• Encourage pride in the Sixth Form and School
  • Encourage a sense of equality and cohesion
  • Ensure that students of different social, religious and ethnic groups feel welcome
  • Protect students from social pressures to dress in a particular way
  • To identify members of the school community to keep our students safe

Our Sixth Form Dress Code is commonly accepted business dress. Suggested items for school attire are as follows:

  • A shirt and tie or blouse; trousers, skirt/dress and blazer. Blazers may not be substituted by jumpers and cardigans, although these may be worn in addition during cold winter months.
  • Skirts worn to school must be of knee length. Lycra or tight-fitting skirts do not meet the Sixth Form Dress Code.
  • Jumpers worn must not have a large logo and ties must be visible whilst wearing them.
  • Trousers should be tailored. No jeans or jeans style, no leggings or shorts.
  • Shoes should be of a type similar to that worn lower down the school, although not necessarily black. At Sixth Form students may wear smart ankle boots e.g. no branding, no spikes, no platforms and no fur trim. Additionally, no trainers, basketball boots, Doc Martens boots or similar.
  • In the case of practical subjects; longer hair must be worn neatly ideally tied back neatly.
  • Sleeper or stud earrings may be worn. Nose rings/studs and other facial piercings are not permitted. Students are not permitted to wear an excessive amount of jewellery, and are likely to be required to remove items where this is the case.
  • Hair, hair braids and beads should be of a natural colour (not excessive in quantity).
  • Those with facial hair are expected to come to school clean-shaven or with a neatly-trimmed beard. For example, this would not necessitate being closely trimmed where this would not be an appropriate expectation for some of our students with a Muslim, Sikh or other faith.

BGS issued lanyards must be worn by Sixth Form students at all times.

The following are not considered appropriate to our working environment:

  • Very short skirts or dresses.
  • Jackets of an informal style such as denim, leather or similar.
  • T-shirts - especially those of a baggy style with logos and similar across the front or back.
  • Dresses or shirts/tops which are strapless, have thin (spaghetti) straps, backless or similar; no plunging necklines. Tops and shirts should not be revealing any skin at the waist. E.g. no crop tops.

As with all school policies, this policy will be adjusted by the school where necessary to meet its equality and other legal duties. For example, the school may permit certain clothing or jewellery to be worn by a student where this is a genuine requirement of that student's religion, or where this is necessary to avoid disadvantage caused by the student's disability.


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