Guidance on Students' Appearance and School Uniform
Our school is a well ordered community with an ethos which values hard work and examination success. We aim to keep students focused upon the tasks of understanding and learning so as to achieve the potential of individuals in every area of education. We aim to minimise the distractions to this ethos caused by fashion, fads and trends. To this end, the following guidelines are offered.
We believe that our students should wear a definitive school uniform. The purpose of such a uniform is:
• Corporate identity.
• Ease of recognition.
• Avoidance of fashion trends.
• Avoidance of stigma.
• Avoidance of controversy.
• Avoidance of offensive statements (as covered in the Equality Act).
• Maintenance of good order and personal safety.
In the same manner, a student's appearance should satisfy the above points.
Above all else, we look for reasonableness and pride in our school.
Full Uniform is expected and must be worn at all times.
All students will wear:
The school blazer.
A pale blue, button up to the neck, blouse/shirt (not denim), suitable to be tucked in.
A school tie which must have six stripes showing.
The school navy jumper or cardigan with “Dereham Neatherd High School” embroidered in red (NOT any other garment).
Dark blue, grey, black or white socks (coloured or patterned socks that can be seen at the shoe-line are not permitted).
Black or brown shoes (backless shoes are not permitted, along with plimsolls and Ugg style boots).
All girls will wear:
Either a plain navy or black tailored knee length skirt, OR plain navy or black full length trousers. NO figure hugging, tight, skinny trousers or leggings.
Either thick dark tights or flesh coloured sheer tights, or appropriate socks.
All boys will wear:
Black or charcoal grey trousers.
After the Easter holiday, a pale blue three button t-shirt with the school name embroidered on it in red may be worn in place of the shirt and tie. If students are cold, a blazer (and NOT another kind of jacket or sweatshirt) should be worn over the school polo shirt. Alternatively, students are free to continue wearing full winter uniform.
School Uniform and Personal Appearance Code
Full school uniform will be worn at all times unless permission is given for
alternative arrangements. In particular, the following are forbidden:
• Badges or logos with overt political, racial or offensive comments or Messages.
• Hairstyles, hair colours or facial hair likely to deemed to be inappropriate by the Headteacher, or which cause a lack of focus from students' learning.
• Hooded tops and other sweatshirts.
• Skinny trousers (including leggings).
• Makeup or nail varnish deemed to be excessive by the Headteacher and staff.
A plain, dark coat or anorak may only be worn outside the buildings.
Hooded tops and other sweatshirts are not acceptable and will be confiscated if worn.
Trainers should only be worn for sport, or activities on the tennis courts during break and lunchtimes and are not to be worn in school.
No jewellery is allowed except small stud earrings, a cross and light chain, or plain signet ring. Nasal or other forms of body piercing (including retainers) are forbidden.