Upper school uniform and hair
Boys' hair and pupil uniform
As you are aware, we are looking at our school uniform policy this year with a view to some changes to the uniform itself and a review of other aspects of the dress code policy. We hope to introduce further changes from September 2023.
I would specifically like to mention the length and styling of boys’ hair. I met with some boys from the School Council last term to hear their thoughts and views. I also used the opportunity to explain that what may seem like a straight forward request involves multiple considerations. These include the need to be sensitive to the views of those within our community who see hair length and style as being more than just a matter of personal choice. I referred to various biblical passages that inform different Christian perspectives. I was encouraged by the readiness of the boys to acknowledge the importance of respecting people with different views, although they were clearly surprised that hair length was even mentioned in the Bible! I explained that we needed to move forward together as a community and not let hair styles undermine the mutual respect on which our community life is based.
We are mindful that in contemporary culture, hairstyle is a part of how people choose to express themselves as part of their God-given personality and this is something that matters to young people - and therefore to us.
The need to chart a careful and considered course between different sincerely held points of view means that change can seem frustratingly slow to young people. However, as the school leadership continues to consider possible changes, I would like to clarify that until we reach an agreement on new guidelines, we expect boys' hair to comply with our existing dress code (uniform policy). This means that boys’ hair should not be too short (shaved or part shaved) and longer hair should not be in the eyes, tied up, nor longer than collar length.
It is very important for year 11s to set an example for the rest of the school and to abide by school guidelines on uniform and other aspects of appearance at all times. This applies right up to the end of the GCSE exams in June.
Please look up the dress code (uniform policy) and follow it. Sometimes there are specific reasons why someone is allowed to wait a couple of weeks before they have their hair cut. Several boys have been asked to have their hair cut as soon as possible and one or two have already done so. However, if you are personally puzzled about something, whether it is about hair or other aspects of uniform, do speak discreetly to Mrs Johnson.
I trust that this email puts both students and parents in the picture. We would appreciate your prompt cooperation.