Uniform and Appearance Code
Stretford Grammar School believes that uniform plays an important part in supporting the ethos of the school in Years 7 – 11 by:
- Promoting a communal identity unique to the school
- Reflecting high standards of appearance thus engendering a sense of pride in the school community
- Ensuring that students of all ethnic groups and backgrounds feel included and welcomed within the school community
- Protecting students from social pressure to dress in a particular way
- Nurturing cohesion and avoiding disparities between different groups of students
Description of the School Uniform Years 7 – 11:
- Black blazer with school badge, which is worn at all times, unless permission is given within the classroom by individual teachers
- Plain white school shirt
- Black V neck jumper with school badge. School tie with at least 5 visible triple stripes below small knot
- Boys – black trousers. Trousers must NOT be of denim or denim type material
- Girls – black skirt, A Line or pleated, of a length of no more than 2 inches above the knee OR black tailored trousers. Trousers must NOT be of canvas or denim or denim type material
- Boys – black or white socks
- Girls – black or white socks OR black or neutral tights
- Vests/T shirts – white only may be worn underneath shirts. Coloured or T shirts with logos must NOT be worn underneath shirts
- Earrings – one set of plain metal studs only in the lower lobe only.
- Shoes – black shoes only. The definition of shoes does not include trainers, any trainer type shoe or canvas shoes. Shoes must NOT cover the ankle. Any item of footwear that covers the ankle is defined by the school as a boot and is therefore unacceptable
- Make up – lipstick, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara and nail polish are unacceptable
- Headscarves and hair adornments – black and white only
Please note: footwear should not have sport logos such as Nike or Adidas etc.
Uniform must be worn properly to and from school.
Outdoor clothing may be worn as necessary to and from school but it should not be worn instead of the school uniform. 'Hoodies' are not to be worn to, in and from school. We encourage parents to purchase a decent outdoor coat to protect students from the elements.
Coats, hats, caps and gloves may not be worn in the school buildings.
Uniform may be purchased from the school outfitter – John McHugh in the Stretford Mall.
Description of the PE Uniform
- Reversible red long-sleeved rugby shirt with black horizontal stripe.
- Plain red short-sleeved polo shirt
- Plain black shorts/pleated games skirt
- Plain red knee-length football socks
- Training shoes with non-marking soles. Boots, fashion pumps or canvas shoes are not acceptable
- Plain black tracksuit bottoms
- Students should also have football boots, shin pads and gum shield as appropriate.
School and PE Uniform can be purchased from John McHugh in Stretford Mall.
Uniform and Appearance Card
- You must carry you Uniform and Appearance card at all times, it contains a brief summary of the full rules detailed here. You will receive one mark on the card for incorrect uniform. You will receive a detention if:
- You do not produce the card when asked
- You receive 3 marks
- You will be placed in internal exclusion after the third detention.
Extremes of hairstyles, including shaven heads (below a number 3), tramlines or unnaturally coloured or multicoloured hair are not acceptable. Students with extreme hairstyles will work in isolation until the situation is rectified.
Dress for Science and Technology
The school believes that Science is best learned through undertaking regular practical work and experimentation work. Therefore laboratory coats should be worn for Science lessons as a way of protecting uniforms. Laboratory coats may be obtained from John McHugh. Safety goggles are provided in all laboratories and must be worn when required for health and safety reasons.
Technology is a practical subject and aprons should be worn. These can also be obtained from John McHugh. Safety goggles are provided in workshops and must be worn for health and safety reasons.
All items of clothing that are brought to school must have the student’s initial and surname clearly marked.
Where students have a temporary or a permanent medical condition (e.g. a student with a foot or leg injury may be unable to wear school shoes or a student who is unable to wear specific fabrics because of a skin condition) parents should contact the school to discuss how best to deal with this situation.
The Governors recognise the diversity of background of the student body and do not wish to stop any student expressing their religious identity through their clothing. However, this clothing must be in accordance with the school uniform policy reflecting the importance the Governors place upon uniform. Therefore, the school adopts the following in relation to religious clothing:
For the majority of Christians, there is no particular dress requirement. In some Christian sects (such as the Plymouth Brethren) women and girls are expected to wear headscarves and modest clothing.
The reason for young women beyond puberty wishing to wear full clothing is modesty; that is, not wishing to receive unnecessary attention. Women are appropriately modestly dressed if they are wearing a hijab or al-amira without the need to wear niqaab in school. Men are expected to be covered from waist to knee in public places. Male Muslim students may choose to wear a cap.
In general covering the body is a requirement. All initiated Sikhs wear the five ‘K’ symbols as a sign of their initiation. Male Sikhs wear a turban, the removal of which is unacceptable.
In general, it is not considered acceptable for a Hindu woman to have uncovered legs.
Dress requirements vary with orthodoxy. For more orthodox Jews, women and girls are expected to keep the body covered and married women cover their hair. Boys and men often wear a skullcap.
Sixth Form Dress Code
Students are expected to dress smartly in accordance with the Dress Code. However, the Governors wish to emphasise that the points made about religious clothing for Years 7 to 11 also apply to the Sixth Form. The custom and practice of the school is that students in the Sixth Form can choose to wear the salwar kammez, hijab or al-amira. The Governors wish to continue this practice in order to avoid pressure on any students to wear items of clothing with which they are uncomfortable.
The school is not responsible for any student’s belongings. In the event of damage or loss, however caused, the school will not recompense students or parents. Parents are recommended to insure any items of clothing or belongings that are brought to school.
Items of lost property that are handed in will be kept for collection by for a month. Where property is named, a list of that clothing will be posted. If items of clothing are not reclaimed within this time, then that clothing may donated to the PTA for their 'good as new sale'.
Should any parents / carers feel unable to afford the costs of the uniform (including PE kit), then they should contact the school. This applies especially to students who are eligible for free school meals or whose parents are entitled to the maximum level of working tax credit. All applications will be dealt with discretely but proof of receipt of income support will be asked for.
Non-Compliance with the School’s Uniform Policy
- Given the importance that Governors attach to the school uniform, students carry a Uniform and Appearance card with them at all times, which contains a brief summary of the full rules detailed above. Students receive one mark on the card for incorrect uniform and are placed in detention if 3 marks are received or if they do not produce the card when requested.
- Where an infringement of the school’s uniform policy is as a result of that item being lost, damaged or soiled, or as a result of an injury etc. to the student, then parents will be expected provide a note explaining the circumstance and the time frame for its replacement.
- Where a student has an extreme hair style, then parents will be contacted and asked to rectify the situation as soon as possible. Depending on the hair style, the student may be required to miss lessons until the situation has been rectified.
- Jewellery may be confiscated. If it is, it will be logged with the office and kept in the safe. It will be returned to parents on application to the school.
- Students will be asked to remove make-up. Remover and nail polish remover will be available in the office.
- Where a student repeatedly breaches the school’s uniform policy, this will be seen as defiance of school rules and that student will be subject to school sanctions. Following DfE advice, these sanctions may include exclusion, depending on the circumstances of the case, even if the student does not otherwise display poor behaviour.