Wye School uniform is smart and should be worn with pride. Whilst wearing uniform, students are representing the School. It signals very clearly that students have come to learn and to be part of Wye School community. The way in which students wear their uniform is one way in which the local community makes judgements about the School. The aim of the Uniform Policy is to create a shared understanding amongst staff, students, and parents/carers about the School’s uniform.
A few key pieces* will need to be purchased through the official suppliers (Pages* - please see details below) but we have tried to ensure that other items can be bought anywhere, enabling parents to consider high street alternatives which might be cheaper. All items of uniform should have names clearly labelled.
Students will wear the correct uniform in the proper way at all times, including journeys between home and School. Blazers must be worn between lessons, but can be removed in lessons with permission from the teacher. Students do not have to wear their blazers during break and lunch times. Parents/carers have the responsibility to send their children to School clean and tidy with correctly name labelled uniform.
Compulsory: Wye School blazer with braiding*; white shirt; School tie*; plain charcoal grey trousers; plain navy or black socks.
Optional: Plain, navy, V-necked jumper under blazer. Plain white vests/T-shirts can be worn under shirts.
Compulsory: Wye School blazer with braiding*; white blouse; Wye School kilt*, sold with a minimum length of 20”; plain charcoal grey trousers; plain navy or black socks/tights, or natural coloured tights in summer.
Optional: Plain, navy, V-necked jumper under blazer. White shirt and School tie* can be worn as an alternative to a white blouse. Plain charcoal, loose-fitting trousers can be worn as alternative to the Wye School kilt. They should be tailored, school trousers, straight-legged in style. Plain white vests/T-shirts can be worn under blouses.
Trousers made from material such as stretch, heavy cotton, black denim, jersey, linen etc. are not acceptable. Skin tight trousers, leggings and footless tights are not permitted.
Permitted: Outer garments should be plain in colour with no images or logos on them. Shoes should be plain black or navy formal school shoes. Shoes should be plain in style and made of leather, or leather-look.
Not permitted: Cardigans, sweatshirts, hoodies, leather, leather-look, denim, sleeveless jackets. Also, boots, trainers and trainer-type shoes. These items will be confiscated regardless of weather.
Hair and accessories
Hair styles should be reasonable, appropriate and neat. Hair length should be at least a grade 3. Hairstyles must not be worn in a way that is covering the eyes. Extreme, unnatural hair colours or mixture of colours (including dipping and other forms of colouring) and any patterned, shaved hairstyles are not permitted. Hair extensions are not permitted. Hair bands and headscarves (permitted for religious reasons only) must be plain navy or black.
Make-up, where worn, must be minimal and discreet. Nail varnish must not be worn. We will ask that any excessive make-up or nail varnish is removed. Nail extensions and fake nails are not permitted as they pose health and safety risks.
Jewellery is not permitted. The only exception is small, plain, silver or gold ear studs, one per ear lobe. No other piercings on the ear, or elsewhere, are permitted. Please contact us if you wish your child to wear an item of jewellery for religious reasons.
School PE Kit
For PE and Games students must wear Wye School PE kit*.
Wye School sports top, shorts and training shoes. Navy socks should be worn for football, hockey and rugby in winter games lessons. White ankle socks for PE lessons. Football boots, gum shield and shin pads. Wye School sports hoody and plain navy tracksuit bottoms may be worn during winter and for travel to fixtures.
Wye School sports top, skort (skirt with inbuilt shorts) and training shoes. Navy socks should be worn for football and hockey in winter games lessons. White ankle socks for PE lessons. Football boots and shin pads. Wye School sports hoody and plain navy tracksuit bottoms may be worn during winter and for travel to fixtures.
Health and Safety Advice
The wearing of personally designed mouth-guards is recommended as a valuable means of protection. Care should be taken to ensure they fit properly.
Studded boots for football, hockey and rugby in the winter terms; these can be plastic or metal studs.
