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    • Ysgol Friars School Uniform Policy

      The school dress code for pupils in Y7-11 is as follows:

      Hair:

      • Hair dyed or streaked with natural colours is permitted, unnatural colours such as green and pink etc. are not;
      • Hair beyond shoulder length should be tied back where, in the member of staff’s professional opinion, failing to do so would compromise health and safety. Pupils with long hair should have a hair bobble with them for this purpose.  This applies to all pupils, regardless of gender;
      • Close cropped hair below number 2 not permitted;
      • Extreme differences in hair length i.e. shaved sections with long sections – not permitted;
      • Dangling coloured plaits, hair extensions etc. are not permitted;
      • Patterns shaved in to hair – not permitted;
      • Extreme hairstyles such as Mohicans – not permitted
      • No hats permitted in school buildings - religious headgear excepted.

       

      Facial:

      • No facial piercing permitted (this includes nose, eyebrow, lip or any other facial piercings);
      • One pair of stud earrings permitted - may be worn two in one ear or one in each;
      • Current fashion for large square stud earrings with mock diamonds not permitted if they

            Overlap the ear (i.e. stick out beyond the lobe, for example);

      • No other loop or drop earrings permitted;
      • Placing a plaster over facial piercing is not sufficient;
      • No excessive make-up / fake tan allowed.  Make-up / fake tan should appear natural and should be minimal.  False eyelashes, heavily drawn on eyebrows and facial piercings are unacceptable.

       

      Torso:

      • Only school polo and sweatshirt permitted:
        • Years 7 to 9 = Polo shirts must be gold/yellow with black piping and have a school crest;
        • Years 10 to11 = Polo shirts must be black with yellow/gold piping and have a school crest;
        • Black cardigans, pullovers etc. not permitted;
        • Wearing a coloured pullover, sweatshirt as outdoor clothing not permitted;
        • Hoodies currently classed as acceptable outdoor clothing;
        • Anything with unacceptable logo (skulls etc.) not permitted;
        • No tee-shirt to be visible under polo shirt;
        • Watch permitted, no other visible jewellery.
        • Acrylic nails are not suitable for school.  If worn, they should appear natural and be of a length or style that they DO NOT present a health and safety issue in PE, Science or Technology etc.
        • Nail varnish is permitted but should also appear natural.  Natural, ‘nude’ or clear varnish / lacquer is permitted.  Bright colours (red, green, blue etc.) are not permitted.

       

      Below the waist:

      • Trousers must be smart, plain and black;
      • Charcoal grey or any colour other than black not permitted;
      • Jeans (with or without evidence of studs), jeans-style trousers, corduroy or other casual trousers not permitted;
      • Combat type or others with large pockets mid-way down the leg not permitted;
      • Skirts must be smart, plain and black; and of an appropriate length; SMT reserves the right to determine, in their professional judgement, what length constitutes ‘appropriate’.
      • Trousers are not permitted if they:
        • Are so wide that shoes cannot be seen;
        • Drag along the floor or touch the floor when pupils are standing;
        • Are frayed at the hem;
        • Black or natural plain tights are permitted, patterned ones are not permitted;
        • Shorts (with no visible logos with the exception of the school crest) of a sensible length permitted;
        • Leggings / jeggings are not permitted (even under skirts). We define leggings as skin-tight, without zips, pockets or fasteners.
        • Belts must be plain black and hold trousers up – not for adornment.

       

      Feet:

      • Shoes must be plain black;
      • No flip flops or shoes which may come off easily;
      • Trainers permitted if plain black, branding is permitted but must be black.  Branding of any other colour should be covered or removed;
      • If socks are visible whilst standing (especially girls’ sandals or shoes) must be black or white;
      • Black boots are permitted (up to calf level);
      • Heels no more than 4 cm.

       

       

      The school dress code for pupils in Y12-13 is as follows:

       

      The Sixth Form Dress Code has been devised in consultation with the Sixth Form Council and seeks to support the individual as well as maintaining the ethos of the school and ensuring that young people are easily recognisable as members of the school community for security reasons.  The 6th form dress code is periodically reviewed in consultation with the Sixth Form Council. 

