Uniform Policy

Years 7-11

Rationale: Haslingden High School insists on high standards of uniform.  It is important that students take pride in their appearance and are aware of the impression their appearance makes within the community.  Haslingden High School seeks to promote a sense of belonging and shared identity through the implementation of its uniform policy.

The Headteacher will be the arbiter in all matters relating to uniform, dress and appearance.  Parents/carers and students are advised to consult the Deputy Headteacher (Care, Guidance and Support), or a member of the School Leadership Team, if they are considering uniform, dress or appearance changes that might conflict with the school policy.

Any student who arrives out of uniform; in unsuitable uniform; wearing inappropriate jewellery; or with an unsuitable hairstyle or hair colour may be removed from lessons and their parent/carer contacted.  A record will be made in a student’s file.  If a student persistently ignores the uniform code, the school will need to employ further sanctions.

School Uniform

All students should wear the following items at all times of the year.  Please note that during periods of warmer weather, adjustments are made to our uniform and students are informed during form time.

Blazer (compulsory)

  • Navy blue blazer for all year groups.  Blazers are only available to purchase from school but are sold at cost price to reduce the cost to parents/carers.

School tie (compulsory)

  • Blue clip-on tie with house colour.  The coloured stripes represent our house colours, students may not be able to wear a sibling’s tie as their allocated house may be different.  Students are expected to wear the upper school tie from the start of year 10.  Ties are only available to purchase from school but are sold at cost price to reduce the cost to parents/carers.

White blouse or shirt (compulsory)

  • These can be purchased from any retailer to reduce costs to parents/carers as long as they conform to school standards i.e. no logo or other branding, the top button should be fastened and the shirt kept tucked into skirts or trousers.

School shoes (compulsory)

  • Shoes can be purchased from any retailer to reduce costs to parents/carers, as long as they conform to school standards.  They must be low-heeled, completely plain black leather or leather look with no coloured logos.  Please note that pumps, trainers, boots, canvas and sports branded footwear are not acceptable.  Please see our visual guide for support.

Unisex navy blue V-neck pullover (optional)

  • Pullovers are only available to purchase from school but are sold at cost price to reduce the cost to parents/carers.

Outdoor coat (optional)

Outdoor coats are not to be worn inside the school building and should be carried by students when indoors.  Coats can be purchased from any retailer to reduce costs to parents/carers as long as they conform to school standards.  Parents/carers are asked to purchase a blue or black outdoor coat.

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Girls:

Black pleated skirt or tailored trousers (compulsory)

  • Black pleated skirts are only available from school and sold at cost price to reduce costs to parents/carers.
  • Trousers can be purchased from any retailer as long as they conform to school standards. The following are not permitted: tight fit/skinny fit trousers, denim, canvas, linen, leggings and jeggings.  In addition, trousers must be long enough that they touch the shoe and do not expose ankles.

Socks or tights, not both (compulsory)

The following items can be purchased from any retailer as long as they conform to school standards.

  • Plain black, navy or grey socks. These must not include logos, frills or bows.  Trainer socks, knee-high or over-the-knee socks are not permitted in school.
  • Plain black, navy or grey tights.  These must not be patterned.

Or, Shalwar, Kameez and a navy blue or black headscarf (optional) 

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Boys:

Black tailored trousers (compulsory)

Trousers can be purchased from any retailer as long as they conform to school standards.  The following are not permitted: tight fit/skinny fit trousers, denim, canvas, linen, leggings and jeggings.  In addition, trousers must be long enough that they touch the shoe and do not expose ankles.

Socks (compulsory)

Grey, black or navy socks can be purchased from any retailer as long as they conform to school standards.  Socks must not include logos.

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Games/PE and Dance Kit

Haslingden High School PE kit is available from the following stockists:

  • Surridge Sports is the official supplier www.surridgesports.com.  Orders may be placed online with Surridge Sports or by collecting an order form from the PE office at school.  We also have our own webshop with Surridge.  You can click on the link here to access Haslingden High School PE Webshop.
  • Alternatively, our PE kit may be purchased from Amins on Bank Street in Rawtenstall or Abbey Street Shopping Centre, Accrington. Both these options are useful as students can try on the kit before purchasing items.

Navy blue Surridge t-shirt with school PE badge (compulsory)

  • This item is available from the stockists above.  
  • Please note that any personalised items purchased from Surridge are non-returnable as per the terms and conditions on the website.

Trainers (compulsory)

  • These can be purchased from any retailer to reduce costs to parents/carers.  Please ensure they are labelled with your child’s name.

Socks (compulsory)

  • Navy blue socks can be purchased from any retailer to reduce costs to parents/carers. 

All students will need one of the following options (compulsory)

  • Navy blue shorts, navy blue skort, navy blue tracksuit bottoms, black sports leggings or black track bottoms.  These can be purchased from Surridge or any other retailer to reduce costs to parents/carers.

Shin pads and football socks (compulsory if playing football)

Students must have shin pads for all football lessons during both curriculum time PE and for all extracurricular football sessions. We have been advised by the local authority that it is a parental responsibility to provide shin pads where schools have requested this. A letter was sent to all parents in March 2022 regarding the use of shin pads in school and will be included for all new parents as part of the induction information provided. 

We have looked locally on behalf of parents/carers and Sports Direct has shin pads available for £3.99, which are available both in-store and online.

