Uniform and Dress Code Policy

Personal appearance is very important and a high standard of personal appearance is expected of all students at all times, both inside the School campus and outside in the local community when on school based trips. The students are our ambassadors when they are in and out of the school during school hours and what they do and say and how they look and conduct themselves is of great importance.

Dress Code

  • Full and correct uniform must be worn in school and whilst travelling to and from the school. This also applies after school and travelling home after activities and on all school trips unless otherwise instructed by a member of staff. Also full uniform must be worn at all Parent Teacher consultations/Student Led Conferences and other formal School events.
  • Shirts/blouses should be of an appropriate size (not overlarge). All students’ shirts should be properly tucked in at the waist at all times.
  • Ties are worn year round and should be tied and worn covering the fastened top button.
  • Black leather shoes should be worn. Trainers are not permitted.
  • When sweaters are not being worn they should not be tied around the waist.
  • School uniform and personal items are the responsibility of the students and their family. Please ensure that all items of clothing and personal possessions are clearly labelled.
  • Any lost items will be placed in the ‘Lost and Found’ baskets between FS and primary playarea.


  • Students may wear a watch. However, watches that can connect to the internet will not be permitted in formal examinations
  • Girls may wear one small ear stud in each ear lobe and these should be removed for PE and swimming. No other piercings are permitted.
  • Jewellery items of religious significance may only be worn with prior approval by the school, following a formal written parent request.

Henna Tatoos

  • These are only acceptable for religious/cultural reasons


  • Girls – Hair should be tied back fully off the face. The sensible use of hair accessories is acceptable to keep hair orderly and neat e.g. Alice band, hairband, clips, slides, elastic bands, scrunches etc. as long as they are plain white, dark blue or black. Make-up and all nail polish are not permitted at GFS.
  • Boys - Hair must be well off the collar at the back and off the ears and face, no shorter than a number two barber cut. Shaved heads are not acceptable. We request no coloured gel, wax or mousse etc. be used when styling hair and no exaggerated styles.
  • All Students – We request that hair must be of a natural colour. If the students’ hairstyle contravenes any of the above requirements the student will be requested to amend this with immediate effect and if this is not possible they will be required to remain at home until such time as their hair has returned to an acceptable condition.

PE Uniform

Full PE kit is required for every PE lesson. This consists of the house t-shirt, house shorts or plain navy blue tracksuit pants, white socks, appropriate trainers and any specialist equipment required, for example shin pads for football. If a student studies IGCSE PE in year 10 and 12/13 there is a separate Kukri PE kit which will need to be purchased from the PE department separately.

GFS caps may be worn in outside lessons in an unshaded area.

Hair must be tied back for all lessons.

A water bottle must be brought to PE to ensure students keep hydrated. Please ensure this is full before the lesson.


It is whole school policy for only one pair of studded earrings to be worn. In PE lessons all studs and jewellery must be removed. This is a health and safety issue and must be adhered to at all times. Only if earrings are newly pierced (within 6 weeks) may the student cover them with medical/surgical tape for the interim period.

Students are encouraged to hand in all valuables to their PE teacher at the start of the lesson for safe keeping. The PE department take no responsibility for valuables not being handed in.

Changing for PE Expectations

Year 1-4: Arrive and leave school in their PE kit on their PE days and no jewellery is to be worn.

Year 5: To be time efficient but prepare them for next year, Year 5 students are required to change once for their lessons. We ask that the children always arrive in their full school uniform, and they may go home in their PE kit on PE lesson days.

Year 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: All Key Stage 3, 4, and 5 students will change before and after their PE lesson.

After–School Activities: If students are participating in an ASA they are still required to get changed back into their school uniform after their PE lesson that day. Full PE kit must be worn for all PE and after-school sports clubs.

PE Changing Rooms

Years 5-13: All students must change in the facilities provided in the PE department. All students must be supervised at all times in lessons. Under no circumstances should a student choose to get changed in a different room or washroom.

There are a small amount of cubicles to use in each changing room. If a student must use a private cubicle for religious reasons, the PE teacher must be informed in writing and made aware of this. As cubicles are limited, students are encouraged to be organised and get changed promptly.

Changing for PE lessons promotes and encourages improved personal hygiene, responsibility, time management, as well as overall standards and consistency throughout the school.

Medical issues and injuries

There are occasional times in Physical Education lessons where students will be excused from participating physically due to illness or injury. Whilst this is often unavoidable, the PE department would like all students to be involved in all activities. At present, non-participants are given tasks ranging from officiating and scoring, to observing and analysing student’s performance.

In order to get students even more involved, even if they are not physically participating, all students are expected to be in PE kit in all lessons. There are obvious times where this is not possible due to a long-term injury, where changing is difficult for example. Nevertheless, in most cases it is possible and will enable students to be more integrated into each lesson rather than being on the periphery.

In order to make PE staff fully aware of any medical issues, students need to bring letters/notes in if they participate physically and we would ask that parents formally contact the department should a student have a long term medical condition that we are not already aware of.

Consequences in PE

If a student forgets their PE uniform, has the incorrect kit, or does not provide an appropriate note this will be recorded by the teacher.

Years 1-4: Parents will be contacted via the classroom teacher.

Years 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13: students will be given a reflection time during school break and behaviour point if the whole PE kit is forgotten.

Continued incorrect, or no kit, will result in a student being placed on PE report and parents invited in to meet with the Head of Physical Education.

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