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St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School

Sixth Form Dress Code

Young men and women in our Sixth Form are expected to dress in a manner that promotes professionalism and responsibility. Details for the dress code can be found in the menu to the right, and frequently asked questions are answered below.

 

Dress Code FAQs

Q: Some of these clothes look expensive. What if I can’t afford them?

A: With budget retailers and supermarkets (e.g. Primark, Matalan, George at Asda, Tesco etc.) now so prevalent in the clothing market, putting together a modest wardrobe for school should cost no more than what you would usually pay for a school uniform. Depending on your parent/carers’ personal circumstances, you may be eligible for bursary payments, which means the school could help you with the cost of buying clothing for school. If you think you might be eligible, then speak in confidence with Mr Cadwallader or Mrs Chambers.

Q: What happens if I break the dress code?

A: Form Tutors will be checking dress code every day. It is at their discretion as to what action will be taken should you break it in any way. If you arrive for school dressed completely inappropriately, it is likely that you will be sent home to get changed. A minor indiscretion is likely to result in a ‘quiet word’ and an expectation set that you will put right the infringement for the next school day. Persistent failure to adhere to the dress code will be considered as defiance of the School’s Code of Conduct and instructions. Sanctions that will follow might include detentions, internal and fixed-term exclusions and ultimately, removal from the Sixth Form.

Q: Can the school really remove someone from the Sixth Form just for not following the dress code?

A: As a last resort, when an individual has persistently refused to comply with the school’s rules despite a number of ‘chances’, then with some regret, yes. By virtue of accepting a place in our Sixth Form, students are agreeing to follow any rules and guidelines that are set out in terms of their behaviour and conduct by signing the code of conduct; this includes the Dress Code. Most schools who have a Sixth Form within their school will have a similar dress code. If you are looking for a more relaxed approach in terms of dress, a college is perhaps more appropriate for you.