Uniform

Below is a reference guide for our school uniform. Using the menu below you can jump to a specific section of the guide, or scroll through the entire document.

This guide is for students in years 9 – 11. Sixth form students should refer to the Sixth Form uniform guide on the Sixth Form area of the website. The guidance is intended to aid staff to be consistent in the application of rules pertaining to uniform and also to help clarify the requirements of the school uniform code for both parents and pupils. The uniform code should apply equally to all pupils.

Price & Buckland Ltd. are the sole suppliers of our Lower School uniform.

As from 19th August 2011 you will be able to order your uniform directly from the Price and Buckland website: www.pbparentsonline.co.uk/crickhowell, you may need to register if you have not used Price & Buckland’s online ordering system.

If you are unable to order online, please complete the Order Form and send directly to:

Price & Buckland Ltd.,
Benneworth Close,
Hucknall,
Nottingham
NG15 6EL
Tel: 0115 9640827

Tailored Jacket

Black tailored jacket with the school badge on the breast pocket. There are two versions – standard (mainly for boys) and a ‘girl-cut’ style (for girls).

                

This is a compulsory part of the uniform (except when pupils are informed otherwise such as when the weather is really hot i.e. above 25*C).

Guidelines:

  • Hoodies or other non-school uniform garments should not be worn below the jacket such as when travelling to or from home to school.
  • Jackets may be removed in class at the discretion of the teacher.
  • The jacket (and indeed all uniform) should have the label tags filled in so that if any item is lost it can be returned to its owner*

* there is a label where the pupil’s name can be written with a laundry pen on the jacket inside the lining.

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Jumpers and sweatshirts

  • Black sleeveless sweater with maroon trim and bearing the school badge. This is a compulsory part of the uniform (except when pupils are informed otherwise such as when the weather is really hot). After the Whitsun half term Summer Uniform rules apply, and jumpers do not need to be worn.

Guidelines:

  • No other pullover or sweatshirt may be worn inside except black official items carrying the school crest
  • The bottom of the jumper must cover the bottom of the shirt

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Shirts/Tie

  • White shirt with collar
  • The school tie must be worn.
  • The Lower School tie has a broad gold stripe
  • The Upper School tie there is a broad maroon stripe.

Guidelines:

  • The top button should not be left undone.
  • White or cream slips, T-Shirts or vest-tops
    (no coloured tops / undergarments) can be worn under the shirt
  • T-shirts / slips or vest tops should not be visible below the hem of the shirt or sleeves
  • Any kind of badge or decoration which has been deliberately put on the shirt is not allowed

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Coats and Hoodies

A mainly black waterproof coat should be worn to school on wet and/or cold days. Coats should have luminous or reflective strips to make it safer for pupils if walking home on a winter’s evening.

Guidelines:

  • Hoodies must not be worn on the journey to/from school
  • Hoodies in school will be confiscated on sight.
  • School Sports Hooded tops may be worn in the P.E. area
  • No coats may be worn in classrooms, including by Sixth Form students

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Trousers for boys

Black trousers are standard uniform for all students.

Plain black (not grey) trousers.

Guidelines:

  • Not denim or corduroy; no designer buttons or studs; no stitched-on pockets;
    not cut away at the bottom (tapered, skin tight/skinny-jean style)
  • Must be worn in such a way that they do not reveal underwear and should sit smartly at the waist and on the ankle/shoe line

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Skirts and trousers for girls

Black trousers are standard uniform for all students. Plain black (not grey) trousers.

Girls may, however, choose to wear black skirts, in which case they should purchase the official school skirt or purchase one which is indistinguishable from the school skirt

Guidelines:

  • Skirts should be plain black, pleated, traditional (school skirt design)
  • Any other skirt bought from a separate retailer should be indistinguishable from the school skirt
  • The hem should be no more than 4cm from the top of the knee cap*
  • Trousers or skirts should not hang below the waist line. They should cover underwear and should sit smartly at the waist
  • No ribbed, ‘puffed’, ‘body-con’ and other similar styles, or ‘stretchy’ fabric which rides up and/or clings to the body
  • Not denim or corduroy; no designer buttons or studs; no stitched-on pockets; not cut away at the bottom (tapered, skin tight/skinny/jean style)
  • Must be worn in such a way that they do not reveal underwear and should sit smartly at the waist and on the ankle/shoe line

* We understand that different students have different body shapes and sizes. However, the school skirt is available in a variety of lengths (16, 18, 20inch) and waist sizes. If you are unable to obtain a skirt which meets our guidelines then trousers must be worn.

