Dress Code

The aim of a Sixth Form dress code is to encourage Sixth Form students to dress appropriately for the school environment. 

Sixth Form students form part of the adult community at The King Edmund School and as such are expected to dress smartly accordingly.  Our Sixth Formers act as role models to the younger students. A student’s appearance is not only important in maintaining high standards but is also good preparation for the world of work where appropriate dress is frequently an expectation.

The school reserves the right to make the final judgement about the appropriateness of a student’s dress or appearance in relation to the standards we set for our community. Any student who is not suitably dressed will be sanctioned according to our policy.

Mobile Phones and headphones

We appreciate that for Sixth Form students, a mobile phone is more than just a phone.  Mobile devices can therefore be used in the following locations:

  • Sixth Form Common Room and picnic area
  • Sixth Form study area (G1)
  • During supervised study sessions for research and learning
  • With permission by a class teacher, for an educational purpose only, during a lesson.

Mobile phones/electronic devices must not be out in lessons without permission, or be visible around the corridors.  At all other times, they should be out of sight, turned off or silenced.  Headphones and earbuds must not be visible when you are moving around the school.


Trousers must be of an appropriate length and must not expose underwear.

  • Smart or tailored trousers
  • Chinos
  • Black, grey or blue jeans
  • Cargo trousers (for construction, hospitality and product design students ONLY)
  • Sports/PE students must bring change of clothing

The following are NOT permitted:

  • Trousers that expose underwear
  • Sports clothing (e.g., tracksuit/joggers)
  • Lycra trousers
  • leggings

Ripped or frayed denim is not acceptable. For part of the summer term, smart shorts/denim shorts are permitted but must be knee length. A letter will be sent home to let you know when it is possible to start wearing shorts.

Skirts and dresses

Skirts and dresses must be of an appropriate length for school (just above the knee) and must be worn with tights at all times (except in the summer term when students will be notified through a letter about not wearing tights).

  • Smart skirt
  • Smart dress

The following are NOT permitted:

  • Lycra dresses
  • Lycra skirts


Tops should be smart and discreet. 

  • Long /short sleeve collared shirt (smart shirt)
  • Plain non-branded T-shirt
  • Polo shirt
  • Blouses/smart tops
  • Blazer/jacket (optional)
  • Plain jumper/three-quarter zip jumper (optional)
  • Hoodies

The following are NOT permitted:

  • Sports shirts/vests
  • Tops exposing midriffs
  • Vest/strappy tops
  • Cropped tops
  • Low cut tops
  • Tops with offensive or inappropriate decoration/slogans


  • Smart shoes
  • Trainers (dark or white)  
  • Heels should be of a reasonable height

The following are NOT permitted:

  • Sandals
  • Flip flop style sandals/crocs/sliders


  • Hairstyles should be appropriate for the school environment.  Only natural hair colours are permitted.  Stripes, blocks, patterns and shaved lines are not acceptable; nor are unnatural combinations of colour.
  • Hats or caps should not be worn.
  • Outdoor coats are not to be worn in lessons.
  • No facial piercing apart from earrings
  • Tattoos must not be visible at any time.
  • Expensive items of jewellery should be kept at home for security and safety reasons.

Students following Level 2 courses must wear their subject polo shirts at all times with the appropriate trousers or skirt.  Also, students studying Level 3 Childcare, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Product Design may wear their subject polo shirts.

The school reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of dress standards.  Students who breach these standards may be sanctioned.