Post 16


Dress Code


In recognition of their growing maturity and independence, the dress code for the Sixth Form is “business dress”. This is intended to strike a balance between individuality and the need to represent the school to the wider community. We hope that Sixth Formers will recognise the importance of taking pride in a smart appearance appropriate to a place of work and of setting an example to younger pupils.

Dress and Appearance

Business Dress includes:

  • Black suit or Black dress
  • Black trousers/black skirt (no shorter than mid-thigh) plus black jacket
  • Optional coloured top
  • Dark coloured shoes
  • Lanyard

Please see the gallery on the right for examples of students in their business dress.

The following items are not suitable for sixth form students at Skipton Girls’ High School

  • Hats or hair covering (other than hijab or equivalent religious headscarf)
  • Leggings
  • Jeans
  • Very short skirts (shorter than mid-way between knee and hip)
  • ‘Body-con’ dresses or skirts
  • Trainers/Pumps
  • Dr Marten boots or equivalent
  • Hoodies
  • Sportswear
  • Inappropriate items such as low-cut tops

Please see the gallery on the right for examples pictures of inappropriate uniform.  

Policy supporting this guidance

We know the vast majority of students get their dress right but to ensure that equality is maintained within the community, a set of sanctions supports these guidelines.

The following steps will be applied when a student is not meeting expectations in terms of dress code.

Level 1: Personal Tutor will challenge the student on not meeting expectations.  A verbal warning is given to the student.

Level 2: Meeting between the Personal Tutor and the student to discuss the concern. An InTouch message to parents/carers is sent home. 

Level 3: If there is a further concern the Personal Tutor refers the student to the Post-16 Student Progress Assistant, who will contact home through a phone call.

Level 4: if there is no improvement, the student is referred to the Head of Sixth Form by the Personal Tutor, who will arrange a meeting with the student and parents.  The student will then be placed on a report for close monitoring.

Level 5: if the behaviour continues, The Head of Sixth Form will refer the student to a member of Senior Leadership Team for a further meeting/conversation with parents and to be put on SLT report.  The student will also have some study periods withdrawn for ‘supported study’.

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