GUIDELINES CONCERNING UNIFORM
All of us at Highsted are proud of our school and the school uniform helps create a sense of belonging. We therefore ask that you follow the guidelines concerning uniform set out below. Full school uniform should be worn at all times when pupils are representing Highsted, including on journeys to and from school. Trainers or tennis shoes should only be worn for PE lessons.
There are different guidelines for pupils in the Senior School, which are explained in more detail in the Senior School Handbook.
JEWELLERY AND HAIR
The only items of jewellery we allow to be worn at school are one pair of discreet studs in the ear lobes only and a watch. No other kind of body piercing, can be worn in school. Discreet religious symbols may be worn if they are underneath a blouse or sweater and are not visible. All jewellery must be removed for PE and games lessons. Long hair should be tied back for science and technology practicals, PE and games lessons, hair decorations should be royal blue, grey, black or white. Hair must be adapted to a restrained, discreet style for school and of a natural colour, dyed hair is not encouraged. No badges other than school ones may be worn.
If you permit your daughter to have more than one piercing in her ears, please ensure that this is done at the start of the summer holiday in order for it to heal properly before the start of term. She will not be allowed more than one pair of ear studs in school.
SCHOOL BAG AND TEXTBOOKS
All pupils will need a strong bag (not a plastic or carrier bag, please!) in which to carry books and other equipment. A rucksack is often the most popular choice. Pupils are provided with textbooks which should be covered and named on the front. If books are lost or damaged, they naturally must be replaced and a charge will be made.
Girls in Years 7 to 9 may not wear make-up in school. Discreet eye make-up is allowed in Years 10 and 11 only. No sparkly eye shadow or lipstick is permitted. Coloured nail varnish must not be worn in school. Clear varnish is acceptable. Any students wearing excessive make-up will be asked to remove it for school.
FURTHER GUIDELINES FOR PE, GAMES AND SCIENCE LESSONS
PE: It is advisable for safety reasons that spectacles be removed for gymnastics and games lessons. If this is not possible (e.g. if a pupil would be unable to see sufficiently well to participate in the lesson) a letter is required under Health and Safety Regulations from a legal guardian accepting liability in case of accidental damage or breakage of the spectacles during the lesson, or worse, an accident to the wearer. A note from a parent is also required if a pupil is to be excused from PE (there should be a sound medical reason). Unless the reason is clearly visible (eg a plaster cast!) please send a note on each occasion. If pupils are to be excused from the practical aspect of the lesson, they will still be expected to wear the correct PE kit, so that they are still part of the lesson. Please note: No aerosols are allowed for PE lessons.
SCIENCE: In practical lessons, pupils are required to wear safety glasses which are provided. Pupils must wear overalls in science lessons as directed by their teacher to protect their clothes from possible traces of chemicals.
Personal Property - the Academy Trust does not accept responsibility
for loss or damage to personal property of pupils. Marking clothes
and other property with the owner’s name is, therefore, of the greatest importance and parents are requested to ensure that all property brought to school is marked.