School Uniform Policy
We believe that a school uniform for students in years 7 – 11 and a dress code for Post 16 students is desirable and appropriate at Alfriston, and help to promote a good working environment.
School uniform also serves to create a sense of identity and has a PR role to play in the wider community. Students in school uniform represent their school, so we expect it to be worn correctly and with respect.
Through our uniform and dress code we aim to:
- Encourage pride in the school
- Support teaching and learning
- Enable students to be comfortable, safe and secure
- Encourage a sense of equality and belonging to the school community
- Protect students from social pressures to dress in a particular way
- Support parents to provide an efficient and value for money dress code for their daughters
- Ensure that girls from different social, religious and ethnic groups feel welcome
- Communicate a positive school identity in the community
It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their daughter comes to school in the correct uniform. Pastoral tutors are responsible for monitoring uniform, and will inform parents of any incorrect clothing. The headteacher and deputy headteacher are the final arbiters in all matters of uniform and dress.
Requests to vary the uniform requirements for particular reasons, such as medical needs, will always be carefully considered.
We appreciate the support of parents in maintaining our high standards of dress and encouraging pupils to take a pride in their appearance.
Trousers: Plain black classic style trousers*. No tight, drainpipe or jeans style.
Skirt: Plain black straight or pleated*. Skirts should not be tight, slit or too short.
Jumper/Cardigan: Regulation black jumper or cardigan with School Logo
Shirt: Regulation white polo shirt with School Logo
Blazer: Regulation black blazer with School Logo
Coat: Black winter jacket with or without School Logo or plain (no leather or denim)
Socks: Plain black, grey or white – trainer, ankle or knee length*
Tights: Plain black or neutral*
Shoes: Black with flat heel and protection of the front of the foot. No trainers, boots or open toed sandals*
Scarves/Hats Outdoor wear only, any colour*. The wearing of a head scarf or hijab, in plain black or white, for religious reasons, is permitted.
Jewellery: Jewellery is not permitted, however, girls in KS4 and Post 16 can wear one small, discreet stud in each ear; the stud must be worn in the lower part of the earlobe and must be removed for PE and Sports. Watches are permitted.
Hair: Hair should be worn away from the face using plain black, gold or white hair bands or hair clips. Long hair should be tied back with a plain black, gold or white band. Grey or silver is also permitted.
Make-up/Nails: Make up or nail varnish should not be worn.
* Available from any High Street store
Post-16 Pupil Dress Code
There is no uniform for Post 16 students, girls should wear smart, casual clothes that are appropriate for the day’s activities.
In order to help the girls to make mature decisions about their appearance, the following dress code will apply:
- Tracksuit bottoms or leggings may not be worn as an alternative to trousers
- No revealing clothing such as strappy tops, short skirts or shorts
- Underwear should not be on show
- No flip-flops or shoes of an unsuitable nature
- Light make-up may be worn
- Nail varnish may be worn (except when cooking) but must be kept tidy
- Jewellery may be worn, but will need to be removed for some activities
School PE kit should still be worn for school PE and Sports (see separate document).
Starred items bear the school logo and must be purchased from school
- Black/Amber/White Performance Polo Shirt*
- Black/White ¼ zip Sweatshirt*
- Black/White Track Bottoms*
- White Sports Socks
- Black Football Socks
- Black leggings
- Clean Trainers
- Outdoor/Muddy Trainers
- Deodorant, Hairbrush, Sun cream, Hair-bands for long hair
- Water Bottle
- Swimming Kit in a separate bag
- One piece regulation swimsuit
- Swimming hat
- Verruca sock needed if your daughter has a verruca or athletes foot
Football Boots + Shin Pads, Black Skirt (Y10 plus) for Upper School in place of shorts. Please note: all jewellery must be removed, including earrings.
For PE Lessons
Earrings are allowed to be worn in school from year 10 onwards. Please ensure that your daughter can remove her own earrings. Please have ears pierced at the start of the summer holiday to allow for the 6 weeks to heal.