To facilitate effective teaching and learning at Thomas Telford UTC there is a strict code of conduct with respect to uniform and office dress for both staff and students. Establishing and maintaining high expectations of appearance for staff and students is essential to supporting the ethos of a professional, business orientated, educational environment.
In our diverse community, some of our students follow religious guidance on aspects of appropriate clothing. Thomas Telford UTC is sensitive to the requirements of specific items of dress code required by religious beliefs.
We ask for your support and co-operation to help keep the standards of students’ uniform as high as possible. Thomas Telford UTC clothing requirements are listed on the following pages.
Students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 should wear the prescribed uniform at all times. Sixth Form students do not wear the prescribed uniform but should wear clothing appropriate for the business world or office environment. (Specific details are outlined later in this policy).
Members of the general public make judgements about Thomas Telford UTC based upon standards of academic achievement, behaviour and uniform. All students are expected to wear full uniform when being transported to and from the UTC. Students are expected to take pride in their appearance and this should be replicated in the way uniform is worn.
Students in Years 7 – 11 inclusive are required to purchase the Thomas Telford UTC uniform. Specific items must be purchased from Lads & Lasses.
Lads & Lasses, 50a Warstones Road, Penn, WV4 4LP or by visiting www.ladsandlassesschoolwear.co.uk
White Shirt (Short or long sleeve).
With Trousers students should wear black socks.
With Skirts students can wear black, grey or natural tights or black knee-high socks.
Plain polishable black smart leather shoes with no visible logos or branding (not trainer type – for example Nike Air Force 1s are not acceptable).
Students in Sixth Form are to wear Smart professional dress.
As there can be interpretations on what is considered professional dress the conduct team will consult with their line manager if required. The Assistant Principal will make the final decision on what is acceptable and what breaches the dress code.
The following outlines our expectations.
A suit – including a jacket. Girls may wear a trouser or skirt suit.
Skirts should be a professional length and not a leather/leather look or denim material.
Smart leather or suede shoes with no visible logos or branding (no trainer type – for example Nike Air Force 1s are not acceptable) Heels are acceptable but health and safety in the school environment should be considered.
Smart shirt and tie for the boys.
Smart blouse or top for the girls. There is no expectation for girls to wear a tie.
Thomas Telford UTC is committed to providing an inclusive approach to its dress code that enables all students and staff to observe recognized religious practices such as wearing of Kameez or Hijab or Sikh turban. We request that any head dress is black, grey or blue. Other exceptions and alterations to the dress code should be discussed and approved by the Principal. Note that in all cases faces must be recognizable and visible at all times.
Note that for Health and Safety purposes it may be required to remove certain items of jewellery during certain UTC activities.
Earrings - These should be small, simple stud earrings for Health and Safety reasons. The number is not prescribed here but once again a professional look must be maintained so the number should be limited. The conduct team will consult with their line manager if required. The Assistant Principal will make the final decision on what is acceptable and what breaches the dress code.
Other piercings - No other visible piercings are permitted at the UTC site as they do not give a professional appearance we strive for.
Rings – Students should not wear more than two rings.
Bracelets, Charity Band and Watches – A single, simple bracelet, charity band or watch may be worn on each arm. These must be removed for certain practical or sporting activities.
Necklaces – Necklaces should not be visible at the UTC site.
Hairstyles –Hairstyles must not be extreme and should present a suitably professional image. Non-natural hair colours are not permitted. Very long hair should be tied up for health and safety purposes whilst at the UTC. Grade zeros and any patterns are not acceptable.
All hair accessories such as head bands or beads should be subtle and of a natural hair colour.
Hats, bags, caps, durags/do-rags and coats – must not be worn indoors and placed in lockers on arrival.
Makeup – should be subtle and natural looking. No false eye lashes.
Nails – Nail polish is permitted but should be restricted to neutral, single colours or a natural coloured French polish. Nails should be kept short.
The Official School Outfitter is Lads & Lasses Schoolwear and the full school dress requirements can be purchased from them: Lads & Lasses Schoolwear 50a Warstones Road, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV4 4LP Alternatively uniform can also be purchased online: www.ladsandlassesschoolwear.co.uk