We believe that it is an essential part of the ethos and discipline structure that all students in Years 7 to 11 manage the way in which they present themselves and comply with the school uniform requirements. We are very proud of our community at St Mary's and want all our young people to show that they are too, by wearing our uniform with pride.
A high standard of personal appearance is expected of all students at all times. Therefore, if any student arrives at school in non-school uniform they must see their Head of Year immediately.
Our uniform is listed on page 8 of the student planner.
All of the items listed can be purchased at Hewitts, Church Street, Croydon.
Below is a list of the school uniform for St Mary’s students.
Navy blazer with school badge
School jumper with school badge
School kilt for Years 7 & 8 girls is compulsory. Years 9 to 11 girls - Navy skirt of suitable length (see 'Uniform Restrictions' below)
School trousers (dark grey)
White long sleeved shirt
Black leather shoes with flat heels (no trainers or trainer type shoes or boots)
White or navy socks with a kilt, black or grey socks with trousers
Plain black belt with small buckle
Navy or black scarf
Navy or black coat with no motifs
Black bag with a small logo that must be large enough for an A4 folder
White polo shirt with school badge
White trainers/plimsolls/football boots
Games jersey (blue and gold)
The following items need to be brought to school every day and this will be checked by your form tutor.
- Pencil case with pens, pencils, ruler, rubber and sharpener
- Maths equipment (no compasses) and scientific calculator
- Coloured pencils
- Reading book
Hair should only be a colour that is naturally grown by humans. Green, blue, purple etc. is not acceptable and will be counted as a breach of our uniform policy.
- Jackets, scarves and gloves may be worn outside the school building but must not be worn anywhere else
- Fashion belts or bandanas are not permitted. Hair bands should be plain black or dark blue.Head bands are not permitted.
- Socks and tights are not permitted to be worn together.
- Any other items of clothing are not permitted including hooded tops and cardigans
- Hats should not be seen or worn inside school
- Caps are not permitted
- Jewellery of any kind is not permitted
- Coloured nail varnish or imitation nails should not be worn, nails should be short and neat
- Skirts must be worn on or below the knee
- Make up is not allowed
- Shaven lines in hair or eyebrows, facial hair or flamboyant hairstyles are not permitted
- Piercings on the face, including tongue are not permitted
- Boys’ hair must not be past their collar. No shaven lines or tracks. Plaits are not permitted.
- Only prescription glasses are permitted
- A reminder that mobile phones should not be visible.If they are seen they will be confiscated and only returned to parents/carers
Please note: In all matters of dress and appearance, the Headteacher is the arbiter of what is acceptable.
If, for any reason, your child cannot adhere to these requirements then they may be sent home to change or placed in the Behaviour Support Unit.
‘Non-uniform’ Guidance 2017
On occasions, students in the main school are allowed to wear clothes other than the school uniform. This may include ‘mufti’ days to raise money and awareness for charities or when on school trips.
Whilst this allows students the opportunity to express themselves as individuals, it must be done so in an appropriate way. It is particularly important that any student dress on these occasions recognises that the school is still a working environment, and further that student dress does not cause embarrassment to staff, students and other members of the wider community.
The following dress policy will apply to the wearing of mufti:
- Students should wear clothing of a modest nature suitable for a learning and work environment and should therefore not be revealing or too short.
- Leggings can be worn provided they are worn with another piece of clothing, for example mid-thigh length skirt/top/tailored shorts/tunic.
- Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.
- The standard of dress is to be tidy, casual clothing.
- Any student is free to wear normal school uniform.
Examples of inappropriate clothing:
- Flip-flops and very high heels.
- Mini skirts or very short non-tailored shorts.
- Clothing displaying offensive logos, drug, alcohol or tobacco-related slogans or statements.
- Tops or clothes that show a bare midriff or reveal underwear.
- Tops that do not cover the bra front and back. Shoulder straps must be covered.
- Leggings without an appropriate length top.
- Any see-through clothing that reveals underwear.
- No facial piercings or ear stretchers.Earrings should be a simple stud.
- No bandanas or hats.
- No body art, for example henna, unless connected to cultural traditions.
- No False nails are to be worn.
It is recognised that this dress code will not cover all issues that may arise. Students may seek to wear, for example, items which have not been covered by the above guidelines, but which are against the tenor of the dress code. In such a case, or given any issue of dispute, the final arbiter is the Headteacher or other senior member of staff.
All students are expected to arrive at school wearing clothing in accordance with this dress code. Should they not do so, then they will be sent home to change by the Headteacher or other senior member of staff. Any student unable to go home to do this will work in isolation for the day.