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Published on - 13-02-2015

39. Staff Dress Code

These guidelines and expectations for staff dress and appearance are intended to strike a balance between individual choice and the need to maintain role-sensitive high standards in dress and appearance.
A high standard of dress and overall appearance of staff is important because clearly we should be seen as modelling the high standards expected from our students as well as presenting a professional image to our parents and the wider community.

Overriding Principles

The way that staff present themselves, including their clothing, is an important part of their overall professional demeanour and is often the first indicator of others’ perception of our professionalism. Whilst we do not wish to be overly prescriptive we nevertheless expect all staff to adhere to the following standards concerning their professional dress;

-Ensure they are in keeping with the professional image of the school.
-Dress appropriately for their job.
-Endeavour to not wear anything which presents a risk to health and safety.
-Not wear anything which is likely to bring the school into disrepute (i.e. potentially offensive badges, logos or motifs)
-Maintain high standards of personal hygiene and grooming.
-Ensure that clothing is clean and tidy.

The ethos we seek to create and maintain is one in which the general appearance of staff conforms to contemporary standards of conventional dress. (Staff members who wish to wear appropriate, formal clothing from their own culture or background may do so). All clothing should be smart, business-like and appropriate

Standards of staff dress

Male Members of School Staff:

  • To maintain high standards of safeguarding, the school identification badge should be worn at all times.
  • It is expected that all teaching staff wear a shirt and tie at all times and to otherwise dress appropriately for their role (e.g. teaching staff). Male support staff should be smart in appearance and dress appropriately for the role. Tops which contain heavy or repeated logos are not considered suitable professional attire.
  • Classroom based staff should wear smart trousers or a suit.  Jean/cargo type trousers are not recommended as an appropriate form of dress. Smart business like shoes, which are fit for purpose, should be worn. Flip flops or similar are not suitable.
  • In order to maintain a sense of professional dress in keeping with the ethos and expectations of the school, facial piercings/tongue studs are not suitable. Consequently and in line with a raising of professional standards across the school it is expected that staff do not wear these items to work.
  • Jewellery - staff are encouraged to use their professional discretion with regard to both how much jewellery is displayed / worn and the type of jewellery. Although the primary concern is that surrounding Health and safety, an emphasis on a professional business like appearance should be considered.
  • Tattoos – it is recommended that any tattoos are covered during the normal working day.

Female Members of School Staff:

  • To maintain high standards of safeguarding, the school identification badge should be worn at all times.
  • Smart trousers.  No casual jean /cargo type, also ¾ lengths or leggings are not recommended.
  • Smart skirt or dress – length of the skirt/dress should be considered as there is an expectation that these are professional and appropriate in length.
  • Consideration should be given to the style and lengths of tops worn. Very low or strappy tops are not suitable. Tops which contain heavy or repeated logos are not considered suitable professional attire, and nor are low backed tops / clothing with bra straps showing.
  • Shoes – smart business like shoes, which are fit for purpose, should be worn.  Flip flops or similar are not suitable.
  • In order to maintain a sense of professional dress in keeping with the ethos and expectations of the school, facial piercings/tongue studs are not suitable. Consequently and in line with a raising of professional standards across the school it is expected that staff do not wear these items to work.
  • Jewellery - staff are encouraged to use their professional discretion with regard to both how much jewellery is displayed / worn and the type of jewellery. Although the primary concern is that surrounding Health and safety, an emphasis on a professional business like appearance should be considered.
  • Tattoos – it is recommended that any tattoos are covered during the normal working day.

Summer Dress:
During times of very warm weather, whilst still dressing appropriately, the following expectations will apply for all staff:

Male Members of School Staff:

  • Classroom based staff are expected to wear ties. In the rare exception of extreme hot weather this may change.
  • May wear appropriate short-sleeved shirts. Polo shirts are not an acceptable form of professional dress, with the exception of PE staff.

Female Members of School Staff:

  • Smart trousers not casual jean/cargo type
  • Cut-off trousers/¾ length trousers/shorts/leggings are not suitable. ¾ length trousers are not suitable for PE staff.
  • To ensure a high level of professionalism, very low and/or strappy tops/low backed tops are not acceptable

Last Ratified: Oct 2014

Review: Oct 2017


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