Our College Uniform
At Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College we place great importance on appearance.
We expect all of our pupils to wear the full college uniform properly and with pride. This applies both inside and outside of school and when travelling to and from college.
In keeping with the dress code I would also like to draw your attention to the college’s policy on hairstyles which may differ from your child’s Primary School. At Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College hair should be at least 7mm long (a number 3), and of natural colour. Dyed hair and unnatural colour, including balayage, dip-dyed hair are prohibited. Long hair (i.e. below shoulders) should always be tied up. ‘Fashion’ cuts including ‘tram lines’ are not permitted. Pupils who do not comply with these rules will be placed in isolation. Hair infringements incur a 3 day isolation (or until it is dyed back to a natural colour). Uniform infringements incur a break and lunch isolation, until the situation is rectified, such as inappropriate school shoes and hair colour.
Personal appearance is a matter of pride. Whilst we are aware of current fashions and the impact of peer pressure, we expect all of our pupils to present themselves in a smart and respectful manner at all times in College and when travelling to and from College.
- Make-up, fake tan, false nails, nail-varnish, false eyelashes, rings, (visible) body piercings or visible tattoos, nose studs and ear plugs are strictly not allowed.
- Extreme hairstyles are not in keeping with our high standards of appearance. Haircuts should not be ‘extreme’. We do not allow hair to be less than a ‘number 3’ (7mm in length). Also, haircuts with a ‘step’ (shaving the sides of the head), long, unkempt or spiky hairstyles are not acceptable. Nor are cuts to eyebrows. Hair longer than the shoulders should be tied back.
- Hair should be natural in colour; dyed hair that does not appear to be ‘natural’ is not permitted.
- Pupils should be clean shaven for school at all times.
- Jewellery is not allowed. Pupils may wear a watch. Girls may wear one small pair of stud earrings in the bottom lobe of the ear. Earrings for boys are not permitted.
- Ties must be worn to the top button and reach the waistband.
- Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
- ‘Hoodies’ and baseball caps are not permissible in College. Any coat/jacket must be removed in the school building.
- Blazers are to be worn at all times unless permission has been given in the classroom by the teacher to remove them.
- College bags should be plain and of a dark colour which tones with the uniform and should be able to hold an A4 folder. Only backpacks, sachels and record bags are acceptable.
- Permanent Tattoos or Henna Tattoos are not permitted in school
- Pupils must wear plain black leather style shoes (not boots, nor anything that has a sports logo). If the ‘shoe’ looks anything like a trainer / sports shoe, please do not purchase it as it will be unacceptable for school. We recommend that girls wear comfortable, sturdy shoes (‘Dolly’ shoes are very flimsy and do not give the support required). Canvas pumps are also not permitted as school shoes for any pupils.
- ‘Jean type’ trousers are not acceptable for school. Trousers must be standard school wear / suit trousers. Canvas jeans, riveted pockets and fashion trousers such ‘skinny’ jeans are not permitted. Girls can purchase BTH trousers from our uniform suppliers.
- School skirts are sold in a variety of different lengths at both of our uniform suppliers. Please remember that skirts must be no shorter than 1 inch above the knee.
The College uniform to be worn by girls in Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 can be seen below. Note items marked with an asterix (*) must be purchased from our approved suppliers.
(This should be only 1 inch above the knee. A longer length is available. Please keep this in mind as anyone with an inappropriate skirt length will be asked to change it)
|Trousers with College logo*||Black|
|V-neck jumper with College logo*||Navy|
|Tie*||College House Tie / Plain Tie for Y7|
|Blazer with College logo*||Navy|
|Tights||Black or Navy to tone with uniform|
(Knee high socks are not allowed from September 2017. Tights or ankle socks may be worn)
|Black or Navy|
(No baggy fashion shirts)
Girls hair should be worn up in a pony-tail if past shoulder length.
|This is how hair should be worn||This is how hair should not be worn|
The College PE kit to be worn by girls can be seen below. Note items marked with an asterix (*) must be purchased from our approved suppliers.
|Polo Shirt with College logo*||Navy|
|Hooded Sweatshirt with College logo*||Navy|
|Skort with College logo*||Navy|
(not Converse, Vans or Hi Tops)
Optional PE Kit for Girls
|Tracksuit Bottoms with College logo*||Navy|
(to be worn under Skort)
The College uniform to be worn by boys in Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 can be seen below. Note items marked with an asterix (*) must be purchased from our approved suppliers.
(Standard school trousers ‘slim fit’ are allowed as long as they are not tight fitted or have Jean like rivets)
|V Neck jumper with College logo*||Navy|
|Shirt (No baggy fashion shirts)||White|
|Tie with College Logo*||College House Tie / Plain Tie for Y7 &11|
|Blazer with College logo*||Navy|
|Socks||Black or Navy|
The College PE kit to be worn by boys can be seen below. Note items marked with an asterix (*) must be purchased from our approved suppliers.
|Sports T-Shirt with College logo*||White|
|Rugby Shirt with College logo*||Navy|
|Shorts with College logo*||Navy|
(not Converse, Vans or Hi Tops)
|Football Boots||Moulded soles|
Optional PE Kit for Boys
|Rain Jacket with College logo*||Navy|
|Tracksuit bottoms with College logo*||Navy|
Sensible plain, all black shoes (no logos) are to be worn. Please note that any footwear that resembles trainers, even if sold as part of a Back to School range, is not considered acceptable for school and will not be allowed.
Boots, trainers, open toe, designer or high heeled shoes are not allowed. Trainer type shoes are not allowed.
The following are examples of unacceptable footwear:
In terms of equipment for school, our pupils are expected to bring to school each day:
- A suitable sturdy school bag (dark colour) – large enough to fit an A4 folder
- A pencil case
- Two pens/biros (black or blue)
- A pencil
- A pencil sharpener
- Pencil crayons
- A rubber
- A ruler
- A calculator
- A compass
- A maths protractor
- An Oxford pocket dictionary
- A reading book
Please note that draw string bags and fashion bags are not acceptable school bags. Please see school bag section for more details.
Our policy for wearing Jewellery in school:
- Girls are allowed to wear one pair of small stud earings no more than 5mm in diameter in the lower lobe of the ear.
- Pupils are not allowed to wear any other jewellery, including rings.
- No other body piercings are allowed.
- Jewellery, other than the permitted studs for girls, will be confiscated.
- Failure to remove jewellery may lead to exclusion for being in defiance of the school rules.
We as a school are very keen that pupils take great pride in their books and appearance, and we would therefore ask you to support our school bag requirements below:
- All pupils must have a suitable traditional Black, Navy or Dark Purple bag (rucksack, satchel, portfolio bag). A dark colour that is in tone with our uniform.
- Bright colours are not allowed School bags are to be of a plain design and may have a small logo.
- Schools bags must be able to fit in an A4 folder and fasten shut/zip up.
- Fashion bags are not appropriate for school. Any pupils with fashion bags will be required to purchase a new suitable school bag.
- Draw string style kit bags are not an acceptable school bag (only be used for PE Kits).
If a pupil has an unacceptable bag it will be confiscated and they will be ‘loaned’ a suitable bag. Their bag will be returned once they have an appropriate school bag and return our ‘loaned’ bag.
Examples of acceptable school bags:
Examples of unacceptable school bags: