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Shenley Brook End School

Shenley Brook End School

Dress Code

Sixth form dress code at Shenley Brook End

We want sixth form students to be smart and to create and maintain the right tone and to demonstrate the right attitudes. Sixth form students must be a positive influence on students in years 7 to 11 in terms of their appearance as well as their attitudes around school. 

We say smart formal wear, but many people are not sure what that means. 

Here are guidelines to help you: 

Smart Professional Wear
  • Smart, formal trousers - of varying colours are okay as fashion does change a little. Not super tight fitting – they are not formal 

  • Skirts of a reasonable length – no more than 3 inches above the knee 

  • Polo shirts 

  • Plain t-shirts with no large logos 

  • Blouses/shirts 

  • Cardigans and jumpers (plain pullover sweatshirts or cotton/woollen) 

  • Suits 

  • Corduroy material dresses/trousers 

  • Dresses of a reasonable length 

  • Shorts of chino material (in hot weather) 

  • Plain shoes/boots 

  • Piercings in the ears and nose only 

  • Discreet jewellery 

  • Leggings if worn with a smart top – with no mid-riff showing 

Inappropriate Wear
  • Denim jeans/jackets of any colour 

  • Sports trainers of any colour (PE and Drama have a uniform and ONLY if they have a PRACTICAL lesson that day. If there uniform is in the wash – student revert to formal wear) 

  • Canvas trainers of any kind – that means no Converse 

  • Shorts (unless in hot weather and tailored– but no jersey/sports/denim material shorts) 

  • Hoodies and big baggy sweat-shirts/jumpers 

  • Joggers and cargo trousers 

  • Gym Wear 

  • Clothing with large logos 

  • Jackets or coats worn inside 

  • Hats worn inside 

  • Skirts/Dresses above end of fingertip length 

  • Thigh high boots or super high heels 

  • Spaghetti strap tops 

  • Sliders/flip-flops or open toe sandals without a back to keep them on 

  • Crop Tops – no midriffs showing 

  • Leggings - if worn with crop tops and therefore are very revealing 

  • Extreme hair colours 

The message is that if staff and years 7 to 11 are not allowed to wear it in school then the sixth form cannot also. 

There may be plenty of “cannot” wear this or that but, within these guidelines students have a great deal of choice. A great deal more choice than students in years 7 to 11 or even staff. Sixth form students can play around with colour and style and how to wear their clothes but not wear them that is extreme or may be deemed inappropriate for school. 

When fashion changes the guidelines may have to adapt with these changes in fashion. 

Remember all of these guidelines are to maintain a smart sixth form that demonstrates all of the right attitudes in school and helps the school community by sticking to these rules. 

If students are dressed incorrectly, we may have to send students home to change so plan ahead what you will wear to avoid being stuck without professional clothes. 

The Sixth Form team