Matthew Arnold School Dress Code
At Matthew Arnold School we work together to maintain high standards, including those relating to suitable clothing and appearance for school. Our reputation is influenced by the behaviour and appearance of our students both inside and outside the school and we feel that learning to dress and behave appropriately is part of the school experience.
Our dress code is designed to encourage a smart and business-like style appropriate to a modern learning environment. The dress code is intended to provide the opportunity for collective pride in our school as well as a clear structure for students and parents to follow.
The overriding principle to the dress code is that uniform should be worn smartly and neatly at all times.
- Burgundy ‘V’ neck jumper with school logo.
- School tie (Optional) If worn, it must be worn done up to cover the top button.
- Plain white school shirt with white buttons, no logos, worn tucked in.
Plain black knee length school skirt or plain black full length trousers. No leggings, faded, grey or ripped trousers.
- Belts must be black, worn through loops and with a plain buckle .
- Footwear must be completely black with black laces, no higher than the ankle with a full back and low heels. No open-toed shoes.
General dress code specifications
To ensure that uniform is worn smartly and neatly at all times, all students need to comply with the points below:
Students are not permitted to substitute outer garments for their school jumper during the school day. School jumpers may be removed when a student feels too warm.
Hair colour should be natural and not represent extremes of fashion.
Coats or jackets should be suitable for school wear and should be removed, along with hoods, gloves, scarves and hats, in lessons.
Baseball caps are not permitted in school.
Make-up should be unobtrusive and natural-looking.
Coloured nail varnish or false nails of any type are not permitted.
Students are encouraged to wear a watch.
Jewellery is restricted to one small pair of earrings with a maximum of one earring in each earlobe, No other piercings are acceptable for school.
The school jumper, school tie and school sports kit are available through the school’s uniform supplier. All other items can be purchased wherever the family feels provides best value.
P.E. Kit for all students
Red rugby top
- Black shorts/tracksuit bottoms/running leggings (not fashion leggings)
- Red football socks
- Football boots for any activity that is on grass (rugby, football, cross country)
- Gumshields are recommended for rugby and hockey but are not compulsory
Shin pads for football and hockey
Running trainers for other outdoor activities such as rounders, netball etc. (NOT plimsolls, ‘Vans’, ‘Converse’ or similar footwear) these must be suitable for high-impact activities which provide suitable support and grip. These must also be a different pair of trainers to the student’s school shoes.
Gloves are allowed for activities where this is safe such as cross country etc. These are not allowed for rugby or netball but can be worn for hockey if they have grips on and are agreed with by the teacher.
Hats (must have no ties on the bottom)
No scarves/snoods are to be worn
Under their red top a student can wear extra layers that are suitable for physical activity and are agreed with the teacher. No outdoor jackets are to be worn.
White top with house colour
Black shorts/tracksuit bottoms
After the Easter holidays students are required to wear their indoor PE kit (white top) for every lesson whether this be their ‘indoor’ or ‘outdoor’ lesson. They can wear their red outdoor top on underneath if the weather declines.
General PE kit specification
Long hair should be worn tied back during PE lessons.
- No jewellery should be worn in PE lessons. Earrings that cannot be removed must be taped over. (The school does not provide tape)
School Uniform Suppliers
Uniform, including sports kit, can be purchased online or by post from Price and Buckland. Parents can access the Price and Buckland website here, or else by clicking the button below. You can then order our uniform in the same way you would use any other online ordering website. There is a delivery charge of £3.95 for each online order. Delivery is usually within 3 - 5 days.