Dress Code

The Sixth Form is a stage of transition between compulsory education and the world of work or Higher Education. Therefore, Sixth Form students at The Cotswold School are expected to dress smartly, while also having the freedom to express some individuality. There is no uniform in the Sixth Form, but all students who enrol in our community sign an agreement which includes adhering to our dress code.

As part of the Sixth Form student body, you represent the school when in and around the community and when meeting with prospective parents and other guests to the school. You are a role model to pupils in Years 7 to 11. Therefore it is important to act and dress accordingly.

  • Outdoor Jackets & Coats: Outdoor jackets or coats should be taken off when in classrooms.

  • Skirts & Dresses: Skirts and dresses should be smart, and of a modest length (as a rule of thumb: not more than 10cm above the knee).

  • Trousers:  Trousers should be smart.  Black denim is accepted.  No blue denim.  No ripped, faded, stonewashed or frayed jeans of any colour.  No leggings or tracksuit trousers. Trousers should not sit lower than the waistline.

  • Shorts:  Smart tailored shorts may be worn.

  • Shirts & Tops:  Collared shirts/blouses or plain t-shirts should be worn – no large logos, images or slogans.  Shirts, blouses and t-shirts must not be low cut or cropped to show mid-riff.

  • Shoes:  Smart shoes or boots should be worn – ideally leather.  Smart, clean canvas-style shoes or trainers are accepted.

  • Tights:  Tights should be of a plain and subtle colour.

  • Hats/Hoods:  No hats or hoods should be worn inside the school buildings.

  • Other items:  Extremes of hair colour and style, makeup, piercings and visible tattoos, are not acceptable.

On particular occasions the dress code may be altered. Prior notice as to expectations for these occasions will be given to students.
For example:

Open Day – more formal dress e.g. tailored trousers/skirts with collared shirts/blouses will be expected from all students.

PSHE Day – occasionally PSHE sessions can involve different activities, which require more suitable clothing for these more practical events.

Non-Uniform Days – non-uniform days are calendared and run through the school year. Sixth Form students are able to wear clothes that would not normally adhere to the dress code on these occasions but would expected to contribute £1 towards the supported charity on each of these dates. If they choose to not support that charity then normal dress code would be expected as per any other school day.

The Sixth Form Leadership team maintain the right to determine whether or not dress is deemed appropriate.