Uniform Guidelines

A high standard of personal appearance is expected of all students at all times. If there is a problem with any aspect of your uniform you should report to your Pastoral Head with a note from your parent/guardians. You may have to borrow uniform from college or your Pastoral Head will sign your planner which you then show to all your teachers at the start of the lesson. Please be aware that if what you are wearing is unsuitable for college, you may be Included and continued refusal to follow uniform rules may result in exclusion. In some cases, you may be sent home to change or parents will be asked to bring uniform to college. We are currently implementing a phased update to our uniform so please pay close attention to the guidelines below.

Year 7, 8 & 9

  • Navy blazer with school badge (purchased from Stevensons)
  • Pleated skirt with badge (purchased from Stevensons)
  • Optional navy jumper with light blue “V” neck (purchased from Stevensons)
  • White school blouse with revere collar, to be fitted so it can be worn over the skirt or trousers. 
  • Trousers in navy, bootleg design. 
  • Shoes:
    • Students should wear a sensible, appropriate, professional and formal leather style shoe in black.
    • There should be no logos, patterns or colours on these shoes.
    • This shoe should be flat or with a low heel and not a fashion item.
    • Sandals, backless or canvas/fabric shoes, trainers, boots* and leisure shoes are not permitted.
  • Tights – plain black, navy or natural; no footless tights or leggings.
  • Socks – plain white or black, must be worn below the knee. 

* Ankle books are permitted under trousers only

Please be aware that some brands will advertise trainers as school shoes. If you are in any doubt please always contact the College prior to purchase. 

Year 10

  • Plain navy suit, with skirt or trousers with a fitted jacket (purchased from Stevensons).
  • Navy scarf (purchased from Stevensons)
  • Blouse as for Years 7 – 9. 
  • Optional metal badge with Avonbourne logo to be worn on jacket. 
  • Shoes as for Years 7 – 9. 
  • Tights or socks as for Years 7 - 9. 
  • College blouse can also be purchased from Marks and Spencer’s, Asda, Tesco, etc.

Year 11

As per year 11 except only Head Girls and Prefects are expected to wear a neck scarf.

All your garments should be named.


Students are encouraged to wear appropriate warm and waterproof coats to and from College. During the school day these should ideally be stored inside lockers. Hoodies are not permitted to be worn to or from school or in school at any time; the only exception is the use of official “Avonbourne Hoodies” during Dance and PE lesson time. These “Avonbourne Hoodies” must not be worn out of school at any time.

Hair colour/style

You will not be allowed to have extreme, bright or non-natural hair colours, tints or dyes/shaven heads/braids with beads. This includes dip dyed hair. Hair should be traditionally styled. Long hair must be tied back for practical subjects and exams.


A watch, a single ear-stud may be worn in each ear lobe and a flat ring are the only items of jewellery allowed. Extra items will be confiscated. Wearable technology (such as the Apple Watch) is not permitted. Any form of body piercing, e.g. nose/tongue studs, is unacceptable and could result in you being excluded. Ear stretchers are not an appropriate form of jewellery so must be removed. All jewellery must be removed for practical subjects. We always recommend that students only have piercings during school holidays when there is adequate time for these to heal.


This is not permitted for students in Years 7, 8 or 9. Students in Years 10 and 11 may wear a little make-up provided it is discreet and natural in appearance. You will be asked to remove excessive make-up. Nail varnish, false nails, tattoos, etc, are not permitted. Nail treatments such as shellac should not be undertaken unless they can be removed during school times.

The college is sensitive to students from different cultures, races and religions and where appropriate will permit adaptations to the uniform. In these cases, your parents should contact your Pastoral Head. Anyone arriving at College in incorrect uniform may be sent home to get changed

Please note that branded items of uniform can be purchased from Stevensons uniform store:

In case of any dispute the Executive Headteacher’s decision is final.

Uniform and kit for PE and Dance Basic Rules

  • All jewellery must be removed
  • Students must not chew gum
  • Ear-rings are not allowed to be taped over (new ear-piercings should be done at the start of the summer holiday to allow time to heal so ear-rings can be removed) 
  • Valuables locked in lockers prior to PE/Dance lessons or not brought to college at all 
  • College jumpers, tights, not to be worn for PE/Dance 
  • Students are required to wear their PE/Dance kit for all PE/Dance lessons whether participating practically or not.
  • Students requesting to be excused from lessons must bring a note from home and continue to bring their kit.  If the problem will remain for more than two lessons or is an ongoing issue a doctor’s note is required.

Compulsory kit for participation in Physical Education lessons

  • Training shoes (not plimsolls/soft tops etc)
  • Hair band
  • Navy PE Polo Shirt, from Stevensons
  • Navy PE skirt compulsory for PE from Stevensons

Additional items that may be purchased

  • Navy track suit bottoms from Stevensons
  • Navy games jersey from Stevensons 

Compulsory Dance Kit _ Mid-Years (Years 7 & 8)

  • School PE polo top
  • School PE skirt or navy leggings
  • Hair tied up
  • No shoes or socks

Compulsory Dance Kit – Advanced Years (Years 9, 10 & 11)

  • As per mid years or black leggings with a black t-shirt

All garments should be named

Please click on the link below for a presentation detailing expectations regarding our school uniform:

Uniform expectations 2018-19.pdf