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: Black classic style trousers (no leggings or jeans styles)
- Skirt: Black straight or pleated (knee length, not tight fitting and without slits)
- Jumper or Cardigan: Black jumper or cardigan with school logo*
- Shirt: White polo shirt with school logo*
- Blazer: Black single-breasted blazer with school logo*
- Coat: Black or plain winter jacket with or without school logo (no leather or denim)
- Socks: Black, grey or white trainer, ankle or knee length
- Tights: Black or neutral
- Shoes: Plain black leather laced or fastened school shoes (with protection of the front of the foot) heels no higher than 3cm, (no canvas or suede trainers, boots or open toes)
- Scarves: Plain black or white headscarf or hijabs worn for religious reasons
- Jewellery: Jewellery is not permitted, however 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 (excluding smart watches) are permitted.
- Hair: Hair should be worn away from the face or tied back, using plain black, white, grey, gold or silver hair bands or hair clips.
- Make-up/Nails: Make-up, false nails and nail varnish is not permitted.
*All items to be purchased with the school logo.
Starred items bear the school logo and must be purchased from school
- Black Performance Polo Shirt*
- Black Tracksuit Top*
- Black Tracksuit Bottoms or PE Leggings*
- Black Skorts or Black Shorts*
- Clean Trainers
- White Sports Socks
- Black Football Socks
- Outdoor/Muddy Trainers
- Swimming Kit in a separate bag: one-piece regulation swimsuit, swimming hat and towel. (Verruca sock to be worn with verruca’s or athletes’ foot.)
*All items purchased with the school logo.
All items should be named and kept in a strong drawstring PE bag.
Football Boots and Shin Pads.
For PE Lessons
Please note; small stud earrings are allowed to be worn in school from year 10 onwards but please have ears pierced at the start of the summer holiday to allow for the 6 weeks to heal. All jewellery must be removed, including earrings for PE lessons so please ensure that your daughter can remove her own earrings.
For Forest School Lessons
For year 7, 8, and 9, pupils will participate in Forest School lessons once a week for one half of the year (Sept-Feb / Feb-July). These lessons will always take place outdoors. Please can you provide your child with the following weather appropriate items in a separate named bag:
- Leggings or tracksuit bottoms. (NO jeans or shorts)
- Tshirt, jumper and fleece
- Waterproof bottoms and top/coat
- Walking boots / Wellies / outdoor shoes
- Change of socks
- Your daughter may also want a hat, scarf and gloves.
Preparation for Adulthood Dress Code
In order to help students make mature decisions about their appearance, the following dress code will apply to all Post 16 students at Alfriston.
Pupils may choose to wear smart/ casual clothes of their own choice. However, the following items are inappropriate for school:
- Track suit bottoms
- Leggings (unless covered by a long top)
- Ripped Jeans
- Sportswear (except for PE)
- T shirts showing pictures of pop stars or large sports logos
- Revealing clothing: shorts, miniskirts, low cut/strappy tops
- Torn or dirty clothing
- Dangerous shoes e.g. stilettos/flip flops/dolly shoes
Jewellery may be worn if safe to do so and in moderation but must be removed in practical lessons. Earrings must be small i.e. not large hoops.
Light makeup may be worn, however we will advise girls if makeup is too heavy and they may be asked to remove it.
Nail varnish may be worn (except when cooking) but should be kept tidy. False nails may not be worn.
School PE kit should still be worn for school sports activities and PE lessons. Sometimes PE staff will allow other appropriate sports kit according to the activity.
Students need to act responsibly and dress appropriately for school or for the workplace. Staff will advise if their dress appears to be inappropriate (e.g. too low, too tight, too short etc…) for school, college or the workplace.