Our school uniform was designed in 2008 and reviewed in 2014 with students, parents, and staff. The uniform reflects the key issues that our young people in particular told us they would like:
• To be smart and ready for work
• To be proud of their achievements and themselves
• To portray a positive image in the wider community
Our reason for having uniform is to support students to focus on their learning, create an ‘even playing field’ and a protective environment for students to develop their sense of self as they approach adulthood. Students must fully comply with the school uniform policy. THS acknowledges that as students move towards adulthood they will be establishing a strong identity which they may choose to express through their appearance outside of school and upon leaving school. We encourage students to make considered choices and understand the impact of these choices. The THS uniform policy requires students to defer (until they have left school) permanent or extreme features which they may later regret.
The key elements of the uniform are:
- A plain white shirt, with collar, buttoned to the neck, long or short sleeves. Fitted shirts for girls are allowed but these must also be able to be buttoned to the neck.
- A tie (clip-on ties available).There are tie designs for each of the six Houses: one for KS3 students (year 7,8 and 9) and one for KS4 (year 10 and 11). Students must wear the correct KS tie in their House colour.
- A tailored jacket with a version for boys and girls with embroidered logo.
- Plain black, full-length tailored trousers or plain black skirt. Please see list of approved trousers. Neither leggings nor jeans are allowed. Skirts must allow a reasonable range of movement
- Plain black, flat shoes (no coloured laces or stitching or steel toe caps). Shoes should be weather appropriate i.e. waterproof in rainy weather.
- Plain, neutral socks.
All students are expected to wear this uniform. If any item of uniform is incorrect, in particular if the skirt is too short, parents will be contacted and an alternative garment required.
In addition, a plain black V-neck school jumper is an optional addition that might be worn on cooler days with the jacket. An approved cardigan design is also available. Both garments can be bought with embroidered logo from Thomas Moore’s. Cheaper alternatives must be from the list of items approved by student Senate.
All uniform should be labelled using a laundry marker or labels with the student’s first and second name.
The jackets, ties and embroidered jumpers and cardigans are only available from
Thomas Moore of Exeter Ltd., 102-104 Fore Street, Exeter
Tel: 01392 255711 web: www.thomasmooretoymaster.co.uk
SUMMER UNIFORM – applicable in the summer term only.
Whilst still maintaining our ‘office smart’ appearance, during the summer term students may wear the following alternatives:
- Short sleeve plain white shirt, with collar, buttoned to the neck.
- Smart, tailored black cropped trousers or knee length skirt (see list of approved providers).
- The THS jacket (boy’s or girl’s version) with embroidered logo can be removed in hot weather.
In addition, for health and safety and reasons of security, as well as maintaining the good image of the school, the following applies to all students:
- Students may wear a watch and maximum of two stud earrings (each measuring no more than 4mm each. This includes ear stretchers. No spikes are allowed).
- Eyebrow, nose and mouth piercings are not permitted. Neither are tattoos which are illegal for under eighteen year olds.
- Students with medical conditions may wear medical alert jewellery
- The only other badges or bracelets that may be worn are those issued by the school or approved by the school in support of a charity or other good cause.
- Unnatural hair colours and exaggerated hair-styles are not permitted.
- Make-up, if worn, should be discreet.
Clip-on ties will be issued to students who use their tie in a way which puts themselves or others a risk.
PE clothing for boys and girls
Students must wear:
- Reversible burgundy and white rugby shirt OR Navy zip-necked sweatshirt with school logo (generally boys wear the rugby top and girls wear the sweatshirt),
- Blue and white polo shirt embroidered with House colour logo and house name on arm,
- Navy football/rugby shorts (not long basketball short)
- Blue and Burgundy Football socks with school name
- Plain white sports socks
- Gum Shield
- Shin pads
Students may wear:
Navy track-suit bottoms with school logo
‘Under-armour’ can be purchased from school or a long sleeve top and leggings can be worn underneath other PE kit.
In wet weather it would be a good idea to bring spare underwear as you can get wet through!
PE kit items with logos are available from Proserve, Unit 3, Dinan Way Trading Estate, Concorde Road, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 4RS Tel: 01395 222975 www.proservegroup.com You can order by phone, online, or collet a postal order form from reception or the PE office.
Guidelines for staff
THS supports and promotes staff to share their culture and identity with students appropriately as an important part of students’ learning. THS staff present themselves professionally and provide positive roles models for students. This includes their dress. Whilst there is no uniform or dress code for staff currently this may be considered in the future. In the meantime staff:
- Dress professionally and respectfully in a way that promotes their role;
- Follow health and safety procedures e.g. removing jewellery, ties and tying back hair when using hazardous equipment or involved in physical education or food preparation.
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ALL STUDENTS, PARENTS AND STAFF SUPPORT THE UNIFORM POLICY. FROM SEPTEMBER 2014 THERE WILL BE AWARDS FOR THE BEST DRESED STUDENTS; FASHION SHOWS AT THE SCHOOL WILL INCUDE THE MODELLING OF THE UNIFORM WORN SUCCESSFULLY, AND THE IMAGE OF THE SCHOOL WILL BE A FOCUS FOR FURTHER CELEBRATION.
THOSE STUDENTS WHO DO NOT COMPLY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN CLASS; THEY WILL BE SENT HOME TO CHANGE OR THEY WILL COMPLETE THEIR LESSONS ELSEWHERE IN THE SCHOOL. THEIR PARENTS / CARERS WILL BE GIVEN A MAXIMUM OF 7 DAYS TO AMEND THEIR CHILD’S UNIFORM BEFORE FURTHER SANCTIONS ARE APPLIED.
STAFF WILL BE ASKED TO SUPPORT THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE UNIFORM POLICY BY TUTOR GROUP ROUTINE CHECKS AND PEER CHECKING. THERE WILL ALSO BE WEEKLY CLAMP DOWNS OF SPECIFIC ITEMS (to be known to staff only).