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:

Students will be expected to arrive at school with a:

  • Plain white shirt (not polo)
  • Navy blue plain v-neck sweater
  • Navy blue blazer with school badge
  • School house clip on tie
  • Plain mid or dark grey school trousers
    • Not leggings, tight fashion trousers or skinny trousers
    • Not denim or cord material
    • Or (for girls) a plain mid or dark grey school skirt.
      • Must be knee length
      • Plain black / dark grey or navy tights must be worn with a skirt, not socks
      • Not patterned tights
  • Plain dark socks to be worn with school trousers
  • Plain, flat black shoes that are appropriate for school
    • No white rims
    • No visible logos
    • No other markings or colours
    • No boots
    • Plain black laces
  • Hoodies are not part of The Joseph Whitaker School uniform and as such must not be worn either as a coat or jumper
  • A coat is recommended in cold weather but this must not have any motifs or logos that could cause offense
  • Wellington boots are not part of The Joseph Whitaker School uniform and as such must not be worn in school.  When there is snow, wellingtons may be worn on the journey to and from school but school shoes must be worn in school
  • Make up, including nail varnish must not be worn.  If a student in years 10 or 11 wishes to wear foundation make up this would be acceptable if natural and subtle
  • Hair should be natural in colour with no patterns or tramlines
  • Hair must not be cut to below a grade 3 or be multi-toned
  • With the exception of one pair of plain, stud earrings (one stud in each ear) and a watch there is to be no other visible jewellery

These are our expectations as a school and by sending your child to The Joseph Whitaker School you are agreeing to these expectations also.  Breaches in the uniform policy will be dealt with appropriately but you should be aware that we reserve the right to remove pupils from their lessons, contact home and send a pupil home to get changed should there be breaches against this policy.


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.

Physical Education Kit

The wearing of correct kit is required. The clothing itself is smart, practical and affordable; the reinforcement of team identity incalculable.  Compulsory items, bearing the school logo, may be bought from the Main Office.

Again, it is expected that this policy will be fully supported by pupils, parents and carers.

Compulsory PE Kit List:

  • Boys: Navy blue rugby shirt
  • Girls: Plain navy blue sweatshirt
  • White polo shirt
  • Navy blue shorts
  • White ankle length socks
  • Navy blue football socks
  • Training shoes [with non-marking soles]

Recommended PE Kit:

  • Football boots
  • Shin pads
  • Navy blue jogging bottoms