Dress code

Business Dress Code

Students and staff will dress in business wear. This will allow students to align themselves more closely to the world of work.

The dress code is designed to:

  • Promote a sense of pride in the UTC in line with our ethos, values and beliefs.
  • Encompass a sense of community and belonging.
  • Support positive behaviour and discipline.
  • Be practical, smart and business-like.
  • Prevent students from coming to the UTC in fashion or ‘designer’ label clothes that could be distracting in lessons or create a sense of competition.
  • Enable students to feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance and to help nurture cohesion between different groups of students.

We require all employees and students at Westminster UTC to follow our business dress policy. Everyone is required to dress in a professional business-like manner:

  • Formal smart trousers or a dress/skirt of reasonable length, with a smart, appropriate top and jacket.
  • Shoes must be smart, clean and of a height suitable for the planned activities of the day.
  • All students must have available to wear (on being given 24 hour notice) a shirt that can be worn with a tie for formal, outward facing events. UTC Westminster ties will be provided for such occasions.
  • It will be at the discretion of the Principal as to when it is appropriate to wear a tie.
  • Hair should be neat and tidy and never compromise health and safety. Headgear worn for religious purposes is permitted.
  • Facial coverings for religious reasons are expected to be removed whilst at the UTC to ensure individuals are identifiable.
  • Any jewellery worn should not be excessive or a health and safety hazard and be appropriate for a business setting.
  • Personal adornment should be kept to a minimum, to reflect the professional, business-like ethos of the UTC.
  • Any tattoos should not be visible to others whilst at the UTC or when representing the UTC.
  • No badges other than name badges and the UTC pin badge should be worn whilst at the UTC or when representing the UTC.

Students are expected to attend the UTC in business dress every day, including visits and trips, unless a specified dress code has been given.

In cases where, in the opinion of the Principal, a student’s appearance is unacceptable, the student may be required to return home. In these circumstances, the parent or carer will be contacted and informed of the situation before the student leaves the site.