Dress Code

Sixth Form Dress Code and Identity Badges

Identity Badges

As part of our safeguarding procedures, all adults, including Sixth Form students, are required to wear their identity badge at all times on the school site.  If students forget to bring their identity badge with them to school, they will need to collect a temporary one from Mrs Flannery in the Sports Hall Office and then return it to her at the end of the school day.

Dress Code

One of the privileges of being in the Sixth Form is not having to wear a school uniform. Our dress code has evolved through consultation with student leaders and is framed with the aim that students’ overall appearance is appropriate to that of a formal working environment. We expect you to dress suitably and avoid extremes of fashion. As with all privileges there is also a responsibility – and in this respect it is as role models to students in Years 7-11.

We expect our students to use their common sense and judgment when choosing clothes for work at school. Students should dress in ways which are appropriate for a working environment and this may need to be different from how they dress in other situations.

The following items may be worn:

  • Suit
  • Tailored or chino style trousers
  • Skirt or dress
  • Shirt with a collar
  • Polo shirt (plain or with a discrete logo)
  • Tie
  • Blouse
  • Sweater, sweatshirt, cardigan or tailored jacket
  • Shoes or boots.
  • Plain black leather trainers.

Students should not wear:

  • Casual clothing such as sports or leisure wear, t shirts, hoodies, cargo pants, shorts etc.
  • Casual fabrics such as denim, leather or “leather look”
  • See through items, crop tops or clothing than shows the midriff
  • Casual footwear such as sports trainers, flip flops, sliders, canvas shoes, casual Vans style shoes or casual boots such as Ugg boots.
  • Clothing with large or inappropriate logos or slogans
  • Caps or hats

The following are also not permitted in the sixth form:

  • Visible tattoos
  • Unnatural hair shades
  • Facial Piercings (If students have a nose piercing, a discrete clear plastic stud/spacer should be worn)


All jewellery items should be conservative and not pose a risk to health and safety.

BTEC Sport and A level PE Students 

Students taking A level PE or BTEC Extended Certificate should dress according to the Dress Code above and change into their kit for practical lessons. Students on the Triple BTEC Extended Diploma must wear official Surridge kit with the Wilmslow High School logo:

  • Polo shirt or technical t-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Black tracksuit pants
  • Black leggings
  • Black performance top
  • Sports trainers

Kit can be ordered directly at the following link from Surridge here.

Where students do not meet the standards outlined above, they will be given 24 hours to rectify the problem. Failure to do so may result in being sent home to change. Further incidences will result in the student being asked to remain at home pending a meeting with parents and a member of the Sixth Form Team.

The sixth form dress code is not exhaustive in defining acceptable and unacceptable standards of dress and appearance. The final decision on whether you are deemed inappropriately dressed will be made by either the Director of Sixth Form or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

If students, parents or carers are in any doubt about suitable items, they should contact one of the Sixth Form Team before purchasing.