, platform heels, stiletto heels and boots are not acceptable.
Socks Ankle length dark socks (black, navy blue, charcoal grey)
Polo Shirts School polo shirt with logo may be worn instead of a shirt/blouse and tie during the summer term


PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORM

The items below are required for Physical Education lessons. Most of the clothing below is available from the School Shop:

BOYS’ P.E. UNIFORM

PE polo shirt (compulsory) Tracksuit bottoms (optional)
Rugby shirt (compulsory) White ankle socks
Navy shorts (compulsory) Training shoes
Hockey/football socks (compulsory) Football boots

GIRLS’ P.E. UNIFORM

PE polo shirt (compulsory) Tracksuit bottoms (optional)
Navy shorts (compulsory) White ankle socks
Hockey/football socks (compulsory) Training shoes
PE fleece (compulsory) Hockey/Football boots

All clothing must be clearly marked with the owner's name.

All students must remove watches and jewellery for PE lessons and matches. (Health and Safety) Watches must be clearly marked with owner's initials.

Please note: The School cannot accept responsibility for any article lost, stolen, damaged or confiscated through inappropriate use at school.

Upper School Uniform

Many items can be bought at chain stores in town but ties, blazers, jumpers and all items of PE clothing must be purchased through Sportswear International (SWI Ltd).  The link to their Website can be found in the drop-down menu at the top of the School Dress Code page.

Contact: Finance Office at the school (Tel: 01234 767123) for more information.

Safety Equipment:

Football/Hockey shinguards: are compulsory

Hockey/Rugby gumshields: are strongly recommended

Make up

Make up may be worn for school but it must be discrete and in keeping with a working environment.

Jewellery

Students may wear a watch and one small pair of stud earrings. Students are expected to remove earrings which hang below the ear or when they are inappropriate. Other items of jewellery are not permitted when in school. This includes stretchers.

Facial piercings and tattoos are not permitted. Students will be asked to remove jewellery that breaks this rule. If they continue to wear them they will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the day.

Hairstyles

Students’ hairstyles should be neat and practical for school and should be a natural hair colour. Extremes of style, patterns and tracks will not be permitted. This includes complete shaving of one side of hair and dip dyeing the hair.

Bags/Briefcases:

All students will need a bag or briefcase of a suitable size and must be equipped with basic items such as a fountain pen, biro, pencil, ruler, eraser and either coloured pencils or felt tip pens, calculator, protractor and a pair of compasses.

Protective Clothing:

Protective clothing for Engineering and Design and Technology and Food Technology will be provided in school. Goggles will be provided in Science lessons for practical experiments. Protective clothing for Art and Creative Design should be provided by the student.

All items of clothing and personal property should be marked clearly with the owner’s name and students must take responsibility for their own possessions. The School has no insurance cover for loss or damage to personal property.

The school has no insurance cover for loss or damage to personal property.

Approved

Males

  • Tailored and smart trousers
  • Collared Shirt
  • Tie (optional)
  • Tailored/suit jacket (optional)
  • Smart shoes or boots
  • Jumper (round or V neck) or cardigan
  • Discreet earrings

Females

  • Tailored and smart:
    - Skirt (at least half way to the knee)
    - Trousers
    - Dress
  • Smart shirt, blouse or top
  • Plain tights
  • Leggings (if worn with a skirt/top at least half way to the knee)
  • Tailored/suit jacket (optional)
  • Smart shoes or boots
  • Jumper (round or V neck) or cardigan
  • Discreet earrings

Not approved

  • Loose fitting/casual clothing (including combat style)
  • Jogging/track suit bottoms
  • Shorts
  • Ugg© style boots
  • Bodycon© style clothing
  • Vests/spaghetti/strapless tops
  • Hooded tops/sweatshirts
  • Converse©/Trainer/Flip flop style shoes
  • Denim
  • Hats/caps
  • Visible tattoos
  • Visible piercings (except discreet earrings)
  • Extreme make up, hair colours, hair styles

Introduction

All employees, in carrying out their duties will have contact with students, parents,
guardians, official visitors and members of the public. All employees are therefore
required to present a formal professional image which requires being neat, clean,
tidy and well groomed whilst at work, whether working on the Trusts premises or
elsewhere whilst representing the Trust. This code applies during term time, or
when representing the Trust in an official capacity. The policy is underpinned by the
principle that all members of staff will take a sensible and safe approach to dress and
appearance, cleanliness and personal hygiene.

