The School has a uniform policy which all students in Years 7 to 11 must follow.
The school uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone. William Howard School agrees with guidance for the Department of Education which states:
The school uniform can instil pride; support positive behaviour and discipline; encourage identity with, and support for, school ethos; ensure pupils of all races and backgrounds feel welcome; protect children from social pressures to dress in a particular way; and nurture cohesion and promote good relations between different groups of pupils. The Department also encourages schools to have a very clear position about appearance such as hair colour, style and length and the wearing of jewellery and make-up.
We appreciate that young people want to express themselves as they begin to develop their sense of identity, yet we do appreciate parental support in implementing this policy.
Deviation from any part of these rules (e.g. on medical grounds) is only permissible with the written consent of the Headteacher. The school retains the right of final decision on the interpretation of these issues of dress.