All long hair should be tied back.
Jewellery- all jewellery must be removed for PE and Games lessons.
Inhaler- if used- must be brought to every lesson.
*These items of uniform are only available from our uniform supplier, Pages, www.pages-schoolwear.co.uk, Maidstone 01622 753900.
Inappropriate items of clothing or jewellery will be removed from the student and can be collected at the end of the school day. Repeat breaches of the rules by any student will be communicated to parents.
Students not wearing full or correct uniform will be challenged and temporary loan stock issued where possible. Should a student refuse the request to change their uniform into an item being loaned from School stock, or refuse to remove any makeup/ or jewellery, this will be addressed as defiance and the student will be internally isolated.
Students may be asked to go home briefly to remedy a breach of the School rules on appearance or uniform. This should be no longer than is necessary to remedy the breach. This is not an exclusion but will be deemed an authorised absence. If neither of these options are possible, the student will be expected to work separately from other students. Parents will always be contacted prior to a student being sent home to change. If the student continues to breach uniform rules in such a way as to be sent home to avoid school, or takes longer than is necessary to effect the change, the student’s absence will be counted as unauthorised. If a student’s disregard of uniform policy is persistent and defiant, this will be considered a behaviour issue and may lead to exclusion. Parents will be asked to resolve any uniform issue promptly.
The Principal, or another member of the senior team in her absence, reserves the right to make a final decision with regards to uniform, jewellery or hairstyles deemed to be unacceptable.
Students are expected to wear correct uniform on journeys to and from Wye School and throughout the school day. On entry to School, uniform will be checked by duty staff. Where incorrect items are being worn, students will be asked to go home to remedy the breach if this is possible. Alternatively, a uniform change will be made by an item being loaned from School stock in exchange for a deposit e.g. bus pass, mobile phone. All staff will check, challenge and correct uniform throughout the school day. Students are to leave School in their uniform (there may be some occasions when PE kit is worn after a sports club/fixture). On leaving School at the end of a day, uniform will be checked by duty staff.
Confiscating students’ property is a legitimate sanction provided that there is a good reason for so doing and that the length of time the article is confiscated is reasonable.
Confiscated items will be labelled to include the student’s name, year group, details of the item(s) confiscated, date and the name of the staff member who confiscated the item(s). The item will be held at Student Reception where it will be stored in a safe place.
Items can be collected by the student from Student Reception at the end of the school day. It is the students’ responsibility to collect the item at the end of the school day. If the issue is serious enough for a longer period of confiscation, e.g. repeat offences, then parents/carers will be informed and will be requested to collect the item(s) from the School. Property will not be withheld for longer than a half term. At the end of a half term remaining items are handed back to the student.
Wye School recognises that some students may have genuine grounds for requesting an exemption from part of this policy. In such cases contact should be made with the School.
If students or parents/carers are in doubt about an item of uniform, they should contact the School before doing so. This avoids unnecessary expense in buying items which are unacceptable. Any items purchased from Pages are compatible with our policy requirements. This is our preferred method for purchasing any uniform items.
Winter coats and jackets should be plain in colour with no images or logos on them. Outdoor garments must be removed when indoors.
During the summer we may experience hot weather. During this time we decide on a daily basis if it is a ‘non-blazer’ day. Students are expected to continue to wear their blazer to School, as we have formal events during the day when their blazer must be worn.
If students are participating in a school trip, the trip leader will state if uniform is to be worn or not. When uniform is worn on school trips it is worn to the same standards as it would be in School. If it is a non-uniform trip then the clothing should be suitable and practical to the event being attended, without excessive make-up or jewellery. The representation of students on school trips is one way the community makes judgements about Wye School.
For any non-uniform events in Wye School, students are expected to wear sensible clothing; no offensive pictures/logos or outfits which display midriffs or underwear should be worn. Students not meeting the criteria will be expected to wear an item from our loan stock or will be sent home to change.