The School has a uniform policy which all students in Years 7 – 11 must follow: pdf Uniform Policy

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.

Uniform Requirements

WHS Blazer: This must be worn throughout the school day except where permission has been given not to by a member of staff. There must be the appropriate House badge attached on the lapel.

Black school trousers: Straight black trousers that are not tight to the leg. No black jeans or black canvas trousers of any type. The trousers must not have any rivets/studs in the pockets or have showy or decorative zips.

School skirt: (optional) This can be purchased via the school uniform shop and is available in two different styles to offer choice.

Plain white shirt worn with a WHS tie: Shirts/blouses should be ‘proper’ shirts with collars and cuffs. Shirts should be long enough to be tucked in. Fitted shirts for girls which will not tuck in are unacceptable. Short-sleeved shirts are permitted, rolled up sleeves are not. All shirts should have a top button and be fastened at the neck.

Plain black polishable shoes (no coloured logos or coloured stitching, trim, soles etc.): Girl’s shoes must be black, flat or with broad heels and should be full shoes – not sandals or backless or of a trainer/canvas style. Boy’s shoes must be black and not of a trainer or canvas style. Trainers or canvas shoes are not acceptable. Any request to wear trainers should be supported by medical evidence – a note from home does not suffice. No boots or trainers are to be worn around school and no stiletto heels are permitted.

Socks/Tights: Plain black, white, grey or navy socks or plain neutral/black tights, other colours are not allowed. No patterned, striped or frill/ruffle top socks are allowed. Socks need to cover the ankle and overlap with the bottom of the trouser leg. No trainer liners.

Hair and make-up:  Excessive make-up is not acceptable. Any make-up (including nail varnish) must be subtle and practically imperceptible. False nails and nail extensions are not permitted. Extreme hairstyles and colours such as shaven heads, tramlines and patterns are not allowed. Hair accessories should be subtle (e.g. for tying back long hair for health and safety reasons). Tattoos are illegal for children of school age and should not ever be visible.

Permitted Accessory items: Thin black belt; 1 set of earrings/studs (Any piercings other than in the ear lobes such as tongues, nose or eyebrows are not allowed); 1 ring; 1 watch; Necklace/bracelet for religious or medical reasons.

All property should be clearly marked with your name.

Uniform Shop

pdf Uniform Price List (from March 2021)
pdf Unisex PE Track Pant Order Form
pdf PE Hoodies Order Form

Uniform can be purchased from the shop located in the main foyer (tel: 016977 45700).

Opening times during school term:
For students – daily at break & lunchtimes
For parents – Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4pm

The Uniform Shop will be open during the summer holidays 2021 on the following days, from 9.00am to 3.00pm:

  • Wednesday, 18 August
  • Thursday, 19 August
  • Friday, 20 August
  • Monday, 23 August
  • Tuesday, 24 August

Items needed for PE:

  • School PE polo shirt
  • School shorts or skort
  • School PE socks
  • School fully reversible sport/rugby top (recommended for boys) or School hooded top (recommended for girls)
  • School track pant (non-compulsory)
  • Football boots (recommended)
  • Suitable trainers must be worn for PE (this does not include plimsolls or footwear that is worn as part of the school uniform. Expensive designer trainers or brand names are not necessary)
  • No jewellery is permitted in PE

pdf WHS PE Participation Policy

Sixth Form Dress Code

  • Midriffs should be covered (i.e. no crop tops)
  • Skirts should be knee length or longer
  • Modesty should be considered
  • Underwear must not be on show
  • No joggers/tracksuit bottoms/Lycra leggings. Students that require specialist dress for their subjects will be permitted to do so on the days that it is required
  • Jeans should be smart fitting, clean with no rips or frays
  • Knee level smart dress shorts are permissible. Sports shorts are not
  • Footwear should be appropriate for the lesson. Open shoes are not suitable for practical subjects and flip-flops are a health and safety concern in the busy areas of the school
  • Words and diagrams on clothing should not be offensive or possibly be seen as offensive (e.g. references to drugs or sex)
  • Headwear should not be worn as fashion items but in cold weather to keep warm. Hats should not be worn indoors
  • No outdoor coats to be worn on entering the building

A final decision on what is acceptable rests with the Heads of Year 12 and Year 13.