Dress Code

Joseph Whitaker School Uniform

The Joseph Whitaker School believes that a uniform supports the development of a whole school ethos and is therefore supportive of good discipline and motivation.

We want our students to be proud of their uniform and appearance and to recognise that by putting it on, they are part of a community that aspires to be outstanding in every way.

With this in mind, we need to be very clear in our expectations of our uniform so that there is no ambiguity or misinterpretation of our expectations.

Below please find details of the standard of uniform that is expected and what is not acceptable:


Final Uniform policy 2018

My School Uniform Link


In recognition of our students’ maturity, growing independence and eventual transition into employment, the Sixth Form Dress Code is based upon standards expected in a professional workplace. The school believes that such a dress code strikes a balance between a degree of individuality and recognising the importance of setting an example to the younger members of the school community, parents and visitors to the school.

The Sixth Form Dress Code ensures that:

  • Students are immediately identifiable as members of our Sixth Form and as more mature, responsible young adults.
  • Sixth Form students will take pride in their appearance and be good visual ambassadors for the school.
  • Students will be recognised as role models within the school.

Dress Code:

Students should be aware the overall guidelines require them to look tailored and professional. Dress should be conservative and suitable for smart business daywear:

  • Suit-style, smart trousers.
    • Denim, leather trousers, jeans, chinos, cargo pants, tracksuit bottoms, leggings, shorts and culottes are not acceptable.
  • Skirts should be knee to mid-calf in length. A-line or pencil skirts may be worn but the latter must not be made of Lycra or be too fitted in style.
  • Male students should wear a shirt with a collar.
  • Female students should wear a blouse, shirt or modest top.
    • Tops with shoestring straps, vests, T-shirts, football or other sports shirts are not acceptable.
    • Tops must not be transparent or revealing.
    • Midriffs must be covered.
  • Footwear should be smart and formal.
    • Flip-flops, stiletto heels, sports shoes, trainers and boots are not acceptable.
    • Shoes must be of a sensible height.
  • A smart jumper, cardigan or formal jacket may be worn.
    • Sweatshirts/ hoodies are not acceptable.
  • Tattoos/ body piercings should not be visible. Facial piercings are not allowed. Stretchers are not allowed.
  • Hair styles should be smart – no ‘extreme’ styles or colours allowed (e.g. lines/ shapes cut into hair).
  • Make-up, if worn at all, should be minimal and appropriate to the school environment.

Note: Students enrolled on the Advanced Sports Programme have a separate sports’ uniform. When not wearing this uniform, they will be expected to adhere to the formal dress code at all other times.

  1. In the event of a student being inappropriately dressed for their studies, they will be asked to return home and change into something more suitable.