Uniform

As a Church of England Academy, we are inclusive of all regardless of creed, colour, race, gender, sexual orientation or ability.  We hope to transform the lives of our pupils  and our wider community by putting our core values of love, integrity, generosity, hope and tolerance (LIGHT) into action.  As such, all should feel welcome and respected.  Schools are, in part, measured by academic success.  Pupils know this.  We must help and enable each pupil to succeed to the best of their ability by providing high quality lessons and an appropriate curriculum for our pupils.

INTRODUCTION

Our Uniform Policy reflects our values and reinforces our Academy culture of high expectations and academic achievement. All pupils must dress according to the Uniform Policy. Our Academy uniform is important to us. It is one way in which we identify ourselves as a school community and it promotes a strong, cohesive school identity which supports high standards and expectations in all areas of school life. It promotes harmony between different groups represented in the Academy, and it enhances security.

Smartness and high standards of appearance are expected at all times.

We have a required school uniform for several reasons:

  • Uniforms unite the school. Pupils make a commitment that when they put on their John Wallis uniform they will abide by the rules of the community.
  • Uniforms reduce distractions. We are committed to excellence. When pupils are allowed to wear their own clothing, there is the potential to talk about fashions and styles rather than learning.
  • Uniforms make us all equal. Whether families have high incomes or low incomes, the pupils come to school dressed the same.
  • Uniforms look smart. Pupils look neat and ready to learn. We ask parents and carers to support all decisions by school staff regarding whether or not clothing is appropriate or inappropriate for school.

Non-compliance with the Uniform Policy

Pupils will not be allowed to attend class if they are not dressed in the appropriate uniform.

Parents and carers of pupils that do not wear their uniform correctly will be contacted and asked to bring a uniform. If this is not possible then pupils in the Lower School will be provided with the uniform they are missing. The parent or carer will then be expected to collect their child from the School Office at the end of the school day to discuss the issue. Pupils in the Middle and Upper School will be educated away from their class and parents or carers will be contacted.

There may be good reasons why a child is not wearing school uniform.  In this case, parents and carers should share the reasons with the Class teacher or Form Tutor either in person or by letter. The school will always be considerate and discrete in trying to establish why a pupil is not wearing the correct uniform. Pupils will not be made to feel uncomfortable, nor discriminated against because their parents are unable to provide them with the required items of school uniform. In line with our culture of honest conversation with parents and carers, we encourage discussion with the school at the earliest opportunity if there are any difficulties.

There will be occasions when the school decides that school uniform is not appropriate, e.g. when taking part in a physical activity day, or wearing different clothes as a part of a fund-raising event.

Parents and carers will be notified in advance of what is the revised dress code on these days.

 

Uniform Policy - Lower School and Middle School (Years 5 and 6)

Uniform Policy - Middle School (Years 7 and 8) and Upper School

Sixth Form Uniform

At the John Wallis Academy Sixth Form, you must dress formally, as if for business or formal office work. Sixth Form students' clothes must be smart, modest and safe. Students must avoid displaying extremes of fashion.

Dress code:

  • Leather shoes
  • Trousers
  • Formal jacket or blazer and tie
  • Shirt
  • Skirt ( with tights)/ Dress/ Trousers
  • Formal jacket or blazer
  • Blouse or shirt

Hair

Students' hair should be well-kept, clean and moderate in style, length and treatment; artificial streaks or colouring that stand out in any way will not be allowed. Boys' hair must not be longer than collar-length and boys must be clean-shaven. The Academy reserves the right to ask students to cut their hair, change their hairstyle or shave facial hair if their presentation falls below an acceptable level.

Trousers

Trousers must be smart and plain. Jeans, tracksuits, cords and casual trousers will not be allowed.

Jewellery

Jewellery must be discreet and minimal. Students must not wear any facial jewellery other than a pair of earrings, if they so wish.

Shoes

Shoes must be appropriately practical and sensible. Heels of medium height, if reasonably robust, are acceptable. Stilettos, trainers, canvas shoes and Ugg-type boots will not be allowed.

Overcoats

To save parents money we do not specify a Sixth Form overcoat, raincoat or anorak. However, coats should be of a dark colour (navy blue, dark grey or black) and smart. Brightly coloured jackets/anoraks, hooded sports sweatshirts, or garments with a logo or brand name are not acceptable. Any final guidance on the Sixth Form dress code is at the discretion of the Principal.