A correctly worn uniform encourages a sense of pride and unity within the school community. It promotes equality and cohesion, protecting students from social pressures to dress in a particular way. We expect all students to wear uniform correctly at school, on trips and when travelling to and from school. This presents the school in a positive manner within our local and wider community.
A long or short sleeve blouse with the AHS logo is available from the school shop. Other blouses may not be worn.
A tailored jacket with the school logo. Jackets need to be worn at all times, except when students are given permission not to wear them in hot weather.
A navy blue V-neck jumper with the AHS logo (other jumpers or sweatshirts may not be worn). This must be worn under, not instead of, the jacket.
Skirt length must be close to the knee i.e. 5cm either side of the centre of the knee (as a guide the skirt should fall comfortably below the student’s fingertips when their arms are held straight against their sides). The skirt is available from the school shop and only the school style may be worn.
One style of trousers is available from the school shop which co-ordinates with the jacket.
Coat or Jacket
A plain navy coat, jacket or anorak is preferred, but other shades of blue, black or grey are acceptable. Denim, leather and suede jackets or coats are not permitted.
Tights or socks
If worn, tights should be plain and either navy, black or flesh-coloured. Socks (below the knee) should be plain navy or white.
Should be leather and of a single colour (either black or navy) with separate heel no higher than 5 cms in height. Trainers, narrow heels or extreme styles are not permitted, and the shoe should extend no higher than the ankle bone.
The only jewellery permitted is a single plain silver or gold coloured stud in each ear lobe and a small religious symbol on a chain worn for reasons of faith rather than fashion. Ear studs must be removed if requested by a member of staff on grounds of safety. Other visible piercings are not permitted.
Unnatural hair colouring and extreme haircuts are not allowed. Hair accessories should be unobtrusive, plain and in neutral colours. Girls are not permitted to wear make-up at all in Years 7 to 9; discreet make-up in natural shades is tolerated in Years 10 and 11 as a privilege. Nail polish, extensions and false nails are not allowed.
Additional guidelines to reflect students’ cultural heritage
These should be in plain fabric and in navy blue, black or white. The face must be entirely visible at all times.
A white tunic may be worn instead of a school shirt, but the normal school jacket, with or without a jumper, should be worn on top in cold weather. The tunic should be plain white and should only reach to the mid thigh.
We would ideally ask girls to wear the regulation school uniform trousers. A loose fitting style of the same navy blue colour may be purchased and worn if the parent desires-please let Mrs Hamnett, Deputy Head, know if you wish to do this (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Enforcement of the uniform expectations
It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that their child comes to school in the correct uniform and they are expected to buy uniform that complies with the school’s policy.
Form tutors are responsible for monitoring uniform; all staff are responsible for ensuring that students are correctly dressed in class and elsewhere on the school site. The form tutor will speak to a student who is wearing incorrect uniform. If it is not addressed for the next school day then the student will be referred to the Head of Year. In the event of repeated uniform infringements parents will be contacted.
In the case of jewellery and other accessories, the student will be asked to remove the item, which will be confiscated and stored securely.
The Headteacher is the final arbiter in all matters of uniform and dress.