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At The Howard School, Sixth Form students are role models for the community and uphold high standards of dress so that students in Years 7 - 11 follow their example.

Sixth Form students set a good example to and command the respect of younger students and the local community. We want all Sixth Form students to be smart and business-like in appearance, which expresses our students’ self-confidence, pride and sense of the standards expected in business and professional workplaces.

We do not have extremes of fashion as we have younger students. We do not have denim, leather or faux leather. Students wearing inappropriate dress may be sent home to change. We reserve the right to make the final decision about whether dress is appropriate. Persistent disregard for the dress code may result in the withdrawal of your sixth form place.

If you receive Free School Meals please approach us, and we will be able to support with the cost of appropriate Sixth Form dress.

Sixth Form Dress Code

Anyone arriving at school in non-uniform clothing can expect to be sent home (with permission from parents/carers) to change.

  • Students should wear a shirt, tie and trousers with the option of a jacket. Suits can be worn.
  • Skirts must be work place appropriate and of non-stretch fabric. Skirt length should sit on, just above or just below the knee.
  • Dresses must be work place appropriate of a non-stretch fabric. Dress length should sit on, just above or just below the knee.
  • No shorts.
  • No leggings, or jean type trousers.
  • A collared shirt must be worn by male students.
  • Female students must wear short or long sleeved blouses.
  • Strappy tops and T-shirts are not acceptable. 
  • Very short skirts and bare midriffs are not acceptable and girls’ shoulders should be covered at all times. Clothing that is too revealing or likely to cause embarrassment must be avoided.

Smart, thin jumpers may be worn as a replacement for a jacket. Jumpers must not be zip-up or hooded tops, and should not display logos or motifs. 


A tie must be worn by male students. The tie must be fully visible to below the knot at all times.

  • Formal footwear must be worn. 
  • Smart, flat shoes or heels may be worn with skirts.
  • Boots should only be worn with trousers. Platforms/trainers are not permitted. 
  • Formal, smart, dark coloured and sturdy shoes or boots. 
  • Trainers are not permitted.

Plain, simple and discreet jewellery is allowed.


Ear piercing and one nose piercing are permitted.


Hair styles should be appropriate for a professional working environment

Lanyards and ID Badges

Lanyards and ID badges are part of the uniform at The Howard School and must be worn at all times.

All watches must be removed for practical lessons and are not allowed during examinations. The school is not responsible for any loss or damage to any items that you choose to bring onto the premises.

All students must ensure they carry:

  • School bag designed to hold A4 folders and exercise books
  • Required equipment for lessons
  • Sixth Form diary
  • Lanyard / ID badge

In addition to dress, we have high expectations of other learning behaviours in The Howard Sixth form and require students to meet these.

  • Always wear your lanyard ID and ensure it is visible. This is to ensure staff are aware who our young adults are.
  • Supervised study periods are like any other timetabled lesson. You register for the period and are expected to work conscientiously within the Sixth Form Block.
  • You are not permitted to leave the school grounds during lesson times.
  • Independent study is to be completed to the best of your ability and handed in on time. If there is an issue regarding this, you should seek advice from your subject tutor immediately.
  • Smoking is banned at all times on school premises and when walking/travelling to or from school. Offenders risk serious consequences if discovered, in view of the risk of damage to property, to individual health and to the health of others.
  • We recognise the need for you to earn your own money and the educational experience that such jobs provide can be valuable. You should, however, think carefully about commitments which are going to encroach upon your study time outside school.