UNIFORM POLICY and GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS

Uniform Change

We have changed the way we sell uniform.

All uniform is only available from our suppliers Stitch a Logo.

We have also made some changes to the uniform itself. Our PE kit has been revamped and extended. This new-style kit is compulsory for our Year 7-10 and is only available from Stitch a Logo. Parents of students in Year 11 may buy the new-style kit if they wish, but this is not compulsory and we anticipate that most will continue to buy existing PE kit from the school while stocks last.

At Harrow Way we are very proud of our school uniform, which is an essential part of our school’s ethos. We believe that a smart uniform improves our students’ self-esteem and confidence and contributes to good behaviour, as well as helping them to feel part of their school community.

‘Look smart, think smart.’

PE Kit
Dance Uniform
Secondhand Uniform Sources

School Uniform

Below are guidelines on which clothing styles are acceptable for school. All students are required to wear the uniform as designated in the school prospectus. Uniform guidelines are also outlined in the Student Diary.
  • BLACK SCHOOL JACKET/BLAZER with embroidered badge
  • TIES must be worn properly tied, with the top shirt button fastened. (Ties can also be purchased from School.)
  • SHIRTS must be white and worn tucked in with top button fastened.
  • BLACK SCHOOL TROUSERS, also available through our stockist, Stitch-A-Logo. Students may only wear loose-fitting trousers; slim-fit, tight or stretch trousers are not permitted.
  • TARTAN SCHOOL SKIRTS only available through our stockist, Stitch-A-Logo. Skirts should be knee-length. (Year 11 students only: Girls may wear a black skirt, knee-length, non-lycra only)
  • SOCKS worn with trousers should be plain black.
  • TIGHTS should be plain and either natural or black.
  • SHOES must be black, plain and flat, and should be worn to and from school. Boots are not acceptable. Trainers must not be worn except for PE/Games lessons and for permitted sporting activities.
  • GREY, BADGED JUMPERS are available as an optional additional item. Students who wear these, however, must do so IN ADDITION to their blazer, NOT instead.
  • No denim or leather clothing is permitted.
  • OUTSIDE COATS should be plain and muted, with minimal or no logos. Denim and leather outside coats must not be worn.
  • GREEN APRONS for Food Technology are compulsory for the lower years.
  • JEWELLERY The wearing of jewellery is not permitted, with the exception of watches and a small ear stud (no more than one per ear lobe). No other facial or body jewellery is allowed. Facial piercings are unacceptable, clear piercings or wearing a plaster over a nose stud are not acceptable.
    Students and parents should be aware that if we feel that the amount or nature of jewellery worn by a student is inappropriate or unreasonable, they will be expected to remove it.
  • MAKE-UP Too much make-up is inappropriate and in these cases the student will be asked to remove it. Only clear nail varnish may be worn. False nails/extensions are not permitted. False eyelashes or extensions are also not permitted.
  • NO HOODIES or BASEBALL CAPS are permitted.
  • HAIR, Extreme styles and colours are not acceptable. Only ‘natural’ hair colours are permitted.

Trousers for both genders may be straight-legged or slightly flared, but MUST NOT be leggings or ‘skinny leg’ trousers shaped to hug or cling to the legs.

We are grateful for parents’ support in upholding high expectations for our uniform.
PE Kit

The following must be worn for all games and PE activities:

  • The school’s short-sleeved red and black sports polo shirt.
  • The school’s badged PE shorts.
  • Knee length football/hockey socks available from Stitch-a-logo or plain black alternative.
  • Sports footwear.
  • For all PE and games activities, students with long hair must provide themselves with hair ties or clips to keep hair off the face.
  • All jewellery must be removed.

Optional Items:

  • For Years 7-10, either the school’s over-tops and tracksuit bottoms available from Stitch-a-logo may be worn for PE in cold weather, over the standard school PE kit listed above or a plain black alternative may be worn.
  • Gum shields are strongly recommended for hockey and rugby activities.
  • If leggings are worn for PE these must be under shorts as a base layer.
  • If selected to play for a school team, shin-pads will be needed.

Students are required to bring full PE kit to every lesson, even if ill or injured, and must change into it unless physically unable to do so. Students can then be involved in the lesson in a non-performing role and will wear suitable warm clothing when outside.

Dance Uniform

Year 9

  • Black leggings/bottoms or PE shorts
  • Red PE top only or PE shorts
  • No hoodies

Year 10 & 11

  • Black leggings/bottoms or PE shorts
  • Black polo shirts (Harrow Way dance tops)
  • No hoodies

For health and safety reasons, jewellery is not permitted during dance lessons and should be removed.

Socks are not permitted during dance lessons.

Students with long hair must provide themselves with hair ties or clips to tie their hair back.

The correct school uniform should be worn at all times, including on the way to and from school. However, if owing to special circumstances students are not in uniform they should carry a signed note from home in their student diary, which explains why and states when the situation will be rectified. The note should be countersigned by the Tutor.