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Southfields Academy

Dress Code

All sixth form students at the academy are expected to adhere to the dress code.  We believe that a dress code based on the principles of a professional workplace promotes a positive image of the sixth form to younger students, parents, prospective employers, admissions tutors, the local community and visitors to the school.

Students must wear:

  • Formal black, brown or navy shoes (you must be able to polish or brush them).

  • Formal suit trousers, a skirt or dress in plain black, navy blue or grey (checks and pinstripes are allowed).  Skirts and dresses should be modest in length and style (no figure-hugging lycra, leather-like material or bare shoulders).

  • A formal shirt or plain polo shirt with a collar in the student's choice of colour.  Plain jumpers are also allowed.

  • Plain tights or socks.

Students may also wear:

  • A suit jacket in black, navy blue or grey.

  • A tie in any colour.

  • A plain belt which ensures trousers are worn appropriately.

  • A plain knitted jumper or cardigan in black, navy blue or grey.  Students are permitted to wear polo neck or crew neck jumpers (not zip or button neck) without a shirt collar.

  • A plain black, blue or navy coat.

  • A plain knitted scarf may be worn outside during winter.

  • Formal black, blue or brown ankle or knee length boots (which can be polished) as an alternative to shoes.  Students are advised to check with a senior teacher in the sixth form before wearing boots.

Students are NOT permitted to wear:

  • Hoodies, sweatshirts or tracksuit tops.

  • Logos (other than those which are small and unobtrusive) on any item of clothing.

  • Denim in any colour.

  • Baseball caps, bandanas or durags.

  • Excessive jewellery (including large or hoop earrings and visible body or facial piercings).

  • Trainers, casual or canvas footwear.

  • T shirts or strappy tops.

  • Clothing that reveals tattoos.

  • Underwear on show.

  • Leggings or jeggings.

  • Tracksuit and jogging bottoms or casual trousers.

Presentations demonstrating acceptable and unacceptable dress can be found below.

The academy retains the right to act as the final authority on the interpretation of the dress code.  If unsure, students and parents should consult the sixth form leadership team for clarification before purchasing an item.  Students who arrive at school inappropriately dressed will be required to return home to change.


Sixth Formers are expected to look business-like, are you dressed for business?

Would you look out of place welcoming visitors in Southfields Academy Reception?