Uniform is very important at Applemore and plays a valuable role in contributing to our ethos and setting an appropriate tone. This policy has been devised in consultation with students, parents, staff and representatives from the world of industry and commerce. It reflects the importance of student appearance as an indicator of personal pride and commitment to the College. Wearing a uniform is a way of showing that you belong and we want students to be really proud of belonging to Applemore.
We ask parents and carers to support the College uniform policy as we believe that they have a duty to ensure that their child has the correct uniform and that it is clean and in good condition.
The College does recognise that certain cultural or religious customs and beliefs may need to be taken into consideration regarding uniform and appearance and this will be done on an individual basis as required.
College Uniform – all students:
- Navy blue Applemore jumper with v-neck and College logo
- Black trousers or skirt;
- Trousers should be plain black (denim, jeans or leggings are not permitted).
- Skirts should be plain black in a simple style e.g. flared, straight or pleated and should be approximately knee length. Skater or tube-style skirts are not suitable.
- Belts should be plain black and buckles plain and unobtrusive.
- White shirt (plain white, with collar)
- College tie (in the appropriate House colour)
- Plain socks (white or black) or plain tights (natural or black)
- Black shoes (trainers, canvas shoes or boots are not permitted)
- Jumper with College logo should be worn at all times unless otherwise instructed.
- Tailored plain black shorts can be worn if purchased from Skoolkit and must be worn with the correct shoes and plain black or white socks.
Physical Education Uniform
- PE top (in the appropriate House colour)
- Navy shorts
- Swimwear – trunks or one-piece costume as appropriate
- Trainers – appropriate for astro-turf use having a non-marking sole
- Hair tie (only necessary for long hair
- Football boots – appropriate for astro-turf use
- Shin pads
- Track suit bottoms – black or navy (leggings are not permitted)
ESSENTIAL: Please can all items of clothing be named using sewn-in name tags or permanent marker pen.
We fully endorse the principle that the uniform worn by students should be affordable for everyone to ensure that no student or family is socially excluded through the inability to buy. Accordingly the majority of the uniform can be bought ‘off the peg’ from any high street store or supermarket. The only items that must be purchased from Skoolkit, our uniform suppliers, are the jumper, tie, PE top and sweatshirt in House colours. The tracksuit (P.E kit) and also the shorts in the summer months are both optional.
Although we appreciate that fashion trends come and go, we believe it is dangerous for students to wear platform soles, high heels, sandals or backless shoes and as a result they are not suitable for College. Similarly we do not allow students to wear trainers since this footwear is not in keeping with the smart appearance expected of the College uniform. Trainers also pose a health and safety risk to students undertaking practical work in a workshop situation. Please see the guidance providing further information regarding shoes.
- Students are permitted to wear one pair of small plain (gold/silver) stud earrings in the ear lobe and one ‘signet style’ ring only. Hoop earrings, ‘drop’ earrings, necklaces and bracelets are not permitted.
- No other forms of body piercing jewellery or associated retaining studs are permitted.
- Wristwatches may be worn.
- Discreet make-up may be worn by students in Year 10 and 11 only.
- Nail varnish and acrylic nails should not be worn by any student.
- Students are expected to maintain their hair at a suitable length and style i.e. no shorter than Grade 2 and no tramlines. If hair is dyed, colours should be restricted to those found in natural hair. Streaks of colours or extremes of styles, including hair extensions, beading or other accessories are not permitted.
Acceptable Footwear Guide for Parents and Carers:
Please use the information below to help guide you when purchasing new shoes.
Please see Skoolkit's website for further information: