OLA 6th Dress Code and PE Kit

Dress Code

With an emphasis on preparing students for the future, Sixth Formers are encouraged to present themselves for life in a professional world. Students are not required to wear school uniform, but they are expected to wear clothes that are smart and business-like.

All clothing must be appropriate. Bespoke business suits, individualised with a formal shirt and tie, or blouse or appropriate top, allow them to feel comfortable in formal attire. The guidelines below leave room for flexibility but require students to be mature in their implementation. The Principal and Deputy heads have the final decision on the suitability of attire. Students should ask the Head of OLA 6th or their tutor if they have any doubts about the suitability of their dress.

For All

Students are expected to have a formal suit with a suit jacket/blazer. The jacket must be worn when walking around school but can be removed during lessons/registration.

The jacket must also be worn for official occasions, such as school events, including assemblies and church services.

T-shirts, sweatshirts, over-sized jumpers, hoodies, clothing with slogans, jeans, sportswear, trainers, causal shoes and beach-style sandals are not acceptable.

PE kit should be worn only when participating in sport or when changed for Games afternoon.

For Girls

Materials: can be plain or patterned but must be smart. Neon colours or garish designs (for example) are not appropriate. No clingy materials or styles such as bodycon are permitted.

Skirts, trousers and tops: within the definition of smart, is the need to dress appropriately to make yourself and others feel comfortable. Skirts should be no shorter than a palm’s width above the knee.

Tops can be sleeveless, but not vest tops or cut-away back/shoulders or off-the-shoulder tops and must cover bra straps. Jumpers must be light-weight and smart and should not be over-sized.

Trousers must not be skin-tight, nor jeans-style, skinny-fit or combat. The emphasis is on well-fitting, smart trousers.

Hairstyles and jewellery: must not be of an extreme nature (unnaturally dyed) and piercings may only be worn in the ear.

Shoes: smart – no DMs, Ugg boots, sandals/flipflops, trainers or casual sports shoes.

For Boys

Ties should be worn with a suitable shirt.

Smart trousers must be worn.

Hairstyles: must not be of an extreme nature (unnaturally dyed or shaved – min no. 2) and piercings and jewellery are not allowed.

Facial hair: boys should be clean-shaven unless required on religious grounds and with parental request.

PE Kit – girls

Navy fitness t-shirt with school logo (compulsory)
Base layer leggings* – navy (compulsory)
1/4 zip mid layer navy jumper with school logo (compulsory)
Skort navy with school logo (optional))
Base layer top – navy (optional)
Tracksuit bottom navy with school logo (optional)
Games socks navy (optional)
White PE crew socks* (compulsory)
Trainers – non-marking for indoor use* (compulsory)
Studded (moulded preferable) football boots for football/rugby/hockey* (compulsory)
Mouthguard for hockey* (compulsory if playing hockey)
Shin guards/pads for hockey* (compulsory if playing hockey)
Games bag navy with school logo (optional)
Navy Speedo swimming costume (compulsory if swimming)
Swimming hat (given out at first lesson if swimming)
Swimming goggles* (compulsory if swimming)

PE Kit – boys

Navy fitness t-shirt with school logo (compulsory)
Navy rugby shorts with school logo (compulsory)
1/4 zip mid layer navy jumper with school logo (compulsory)
Base layer top – navy (optional)
Tracksuit bottom navy with school logo (compulsory)
Base layer leggings* – navy (optional)
Games socks navy (compulsory)
White PE crew socks* (compulsory)
Trainers – non-marking for indoor use* (compulsory)
Studded (moulded preferable) football boots for football/rugby/hockey* (compulsory)
Mouthguard for rugby and hockey* (compulsory if playing these sports)
Shin guards/pads for football* (compulsory if playing football)
Games bag navy with school logo (optional)
Navy Speedo swimming jammers (compulsory if swimming)
Swimming hat (given out at first lesson if swimming)
Swimming goggles (compulsory if swimming)

2nd Hand Uniform Shop

The OLA Parents’ Association run a 2nd Hand Uniform Shop. You can find out more details about this along with opening times on the OLA PA page.