The wearing of the school’s uniform is expected of students in Years 7-11 (inclusive). If there is any reason why a student cannot wear the correct school uniform then the student should bring a letter from home explaining why and for how long the situation is expected to last. Otherwise, students must expect an internal sanction for breach of uniform. A slip will be issued by the relevant Year Achievement Coordinator to any student who is not in full uniform for an “acceptable” reason. The slip can then be shown to any member of staff who questions the deficiency.
Special items of school uniform, such as tie, kilt and badge, can be bought at Gray Palmer (High Street, Saffron Walden). We also have an online shop for pre-loved uniform.
Please ensure that all uniform articles are clearly marked. The approved garments and their colours are:
C: Choice of shirt or blouse
D: Choice of trousers or kilt
Plain black with badge and Year Bar
Smart black shoes Low heeled and sensibly styled in the interests of safety - leather or leather effect (heels no higher than 4cm) – No trainers, particularly Nike Air Force 1s or similar designer trainers. No plimsolls, no open-toed footwear or boots.
Black V neck jumper
Denim, leather jackets, sweatshirts of any kind, and hoodies must not be worn.
Buttoned up white shirt with collar with school tie, knotted closely to the collar with the crest visible. Shirt to be tucked into trousers or kilt. Long or short sleeves are acceptable.
Regulation white fitted, revere necked blouse with ¾ or full-length sleeves. This style of blouse does not require a tie.
Polo shirts are not allowed.
Black Trousers tailored and of suiting material, not tight fitting, stretchy, jogger style or denim fabric.
Marks and Spencer: Black zip pocket trousers with adjustable waist: (available from Marks and Spencer)
Gray Palmer: David Luke: ‘eco uniform’ black trousers
During the summer term only: Black Tailored Shorts can be worn instead of the trousers or kilt. These should be worn with plain black ankle socks.
Approved shorts are available at:
Marks and Spencer: Black regular/slim leg shorts (up to age 14)
Kilt in Dress Mckenzie Tartan worn just above the knee with plain black socks or tights, only available at Gray Palmer
Please note - we are currently phasing out our older style PE uniform. In order to avoid placing any further financial burden on our families students will be permitted to wear any of the older style PE uniform that they currently own, that has been passed down or has been purchased from the pre-loved uniform shop.
Team Wear - Students who are selected regularly for any school team will be expected to have the relevant uniform below.
Please note that we do have a pre-loved uniform shop and encourage parent/carers to make use of this. If you would like more information on this, please contact the uniform team at email@example.com
Make up and nail varnish
- If worn, make up should be discreet.
- Nail varnish and nail extensions should not be worn.
- Students wearing nail varnish or excessive make up will be asked to remove it.
Students are only allowed a watch and small earrings (one in each ear), either stud earrings or small hoops – a useful measure for hoops is that they should not be able to slide onto the little finger. Facial and body piercings are not allowed. This includes tongue piercings. Any other jewellery will be confiscated, put in a sealed envelope with the student’s name, form and the date on the outside, and taken to the Main Office for safekeeping. Students may regain their jewellery the following day from the Main Office on receipt of an email from home.
All personal property should be clearly marked. Students should not bring valuable items into school.
Mobile phones, ipods or similar
These should not be brought into school; if they are seen or heard on school premises they will be confiscated. They will be taken by staff to the main office for safekeeping.
If it is the first confiscation for that academic year the item can be collected at the end of the day.
If it is not the first confiscation for that academic year the item will be kept in school and will be returned at the end of the following day from the Main Office on receipt of an email from home.
Other items (e.g. jewellery or clothing which is not part of school uniform) may be confiscated and held in the relevant Year Office/by the member of staff concerned.
These will be returned at a point decided by the member of staff concerned in consultation with the relevant YAC/SSO. If it is a first confiscation this may be up to two weeks from the confiscation. If it is not the first confiscation the item may be kept for longer (e.g. to be returned at the end of half-term/term)
Students may not dye their hair an UNNATURAL hair colour and highlights/streaks are not allowed. Extreme hairstyles are not permitted. It is important that long hair is well managed. No students may have their hair cut shorter than a barbers’ number 2. Students breaking the hairstyle regulations can expect to be placed in Isolation.