Uniform

Downlands is a “uniform” school and we expect all students to wear uniform without exception. Our uniform policy is based on the belief that school uniform:

  • is smart and promotes a sense of pride in the school
  • engenders a sense of community and belonging towards the school
  • identifies the children with the school
  • makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance
  • is a protection for both parents and students from temporary fashion trends

The school would see it as reasonable for a particular item or appearance to be allowed if it is a requirement of religious observance unless the item or appearance compromises the learning or health of the student or others. The school does not allow the wearing of a full-face veil as this may be a barrier to effective communication and learning.

Those parents who are experiencing financial difficulties should not hesitate to contact the Mr Mark Hill, Assistant Headteacher at mhill@downlands.org.

We are grateful to parents for their full support in seeing that high standards are maintained in the wearing of uniform. All students are expected to be in full uniform each day and the school reserves the right to decide when an item of uniform or appearance does not conform to our policy. We ask parents to provide a written note or contact a student’s group tutor if there is a temporary problem with uniform or appearance. Where no reasonable grounds exist students can expect a sanction which may involve a detention or, with parents’ knowledge and approval, being requested to return home to change, with missed school time being made up. Refusal by students to comply with such requests or persistently not abiding to our uniform expectations can be subject to sanctions in line with our Behaviour Policy.


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Uniform at Downlands

Shirt: Plain white school shirt. T-shirts and sports shirts are not allowed.  White polo shirts with school logo are allowed for summer wear only.

Tie: School tie.

Trousers: Dark grey or black with standard style and fabric.  The following are not suitable - corduroy or denim fabric, drainpipes or jeans style with riveted and patch pockets.

Pullover: Uniform red, V neck, close knit with school logo.

Socks: Grey, black or white.

Shoes: Formal black shoes. Boots, trainers, plimsoll-style/canvas shoes are not allowed.

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS, YOU MUST CHECK FIRST.  IT WILL NOT BE AN EXCUSE THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW, OR THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT THE WRONG THING.

Notes for all years

1.  Boots include any shoe which extends beyond the ankle.

2.  Belts should be plain black, no more than 5cm wide.

3.  Jewellery: no bracelets, no flesh tunnels, no nose studs or any  other facial or body piercings - ONLY the following are permitted:   No more than two plain studs or small sleepers per ear, only one plain unobtrusive ring, one plain unobtrusive chain.

4.  No badges unless associated with the school.

5.  Clear but not coloured nail varnish is allowed.

6.  Discreet make-up only is acceptable.

7.  Extremes of hairstyle, eg. shaved patterns, braiding, beading and dyed hair are not suitable.  Hair should not be shaved shorter than number 2.

8.  Hairbands should be plain with no flowers, bows or other embellishments.

If for any good reason you are not able to wear normal uniform you must make sure that you have a note from your parents with you at all times. 

Blouse: Plain white school blouse with collar and revers.  T-shirts and sports shirts are not allowed. White polo shirts with school logo are allowed for summer wear only.

Skirt: Dark grey,  pleated in standard uniform fabric (polyester should be the highest fabric constituent) no more than 6 cm above the knee.

Trousers:   Dark grey or black trousers in a standard uniform style and fabric where polyester is the highest constituent. Fly should be concealed  ie no buttons/zip on show. Corduroy, denim or drainpipes are not allowed. There should be no tapering below the knee.

Jumper: Uniform red, V neck, close knit with school logo.

Shoes: Formal black shoes.  Trainers, plimsoll-style/canvas shoes, sandals, clogs, boots and shoes with stiletto heels and platforms are not uniform and are all unsuitable for health and safety reasons.  For reference purposes a platform would be above 2cm, heels should be no more than 6cm.

Socks/tights:Black, grey or white socks.  Black or natural tights.

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS, YOU MUST CHECK FIRST.  IT WILL NOT BE AN EXCUSE THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW, OR THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT THE WRONG THING.

Notes for all years 1.  Boots include any shoe which extends beyond the ankle. 2.  Belts should be plain black, no more than 5cm wide. 3.  Jewellery: no bracelets, no flesh tunnels, no nose studs or any  other facial or body piercings - ONLY the following are permitted:   No more than two plain studs or small sleepers per ear, only one plain unobtrusive ring, one plain unobtrusive chain. 4.  No badges unless associated with the school. 5.  Clear but not coloured nail varnish is allowed. 6.  Discreet make-up only is acceptable. 7.  Extremes of hairstyle, eg. shaved patterns, braiding, beading and dyed hair are not suitable.  Hair should not be shaved shorter than number 2. 8.  Hairbands should be plain with no flowers, bows or other embellishments.

