At XP, we believe that:
- Children need to learn to express themselves responsibly.
- Children are not all the same, so they should not be forced to look the same.
- Families would rather spend their money on clothes that their children can wear inside and outside school.
- Our strong community and positive culture will not tolerate any kind of bullying or teasing.
As such we do not have a school uniform. Instead, we have a dress code.
The Dress Code
Our dress code asks students and staff to:
Please dress appropriately and modestly.
Dress should not be offensive, dirty, revealing or excessively ripped, portray gang membership or sexualise the child.
We should all be clean and hygienic and be mindful of overpowering perfumed products and the negative effect this has on others.
Students having difficulty with finding appropriate clothing for any reason should speak with their Crew leader.
“We can express who we are without showing off”
Abbie Williams, Year 9
For consistency, we have listed some guidelines, but recognise there may be some things that do not fall comfortably within these guidelines. Please use the process below to address any ambiguity.
Daily work within school
For a normal day within school, we do not think it appropriate for students to wear:
- Valuable or impractical jewellery, including rings and earrings
- Noticeable and obvious make-up, including false nails and nail varnish
- Impractical heels, open-toed sandals or flip-flops
- Revealing thin strapped vests / dresses, or crop tops
- Revealing or translucent leggings
- Hats, coats and gloves inside school
This is not intended as an exhaustive list, but as examples to illustrate how to dress appropriately.
In line with our dress-code, we expect students to arrive to PE lessons with a change of kit which is appropriate for the activity. As a guideline we recommend the following:
- Tracksuit (top and trousers for use in winter)
- Sports trainers with non slip soles e.g. running shoes/astro turf (not plimsolls)
- Football boots
- Football socks
- Shin pads
- Gum shield
XP branded PE kit can be purchased from the school online clothing shop.
Students are expected to change into appropriate PE kit, and not wear the same clothes they wear in school. Similarly, students should change out of PE kit afterwards, into their normal school clothes.
The same guidelines apply to PE kit as normal school wear. Accordingly, PE kit should not be revealing or sexualise the child.
We will always advise you in advance when there may be any specific dress requirements, during fieldwork, for example, outdoor fieldwork may require waterproof coat and trousers, warm layers of clothing, wellies/walking boots, trousers (not jeans or leggings), hats and gloves.
Please bring a change of clothes and footwear for when you get back to school if you think the fieldwork will make you dirty or smelly.
On occasion it will be appropriate for students to dress more formally, for example during Celebrations of Learning, presentations or fieldwork at more formal premises and events. This helps prepare them in advance to enter the larger arena of the professional and business world and give them the mindset of the importance of the event and its audience. We will always give advanced notice for such occasions.
At such events, students may wish to wear a shirt / blouse, trousers and shoes or a formal dress. XP branded clothing is also acceptable at these occasions.
Although we ask students to dress smartly, this should still be modest so please refer to the guidelines for daily work within school.
Students not dressed appropriately may not be able to take part in the activity.
We recognise that we cannot provide an exhaustive set of guidelines. Instead, there is a process that allows decisions to be made.
A student’s Crew leader will decide what is appropriate and modest. If a student is not happy with their Crew leader’s decision, they can raise it with the Head of School. The Head of School’s decision is final.
If a staff member feels that a student is not abiding by the dress code, they can challenge the student, and should raise the issue with the Crew leader. If the Crew leader deems the student dress is appropriate and modest, and the staff member does not agree, they can raise it with the Head of School. The Head of School’s decision is final.
If a student is not in acceptable dress, their Crew leader will give them a clear and specific reason why, and how to correct it. If necessary, students may be instructed to wear school-provided branded clothing for that day. If no acceptable clothing is available, the student may not be able to take part in activities.
Crew leaders will deal with any students deliberately breaking the dress code, including regularly not coming with appropriate PE kit.
There is a selection of XP branded clothing available for purchase. This includes polo shirts for everyday use, a rain jacket for field work and hoodies for general use. PE kit is also available.
To access the shop just click on the following link:
Once on the webpage, add our password XPS556 to the first time users login box at the top right of the page.
Register your account, or sign in as a returning customer if you already have one, to access the shop.
If you have any other queries about uniform and kit, please contact the school and we will answer as soon as possible.