Dress Code

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 Formers at Heckmondwike Grammar Sixth Form.

Our sixth form is a professional working and learning environment. The dress code reflects the environment we are working in, and is based on a university dress code. Students who attend school in inappropriate clothing may be sent home to change.

Students must wear their ID badge (with the photograph visible), at all times to safeguard the school community.

Above all, styles of dress should reflect the principle that HGSF is learning and working environment and for this reason the following are not permitted:

  • revealing clothes
  • shorts or ¾ trousers
  • short skirts (as a guide, “short” means more than 6cm above the knee when standing);
  • hats
  • sports shirts (e.g. Rugby and Football)
  • large amounts of body and face jewellery
  • tracksuits
  • jogging bottoms
  • T-shirts with any slogan that could possibly cause offence to anyone
  • coats in lessons
  • unnatural hair colour
  • shaved patterns in hair

Additionally, footwear must be appropriate for the school environment, which can at times be crowded, where floor coverings vary and may be slippery, and where there are many staircases and flights of steps. For this reason the following are considered unsafe and are explicitly not allowed:

  • flip flops
  • high heels