Policy

All Trust staff should set a positive role model for students with whom they have
regular contact and are therefore required to adhere to the following standards:
1. Smart business suit/dress and a smart shirt/blouse/top should be worn
during all working hours.*
It is not acceptable to wear clothing that over exposes part of the body, eg.
stomach or chest, or that is transparent/see through.
During periods of warm weather staff clothing must remain appropriate and
formal. Staff should be aware that certain garments could be seen as
provocative, eg. short revealing/tight garments, and therefore not acceptable
for work.
Denim is not considered acceptable in any circumstances.
2. Male employees must wear a collar and tie except on those occasions
specifically stipulated by the Executive Principal, arising out of the particular
circumstances such as the weather or the nature of work being undertaken. *
3. In addition, where the Trust provides an item or items of uniform to enable
the employee to more appropriately carry out his/her duties, these must be
worn at all times whilst on duty.
4. Hair should be neat, tidy and well groomed. Styles and colours of hair that,
under normal working circumstances for employees in a business
environment, are likely to be considered extreme in terms of fashion or
unconventionality are not acceptable.
5. Any jewellery worn should not be excessive or unconventional. Injury arising
from wearing inappropriate jewellery will invalidate any related claim against
the Trust. Tattoos should be covered.

6. Earrings, if worn, must not be obtrusive or ostentatious. A small single nose
stud is acceptable. Jewellery in any other piercing should not be worn.
7. No badges carrying party political, promotional or other unacceptable slogans
or statements shall be worn whilst on duty. Clothes should be non-offensive
and contain no provocative, sexist, or racist remarks. Clothing should not
display logos or slogans relating to drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
8. Shoes must be formal and sensible for working in a busy professional
environment and be appropriate for use in specialist facilities. Health and
safety aspects of stairs and the ability to move quickly must be taken into
consideration.
“Sensible” includes no flip flops which will impede safer lifting and handling
issues and may constitute a trip hazard.
Trainers and other casual footwear are not considered acceptable in the
same way as they are not acceptable wear for students.
Staff working in the Design Technology & Science environments must wear
‘filled in’ shoes in line with health and safety procedures.
9. Employees whose job involves out of hours work during term time, and does
not take them into regular contact with students, official visitors or members
of the public may wear smart casual clothing to work provided that it is neat,
clean and in a good state of repair. Certain items are, however, not
permitted at work, as follows:
 jeans or scruffy/torn trousers
 shorts or sports clothing, for example tracksuits and football
shirts;
 sweatshirts or t-shirts with slogans or symbols;
 trainers;
 excessive or unconventional jewellery;
 badges as described above.
10. Any employee whose job involves working with machinery or working with
food must keep his/her hair either short or tied back and must not wear any
jewellery other than a wedding ring. They must adhere to the dress code for
those areas drawn up in relation to health and safety. These rules are in place
for safety/hygiene reasons.
11. Any employee who disregards these standards of dress code will be subject
to disciplinary action. In cases, where an employee's appearance is, in the
Executive Principal’s view, unacceptable, the employee may be required to
return home to change. In these circumstances, the employee will not be
paid for the duration of his/her absence from work.

12. Staff in specific roles should wear appropriate protective clothing, eg Lab
coat, woodwork apron or coat, steel toe cap footwear, overalls.
* Sports clothing: PE faculty & Sports Centre Staff
It is recognised that most activity performed by these colleagues require the wearing
of track suits/shorts and trainers. It is acknowledged that due to the continuous
nature of the activity, appropriate smart tracksuit attire is acceptable, as is the
wearing of trainers. Tops must be collared, i.e. polo shirts.