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School Uniform Policy - Effective September 2019

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Published on - 20-07-2018

Our uniform policy which contains our expectations of all elements of personal presentation, including hair and make-up, has been constructed in consultation with students, parents and staff.

It is school policy that all students wear the correct uniform when attending school, as well as for some school organised events.


We place importance and value on our school uniform, both as a mark of pride in the school as well as a positive identification with the school community.  In addition a clear uniform policy can avoid conflict at home about what to wear.  Experience demonstrates that when students are smartly presented, this will positively influence their attitude in school, setting the tone for learning and progress.

Therefore through our uniform policy we aim to:


All students are expected to wear the correct school uniform at all times during the school day.  This includes to and from school, as well as during some school organised events.  We expect all students to wear the uniform with pride and to conduct themselves appropriately when representing the school.  This also applies when students are off-site and in the school community.

We expect all students, supported by their parents, to take personal responsibility for the presentation of their uniform and to ensure their uniform is worn correctly and consistently.

Parents should contact their child’s tutor if there are any personal circumstances affecting their child wearing the correct uniform, in order to make a swift resolution.  If a note is provided, we would expect parents to notify the school of the date that their child will be expected to be back in full uniform.  We would expect all uniform issues to be resolved within two weeks or at the discretion of the school.


Supplies / Cost of Uniform

We want to ensure that the cost of uniform does not deter any family from applying for a school place for their child, nor leads to them feeling socially excluded or unable to afford parts of the uniform.  The uniform is reviewed annually to ensure that good quality clothing is provided at an affordable price which best suits the needs of all students.  If there are any changes to the supplier of school uniform, parents and guardians will be notified in due course and with sufficient time to reasonably implement any changes.


Application of the Uniform Policy

It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child attends school wearing correct uniform (please see the Home School Agreement).  Although all staff have a responsibility for monitoring that students are correctly dressed in class and elsewhere on the school site, the main responsibility will lie with the tutor.  Appendix A, B and C detail the school’s expectations for uniform items and appearance.


Students not conforming to the School Uniform Policy

A student wearing non-uniform clothing can expect to be challenged in school.  Where appropriate, a temporary uniform permit may be issued or the student may be supplied with the appropriate item of uniform for the remainder of the day e.g. a school tie.  However this decision will be made by the school.  All such items supplied will be expected to be returned at the end of the school day.  In the event of uniform infringements, parents may be contacted and the student may be sent home in order to rectify the issue with the uniform and then return to school.

In the case of jewellery and other accessories, the student will be asked to remove the item, which in some cases may result in these items being confiscated.  The school reserves the right to return confiscated items to parents only, and not students.  However in some circumstances the school may not return some items at all.  This may be the case in particular when students have needed to be challenged on more than one occasion about a particular uniform problem.  In the event where a student is sent home to get changed or collect an item of uniform, he/she may be required to attend one or more detentions to make up for the time lost.

Subject to the final appeal process, the Headteacher is normally the final arbiter in all matters of uniform and dress.

pdf document Uniform expectations - September 2019 onwards

pdf document Acceptable Footwear Guidance - September 2019 onwards 

pdf document Unacceptable Footwear Guidance - September 2019 


Appendix A – list of required and optional uniform for all students in Year 7 – 11 From September 2019 onwards

*Optional part of uniform

Item of uniform

Available to be purchased from Skoolkit

Guidance / Description

Items / uniform variations not permitted



BHCS blazers are compulsory for girls and boys in all year groups




Standard BHCS tie should be worn by all students in Years 7 – 11

No other tie is permitted to be worn.


Not available

Plain black traditional leather* style shoes suitable for school use

Maximum heel height 2” / 5cm

*Shoes do not need to be made from real leather

No boots or Ugg style boots, no trainers, no stiletto shoes, no platform soles, no backless shoes, no plimsolls, no dolly shoes.

No shoes that have any other colours, branding or marking.



Boys and girls are required to wear the Brighton Hill Community School daffodil yellow shirt only

No other colour shirt is permitted to be worn.  Blouses are not permitted to be worn.



Plain black


BHCS recommends Skoolkit as the supplier of this item

No other colour is permitted.

Not flecked or patterned.  No jeans or chino material / style permitted.

Not tight fitting – no flares, no hipsters, no leggings, no belts, no zips or decorative buttons on the front panel of trouser.



Pleated Charleston style skirt, plain black

BHCS recommends Skoolkit as the supplier of this item

However, the Charleston style skirt can also be found in M&S
(code: T760171)

No other colour is permitted.

No longer than mid-calf or shorter than knee length.  No belts are permitted.


Not available

Plain black

No other colours are permitted.