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Footwear

Black sensible leather shoes.

Guidelines:

  • “Traditional”, well constructed, weather-proof, leather or leather-type shoes with a low/medium heel
    and an appropriate, weather-proof non-slip sole
  • Trainers – black or otherwise – should not be worn at school, except when playing sport
  • Canvas shoes and plimsolls may not be worn*
  • Boots should adhere to the same, smart standards as shoes.
  • “Doc Marten” style, predominantly suede finish or boots with overly conspicuous designer buttons, fastenings, buckles etc. are not allowed

* except when issued by staff or for the rare occasion when a medical issue may necessitate (in this case, a medical note should be shown to your Head of School, who in turn will write a note which can be shown to staff).

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Tights and socks

Girls should wear black or white socks or black/skin-coloured/opaque tights.

Boys should wear black or white socks.

Guidelines:

  • These should be clean and ladder free
  • No other coloured socks or tights are allowed

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Piercings

Students may wear ONE metal stud OR small metal ear-ring (no larger than 0.3mm diameter) in each ear.

No other jewellery (including coloured necklaces and bracelets) may be worn.

One small ring may be worn, but we do not recommend this for practical subjects where it may pose a health and safety risk.

No piercings other than ear piercings are allowed.

You will be asked to remove incorrect jewellery. This may mean that wrist bands without clasps may need to be cut-off.

Guidelines:

  • Piercings should not be made during the school term – the hole may heal up as you will be required to remove the stud in school.
  • No flesh-holes or horn-style ear-rings*, nose, lip, eyebrow sleepers or temporary piercings.
  • Ear-rings should be silver/gold/pearl in appearance

* Flesh-holes: ear-rings which stretch holes in the ear beyond the normal range of traditional earrings are not allowed. Horn-style ear decorations where the hole in the ear is a similar size to the front of the ear, or where the back of the piercing extends excessively behind the ear, are not allowed.

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Necklaces and bracelets

A single medical information or charity bracelet may be worn. No necklaces should be worn and may be confiscated if worn.

Guidelines:

  • One legitimate charity band* is allowed on one wrist. Anything other than a band representing a registered charity is not allowed. No other types of string, plastic, rubber or leather bands are allowed
  • Medical bracelets should be worn at all times**

* If you wear a charity band, be prepared to discuss your chosen charity. Other types of bands take away the value of people wearing legitimate bands which is to raise the profile of good causes.

** Medical bracelets should be worn at all times and should NOT be taken off for PE. Discuss with your PE teacher the use of a wrist band to cover the bracelet for health and safety.

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Rings and writing on hands and arms

Arms, hands and nails should be clean and free from jewellery.

Guidelines:

  • One small ring is permitted
  • Doodling or writing on the skin is not allowed

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Make-up and nails

We do not encourage students to wear make-up and nail varnish to school.

Guidelines:

  • If make-up and nail varnish is worn, it should be subtle and discreet
  • Excessive or gaudy make-up is not suitable in school – pupils will be required to remove this immediately before returning to class.
  • Nail extensions or elongated nails are not allowed
  • Excessive dark eye liner is not allowed

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Hair

Hair should look natural with natural colours. Hairstyles which attract undue attention are not allowed.

Long hair should be clean, tidy, and tied back when appropriate (e.g. for health and safety as in PE, Science practicals, Dance etc).

Guidelines:

  • No stripes or shaven styles such as tramlines or patterns
  • Highlights should be inconspicuous, blended and not designed to draw undue attention
  • No bright, non-natural colours (e.g. purple, blue, green etc. unless specified by the Headteacher, for example, as part of a charity event or drama production)
  • Hair ties, bands, ribbons, braiding, slides, should be subtle, kept smartly, and not draw excessive attention. Large flowers (whether natural or artificial) should not be worn in the hair
  • It is important to contact your Head of School to discuss BEFORE having any hairstyle which may be considered inappropriate

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Headgear and sunglasses

Hats, caps and other headgear should not be worn on the school site, except in certain conditions.

Guidelines:

  • Hats must not be worn indoors. They should only be worn to keep the head warm in the winter or to protect from the sun in the summer… not merely as a fashion accessory
  • Suitable, sensible hats and sunglasses may only be worn outdoors as a protection from the elements during times of high sunlight or very cold conditions
  • Sunglasses should have shatter-proof lenses and should not be unduly expensive. The school is not responsible for any loss or damage to such property.

