At The Bridge Academy Sixth Form, we have a clear policy on uniform and personal property.
We believe that the Sixth Form should prepare students as young adults for the future expectations of employers and therefore we expect students to adopt a smart appearance.
Sixth Form students are role models for students lower down the Academy and their standards of dress are an important part of the culture of the Sixth Form and Academy.
The Academy wants to maintain high standards, therefore parents’/carers’ support is important to ensure that their child attends the Bridge Academy Sixth Form properly dressed and with only the essential items of equipment needed for learning.
Students will be allocated a secure locker and are expected to provide their own small lock and key, carrying the key with them at all times. We reserve the right to check students’ lockers & bags.
Our initial ‘smart business attire’ dress code has been reviewed with students and senior staff now that we have established as a Sixth Form and reflects the culture of the Sixth Form and the student’s progression routes.
The aim is to have a smart appearance that allows a degree of personal choice. However, the Academy is a workplace and appearance should reflect that.
Smart dress is expected in the range of working environments we are preparing students for beyond Sixth Form and university. This is the case for the creative and business/financial related industries.
Students are to appear smartly dressed.
Smart dress is at the discretion of the Head of Sixth Form. No coats or scarves are to be worn inside.
The guide is to be used to support students:
- Clothing that features stand out logos or slogans are unacceptable – this does not extend to manufacturers names or small logos that are displayed discreetly.
- Appropriate clothing for the working environment – this is shared with students from the age of 11. (Revealing clothing must not be worn.)
- Denim clothing is unacceptable, as are brightly coloured shoes/trainers. Trainers are not acceptable.
- Most jewellery is acceptable; however, students may be required to remove items if an excessive amount of jewellery is worn. Large earrings or jewellery are not allowed to maintain health and safety of students on busy corridors.
- All hoodies will be treated as coats so must be removed when entering the Academy.
- Subtle make up is allowed. Excessive make up will need to be removed.
Students who turn up to school inappropriately dressed will be asked to go home and change.
The final decision will be made by Ms Alice Underwood, Vice Principal.
If, for religious or cultural reasons, a student has to wear a headscarf then this must in keeping with the smart dress code.
The Academy's decision in the application of the dress code is final. If a student arrives in the incorrect uniform the Academy reserves the right to send the student home until their appearance is deemed suitable. If you have any queries, please speak to the Head of Sixth Form before purchasing an item.