Uniform Guidance

Read our full Professional Uniform and Appearance Policy

Why Uniform?

The importance of uniform exists on several grounds. Uniforms quickly offer a sense of belonging, equality and can aid academic concentration.
Studies have found that wearing a uniform removes points of difference between students, thus unifying the student body and providing greater focus for academic work.
A uniform helps students to improve their academic concentration. Focus groups have found that many pupils chose to remain in their uniform outside of school to complete homework, to remain in the working mindset.
Many students feel relieved that they do not have to follow the latest fashion trends in their appearance at school. As well as helping to reduce bullying, a uniform is central to fostering an egalitarian culture in schools. An official uniform places children from a range of backgrounds on a level footing from the first day at school, ensuring all have a fair
start in their academic life.
* according to a 2010 national poll conducted by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania.

Why Professional Dress?

The major reason why dressing in proper business attire is important for every business professional is because it presents a visual image and sends a message that the employees are professional.

Another reason why dressing in proper business attire is important in the business world is because you never know when you will be required to meet with someone from outside your company. Your image to this outsider will be the image remembered of your company. In business dealings this image and message needs to be professional. In reality, that image could indirectly mean the difference between securing a new deal, contract or sale and losing the opportunity to make that deal.

Appearance ranked second only to communication skills when respondents named qualities most often associated with professionalism*

All students must wear…

• A plain black or dark navy suit jacket
• Plain suit trousers/skirt of the same colour as the suit jacket. (Skirts must be at least knee length, and
not tight fitting/body-con style)
• Plain white long or short sleeve shirt
• Plain grey or black socks
• Flat-heeled black shoes of leather appearance. Heels must be no greater than 2.5cm in height. No canvas shoes, no boots or shoes above the ankle. Trainers must not be worn (this includes leather effect vans, converse and all other trainer style black shoes)
• A watch (students will be expected to know the time but will not be allowed to use their phones)

Students may wear…

• A plain black or dark navy tie. If wearing a tie the top shirt button must be done up.
• Plain black leather belts with a small buckle, no logos
• Grey long-sleeved pullover jumper or cardigan
• A plain black top coat to/from school. This must not be worn on school premises.
• A plain black scarf to/from school and must not be worn on school premises.
• Headscarves must be plain black or white.


• Ideally no jewellery should be worn.
• One single pair of plain ear studs (not hoops/rings/flesh tunnels) can be worn, one in each ear bottom lobe, not in other areas of the ears.
• No other items must be visible.
• Necklaces and Bracelets in any form are not to be worn.
• Tongue piercings, facial jewellery or similar body piercings must never be worn.
• Any new piercings/flesh tunnel procedures that require a ‘healing period’ should only take place during school holidays that are long enough to accommodate this healing process.
• All piercings (other than what is allowed as stated above*) must be removed and not simply covered up with plasters during school time.
• No jewellery should be worn during physical education or other practical activities.
• Ideally no make-up; where this is worn, it should be very light and discreet.
• Tattoos (permanent or semi-permanent) should not be visible.
• Coloured nail varnish and false nails are not allowed. No false, acrylic, gel or shellac nails. No false eyelashes.


• Hair must be neat, tidy and of a style acceptable to the school, avoiding extremes. Students should avoid extremes of personal appearance. This includes hair colouring and haircuts.
• Hairstyles should not reflect the extremes of youth culture. Hair colouring should be a natural colour only and hair should be cut no shorter than ‘Number 2’ grade, closed shaved hair is not acceptable, this includes full or partial saving.
• Hair length should be blended and graduated, with no lines or steps cut in, with no tramlines.
• Hair should not be dyed (either permanent or semi-permanent) beyond colours close to natural
• hair colours (e.g. extreme bleaching and/or red, pink, blue or purple colours).Hair should be only one colour and not a combination of 2 or more complementary or contrasting colours e.g. black hair with blonde streaks would be inappropriate.
• The expectation is that long hair will be tied and secured away from the face, neck and shoulders when learning activities dictate e.g. sport and practical work in a science laboratory.
• Hair clips and hair bands and other hair-retaining devices should be plain black in colour and discreet.

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

In cases where, in the opinion of the Senior Leadership Team, 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.