Smart dress code at Tewkesbury School Sixth form welcomed
SIXTH-FORMERS at Tewkesbury School are having to smarten up their act with a new dress code.
The school says it is pleased that the code, which its senior leadership team introduced in September, has helped to spruce up youngsters' appearance.
And staff insist that the school has had a largely positive response to the measures from the teenagers and the general community.
They say that even though pupils had previously been able to wear what they wanted, most have been happy to go along with the new code.
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Boys have to wear collared shirts, smart trousers and shoes and boots. Other optional items are a tie, jumper or cardigan and a jacket, blazer or suit.
Girls have to wear a blouse or top which covers their shoulders, smart trousers, dresses or skirts and shoes or boots.
Their optional extras are the same as the boys, excluding the tie.
Pupils are told to avoid items such as low-cut tops or mini-skirts, jeans, beach wear, shorts, T-shirts and extreme hairstyles. They are also urged not to wear "excessive" jewellery or to expose tattoos.
In a statement, the school said: "In the main, this new dress code has been positively received by students in the sixth form. Moreover, the response from the public and the community has been positive.
"We are delighted that several members of the community have taken the trouble to phone in and comment on how smart and professional the students look and how it gives a positive impression of the sixth form."
Sixth-former Elliot Dobbins said: "I like the dress code as it means that I can keep my school clothes separate from my every-day clothes."
The new sixth form dress code follows previous concern at the school that some girls' very short skirts were not appropriate.
Staff have decided against banning skirts but they are trying to smarten up all pupils' attire. All main school pupils now have to wear a clip-on tie to stop children having ties with varying kinds of length and knots.