Uniform

Uniform

Aim

A uniform policy can:

  • instil pride amongst students and the wider community;
  • support positive behaviour;
  • encourage identity with, and support for, the School’s ethos;
  • ensure students of all ethnicities, religions and backgrounds feel welcome;
  • protect students from social pressures to dress in a particular way;
  • nurture cohesion;
  • promote good relations between different groups of students;
  • simplify and reduce the teachers’ task in assessing and correcting what is acceptable.

Our current school uniform was established after consultation with governors and students; the latest consultation being March / April 2014. Our students are our ambassadors in the community and they should look, and behave, appropriately. We actively welcome the support of parents in helping students to look presentable. All main school students (Years 7 to Year 11) are expected to wear Sheringham High School uniform as detailed below.

It is important for students and the School that the way in which they present themselves is appropriate and acceptable in order to create the impression of a cohesive and well-ordered establishment. It is expected that all students will come to School every day in neat, clean uniform, giving a message that they take pride in belonging to the School. It is vital that parents support the policy fully as outlined in the Home-School Agreement. It is an expectation that all parents sign up to the Home – School Agreement.

General

The following items of uniform can be purchased from the school-wear supplier Stevenson’s based in Norwich. However parents can purchase uniform on line. Further information can be obtained from their website; www.stevensons.co.uk

  • Burgundy Sheringham High School polo shirt with logo.
  • Burgundy Sheringham High School fleece with logo and/or Burgundy Sheringham High School sweatshirt with logo.
  • Black skirt or trousers.
    • Students have a choice of two different styles of skirt. Please ensure you check with Stevenson’s staff regarding the specified designs. Skirts should be knee length and no shorter. Very tight skirts made of lycra are not allowed
    • Both girls and boys have a choice of two styles of trousers. Once again, please consult store staff regarding the specified designs. Trousers should be plain black school trousers and should not have any adornments (e.g. studs, rivets, fancy stitching or belts). Trousers should not be made from any sort of lycra, corduroy or denim. Jeans and chinos are not allowed. Trousers must cover students’ ankles and their socks.
  • Black leather or leather-style shoes. Trainers and boots are not allowed. Shoes must be totally black with no coloured stripes or markings. Shoes should not be open-toed or have heels higher than 5cm.
  • Plain coat. Denim jackets/coats/blousons are not permitted.


Games and Physical Education

Parents should consult Stevenson’s website for detailed information about PE kit. This can only be purchased from this supplier. Compulsory kit is as follows.

  • Black and white polo shirt
  • Plain black shorts
  • White or black knee length or ankle socks

Other items such as track tops and trackpants may also be purchased but these are optional.

Any parent who has difficulty in meeting the cost of uniform should contact the Deputy Headteacher(Student Support & Guidance) as financial assistance may be available.

Expectations

Students are expected to wear smart, sensible and appropriate clothing and shoes in accordance with the uniform policy. Individual fashion statements such as extreme hair styles or colours are not permitted. Hair should be a single natural colour which does not stand out from the norm or create any undue interest. Similarly, make-up should be kept to the minimum and students may well be asked to remove excessive eye make-up or lipstick. Nail Varnish or false nails are not permitted.

Hair bands and ‘scrunchies’ are acceptable but no other decorative attachments should be worn in the hair. Tram lines or other shaved shapes in the hair or eyebrows are not permitted.

No jewellery is to be worn, except for stud earringsi – a maximum of two pairs of studs - and a watch. No facial or other forms of body piercing are allowed. Jewellery must be removed before doing P.E lessons.

Parents should be aware that school staff will challenge incorrect uniform and ask for their support to rectify uniform transgressions. We have tried to ensure that our uniform policy excludes the need for parents to be pressured by their children to conform to the latest fashion trends. Please see our website for further information as to what is acceptable and unacceptable. Parents should also note that some department stores sell uniform ranges that do not conform to Sheringham High School guidelines and will not be accepted as correct uniform.

Responsibilities

It is the Headteacher's responsibility to ensure that the governors' policy is implemented and maintained.

The Headteacher will also determine any questions of compliance with the code and impose relevant sanctions for non-compliance with the policy in accordance with the school’s Behaviour, Discipline and Inclusion Policy.

If students choose not to comply with the above expectations (unless there are exceptional circumstances) they will not be able to attend lessons. They will work in a designated area until the correct uniform is brought to them or they will be sent home to change.
The Headteacher may delegate particular responsibilities concerning school uniform to relevant members of staff.

It is the duty of all staff to uphold the uniform policy.

i Please note that any piercing should be undertaken at the beginning of summer holiday in order to ensure that any studs can be removed safely at the start of school year in September.