If selected for school football teams, you will need the following compulsory items:

  • Astro trainers
  • Football boots

Gum shields / mouthguards (compulsory if attending extracurricular rugby)

Our external rugby coaches recommend the use of a gum shield or a mouthguard.  Therefore a gum shield or mouthguard must be worn during all sessions.  

We have looked locally on behalf of parents/carers and Sports Direct has a wide range available which start at £3.00 and are available both in-store and online.

Outdoor kit (optional)

As students go outside during the winter months, we recommend students wear some warmer layers,  however, this is optional.  These are all available from our stockists mentioned above.

  • Navy hoody, navy rain jacket, navy tracksuit top or a base layer.

Should you have any questions regarding PE Kit, please contact the Head of PE and Sport, Mr Haworth.

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Prices and sizes of items available from the school:

Blazer £35
Tie £7.50
Skirt £10
Jumper £13.50

Blazer sizes: 28”, 30”, 32”, 34”, 36”, 40”, 42” and 44”

Skirt sizes:

Size Waist Length
Age 6-7 20” 15”
Age 7-8 22” 16.5”
Age 8-9 22” 17”
Age 9-10 23” 18”
Age 11-12 24” 18.5”
Age 13-14 24” 19”
Age 15-16 24” 19.5”

 

Support for parents/carers:

Label items

  • We recommend that all items of clothing are labelled including ties and trainers. This will significantly reduce the chance of items being lost. 

Preloved items

  • Please contact school on school@haslingdenhigh.com if you wish to purchase a preloved item.  A colleague will support in checking the availability of sizes and items.

Retailers

  • We recommend your local superstore for inexpensive and hard wearing items of school uniform.  Please note that blazers, skirts and ties are only available to purchase from school. 

Size

  • Students are able to try on an item of uniform before purchasing an item of clothing from school e.g. blazer, skirt and v-neck pullover.

Other

  • The following items are not permitted in school and will be confiscated – hoodies, caps and denim jackets.

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Hairstyles and colouring:

Parents/carers should be aware that we do not permit extremes of fashion in students’ hairstyles or dress. Added hair colours must be natural and subtle (bright colours including shades of red/purple, and dip dying, are not permitted). Hair braiding is only acceptable without beads or accessories. Close-shaved heads and patterns cut into hair or eyebrows are not acceptable. Extreme haircuts (e.g. mohican and a 0 or 1 all over the head) are not acceptable. Students who have shoulder-length hair or longer will be required to tie it back for health and safety reasons.

Jewellery, make-up and valuables:

Make-up must be subtle.

Nail varnish, false nails and false eyelashes are not appropriate for school and therefore not allowed.

Jewellery must be limited to a watch and one plain pair of round studs, one worn in each ear. Health and safety considerations mean that any other items of jewellery are not permissible and will be confiscated if worn. The school cannot accept any responsibility for the loss of valuables.

Watches and studs should be removed for practical lessons when necessary or any lesson where they may pose a danger. Individual subject teachers will make the decision.

No facial or body piercing is permitted for health and safety reasons.

If a student persistently ignores these rules the school will employ further sanctions (please also see Behaviour for Learning Policy & Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Policy).

Sixth Form

Rationale

The school believes that clear expectations and consistently high standards are essential to success. This particularly applies to our Sixth Form life, including attendance and punctuality; behaviour for learning; academic effort and dress code.  It is important that students take pride in their appearance and are aware of the impression that appearance makes within the school and the wider community.

As a Sixth Form, one of our on-going aims is to prepare students for progression into their chosen career or profession. In order to support this aim and further strengthen the ethos of study in the Sixth Form, a smart office wear dress code is in place. 

Any student who is wearing inappropriate dress; wearing inappropriate jewellery; or with an unsuitable hairstyle or hair colour may be removed from lessons and parent/carer contacted.  A record will be made in a student’s file.  If a student persistently ignores the dress code, the school will need to employ further sanctions.

The Headteacher will be the ultimate arbiter in all matters relating to uniform, dress and appearance.  Parents/carers and students are advised to consult Miss L. Marsland (Director of Sixth Form Studies) if they are considering uniform, dress or appearance changes that might conflict with the school policy.

Sixth form students are expected to behave as young adults, focusing on personal development and the learning process so are therefore expected to dress in an appropriate manner.

We believe that clear expectations and consistently high standards are essential to success. It is important that you take pride in your appearance and are aware of the impression that appearance makes as role models within the school and amongst the wider community.

One of our key aims is to prepare you for progression into your chosen career or profession and, in order to support this aim and further strengthen the ethos of study in the sixth form, a smart casual  dress code is in place.  It is imperative that students are dressed appropriately.

As sixth form students, we wish to give you freedom in your choice of dress; however, if students do not adhere to our dress code then they will face sanctions that can include removal from lessons or being asked to return home to change. Students should use the guidance table below when planning their outfits (although this does not cover all eventualities).  

Acceptable For clarification, the following are not allowed:
  • Smart blouse/shirt/top
  • Smart polo shirt/t-shirt (no slogans)/jumper
  • Smart trousers/chinos/leggings
  • Smart skirt/dress
  • Smart shoes
  • Smart, clean trainers/pumps
  • One discreet nose stud/pierced ears
  • Vests/bandeau tops
  • Jeans
  • Ripped clothing, potentially offensive slogans
  • Bare shoulders/bare midriff
  • Any piercing other than ears and a discreet nose stud
  • Extremes of fashion in hairstyle, make up or dress