       

      The agreed uniform is as follows:

      • All visible clothing must either be plain black or plain white.
      • White school crested polo shirt with black piping around the collar and sleeve.  If a T-shirt is worn beneath the polo shirt then it must be plain black or white.
      • Plain black V-neck jumper (long sleeve or sleeveless) bearing the school crest or a plain black V-neck cardigan bearing the school crest.
      • Skirt or trousers must be smart, plain and black.  Black jeans, leggings, ‘jeggings’ etc. are not acceptable. Black ¾ length trousers are acceptable in the summer.  Jogging bottoms are not acceptable at any time of year.  Belts must be plain black or brown.  Jeans (with or without evidence of studs), jeans-style trousers, corduroy or other casual trousers not permitted;
      • Skirts are expected to be of a sensible length appropriate to a mixed comprehensive school.  If a skirt is judged to be too short then a girl will be asked to replace it without delay.  Plain black or natural coloured tights may be worn. 
      • Footwear must be plain black, including trainers, boots, ‘dolly shoes’ etc.  As with Years 7 to 11, we do not allow shoes with very high heels, or ‘backless’ shoes such as flip flops, since this type of shoe can lead to serious accidents, especially on stairways.  Trainers are permitted if they are plain black, branding is permitted but must be black.  Branding of any other colour should be covered or removed;
        • The jewellery code is as it has always been, that is, students are permitted one pair of stud ear rings and a watch.  Hoop ear rings, bracelets, rings, visible piercings etc. are not acceptable, again for health and safety reasons.  Acrylic nails are not suitable for school.  If worn, they too should appear natural and be of a length or style that they DO NOT present a health and safety issue in PE, Science or Technology etc.  No facial piercing permitted (this includes nose / eyebrow piercings).  Nail varnish is permitted but should also appear natural.  Natural, ‘nude’ or clear varnish / lacquer is permitted.  Bright colours (red, green, blue etc.) are not permitted.
          • If hair is coloured then we would expect the colour used to appear natural.  Obvious synthetic/unnatural colours such as red, blue, green etc. are not permitted and could result in the student being sent home.  When dyeing hair with more than one shade, such as black and blonde, students should be mindful of the fact that this can lead to unnatural colouration at the boundaries.  This would not be accepted by the school. 
          • Close cropped hair below number 2 not permitted;
          • Extreme differences in hair length i.e. shaved sections with long sections – not permitted;
          • Students are expected not to wear hats or have hoods of coats on their heads inside buildings.  This is again a security issue.  We have to be sure that trespassers are easily recognised for the protection of the children on site.
          • Students are expected to remove items of outdoor clothing, scarves etc. in lessons, assemblies etc.  In this respect, outdoor clothing is defined as any item of clothing that does not comply with the above uniform requirements. 

       

      The Headteacher will:

      • Publicise the school’s uniform requirements to parents;
      • Ensure that they are applied consistently.

       

      All teaching staff must:

      • Support the Headteacher and SMT in their seeking to ensure that all pupils attend tidily dressed and in accordance with the school’s requirements.

       

      Registration tutors (Y7-11) must:

      • Check school uniform in registration periods in accordance with the “clean slate” procedures;
      • Take action in cases where the following breaches are evident:
        • Give up to 48 hours to rectify – dye, colour with permanent marker or replace black footwear but not plain black where there is a note from the parent;
        • Give up to five days to change footwear which is not black but where the parent has supplied a note (ensuring the pupil keeps the note in his/her possession in case challenged by member of SMT)
        • Give up to five days to rectify acrylics nails which do not appear natural.
        • Give leeway requested in a parental letter for up to 5 school days for non-school uniform trousers which are black jeans, black cargo pants or plain black jog pants;
        • Allow pupils to wear school sweatshirt but no polo shirt for a short period (5 school days max.);
        • Tell pupils to remove outdoor clothing, a coloured sweatshirt or pullover, black pullover or cardigan - confiscate if offence repeated;
        • Tell pupils to remove tee-shirts visible under polo shirt –send to toilet to remove;
        • Tell pupils with hair beyond shoulder length, dangling plaits or extensions to tie back (in circumstances where long hair could be a health ads safety hazard);
        • Tell pupils to remove jewellery other than a watch and pair of stud earrings – confiscate from repeat offenders;
        • Send pupils to wash off excessive make-up;
        • Pupils who infringe rules re. tights, socks, leggings etc. should be warned once and referred to PSO if repeated.
        • Report to the relevant PSO pupils who:
          • Are serial offenders in relation to any of the above;
          • Have footwear which is not plain black and have no note;
        • Report by telephone or e-mail to SMT (and then send to the SMT member contacted) pupils who have:
          • Unnatural colour in hair;
          • Very close cropped hair;
          • Extreme hair styles;
          • Black jeans, black cargo pants or plain black track suit trousers without  note;
          • Jeans, jog pants or other trousers which are not plain black;
          • Neither a school polo nor sweatshirt;
          • Facial piercing which the pupil cannot remove (defiance should be treated accordingly);
          • Excessively flared or frayed  trousers  which cannot be tacked up in school;
          • Very short or very long skirts;
          • Very short shorts (plain black shorts of a reasonable length are permitted for boys and girls during hot weather);

