Sixth Form: Sixth Form Dress Code

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The Bishop’s Stortford High School Dress Code
(Taken from 6th Form Guidebook)

We expect our students to dress in an appropriately professional manner, i.e. what you would wear in a formal office environment. All students must wear the following at all times:

Formal suit: jacket with trousers or skirt, all of which should look like they come from a suit though not necessarily the same suit.

Plain (or subtly patterned*) shirt or blouse: should have a collar and sleeves, and be of an opaque material. Gentlemen’s top buttons must be fastened, and their shirts tucked in.

Black or dark brown formal, low-heeled, polishable shoes: dark socks should be worn with trousers, tights with a skirt.

Sixth Form/Senior Prefect/School Colours tie for gentlemen, brooch for ladies.


In winter, a plain black, grey or similar V-neck knitted jumper may be worn, in which case the jacket must also be worn.

In the summer, the following concessions are made:

  • Short sleeves on shirts and blouses are permitted.
  • Ladies need not wear tights with a skirt.
  • Jackets may be removed on days when the Headmaster has permitted Summer Uniform.


However, the following are never appropriate:

  • Obvious patterns or designs in suit/top fabrics, including an excess of visible zips.
  • Stretchy fabrics (lycra etc), for instance in ‘tube’ skirts (skirts should be ‘pencil’ or ‘A-line’).
  • Ill-fitting buttoned shirts which ‘gape’.
  • Short, low-cut or tight-fitting clothing.
  • Skirts which sit more than 5cm above the knee, or which ‘ride up’ excessively during normal wear/walking.* It is important skirts are not bought too small.
  • Chinos, other casual trousers, or tight-fitting trousers*. Trousers without a crease down the front will generally be too casual.
  • Sheer/see-through fabrics (eg. lace, chiffon).
  • High-heeled shoes, stilettos, wedges, boots, sandals.

[*in general, if you are not sure whether something fits the dress code, assume it doesn’t.]

Our expectations for hair, jewellery and make-up are as follows:

  • Hair must be neat and respectable with no extremes of style. No part of the hair style may be less than a number 3.
  • Gentleman’s hair should not be below the collar.  Long hair should be tied back.
  • Hair may be dyed in one natural colour per term. Any hair accessories must match and be minimal.
  • Gentlemen must be clean-shaven.
  • No earrings/studs or jewellery for gentlemen.
  • Ladies may wear a minimum of jewellery. No jewellery is allowed in piercings apart from in the ears (sleepers and studs only). Clear plastic ‘plugs’ may be used to keep piercings open.
  • ‘Natural look’ day make-up and well-maintained nail varnish of a single colour is also permitted for ladies.

Uniform should be exemplary at all times and there is no excuse for not wearing the correct school uniform, including to and from school.

Please note that students who do not adhere to the above expectations will be sanctioned.


PE Kit:

There is specific kit for Sixth Form students representing the school but for Sixth Form enrichment and games, students are expected to wear suitable sporting attire for their chosen activity.


Mr Rawlinson-Mills
Deputy Head of Sixth Form