1st August, 2021

Uniform and Appearance Policy

The Trinity Catholic School Uniform and Appearance Policy

1. Introduction
This policy is written with reference to the Trinity Catholic School’s Mission Statement:
“To the Glory of God, we build our school on faith, love and respect.”
In order to fulfil our Mission, good behaviour and conduct are vital and this is underpinned by maintaining consistently high standards of uniform and appearance.

2. Aims and Rationale
At the Trinity Catholic School by specifying school uniform we aim for straightforward and traditional styles to maintain consistency and avoid trends, we believe the school uniform achieves two important goals:

  • It encourages a sense of community identity and pride. By wearing the same badge and the same clothing, pupils are encouraged to think of the needs of the community as well as their own individual needs.
  • It prevents unkindness or bullying while keeping costs down. By requiring all our pupils to wear the same low-cost uniform, we reduce the incentive for pupils to ask parents for the latest (and most expensive) items of fashion. As a result, costs are kept as low as possible and no child can be seen to be poorer or wealthier than any other.

3. General Expectations and Standards

For our uniform policy to be successful, it must be implemented universally and without exception. Our parents understand this and so support us at home to uphold the school’s high standards.

Please make sure that every piece of uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name. We cannot accept responsibility if any item is lost but will do our best to find it. We place great importance on a high standard of uniform and encourage pupils to take pride in it and themselves. We expect pupils to wear a clean shirt every day. We expect children to wash regularly and maintain a high standard of personal hygiene. Only non-glass roll-on deodorant may be brought into school.

4. Girls’ Uniform Year 7-11

  1. Trinity black blazer (black buttons) with the school badge.*
  2. Plain black pleated skirt of knee length that is of a minimum 22 inches in length. The skirt should be made of a woven material. Pencil skirts are not allowed. A list of approved skirts and suppliers is available on the school website.
  3. Plain black regular straight leg trousers. Trousers should not be tight fit or figure-hugging. Trousers must not have visible external pockets or metal rivets. No Jeans, chinos, corduroy, or leather trousers are allowed. Trousers should be replaced if they have rips or cuts in them. A list of approved trousers and suppliers is available on the school website.
  4. Plain black V-necked knitted jumper of orthodox style with no logo.
  5. Plain white school shirt (not fitted).
  6. School tie (available from the Beechdale Office).
  7. Plain black ankle socks (or winter tights) for every day of the week.
  8. Black low-heeled sensible shoes. Any stiletto style heels damage floors and may not be worn. Boots must not be worn in school. Trainers or trainer-like shoes must not be worn in school or to and from school.
  9. Outdoor coats must be plain dark navy blue or black. Multi-coloured or expensive fashion coats are not allowed. Denim, leather and leather-look coats are not acceptable. Coats with designer/advertising logos are not allowed. No fur on or inside of hoods.
  10. No hats are to be worn apart from an optional plain black pull-on hat with the school’s logo.

*The approved school blazer is embroidered with a badge. However, a sew-on badge for a plain black blazer is available from Schoolwear Solutions.

5. Girls’ Hair Year 7-11

Pupils’ hair must be in be in an understated style. Any hair clips or hair bands must be subtle and black or navy blue in colour.

Some specific styles that are not permitted:

  • Styles where large bunches, buns or pony-tails on top of the head obscure the views of pupils sitting behind in class.
  • Bows, flowers, clips, jewellery or other adornments in the hair.
  • Hair that is teased, backcombed or be covered in excessive styling product (wax, gel, oil, etc.).
  • Unnatural colours or hair that is noticeably more than one colour.
  • Styles that hide the face or eyes making it difficult to see.
  • Patterns shaved into the pupil’s hair or eyebrows.

This list is not exhaustive and parents may get in touch to discuss a particular hairstyle after which the school’s decision on what is/is not acceptable is final.