       

      Class teachers must:

      • Check the notes provided by pupils who are wearing  shoes which are black but not plain black where there is a note from the parent;
      • Where pupils have  footwear which is not black but where the parent has supplied a note, check the note and return it to the pupil;
      • Check parental letter for non-school uniform trousers which are black jeans, black cargo pants or plain black jog pants;
      • Allow pupils to wear school sweatshirt but no polo shirt for a short period (5 school days max.);
      • Tell pupils to remove outdoor clothing, a coloured sweatshirt or pullover, black pullover or cardigan - confiscate if offence repeated;
      • Tell pupils to remove tee-shirts visible under polo shirt –send to toilet to remove;
      • Tell pupils with hair beyond shoulder length, dangling plaits or extensions to tie back;
      • Tell pupils to remove jewellery other than a watch and pair of stud earrings – confiscate from repeat offenders;
      • Send pupils to wash off excessive make-up;
      • Pupils who infringe rules re. tights, socks, leggings etc. should be warned once and referred to PSO if repeated;
      • Report by telephone or e-mail to SMT (and then send to the SMT member contacted), unless already under SMT supervision and merely collecting work, pupils who have:
        • Unnatural colour in hair;
        • Very close cropped hair;
        • Extreme hair styles;
        • Black jeans, black cargo pants or plain black track suit trousers without  note;
        • Jeans, jog pants or other trousers which are not plain black;
        • Neither a school polo nor sweatshirt;
        • Facial piercing which the pupil cannot remove (defiance should be treated accordingly);
        • Excessively flared or frayed  trousers  which cannot be tacked up in school;
        • Very short or very long skirts;
        • Very short shorts (plain black shorts of a reasonable length are permitted for boys and girls during hot weather);

       

      PSOs (Y7-11) must:

      • Undertake periodic uniform checks in assembly;
      • Support registration and class teachers by imposing a detention on any pupil who is referred to him/her and recording the punishment on SIMS;
      • Contact parents where punishments do not have the desired effect;
      • Refer pupils to SMT for possible exclusion where he she can demonstrate that continued breaches, despite the actions above, are wilful disregard of the rules and do not arise as a result of factors such as parental financial circumstances.

       

      Registration tutors (Y12 & 13) and sixth form teachers must:

      Report to the Sixth form Director of Studies (Dr Keith Varty) any sixth former who breaches the agreed code.

       

      Members of SMT must:

      • Stop pupils they encounter who are in breach of school uniform rules and:
        • Check the notes provided by pupils who are wearing  shoes which are black but not plain black where there is a note from the parent;
        • Where pupils have  footwear which is not black but where the parent has supplied a note, check the note and return it to the pupil;
        • Check parental letters for non-school uniform trousers which are black jeans, black cargo pants or plain black jog pants;
        • Allow pupils to wear school sweatshirt but no polo shirt for a short period (5 school days max.);
        • Tell pupils to remove outdoor clothing and confiscate any coloured sweatshirt or pullover, black pullover or cardigan (impose a detention for the black pullover or cardigan);
        • Tell pupils to remove tee-shirts visible under polo shirt –send to toilet to remove;
        • Tell pupils with hair beyond shoulder length, dangling plaits or extensions to tie back;
        • Confiscate jewellery other than a watch and pair of stud earrings;
        • Send pupils to wash off excessive make-up;
        • Pupils who infringe rules re. tights, socks, leggings etc. should be warned once and referred to PSO if repeated.
        • Send home (by sending to reception for front office staff to contact parents)  or, if pupils cannot be sent home, withdraw from lessons and keep under supervision pupils who have:
          • Unnatural colour in hair;
          • Very close cropped hair;
          • Extreme hair styles;
          • Black jeans, black cargo pants or plain black track suit trousers without  note;
          • Jeans, jog pants or other trousers which are not plain black;
          • Neither a school polo nor sweatshirt;
          • Facial piercing which the pupil cannot remove (defiance should be treated accordingly);
          • Excessively flared or frayed  trousers  which cannot be tacked up in school;
          • Very short or very long skirts;
          • Very short shorts (plain black shorts of a reasonable length are permitted for boys and girls during hot weather);

       

      The Sixth form Director of Studies must:

      • Send home any sixth former who breaches the dress code for a second time and send home and punish for any subsequent breaches.

       

       

      Adopted by resolution of the Governing Body 24th May 2012. Revised 16 July, 2018.