School Uniform

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.

Uniform Regulations

Special items of school uniform, such as tie, kilt and badge, can be bought at Gray Palmer (High Street, Saffron Walden). See link below.

Please ensure that all uniform articles are clearly marked.  The approved garments and their colours are:

A. Compulsory B. Optional C. Choose 1 D. Choose 1

Blazer:  Plain black with badge and Year Bar (Red)


Smart black shoes:  low heeled and sensibly styled in the interests of safety - leather or leather effect (heels no higher than 4cm) – no trainers, plimsolls open-toed or boots

Black V necked jumper


Outdoor Coat: An anorak is recommended as it can be worn over the blazer. Denim, leather jackets and hoodies must not be worn.

Buttoned up white shirt with collar, with long or short sleeves, tucked into trousers or kilt and school tie knotted closely to the collar with the crest visible


Regulation white fitted, revere necked blouse with ¾, short or full length sleeves

Polo shirts are not allowed

Dress McKenzie kilt worn just above the knee with plain black socks or tights

OR Black Trousers – tailored and of suiting material, not tight, stretchy or denim.

Approved trousers for girls:

Plain black trousers: a choice of four styles:

  • David Luke: ‘eco uniform’ black trousers available from Gray Palmers
  • Banner: ‘Trimley’ black trousers available from Gray Palmers
  • Black zip pocket trousers with adjustable waist, or Girls’ Slim Leg – regular fit – Product ID T761240/ T761252: (all available from Marks and Spencer

Second Hand Uniform

  • The school has a limited supply of second hand uniform which is available to borrow or to buy for those who are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant.

  • Please contact your child’s Year Achievement Coordinator or Student Support Officer for further information.

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 after two weeks from the Main Office on receipt of a letter from home requesting it.

Personal Property

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 upon production of a letter from parents requesting return of the item.

Confiscated items

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.