School Uniform

School Uniform

School Uniform

In order to support effective learning and to represent the school positively it is important for students to be correctly dressed and well equipped. We appreciate how smart so many of our students are and have regular uniform spot checks to praise students as well as monitoring that the correct uniform is being worn. Some items of dress need to be left at home so that they do not interfere with students learning or risk being lost. Students are advised to name all their belongings.

In order to identify our students and due to the fact the school is in loco parentis on the students’ journey to school, school uniform is to be worn at all times on site and on the journey to and from school.

 Current School Uniform

  • Full details of the uniform are given below and parents/carers are advised to read this to ensure that they are buying items which are correct school uniform.

The student planner has full details of the school uniform for reference.

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Purchasing new uniform

  • Some items of school uniform need to be purchased from our uniform supplier. These items are the school jumper or cardigan and the school PE kit.
  • Other items including the trousers, skirt and blouse can be purchased at any high street retailer.

Uniform from the Uniform Supplier

Items from the uniform supplier need to be obtained on line.  

 On line

School Uniform for students in September Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

  • It is an expectation that all students are in school will be in full school uniform on the first day of the academic year in September. If this is not possible for any reason, then the student will need to see the Head of Year on the first day and/or email

Items of school uniform posted to school from the Uniform Supplier

Parents/carers will need to collect items ordered for delivery to the school. They will need to bring proof of purchase to receive the goods.

  • School reception will be open to collect ordered goods during term time and much of the school holidays 10am – 3pm although parents/carers are advised to phone the school first to check.
  • Parents/carers need to ensure that they order uniform in good time and give at least 3 weeks between ordering and delivery.

School uniform and dress

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Brown, black or navy formal shoes/leather school shoes (not canvas shoes including Vans or other plimsolls, Converse, trainers or Dr Martens) boots may be worn in cold weather but need to be checked with the Head of Year and trousers (if worn) must be worn over boots. Patent leather may be worn.


Navy blue - A line or pleated, knee length or longer (not stretch fabric or jersey).


Navy blue smart trousers (not stretch fabric, leggings, jeans or jean style or jeggings).

Shorts (summer only)

Navy blue - A line or pleated, knee length or longer (not stretch fabric or jersey).


White and tucked in, open neck or traditional collar (open necked are preferred), short sleeves or long sleeves (not T shirt fabric or aertex), only plain white T shirt or vest underneath not polo necks. EWS shirts may be worn but are not compulsory


Socks white, black or navy not patterned, a choice of tights or socks- not both; socks may be knee socks or ankle socks but not over the knee. Laddered tights may not be worn.


EWS school uniform only – maroon with school logo on (no other or extra cardigans, wraps, jumpers or hoodies).


Plain and dark – not leather (or fake leather), fur (or fake fur) or denim, they must be removed in lessons.


Students are expected to maintain natural hair styles, cuts and colours. Excessive hair accessories are not permitted and all other considerations are at the discretion of the senior pastoral team.


In cold weather navy or black scarves, gloves and hats may be worn outdoors, no tattoos, no coloured contact lens.


One stud or sleeper in the lower lobe of each ear, which must be taken out for PE. No facial piercings or nose studs. No bracelets and necklaces (an exception to this is the Kara, which must be small. If any other types of earrings or jewellery are worn they will be confiscated and only given back at the discretion of the Head of Year or SLT. Students will be expected to remove jewellery if it is felt to be not in line these guidelines; failure or refusal to do so will mean that students will be placed in the Guidance and Support area. Students are allowed to and encouraged to wear a watch (not an “i watch” or similar).


Students may not wear excessive makeup to school; this is at the discretion of the Head of Year or SLT. Coloured nail varnish and false nails are not permitted. Students will be expected to remove nail varnish and makeup if it is felt to be excessive; failure or refusal to do so will mean that students will be placed in the Guidance and Support area.

Physical Education Kit

Navy EWS polo shirt with gold panels, navy EWS half zip fleece, navy EWS skort with gold panels, navy EWS tracksuit bottoms, a change of socks (no tights) and trainers (not plimsolls). Black leggings can be worn for gymnastics and dance only.  

Optional items of uniform

There are no other optional items of uniform apart from those listed below i.e. if an item is not listed below students may NOT wear it.

Head scarf (if worn)

Plain navy

Summer uniform

Summer uniform all the above rules all still apply. Although students do not need to wear their EWS cardigan or jumper they need to have it with them, if students wear the EWS shirt they do not need the jumper or cardigan. Students may wear fitted navy blue shorts in summer (see above)

The school acknowledges that as fashion changes items of clothing may need to be defined as acceptable or not.

Physical education Kit expectations all years

Pe kit

PE kit will be expected to be worn at all times for all PE lessons. Even if students are injured or unwell, they are still expected to wear PE kit as they will still be participating in the lesson, but in a different role, such as coach or umpire.

Participation in PE is a National Curriculum requirement.  All students are expected to take part in the full programme of activities and to wear the appropriate PE kit, in order to ensure that health and safety regulations are observed.  We have consulted with leaders of different faiths and are satisfied that our PE kit respects religious dress codes and is generally acceptable. For health and safety reasons, all jewellery must be removed, including stud earrings and hair must always be securely tied up. Medication needed, such as asthma pumps, should be brought by the students to each lesson.

Dress on School Visits   On most school visits full school uniform will be worn. This is due to safe-guarding considerations and also because they will be representing the school. Students may not be able to go on school events or trips if they are not wearing full school uniform. At sports events the school PE kit must be worn.  On certain trips such as field work or trips abroad school uniform may not be worn. In these instances appropriate clothes and shoes for the relief, terrain and weather must be worn and students may be asked to wear a school lanyard at all times to be identified as one of the school party. Parents/carers will be notified if this is the case and the appropriateness of the dress is at the discretion of the member of staff in charge of the trip.

If a student has a specific problem with uniform, they must bring a letter from their parent/carer given directly to the Head of Year. The problem will be considered, but not automatically accepted. 

Consequences of not being in uniform

-Students will be asked to get into uniform and resolve the situation straight away

-If applicable parents/carers may be asked to bring in the correct uniform

-School may endeavour to provide the correct uniform if appropriate

-Students will spend their break and/or lunch with the Head of Year

-Persistent/significant failure to follow the uniform code will lead to time being spent in the Guidance and Support area