Sixth Form Dress Code
The reputation of Leicester Grammar School is influenced by the appearance and behaviour of all pupils and students. We expect the Sixth Form to maintain high standards and thereby set a good example to younger pupils.
The expectation is that dress will be similar to formal business dress and this specifically requires students to maintain a level of decency that is not a distraction to other members of the School.
A suit of a sensibly subdued colour should be worn together with a smart short or long sleeved shirt and tie/blouse or modestly cut top. To clarify, both parts of the suit should be of the same material.
Further guidance for dresses/skirts/tops: As an alternative, where a dress is worn a co-ordinating jacket may be worn instead of the matching suit jacket. Skirts/dresses should touch the calf when the leg is bent at a 90 degree angle and tops should not be too low cut or expose bare midriffs or shoulders. T-shirts and tops with slogans are not allowed.
Further guidance for trousers: Trousers should be a suitable cut for business dress, not excessively tight or flared and should be full length, not cropped. Denim or corduroy jeans are not considered business dress.
Jumpers may be worn with a suit but must be V-necked and plain, and are not a substitute for a jacket.
Other items of clothing, i.e. socks, tights (not patterned or fishnets), shoes, ties, etc should be in keeping with the smart appearance. Boots are not allowed and shoes should have low heels for health and safety reasons. A coat and scarf may be worn when outside, but neither is acceptable when indoors.
Hair and Jewellery
- It is expected that hair will be in a style that is tidy and of a natural hair colouring. Hair should be consistent in length but not shaved or of an extreme style.
- Beards, moustaches, and stubble are also not allowed without dispensation on religious grounds.
- Where make-up is worn it should be subtle and appropriate for business dress.
- Jewellery may be worn by girls, although nose studs, tongue piercing and other extreme piercings are not acceptable.
A lab coat/overall for practical subjects such as Sciences/Art etc. is required. Sports kit is the same as that worn previously. Details can be found in your planner.
The above code has been drawn up in conjunction with a representative group of Sixth Formers and has attempted to define more closely the general appearance required of our Sixth Formers. It does not attempt to deal with every aspect of clothing, nor has it laid down to the last inch what constitutes unacceptable length etc. What it is offering is a guide to a common-sense approach to dress, one that gives ample scope for individuality within the broadly stated aim of the School. The Headmaster must, of course, be the final arbiter of what constitutes acceptable appearance and it is expected that students will appreciate this and comply with his wishes.
A number of Sixth Formers have commented that it is difficult to buy business wear from the high street, particularly girls’ suits. Whilst we do not wish to promote or recommend any particular supplier, the following list offers a few suggestions.
A good quality suit should last throughout the Sixth Form and some of the options below can be cost effective as, e.g., one jacket could make three suits if bought with a skirt, dress and trousers. Similarly, if one item wears out it can be replaced on its own rather than a whole new suit having to be bought.
Suggested suppliers of formal business dress:
- www.lucyalice.co.uk offer a womenswear range.
- www.suitsmen.co.uk is the partner company to LucyAlice offering a menswear range.
- www.next.co.uk offers a workwear range which includes suits.
- www.johnlewis.co.uk offers a workwear range.
- www.marksandspencer.com has a wide range of suits and accessories.