Sixth Form Dress Code


Richard Hale Sixth Form Dress Code

A high standard of student dress is a clear feature of the Richard Hale Sixth Form; it sets us apart from other schools. RHS Sixth Form students are role models for the rest of the school, and their behaviour enhances our reputation in the community. We therefore expect our students to accept willingly the requirement to dress in a way which is appropriate to a school whose tone is business-like, and whose core purpose is serious academic study. Lanyards with ID badges must be worn at all times (not in pockets/bags) when in school.


Male Dress Requirements:

  • Suit or jacket and smart trousers with shirt and tie
  • Jackets to be worn at all times around school unless otherwise instructed
  • Shoes to be dark and formal in nature
  • Plain v-neck jumpers may be worn as well as, but not in place of, jackets
  • One single modest stud earring in each ear is permitted but no other visible jewellery or piercings of any kind eg nose rings/studs; tattoos are to be covered at all times
  • Facial hair and hair styles must be neat and tidy; natural colour & no shorter than a number 2 anywhere on the head; “man-buns” are not permitted; should hair be longer than collar length, it must be in a ponytail at all times
  • Appropriate sportswear is to be worn for Games lessons and fixtures.


Female Dress Requirements:

  • Business style suit with jacket, or dress and jacket
  • Jackets are required to be worn at all times around the school unless otherwise instructed
  • A blouse or shirt is to be worn under the jacket; it must not be see-through or low cut either at the front or the back; blouse and shirt sleeves may be long, short or ‘sleeveless’; ‘strappy’ tops are not permitted and girls need to ensure underwear straps are not visible
  • A jumper may replace the blouse or shirt; it must be of a formal nature ie fine knit rather than chunky, open knit
  • Skirts/dresses are required to be of an appropriate length; be wary of tight, jersey skirts as they have a tendency to ride up when walking
  • Trousers are to be of a formal style and material; ‘ankle grazer’ style trousers are permitted, but no shorter; leggings, jeggings and jeans are not permitted; girls should be wary of tight fitting trousers sold as ‘business style’
  • Modest earrings and other jewellery are permitted, but no other visible piercings eg nose rings/studs; tattoos are to be covered at all times; hair is to be of a natural colour
  • Formal shoes are to be worn; ankle height boots of a formal style may be worn; canvas shoes are not permitted
  • Appropriate sportswear is to be worn for Games lessons and fixtures.


If any aspect of attire is deemed inappropriate, Year Heads or members of SLT will speak to students in the first instance, in order to ensure the dress code is adhered to from the next day onwards; sanctions will be put in place if students continue to fail to meet the standards required. Girls, in particular, tend to interpret the dress code in a variety of ways: our advice to you is keep it modest, keep it covered and don’t draw attention to yourself.

In keeping with the rest of the school:

  • Denim or leather jackets, baseball caps, hoodies and jeans are unacceptable
  • Outdoor coats, hats, scarves and gloves are not to be worn in the school buildings.


June 2019