Dress Code

Thomas Bennett Community College



The September Dress Code has been relaunched in discussion with sixth form students and feedback from some parents and will be in effect from 3rd January 2017.


Our expectation is that sixth form students, whilst not being required to wear uniform, dress appropriately and professionally for a place of learning – this should be smart officewear.


This means that:


  • Male students must wear a collared shirt/polo shirt with no logos, tucked in at all times during the school day.
  • Female students must wear collared shirts or blouses
  • Ties are optional but if worn should be fully tied.
  • Lanyards and card holders containing student identification cards are provided by the College free of charge and must be worn at all times whilst the student is on site.  If lost they must be replaced and there will be a £5 charge to the student for this.
  • Trousers/smart jeans should be plain black in colour only – blue jeans are not allowed.
  • Skirts/dresses should be smart office skirts. Dress/skirt length should not be higher than halfway between the hip and knee.
  • Jumpers/sweaters may be worn [no logos] – if the jumper is round/turtle neck a collared shirt is not required. If the jumper is v-neck a collared shirt [not t-shirt] must be worn underneath.
  • Shoes/trainers should be appropriate for an adult office workplace.
  • Hats/caps may not be worn on the college site.
  • Sports and tracksuit bottoms may not be worn by either boys or girls unless as part of a required PE/Sporting activity. Students should change on completion of the activity, apart from football/coaching students wearing the TBCC kit/uniform.
  • Hoodies and sweatshirts (including hooded jackets and hooded cardigans), T-shirts and vest tops must not be worn – this includes TBCC hoodies. 
  • Students should not wear low cut, thin strap or strapless tops. Midriffs should not be visible.
  • Facial piercings or visible tattoos are not acceptable. 
  • Coats should not be worn in lessons – where possible they should be left in the Sixth Form Common Room.
  • Mobile Phones/headphones/earphones must not be used/visible on students in the building outside of break and lunchtimes.


Whilst the vast majority of students do adhere to these expectations already if there is an instance where the dress code is broken the student will be asked to go home and get changed.  We hope this situation does not arise as we do not want any student to miss any lessons during this very important time.