Sixth Form Dress Code Policy

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It is a sixth form privilege not to wear school uniform. The school expects that you will dress suitably and avoid extremes of fashion. Many outsiders judge the school by the appearance of its sixth formers. Younger students look to the sixth form students as role models. If you have to stop and think whether what you is wearing is suitable, then is probably not!

Following the work carried out by the sixth form leadership team in 2019 the following dress code was agreed. It was anticipated that this would be reviewed annually and adapted to respond to changing fashions.

On formal occasions where you are representing the school you will be required to where a smart suit or formal attire. Examples of this would be major school events, awards evenings or showing visitors around the school.


The following represent expected dress in sixth form:

  1. Shirt/blouse for everyone; these can be long or short sleeved – these should be modest. Please see below for tops that students cannot wear. If in doubt check the day before if you are unsure.
  2. Smart, plain, T-shirt for female students (plain or stripes are acceptable)
  3. Boys are required to wear a tie; suit jackets are optional
  4. Coats can be worn but should be taken off on entering a building. Hoods should never be up unless there is poor weather and you are also outside.
  5. Smart jumpers or cardigans can be worn
  6. Trousers; ¾ length trousers, skirts (of a suitable length) or dresses
  7. Smart shoes or ankle boots, leather sandals
  8. ID cards should be worn and clearly visible.

It has been agreed that the following do not represent The Abbey Sixth Form and are not allowed:

  • Headwear such as caps or durags
  • Sunglasses and headphones are not to be worn anywhere around the school site with the exception of the Sixth Form Centre
  • Branded T-shirts, polo shirts, football tops, crop tops, vest tops, plunging neck lines, bare shoulders or bare midriffs
  • Clothing that has slogans on it that may cause offence to others
  • Visible bras or bra straps (including spaghetti style strap tops or dresses)
  • Playsuits, hot pants or shorts
  • Denim (Jeans) or denim look trousers
  • Leggings, jegging or leather or faux leather trousers  
  • Trainers (and trainer styled shoes), flip flops and sliders (sandals)
  • Hoodies or sweatshirts
  • Torn or frayed clothing

Hair must be a natural colour and extreme hair styles are not permitted.

No tongue or facial piercings are allowed and there must be no visible tattoos.

Dresses and skirts must be of an appropriate length – not more than a third of the way up from the middle of the knee.

Those students who take Performing Arts must wear the appropriate items as outlined by the Performing Arts department.

Football Academy students are expected to dress as above or can wear clean Dover Athletic Football Academy training kit, with polo shirts expected on a Thursday.

Students will be asked to remove any items which are not deemed acceptable dress; where this is not possible students will be sent to the Head of Sixth Form/Assistant Head for KS5 who will send them home to change. If plausible, they will then be expected to return to the school for the remainder of the school day.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are to be turned-off and are expressly banned from all use around the school site and should be out of sight at all times including in lessons. The only exception to this rule is where students are within the Sixth Form Centre.

We all (including staff) need to be effective role models to our younger students hence this rule. As a member of the sixth form you also accept that your phone may be confiscated for the day should you engage in inappropriate mobile phone use. Failure to comply will result in a fixed term exclusion.

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