The policy of the school is that students should wear school uniform. This is based on a belief that the uniform, among other things, provides a corporate sense of identity. Full school uniform is compulsory until the end of Year 11. The offer of a place at the school is made on the understanding that parents will support the school policy in this matter. Parents are asked to encourage their children to take pride in their uniform and to keep it in good condition.

(* these items are specific to the school and are only available for purchase from the school shop)


Items Acceptable Unacceptable 
Skirt uniform  From September 2017, the only acceptable school skirt will be the pleated style. From September 2017, the only acceptable school skirt will be the pleated style.
Blouse Blue and white striped blouse*. A low necked white T-shirt may be worn under the blouse in winter. Any other blouse. No extra shirts.



Navy blue skirt*. Should be an acceptable length to allow involvement in a wide range of activities during the school day, but enabling them to maintain their modesty. Hems to be somewhere close to the knee. Skirts that are rolled up. Skirts with slits. Inappropriate length above or below the knee. Any skirt not purchased from the school shop.
Socks/tights Navy blue, black or white plain socks. Navy blue, black or flesh coloured tights. Any other socks/tights.
Trouser uniform    


Plain blue or white school shirt with a full collar and top button or striped blue blouse. Sports shirts, T-shirts and fashion shirts.
Tie A correctly tied St Bede’s tie* worn with the plain coloured shirt. Any tie other than the official school tie. Defaced school tie.
Trousers Dark grey, navy blue or black trousers. No linen, denim, corduroy or fitted legging type or skinny trousers.
Socks White, grey, navy blue or black plain socks. Any other socks.
General uniform    
Pullover Navy blue V-necked pullover with St Bede’s logo* Ill-fitting pullovers or pullovers other than St Bede’s. No cardigans. The school PE sweatshirt.
Shoes Plain black shoes that have no logos (including black logos) or white/coloured decorative elements. All shoes need to be sensible, safe and serviceable. Trainers, canvas/cloth shoes or boots of any kind. Steel toe-capped shoes. Platforms, high heels, sling backs, open-toed or backless shoes.
Coats Sensible, safe and appropriate for school. No denim or leather jackets. No hoodies.
Bags It is essential that students have an appropriate bag or rucksack in which to carry books and equipment. A separate bag should be used for sports kit. Small bags that have insufficient capacity or plastic carrier bags should not be used for school. Bags with inappropriate logos or ‘decoration’.
Jewellery One wrist watch, ONE pair of plain ear studs (gold or silver coloured), a chain plus small cross or medal may be worn inside the shirt. The school cannot accept responsibility for jewellery worn to school. Earrings of any other kind (including rings), necklaces, bracelets, brooches, badges not concerned with school. No piercings apart from one in each ear lobe. Under Department of Education, no student may wear any form of jewellery during PE lessons, even taped up.
Cosmetics If make-up is worn it must never be obvious. Students may be asked to remove make-up if it is deemed inappropriate. Coloured nail varnish, false nails or excessive make-up
Apron Students must wear aprons for Food Technology and Design & Technology. Aprons are available for use in Design & Technology but not in Food Technology. Inappropriate designs on aprons.
Sun care We encourage students to follow health guidelines relating to the dangers of UV radiation. Hat and sunglasses appropriate for school may be worn outside on sunny days. Sun protection cream is encouraged. Students are allowed to have a bottle of water with them.

No inappropriate logos. 

Hats and sunglasses are not to be worn inside.

Other flavoured drinks in lessons.

Hair Hair should be cut in a style suitable for school and kept clean, neat and tidy. Natural hair colouring. No unnatural hair colouring. Inappropriate fashion hairstyles including short ‘crew cut’ hairstyles, extreme styles, decorative shaved elements and motifs. If there is any doubt please contact the school before going to the hairdresser.


Pupils who arrive at school with incorrect uniform, without prior agreement, will be removed to isolation. Inappropriate uniform may be confiscated.

Physical Education Kit

Clean plimsolls/trainers are essential for the sports hall, fitness room, astro turf, gym and dance studio. A change of socks is essential; socks worn to school are not acceptable.

Vest tops, tight fitting white tops or kit with large motifs, slogans or commercial designs are not acceptable. School sports wear does not need to be fashionable or expensive.

Jewellery of any sort must be removed before PE lessons. If students are to have their ears pierced they should do so during holidays and not during term time, so that earrings may be removed without a problem. No other body piercings are acceptable. Long hair must be tied back.

Changing rooms are locked at the start of lessons. Any valuables should be left in the student’s bag, or, if necessary, handed into the SIMS office at the start of the day, eg large amounts of money. All kit must be clearly named.

Compulsory PE kit

Items Acceptable Unacceptable
**Shorts or skorts

Plain navy blue athletics shorts or skorts (with no white stripes)

(cotton or nylon cloth only)

Stretch knitted cotton or lycra based material.  No cycling shorts.
**T-shirt White sports t-shirt with collar. No logos.
Trainers Clean trainers for indoor/astro turf. Dirty trainers for indoor/astro turf.
**Socks Navy blue socks for hockey/football. Short white sports socks. Any other socks, including those worn for school day.
Shin pads Worn for hockey/football. Not wearing them for these activities.

Mouth guards are strongly recommended for rugby or hockey.


Optional PE kit

Items Acceptable Unacceptable
*Rugby shirt

School rugby shirt.

Any other colour rugby shirt. No logos.

Games skirt

Navy pleated games skirt. Any other colour/style games skirt. No logos.
Sweatshirt Plain navy blue sweatshirt or navy blue sweatshirt with school logo* Any other sweatshirt.
Jogging trousers Navy blue tracksuit or jogging trousers. Any other colour. No logos.
Other footwear Football boots or old trainers (for outdoor use only)  
Base layer Navy blue base layers in winter. Any other colour.


* These items are specific to the school and are only available for purchase from the school shop.

** These items can be purchased form the school shop with the school logo.