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Learning with truth and love

Dress code

The students in years 12 and 13 are the oldest members of the student body and as such, are expected to serve as positive role models to the rest of the school. With this in mind, we, as a school, have adopted the DfES “Guidance to Schools on School Uniform Related Policies” issued in March 2007 to ensure The King’s standards are maintained.


Students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate to a modern, purposeful and ethnically diverse Sixth Form School. In choosing what clothing to wear, students must comply with the view that their dress promotes a strong, cohesive, school identity which supports high standards and a sense of belonging with the other students.


Here at The King’s, we believe dress code plays an integral part in the progress and development of the individual child. It is important for a number of reasons, including:

  • Security – In cases where there is a fire alarm or the threat of an intruder, the school needs to be able to identify individual students and staff quickly and easily. This requirement forms an integral part of the School Security Systems, compliance which also forms part of the Learning Contract;
  • Teaching and learning – If a student’s face is obscured for any reason, for example by hats, hoods, veils, sunglasses etc,the teacher may not be able to judge their engagement with learning. In order to secure their participation in discussions and practical activities, we ask that these are removed before entering the school
  • Peer pressure - The need to protect young people from external pressure to wear clothing they would not otherwise choose to adopt. We ask students to refrain from wearing patterns of dress associated with extreme and antisocial elements in the wider community, including styles and colours associated with gangs; unconventional hair styles and extreme and unnatural hair colours.
    • No facial jewellery is allowed.
    • Ear lobe stretchers are not permitted.
    • Tattoos must be covered – Please note - t is against the law for anyone under the age of 18 to have a tattoo and therefore we do not expect any of our Y12 students to have one
  • Professionalism – Students are expected to dress appropriately to their role in order to promote a positive and professional image at events such as school events, Parents’ Evenings, liaison events, etc.;
  • Health and safety – for example, long hair may need to be tied back in a science laboratory, or those taking part in sporting activities may be asked to remove jewellery if it is considered dangerous


In addition, items of dress that may reasonably be expected to cause offence to any member of the school community, such as T-shirts bearing inappropriate language or images, or particularly revealing items of clothing, are not allowed to be worn in school.


If a student is believed to be in breach of the school dress code, including at the point of interview, enrolment or recruitment, the matter will be referred to a member of the Senior Management Team. They will review the situation and, if they feel that the code has been breached, they will:

  • Discuss the matter with the person(s) concerned, explaining clearly what the issue is and in what way they have breached the dress code;
  • The individual will be sent home from school and asked to remove or change the items of clothing as appropriate;
  • In the case of existing students, it should be made clear that this is not a suspension or exclusion, and that they will be readmitted to school immediately once they comply with the dress code;
  • In the case of prospective students, it should be made clear that this will not jeopardise their place in the school and that the admissions process will resume once they comply with the dress code;
  • Persistent or wilful breaches of the dress code will be dealt with in accordance to the relevant disciplinary procedures.


Mobile technologies (phones, tablets, smart watches etc.) may be used in the Sixth Form Area but not around the main school.

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