Sixth Form Dress Code


The Importance of the Dress Code

Sleaford Joint Sixth Form operates a Sixth Form Dress Code which is both SMART and FORMAL. The appearance, as well as the conduct, of the Sixth Form students who are highly visible around the town contributes substantially to the reputation of SJSF and positively enhances the employability of all students. The visiting speakers, including universities on a national scale, never fail to be impressed by the smart appearance and mature conduct of our students. The dress code therefore, directly contributes to our destination success rates being well above the national average and in direct contrast to less formal Post 16 providers. Sixth Form students are also role models for the younger students, in the same way that staff are.

The Dress Code

The core characteristics of our dress code are smart and formal. Items of casual clothing, even smart casual, are not smart enough.

Students may choose to wear:

  • Smart, formal suit with shirt and tie
  • Smart, formal jacket, skirt/trousers and blouse/top
  • Smart, formal jacket and dress
  • Smart, formal footwear
  • In colder weather, a smart jumper or cardigan may be worn under the jacket, but not instead of.
  • If a coat is worn, it is as well as, not instead of, the jacket.
  • The SJSF purple lanyard, provided by the base school, must be worn at all times.

Further guidance

  • In the case of skirts/dresses, the length must be at least mid-thigh at all times
  • In the case of blouses/tops, no strappy tops, sheer fabric or bare midriffs are allowed
  • Clothing should not have logos or slogans
  • Appropriate smart shoes should be worn. Shoes with excessively high heels, trainers, canvas shoes, open-toe footwear and other casual footwear should not be worn.
  • Students are allowed to wear subtle jewellery. Facial piercings, with the exception of one small nose stud, are not permitted.
  • Tattoos should not be visible and hair should show no extremes of style/fashion; if dyed, it should reflect a natural colour
  • If a student loses their lanyard, the base school will replace it the first time. Any further replacements will be charged for.

Students on certain practical courses will have course-specific clothing – please see course leaders for more details.

The Head of Sixth Form or Headteacher reserves the right to make a decision about the suitability of a student’s dress. Students may be sent home if their dress is considered unsuitable.