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St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School

Sixth Form Dress Code


A dress code is to encourage, in students, a sense of professional purpose, appropriate to a formal working situation. Students are expected to dress in a manner suitable for a school where high standards of appearance are valued and encouraged.  

As a guide, a Sixth Former should be able to leave school and attend a formal interview without having to enhance his/her appearance.  

It is the responsibility of all students to ensure they are dressed accordingly but in the event of a student failing to meet these standards, they will be sent home.  

The Dress Code is as follows:  

For Male Students

For Female Students

A suit or complementary jacked/blazer and tailored trousers. Jackets and trousers should be conservative in colour. It may be plain, pin striped or checked.   Formal skirt, dress or trousers with a formal jacket. Skirts/dresses should be knee length and trousers should be full length.  
A shirt; patterns, checks and stripes are acceptable but shouldn’t be excessive. Students must wear a tie with their shirt. Top buttons of shirts must be fastened.   A blouse or shirt. Jumpers may be worn under the jacket. Students MUST NOT wear a jumper in place of a jacket.  
Dark coloured, smart shoes.   Dark coloured, smart shoes with black soles.  
For very cold weather, a smart, plain, V-necked jumper may be worn under the jacket. Students MUST NOT wear a jumper in place of a jacket.    

The following are NOT allowed:  

Facial or body piercings, visible tattoos, hats or baseball caps, hoodies or leather jackets. Earrings or studs for male students (plasters covering earrings or studs are not permitted). Any jewellery worn must be discreet and appropriate. Within these limits, students are expected to use judgement and common sense.  

Please note that tracksuits may be worn during appropriate lessons, e.g. PE, Performing Arts and Dance, but not elsewhere in school (i.e students must change clothing before and after these lessons). A change of clothing or protective clothing may also be required for practical subjects. Where a student is attending off site sporting fixtures, a suit, etc; must be worn travelling to the venue.  

Jeans or trousers of any colour/material featuring patch pockets at the rear and/or rivets.  

Judgement on what is suitable rests with the Sixth Form Team whose decision is final.  

Hair must be worn as follows:  

  • In a single natural colour.  

  • At a length suitable for a business environment (generally speaking, the wearer’s skin should not be visible above the hairline).  

  • Without ‘tramlines’ or other ‘carvings’.