To facilitate effective teaching and learning at Thomas Telford UTC there is a strict code of conduct with respect to uniform and office dress for both staff and students. Establishing and maintaining high expectations of appearance for staff and students is essential to supporting the ethos of a professional, business orientated, educational environment.
In our diverse community, some of our students follow religious guidance on aspects of appropriate clothing. Thomas Telford UTC is sensitive to the requirements of specific items of dress code required by religious beliefs.
We ask for your support and co-operation to help keep the standards of students’ uniform as high as possible. Thomas Telford UTC clothing requirements are listed on the following pages.
Students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 should wear the prescribed uniform at all times. Sixth Form students do not wear the prescribed uniform but should wear clothing appropriate for the business world or office environment. (Specific details are outlined later in this policy). If students do not conform, parents will be asked to collect them immediately and will not be allowed to return to the UTC until the issue is resolved
Members of the general public make judgements about Thomas Telford UTC based upon standards of academic achievement, behaviour and uniform. All students are expected to wear full uniform when being transported to and from the UTC. Students are expected to take pride in their appearance and this should be replicated in the way uniform is worn. It is essential that all students take their ambassadorial role for the UTC seriously at all times.
Earrings, rings, nose studs, body and tongue piercing and related jewellery are not allowed. One plain metal stud (gold or silver) can be used for pierced ears and a watch may be worn. Ear stretchers are not allowed.
No extreme hairstyle or colouring (including totally, partially shaved, or decorated scalps, brightly coloured hair dyes). Sensible hair accessories in black or navy blue.
Nail varnish and any form of false nail are not permitted.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) – Not to be worn
Key Stage 4 (Years 9,10 & 11) – Mascara only
Key Stage 5 (Y12 and Y13) – Appropriate make up for the office.
No variation of the kilt or trouser style is acceptable. Parents should ensure that they purchase kilts or trousers from one of the UTC's uniform suppliers.
Students are not permitted to wear denim jackets, baseball hats or hooded sweatshirts.
The Official School Outfitter is Lads & Lasses Schoolwear and the full school dress requirements can be purchased from them:
Lads & Lasses Schoolwear
50a Warstones Road,
Alternatively uniform can also be purchased online: www.ladsandlassesschoolwear.co.uk