Uniform

We are extremely proud of the smart appearance of our students and feel that our high standards of uniform make a significant contribution to the positive behaviour of students in the school.  The school staff are grateful for the on-going support of parents and carers in ensuring their children come to school dressed smartly and in accordance with our uniform policy. This support is incredibly helpful to the school staff, especially Heads of Year and tutors, who work hard to maintain high standards of uniform.

The school’s uniform policy, together with other key policies, is on the school website, but for convenience please find below the uniform for students in Years Seven to Eleven:

Uniform for students in Years 7-11

  • Navy blue or black blazer with school badge (most girls favour navy; most boys favour black);
  • Navy blue or black smart tailored trousers worn above the hips or 'A' line skirt with front inverted pleat, which must be no shorter than just above the knee. Please note that we have recently changed the skirt length from knee length to just above the knee to make it achievable for all students.  (Skoolkit navy skirt: Code No GS3V-NVY).  Banner black skirt: Code No: 3590). No other styles are acceptable. (Note:  These must match the colour of the blazer);
  • Navy blue or black V-neck pullover (optional);
  • Hijab, if worn, should match blazer and skirt/trousers;
  • White shirt to be tucked into the waistband at all times; top button to be done up;
  • House tie;
  • Black or dark brown (not tan) shoes – heels no higher than two inches.  No trainers or platform shoes.  Shoes should protect and support feet to comply with the school’s Health & Safety regulations;
  • Belts to also be black or dark brown;
  • Dark grey, navy or black socks to be worn with trousers;
  • Plain white, black or navy socks or navy blue or black tights to be worn with skirts;
  • Plain outdoor coat which covers the blazer;
  • Jewellery is not permitted including any facial and body piercings, other than Medic Alert bracelets or necklaces;
  • No extremes of hair colour or style (for example tramlines) are allowed;
  • If make-up is worn, it should be natural in appearance;
  • Nails should be kept short and neat and coloured nails are not allowed.

Students in Years 7-11 are not allowed to wear jewellery to school. Parents who wish their children to have pierced ears should get the ears pierced at the start of the holiday, to give the piercings enough time to heal before the students return to school in September.

If you have any questions about uniform, please contact your child’s form tutor.

Mr Phil Wilson

Deputy Headteacher

The Downs School

 

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