Marshland High School Uniform and Appearance
We take pride in our school and our pupils, and we think it is important that is reflected in how our pupils look as they go about their studies. Our uniform is aimed at giving pupils a professional and purposeful outlook, reducing bullying by removing expensive branded items, and giving a sense of community and belonging.
Our current Uniform
Our uniform consists of:
• Black School jumper with Heron Logo and clip-on House tie in House colour. (Only jumpers should be worn in school during the course of the school day and between lessons).
• School coat that is plain, without logo, warm and waterproof (No denim, hoodies or sports tops)
• Plain white shirt or blouse with stiff collar (No polo shirts)
• Plain white, grey or black socks; or flesh, grey, or black plain non-patterned tights. Over-knee socks are not allowed
• Plain black skirt worn on or below the knee, skirts must not be worn above the knee; or plain black trousers in slim, standard, or comfort fit. (No fashion accessories to be included on trousers or skirts such as decorative / bright metallic zips. No trousers with tight fitting legs, jeans, leggings, jeggings, jogging or tracksuits. No denim or cord)
• Flat black, plain, leather-type shoes with enclosed toe and heel, (No boots, sandals, trainers / trainer style shoes. No decorative fashion accessories such as buckles and beads, etc.).
• Belts where worn should be plain back or grey with a small buckle (No decorative, fashion or designer belts)
• Other prohibited items that the Senior Leadership team deem inappropriate for school (Please consult with school or website before purchasing if you are unsure)
We recommend that pupils have a plain sturdy backpack. Ideally this should be black or navy and free from logos and branding.
If pupils are found to be wearing incorrect uniform or inappropriate clothing we will contact parents to resolve the issue. Pupils may be sent home to change and we may issue sanctions if the uniform is not as listed above, or if it is worn incorrectly.
Full school uniform should be worn correctly on the way to school, throughout the school day, and on the journey home. In the warmer summer months the “no jumper” instruction may be issued whereby students do not have to wear their jumpers in lessons or around the school building. However jumpers will need to be brought into school and kept in a school bag so that they can be worn for formal occasions such as assemblies.
Pupils may wear a watch (no smart watches such as iWatches as listed in our mobile phone and device policy), one signet ring and up to one pair of small ear studs (one stud in each lobe) only. No other jewellery such as bracelets, additional rings and other piercings are permitted. If pupils have any other visible piercings or retainers these must be removed during the school day.
Students may wear a small amount of discreet foundation make up in a natural colour, but the school may ask students to remove any make up staff consider inappropriate. Coloured nail varnish, drawn on eyebrows, false nails and nail or eyelash extensions are not permitted. Clear nail varnish is acceptable. Hair should be kept neat and tidy and any hair accessories should be small, plain and grey or black coloured only. Extreme hairstyles - such as shaved emblems or lines, unnatural colour dyes, or extreme differences in length are not allowed.
If you are unsure whether a hairstyle or piercing meets our uniform guide, please contact the school for guidance before any treatment.
Failure to follow these expectations could result in a period of time in internal exclusion (The Bridge) until it is rectified or parents/guardians are contacted to resolve the situation.
If you fail to wear the correct uniform there is likely to be a consequence. We understand that there may be circumstances beyond the student’s control that may affect the uniform, for example, a medical need. We would ask parents to communicate this to the tutor via the student communication log book so that staff can be informed.
Where a student has deliberately failed to meet our uniform expectations a “uniform concern” will be logged on SIMS (which can be seen by parents on the SIMS app) and a decision will be made by staff on how to rectify the problem. This could result in a parent being asked to bring in the correct uniform, or a limited amount of time to address the issue or in the case of make up being asked to remove it before lessons. On the second occasion that this happens a 30 minute afterschool detention for the following day will be issued.
Standard PE Kit
Every pupil is expected to get changed for PE even if they cannot participate fully in the practical aspects, for example, through illness or injury. They can participate by taking on the role of an official, coach or helper for the lesson. All kit must be clearly marked with the pupil’s name and tutor form.
Jewellery must not be worn at all during PE lessons as it poses a health and safety risk and can be lost or damaged.
Our PE uniform consists of:
• White short sleeved polo shirt/T-shirt
• Navy blue or black shorts/Skort
• Navy blue or black long sports/football socks
• Short white socks
• Training shoes for indoor use, not AstroTurf trainers as they damage the floor
• Training shoes suitable for outdoor use
• Football boots or similar for outdoor wear
• Navy blue or black tracksuit bottoms/sports leggings
• The school will provide other equipment such as hockey sticks, etc.
If a student fails to bring in, or forgets their PE kit they are expected to borrow kit from the PE Office. Consequences may be issued for a failure to bring kit.
Where to Buy
Uniform can be bought online from our suppliers Price and Buckland
New Uniform: What you need to know - February 2020
For further details of the new uniform please click the link below to view the letter sent to parents on Friday 14th February 2020.
You can also read the news article relating to this decision here.