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Belts

Belts should be worn for purpose i.e. to help a skirt or trousers fit better. Fashion belts (decorated, coloured or very large) are not allowed.

Guidelines:

  • Belts should be plain black in colour (not decorated)
  • They should not be more than 6cm wide with a silver or black buckle which is no more than 7cm wide. The buckle should not be oversized or ornate
  • They should be linked through belt hoops rather than worn over the top of trousers or skirts as a fashion accessory

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School Bags

School bags should be mainly black and fit for purpose.

Guidelines:

  • Bags should not be a fashion item looking like a small handbag.
  • Ideally bags should be of a size so that they could fit inside the school locker for safe storage at lunchtimes.
  • Bags should not have large logos.

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Mobile communication devices & mobile music players

Mobile phones and music players must be kept switched off and handed into the General Office when entering the school premises each morning. Any use of phones is prohibited on the school site during the school day – this includes making or receiving calls/text messages/photographs/videos; listening to music; using as a calculator/conversion software; and checking the time. In case of emergency, or where there is a particular need, students should ask a senior member of staff for permission to use the phone in an office.

Not allowed:

  • Using a mobile phone in class as a calculator or conversion software is not allowed
  • The use of a mobile communication device as an MP3 player is not permitted unless used with express permission from a teacher for use in a particular subject task. If students are working away from the teacher where they may come into contact with other staff, a note should be in the planner, written by the teacher, which gives the reason and permission
  • In all cases, the mobile communication device remains the responsibility of the student and the school cannot be held liable for any loss, breakage or theft.
  • Mobile phones will be confiscated for 10 school days if they are found in your possession during the school day (whether or not they were switched on or being used).
    If confiscated will only be returned to a parent/carer

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Hygiene and health and safety issues

Guidelines:

  • Students should come to school clean and well presented
  • Students who suffer from asthma should carry the necessary inhaler with them at all times.
  • All other medications should be held under the supervision of the General Office
  • Students are strongly warned that they should not have any piercings done which would necessitate the use of a “sleeper” or temporary clear piercing, as these will not be allowed. Aside from basic, traditional earrings, piercings are considered a health and safety risk
  • Deodorant should be applied before coming to school. Deodorants can be applied in PE changing rooms but should be the roll-on variety (to avoid eye and lung irritation in confined spaces). Aerosols are not allowed in school and if confiscated will only be returned to a parent/carer
  • Sun cream should be applied before school when any student is expecting to spend prolonged periods of time in the sun (e.g. PE lessons and lunchtimes). Students are encouraged to keep to the shaded areas when outdoors and avoid prolonged exposure to potentially harmful UV rays
  • We are proud to be a ‘healthy eating school’ and pupils should not bring items of food or drink (like ‘fizzy drinks’ or chocolate and confectionery) to School with the intention of retailing these to fellow pupils. High Energy drinks are not suitable for anyone aged under 16 and should not be brought to School

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Before school, breaks and after school

Guidelines:

  • Students can leave school in PE kit when going to an activity off-site (e.g. an away fixture against another school)
  • Students should seek permission from a member of staff if they wish to miss part of a lesson for sport and/or if they wish to wear kit to an afternoon lesson before an inter-school fixture.
  • Students should not wear other clothing accessories after school until they have changed completely out of school uniform. This would apply to the use of electrical items like iPods too.

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Summer arrangements

During the second half of the summer term (and in periods of a prolonged heatwave) the school will declare a temporary adjustment to the uniform requirements.

Guidelines: (During such periods)

  • ties need not be worn
  • the short sleeve sweater need not be worn
  • short-sleeved white school shirts may be worn
  • the tailored jacket should still be worn for the journey to and from school but may be removed once in school.

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PE Kit – Both Boys and Girls

  • Predominantly white PE top with collar  (polo shirt)
  • Maroon Football/Rugby/Hockey socks
  • Clean training shoes – with non-marking soles
  • Short white socks
  • Towel
  • Tracksuit (Optional)

Boys Specifically

  • Black cotton/nylon shorts
  • White cotton/nylon shorts
  • Black/Maroon outdoor sports shirt, available only from Price and Buckland
  • Football/Rugby boots

Girls Specifically

  • Maroon skort
  • Maroon nylon satin finish shorts
  • Black/Maroon outdoor sports shirt, available only from Price and Buckland

With the exception of the Black/Maroon outdoor sports shirt, these items can be purchased from any reputable clothing outlets.

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