If for any good reason you are not able to wear normal uniform you must make sure that you have a note from your parents with you at all times. 

Shirt: Plain white school shirt with collar.  T-shirts or denim shirts are not allowed. White polo shirts with school logo are allowed for summer wear only.

Tie: Year 11 tie.

Trousers: Navy blue, dark grey or black of standard style and fabric – corduroy or denim fabric, drainpipes or jeans style with riveted and patch pockets are NOT suitable.

Jumper: Plain navy blue V neck close knit with school logo.

Socks: Plain grey, black or white.

Shoes: Formal black shoes.  Boots, trainers, plimsoll-style canvas shoes are not allowed.

Senior Prefect Team and duty prefects only should wear a pale blue shirt/blouse.

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS, YOU MUST CHECK FIRST.  IT WILL NOT BE AN EXCUSE THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW, OR THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT THE WRONG THING.

Notes for all years
  • Boots include any shoe which extends beyond the ankle.
  • Belts should be plain black, no more than 5cm wide.
  • Jewellery: no bracelets, no flesh tunnels, no nose studs or any  other facial or body piercings - ONLY the following are permitted:   No more than two plain studs or small sleepers per ear, only one plain unobtrusive ring, one plain unobtrusive chain.
  • No badges unless associated with the school.
  • Clear but not coloured nail varnish is allowed.
  • Discreet make-up only is acceptable.
  • Extremes of hairstyle, eg. shaved patterns, braiding, beading and dyed hair are not suitable.  Hair should not be shaved shorter than number 2.
  • Hairbands should be plain with no flowers, bows or other embellishments.
If for any good reason you are not able to wear normal uniform you must make sure that you have a note from your parents with you at all times. 

Blouses: Plain white school blouse with collar and revers.  T-shirts, sports or denim shirts are not allowed.  White polo shirts with school logo are allowed for summer wear only.

Skirt: Plain navy or dark grey pleated skirt in standard uniform fabric (polyester should be the highest fabric constituent) no more than 6cm above the knee.

Trousers: Navy blue, dark grey or black of standard style and fabric – corduroy or denim fabric, drainpipes or jeans style with riveted and patch pockets are NOT suitable.

Jumper: Plain navy blue v neck, close knit with school logo.

Socks/tights: White, navy or black socks. Natural, navy or black tights.

Shoes: Formal black shoes. Boots, trainers, plimsolls, canvas shoes, sandals, stiletto heels, platforms over 2cm are not acceptable for health and safety reasons.

Senior Prefect Team and duty prefects only should wear a pale blue shirt/blouse.

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS, YOU MUST CHECK FIRST.  IT WILL NOT BE AN EXCUSE THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW, OR THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT THE WRONG THING.

Notes for all years
  • Boots include any shoe which extends beyond the ankle.
  • Belts should be plain black, no more than 5cm wide.
  • Jewellery: no bracelets, no flesh tunnels, no nose studs or any  other facial or body piercings - ONLY the following are permitted:   No more than two plain studs or small sleepers per ear, only one plain unobtrusive ring, one plain unobtrusive chain.
  • No badges unless associated with the school.
  • Clear but not coloured nail varnish is allowed.
  • Discreet make-up only is acceptable.
  • Extremes of hairstyle, eg. shaved patterns, braiding, beading and dyed hair are not suitable.  Hair should not be shaved shorter than number 2.
  • Hairbands should be plain with no flowers, bows or other embellishments.

If for any good reason you are not able to wear normal uniform you must make sure that you have a note from your parents with you at all times. 

All Years

Indoor PE Kit (Boys and Girls)

Shirt:  PE polo shirt.

Shorts:  Black (not cycling shorts)

Socks:  White socks

Trainers: White non-marking

Outdoor PE Kit (Boys and Girls):

Shorts: Black (not cycling shorts)

Socks: Long red socks

Trainers: Astro type trainers

Boys Shirts: Red/black school rugby shirt

Girls – Red sweatshirt with school logo.

Other Equipment:

  • Football boots
  • Shin pads
  • Gum shields: available from school.
  • Boys – Jogging bottoms – Optional, black no logos
  • Towel

School Suppliers:

Broadbridges, Lynnem House, Victoria Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NF

TEL 01444 242682

www.broadbridges.co.uk

Email: burgesshill@broadbridges.co.uk

Sussex Uniforms Ltd, Unit 1&2 Bridge Road Business Park, Haywards Heath, RH16 1TX

Tel: 01444 227066

Online at www.sussexuniforms.co.uk

ALL UNIFORM MUST BE CEARLY MARKED WITH THE OWNER’S NAME

Please note that if your child chooses to bring a mobile phone to school, it is at their own risk and the school accepts no responsibility for it’s loss or damage.

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