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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 smart 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.

  • Extreme hairstyles are not in keeping with our good standard of appearance. Haircuts should not be ‘extreme’. Hair must be business-like and smart. Any hair infringements will incur a 3 day isolation. Repeated offences may result in exclusion.
  • Extreme haircuts are not in keeping with the high standards of the colleges uniform policy. Pupils are permitted to have a ‘fade’, starting at no less than a number 2 and ending at no less than a 1.5. The nape of the neck and sides must clearly have visible hair. If in doubt, parents and carers should contact the Head of House / Head of Year before changing a hair style. Pupils will receive a sanction if they do not comply with these rules.

    Personal Appearance

    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. We do not allow haircuts to fade to bald. Pupils are permitted to have a fade, starting at no less than a number 2. The nape of the neck must clearly have hair. Cuts to eyebrows are not acceptable. Hair longer than the shoulders should be tied back. Undercuts are not permitted. 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, satchels 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. 

Uniform for Girls

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.

Item Colour
Pleated skirt*
(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)
Tartan
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
Socks*
(Knee high socks are not allowed from September 2017. Tights or ankle socks may be worn)
Black or Navy
Shirt
(No baggy fashion shirts)
White

Girls Hair

Girls hair should be worn up in a pony-tail if past shoulder length.

PE Kit for Girls

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.

 

Item Colour
Polo Shirt with College logo* Navy
Hooded Sweatshirt with College logo* Navy
Shorts with College logo* Navy
Socks Navy
Suitable Trainers
(not Converse, Vans or Hi Tops)
n/a

Optional PE Kit for Girls

 

Item Colour
Tracksuit Bottoms with College logo* Navy
Sports Leggings
(to be worn under Skort)
Navy
Kit bag n/a

Uniform for Boys

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.

Item Colour
Trousers
(Standard school trousers ‘slim fit’ are allowed as long as they are not tight fitted or have Jean like rivets)
Black
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

 

PE Kit for Boys

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.

Item Colour
Sports T-Shirt with College logo* White
Rugby Shirt with College logo* Navy
Shorts with College logo* Navy
Socks Navy
Suitable Trainers
(not Converse, Vans or Hi Tops)
n/a
Football Boots Moulded soles
Gum Shield (Rugby, Hockey, Cricket) N/A

Optional PE Kit for Boys

Item Colour
Hooded Sweatshirt* Navy
Rain Jacket with College logo* Navy
Tracksuit bottoms with College logo* Navy
Kit bag* n/a

Footwear

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.

Equipment

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.

Jewellery

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.

School Bag

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.