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SCHOOL UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE

Our school uniform is important to us. It plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos and values of our school. Our uniform instils a sense of pride, supports positive behaviour and promotes a sense of community. It ensures that all students feel equal and protects them from social pressure to dress in a particular way. It helps the whole school community to get on with our core business of teaching and learning.

Smartness and high standards of appearance are expected at all times.

 

The uniform listed below is compulsory:

Uniform
Description
Blazer

A black blazer must be worn with the school Cuthbert Cross logo purchased from Schoolshop (www.school-shop.co.uk

(the logo is already embroidered on the blazer when bought from Schoolshop).

Tie

A clip-on tie must be worn (available from Schoolshop or school – price £5.50 – £6.00)

Shirt

Formal white shirt (worn tucked in) or fitted white blouse with neck button fastening to the collar for the school tie.

Jumper (optional item)

Optional item, this must be black, v-necked and worn with the school blazer.

Cuthbert Cross logo’d PE jumpers are only allowed to be worn for PE lessons.

Skirt

An official school skirt with the school Cuthbert Cross logo must be purchased from Schoolshop. The skirt should extend to the knee.

No lycra, jersey, ‘stretch material’ skirts of any kind will be allowed.

Trousers

The official school trousers with the Cuthbert Cross logo must be purchased from Schoolshop. Available in both male and female styles.

No jeans, canvas, combat, lycra or ‘skinny’ style trousers of any kind will be allowed.

Socks

Plain black.

Tights

Plain black.

Shoes

Whilst in school, sensible plain black school shoes. No trainers, boots, plimsolls, sandals or heels may be worn. There should not be any sizeable logos.

Examples of acceptable shoes and unacceptable shoes are shown below.

In addition:

  • Jewellery is not allowed, except one pair of studs for pierced ears.  These must be worn in the ear lobes.  No other piercings, including any facial piercings are allowed. The wearing of piercing retainers is not permitted.
  • Hair should be of a single, natural tone. Two-tone hairstyles are not acceptable. Extreme hairstyles are not permitted.
  • Personal music devices and mobile phones have to be switched off and out of sight during lessons and inside the school building at all times.
  • Students may listen to personal music devices and use mobile phones outside or in the dining hall, during breaks and lunchtime only.
  • Light make-up is acceptable. Acrylic nails and false eyelashes are not permitted.
  • Sweatshirts, hoodies worn over/under blazers and baseball caps are not allowed, woollen hats and outdoor coats can only be worn outside.
  • Full uniform should be worn on the way to school and on the way home from school.

In all cases, the school reserves the right to determine what is and what is not acceptable in terms of uniform.

ACCEPTABLE FOOTWEAR

BOYS

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GIRLS

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UNACCEPTABLE STYLE OF FOOTWEAR

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EQUIPMENT

Every student is expected to provide the following basic items of equipment for every lesson:

  • Sturdy school bag
  • Blue or black pen (and a spare)
  • Scientific calculator
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pencil (and a spare)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Pencil eraser
  • Student planner (provided)
  • Green pen

Additional equipment may be required in certain lessons and should be bought when requested. Wherever possible, more expensive textbooks and specialised equipment will be issued on loan. Students will be required to pay for any loss or damage to school property.

PE KIT

All PE kit must be clearly labelled with the student’s name.

PE kit for boys
PE kit for girls

Northallerton School & Sixth Form College logo short sleeve black/white unisex polo shirt (embroidered with the Cuthbert Cross) these are available from Schoolshop

Northallerton School & Sixth Form College  logo short sleeve black/white unisex polo shirt (embroidered with the Cuthbert Cross) these are available from Schoolshop

Black/silver unisex shorts these are only available from Schoolshop

Black/silver unisex shorts these are only available from Schoolshop

Optional – black/silver unisex track pants available from Schoolshop

Optional – black/silver unisex track pants available from Schoolshop

(No leggings, tight sports leggings or cycling shorts)

Either plain black unisex sport sweatshirt, black/white unisex ¼ zip sports top or black/white unisex multi-sports top for outdoor PE-  these are only available from Schoolshop (recommend that at least one garment is purchased)

Either plain black unisex sport sweatshirt, black/white unisex ¼ zip sports top or black/white unisex multi-sports top for outdoor PE-  these are only available from Schoolshop (recommend that at least one garment is purchased)

Optional – Black/silver girls skort this is only available from Schoolshop

For football and rugby: plain long black socks

For indoor or summer term activities: sports/trainer socks

White/black sports trainers (astroturf training shoes) –– not plimsolls

Boots for hockey, football, rugby and shin pads (compulsory for health and safety reasons)

Gum shield strongly advisable for hockey and rugby lessons and compulsory for all hockey matches

For hockey: plain long black football socks

For netball or summer term activities: sports/trainer socks

White/black sports trainers (astroturf training shoes) – not plimsolls

Boots for hockey, football, rugby and shin pads (compulsory for health and safety reasons)

Gum shield strongly advisable for hockey and rugby lessons and compulsory for all hockey matches

Towel

Towel

All jewellery must be removed and hair must be tied up/back.

All jewellery must be removed and hair must be tied up/back.

All students are expected to participate in PE lessons on a regular basis with the appropriate school PE kit. If your child is excused from participating physically in a PE lesson due to an injury or illness, then we do require a note (in their planner or on note paper). However they should still come equipped with their PE kit in order to change (if injury allows) and participate in another role within the lesson such as umpiring.

Uniform FAQs

No, all money from the sale of uniform goes directly to the supplier/manufacturer.

The Department for Education guidance clearly states that ‘it is for the governing body of a school to decide whether there should be a school uniform policy and if so what that should be’. The DfE recommends that value for money is considered. The cost of badged trousers and skirts at the current supplier is competitive when compared to similar products purchased as part of a uniform in other schools.

Yes, the DfE guidance states that this is acceptable and recommends that schools regularly review that the supplier is providing value for money comparatively. Northallerton School & Sixth Form College is committed to reviewing the supplier and/or costs regularly.

Schoolshop trades mostly online which is the way many people prefer to shop.  With free returns, students can try items on at home and return what they don’t want/need. Schoolshop also provides a sizing event in school during the summer term and we, as a school, support parents with receiving orders into school if it is more convenient for them. Schoolshop was also the most competitively priced for the most expensive item on the uniform list - the blazer.

Any child receiving free school meals can receive automatic support with the initial cost of uniform starting in Year 7. We may also be able help other families in need of financial assistance, please get in touch and just let us know your circumstances.

The uniform comes in a range of sizes – boys have a choice of two fitting types (slim and classic fit) and girls also have two fittings in the trousers (slim and classic fit). Hundreds of students already wear the uniform every day comfortably and with pride. Please contact the uniform supplier for more information www.school-shop.co.uk

Uniform means uniform; having a clearly defined item means guidance is not open to interpretation. As a result, teachers and support staff do not waste time chasing infringements and can concentrate on teaching. Furthermore, there is no pressure on young people to conform to a certain style.

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