Dress Code

Heckmondwike Grammar School is a busy professional working and learning environment. The school
community is culturally diverse and includes children as young as eleven, together with adults and visitors. In
such a situation, it is a duty incumbent on all concerned to dress sensitively, sensibly and in such a way as
not to cause offence or distraction to any member of the community.

The way we dress is a form of non‐verbal communication, and it is well‐known that non‐verbal
communication can be as important, and can convey attitudes and meaning just as effectively as the spoken
or written word. As a consequence, almost all organisations have dress codes. The aim of the dress code is
to clarify what is acceptable dress for sixth former’s at Heckmondwike Grammar School.

Additional Guidance

  • Students must wear their ID badge, on a school lanyard, at all times when on the school site. This is
    to allow for easy identification of students and to ensure the safety of the whole school community.
  •  Students should avoid revealing clothes. This includes tops with a low cut neckline, crop tops which
    leave the midriff uncovered and tops which leave the shoulders uncovered. This also includes tight
    fitting and see through clothes.
  •  When wearing skirts, the length of the skirt should maintain dignity at all times, including when
    seated. As a guide, skirts should be at least to the knee.
  •  Trousers should be full length. Where jeans are frayed or ripped, students should ensure that large
    amounts of skin are not visible through the rips. As with the guidelines for skirts and shorts, skin
    above the knee should not be visible.
  •  Sports clothing such as sports shirts, tracksuits, jogging bottoms and sports leggings are not
    considered suitable for a working environment.
  •  In the summer months, students are permitted to wear tailored shorts or cropped trousers. Where
    shorts are worn they should be knee length and made of an appropriate material. As such, sports
    shorts, lycra and beachwear are not acceptable.
  • Offensive slogans are not acceptable on any form of clothing or accessories.
  •  Hats should not be worn as they can make identification of students difficult.
  •  Footwear must be appropriate for the school environment where corridors can be busy and
    crowded, floors may become slippery and there are many flights of steps. For this reason flip flops,
    sliders and high heels are considered unsafe and should not be worn.
  •  As the school is a busy environment, large amounts of face or body jewellery are not permitted.
  •  Hair styles must reflect the professional nature of the school environment and as such extreme
    hairstyles should be avoided. Students considering any extreme alteration to their hair style are
    advised to seek guidance from their student support manager before going ahead.


  •  A student who is dressed inappropriately will be challenged and a note made
  • A second offence within a half term will result in a negative.
  • Persistent failure to meet the requirements of the dress code will result in students being asked to go home and change. Where this is not possible they may be isolated within school.