Not available

Plain black or flesh / neutral coloured

No other colours are permitted.
No patterns.



BHCS V neck, navy (unisex)

This item is optional

No other jumper other that the BHCS jumper is permitted to be worn.  No sweatshirts or cardigans are permitted.
No hoodies are permitted.

*T-Shirts / Undershirts

Not available

A plain white vest or T-shirt may be worn under the school shirt for extra warmth but must not be visible

No other colour is permitted.

No visible T-shirts.  No patterned or logos on T-shirts are permitted.


Not available

Plain black or navy only

No other colour, marking or branding is permitted.  No hoodies are permitted.  No denim or leather jackets are permitted.


Not available

Plain black or navy only


No other colour is permitted.

No caps* or ski hats.

*exceptions to be made to the caps may be made in extreme heat where sun burn is a concern, through discussion with the Headteacher, SLT or the relevant Head of Year

*Tailored ‘summer’ shorts


Plain tailored, professional looking shorts – these can ONLY be worn during the summer term

These must be purchased from Skoolkit.  No other shorts are permitted.


Not available

Plain black scarf

No other colour is permitted to be worn in school.  No logos or designs permitted.


Not available

Plain black

No branded belts are allowed

* Optional part of uniform

Appendix B – list of required and optional PE uniform for all students from September 2019 onwards

Item of uniform

Available to be purchased from Skoolkit

Guidance / uniform variations not permitted

BHCS polo shirt navy / yellow


No other polo shirt is permitted.

BHCS shorts navy blue


No other shorts are permitted


BHCS rugby shirt


No other rugby shirt is permitted.


White ankle socks


No other colour socks are permitted.


Yellow football socks


No other colour football socks are permitted.


Not available

These should have laces and be fit for purpose.  No plimsolls are permitted.

Football / rugby boots

Not available

Rugby safety studs are to be worn in rugby boots.  Screw-in studs are not permitted on Basingstoke Soccer Centre.



Not available

- x -


 BHCS Tracksuit Bottoms

This item is OPTIONAL


No other tracksuit bottoms are permitted.

*Gum Shield (for rugby and hockey only)


- x -

Hair Tie

Not available

All students with long hair are required to tie hair up during practical activities

NEW BHCS logo hoodie

This item is OPTIONAL


No other hoodies are allowed.

BHCS hoodies are only allowed to be worn during PE lessons.  BHCS hoodies are not allowed to be worn at any other time in school.


*BHCS fleece

This item is OPTIONAL


No other fleece is permitted.


* Optional part of uniform

 Appendix C – details pertaining to appearance for all students in Years 7-11, from September 2019 onwards


Guidance / description

Variations not permitted


One conventional, gold-coloured stud no bigger than 4mm can be worn in each ear lobe only.

Students may only have their have their ears pierced ONCE in each ear lobe.

It is strongly advised that students wishing to have their ears pierced should do so at the beginning of the summer holiday, so as to avoid the need for spacers and – or additional piercings to close up.

No other style of earring is permitted.
No other body jewellery is permitted.

No spacers, belly button piercings, nose studs, tongue piercings are allowed to be worn.

Failure to adhere to this policy will result in the student having to remove the piercing, being isolated or sent home.


Students are permitted to colour their hair, however this must be of a natural colour (i.e. blonde, black, brown) and should be uniform in nature.

No other colour than that stated can be applied.

Students are not permitted to have any marking or tramlines shaved into their hair.

No extreme haircuts permitted e.g. Mohicans.

If in doubt please consult the school before committing to a specific hair cut style.

Failure to adhere to this policy will result in the student either being isolated or sent home.


Nail varnish or acrylic nails are not permitted to be worn.


Failure to adhere to this policy will result in the student being asked to remove the nail varnish / nails and sanctioned.



Watches are allowed and encouraged in school.

Medical bracelets are permitted to be worn.

Necklaces, bracelets, chains and rings are not permitted.


No other jewellery is permitted to be worn, even if for sentimental reasons.

Failure to adhere to this policy will result in the items being confiscated.



Headphones / earphones are not permitted to be visible or worn in school.

Failure to adhere to this policy will result in the items being confiscated.



It is a criminal offence to tattoo anyone under 18 unless a qualified medical practitioner does it for medical reasons.

Any incidences of tattoos will be investigated by the school as an issue of child protection.



Make-up is not permitted to be worn at any time for students in KS3.  This includes blusher, mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow and lipstick.  Students in KS4 are permitted to wear discreet levels of natural coloured blusher – however all other forms of make-up are not permitted.


Failure to adhere to this policy will result in the student having to remove all traces of make-up.  Persistent wearing of make-up will result in a higher sanction.