6. Boys’ Uniform Year 7-11

  1. Trinity black blazer (black buttons) with the school badge.*
  2. Plain black school regular fit standard trousers. Trousers should not be tight fit or figure-hugging. Trousers must not have visible external pockets or metal rivets. No Jeans, chinos, corduroy, or leather trousers are allowed. Trousers should be replaced if they have rips or cuts in them. A list of approved trousers and suppliers is available on the school website.
  3. Plain black V-necked knitted jumper of orthodox style.
  4. Plain white school shirt (not fitted).
  5. School tie (available from the Beechdale Office).
  6. Plain black ankle socks for every day of the week.
  7. Plain black shoes. Boots must not be worn in school. Trainers or trainer-like shoes must not be worn in school or to and from school
  8. Outdoor coats must be of a plain dark navy blue or black. Multi-coloured or expensive fashion coats are not allowed. Denim, leather and leather-look coats are not acceptable. Coats with designer/advertising logos are not allowed. No fur on or inside of hoods.
  9. No hats are to be worn apart from an optional plain black pull-on hat with the school’s logo.

*The approved school blazer is embroidered with a badge. However, a sew-on badge for a plain black blazer is available from Schoolwear Solutions.

6. Boys’ Hair Year 7-11

Boys in Years 7-11 are to be clean-shaven. Pupils’ hair must be in be in an understated style. Boys’ hair must be no longer than collar length and kept short on top and off the eyebrows and collar. In addition, there should be no contrast between the top of the hair and the sides. Short sides must be faded gradually into the top of the haircut so there is no noticeable ‘step’ or layering. No beads or hair accessories are permitted. Some specific styles that are not permitted:

  • Hair which is cut below a Number 2 on the sides.
  • Hair that is teased, backcombed or be covered in excessive styling product (wax, gel, oil, etc.).
  • Patterns shaved into a pupil’s hair or eyebrows, including an artificial parting.
  • Flamboyant hairstyles, such as a ‘Mohican’ or styles that obscure the views of pupils sitting behind in class.
  • Unnatural colours or hair that is noticeably more than one colour.
  • Styles that hide the face or eyes making it difficult to see.
  • Heavy floppy styles or large quiffs at the front.

This list is not exhaustive and parents may get in touch to discuss a particular hair style after which the school’s decision on what is/is not acceptable is final.

7. Make-up Years 7-11

Pupils in Years 7 to 11 must not wear any make-up whatsoever. If found to be wearing make-up of any description pupils will be asked to remove it immediately. Failure to do so will result in an immediate sanction. Nail varnish of any description, as well as nail extensions, are similarly forbidden.

8. Jewellery

The Trinity Catholic School operates a strict no jewellery policy for both boys and girls.

Inexpensive watches are acceptable. (Smartwatches are not allowed). Specific items that are not allowed:

  • Fashion badges.
  • Earrings or ear studs of any sort.
  • Piercings of any sort.
  • Bracelets including ankle bracelets.
  • Necklaces or chains.

Any ‘ear-piercing’ must be done at the start of the summer holidays, as ‘retainers’ can’t be worn in school.

9. Sixth Form Dress Code

The rest of the school has a smart and strictly enforced uniform and therefore, it is important that students adhere to the Sixth Form Dress Code as they are role models for the rest of the school and should dress appropriately. This includes:

  • No hats or headgear.
  • No offensive slogans.
  • No facial piercings or tattoos visible.
  • No low-slung, ripped or torn jeans.
  • No tracksuits, jogging bottoms or leggings.
  • No low cut or strappy tops or midriff showing.
  • Knee-length skirts or shorts.
  • Dresses – same rules as for tops/skirts.
  • Sensible footwear.
  • Hair colour and hairstyles must not be extreme.

10. Items of Religious Significance

The Headteacher may grant exceptions to any of the requirements set out in this policy, but only where this is required as a matter of sincere religious observance and where this can be substantiated by a letter from a priest or relevant religious leader.

11. Available Support

We understand that, for some families, finances are tight. We believe that, by doing all we can to keep items of fashion out of school, we help families to keep costs down. Nevertheless, if you do have an individual problem, or you are unsure about an item of clothing, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Progress Coordinator who will deal with your enquiry in the strictest confidence.

Addendum for the transition period: 1st September 2021-31st August 2022
For students in years other than Year 7, they may continue to wear grey trousers, skirts and jumpers until they need to be replaced.

Date Issued: March 2021
Governors’ Committee Responsible: The Trinity Catholic School FGB
Nominated Lead Member of Staff: Rupert Bennett
Status & Review Cycle: FGB Determined – Every Three Years
Next Review Date: March 2024
Authour/s: Rupert Bennett
Date Approved: 29th March 2021