Uniform at Budehaven

Uniform Policy

Throughout Budehaven Community School, our expectation for exemplary behaviour, both in and out of school, is reflected in our expectation of uniform compliance. We expect and trust that parents and carers, students and staff work together to promote fairness and consistency and to prevent valuable school time being diverted to following up on breaches of uniform policy.

Our uniform was designed with the distinct purpose of differentiating between leisure and learning time. It was chosen to foster a smart image for students and to encourage them to be ready to focus on their work, free from distractions. We strive to support our students to develop themselves academically and socially and prepare themselves for life after school where a dress code or other restrictions may be expected.

Wearing the Budehaven School uniform, means that all students are ambassadors for our school and we hope all our students take this responsibility seriously. Taking pride in our school uniform demonstrates a commitment to our high standards of conduct and support of our shared values within the Budehaven Way. We hope it indicates a sense of loyalty to one another and a commitment to look after what we have, our buildings, our equipment and our environment. It encapsulates our pride in our school community.

General Guidelines for the Budehaven School uniform are summarised as follows:

The Budehaven School Uniform 2018

Specific Guidance and Detail:

  • Pleated Skirt Zoom
    Only one style of Skirt acceptable.

    Grey Pleat style skirt available HERE

    Length – The skirt is available in different lengths. The skirt must not be higher than 10cms above the knee.
  • Girls Trousers Boys Trousers
    Girls Trousers Boys Trousers

    General Guidance
    A plain grey, school uniform style trouser. (No “skinny”, tight-fit, jeans, cord, Chinos or jersey styles).

    Specific Guidance and Detail
    A rule of thumb when buying school uniform trousers is to avoid these features:

    • ‘tapered’ - meaning that they will be shorter than acceptable and too tight at the ankle.
    • ‘cropped’ – they will be ankle length and therefore too short.
    • ‘skinny’ – these will be far too tight, both at the thigh, lower leg and ankle.
    • ‘jeggings’ – basically thick leggings. Do look for the words: tailored and bootcut as these are acceptable.
    • ‘chino trousers, ‘jean trousers’ or ‘combat trousers’ – a cotton fabric would not be smart and therefore wouldn’t be appropriate.
    • Metal studs ▪ Metal buttons ▪ Horizontal pockets would suggest an informal trouser and would not be appropriate.
    • Thick or jersey material are less formal looking and therefore not suitable.
    • Suitable trousers are generally called ‘flat’ or ‘pleat’ trousers. Typically these types of formal trousers have, polyester/viscose material (much less likely to fade than cotton), vertical pockets, straight-legged and are more formal looking.
  • Grey Shorts Grey Shorts 2 Culottes

    General Guidance
    A plain grey, school uniform style short. A side, leg pocket will be acceptable on formal style shorts. A culottes style short would also be formal and therefore acceptable.

    Specific Guidance and DetailA rule of thumb when buying uniform shorts is to avoid these words:

    • ‘Chinos', ‘Jeans’– a cotton fabric would not be smart and therefore wouldn’t be appropriate.
    • Metal studs, Metal buttons and Horizontal pockets would suggest an informal item and would not be appropriate.
    • Shorts which have ‘turn-up hems’ would be too short and informal, therefore not appropriate.
    • Thick or jersey material are less formal looking and therefore not suitable.
  • Short Sleeve Shirt Long Sleeve Shirt
    Short Sleeve Shirt Long Sleeve Shirt

    General Guidance
    A plain light blue, tailored shirt, with either short or long sleeves only;
    capped or 3/4 length sleeves are not permitted.
    Can be obtained here
    (Other suppliers available)

    Specific Guidance and Detail
    Polo shirts are not permitted.

  • Acceptable Shoes

    General Guidance
    Black leather, synthetic leather (or similar) shoes.

    Specific Guidance and Detail
    A completely black shoe with a solid sole. Shoes must be of a style suitable for school in plain black leather-style which can be polished.
    Brown or white soled, canvas or suede shoes may not be worn.
    VAN /Converse style footwear are not permitted.
    Any heels must be low.
    Boots are not permitted.
    Trainers may only be worn for use in PE.

  • General Guidance
    Plain black, grey or white socks only. Black tights.

    Specific Guidance and Detail
    Plain, no logos, white, black or grey socks, or black tights. Over‐knee socks, trainer socks and patterned tights are not permitted. Black Tights may be worn with shorts. Shorts cannot be more than 10cm above the knee.

  • Budehaven School Tie
    The Budehaven School Tie

    This must be tied at the collar in a neat medium sized knot. Available here
    Top button must be done up but can be loosened with a teacher’s permission.

  • PE Kit - Click to enlarge iconPE Kit can be ordered here.

    iconPE Department Letter May 2018 - PDF (492Kb)

  • Additional Options

    Budehaven School Jumper
    Optional V-Neck jumper embroidered with the Budehaven crest:

    Optional School Jumper
    Order a jumper here


    The following are not allowed in school as part of the uniform

    • Bracelets, bangles, rings, ear stretchers, dangly earrings, ear hoops, tattoos including henna.
    • No facial piercings. Single ear piercings only.
    • Extreme hair colours and hair styles. Extreme hair colours mean an unnatural hair colour, extreme hair styles includes tramlines, Mohican hair of extreme variations in length.
    • Hoodies and sportswear. (All other outdoor clothing MUST be taken off when in school).
    • Trainers/skate shoes.
    • Non black belts or decorative belts.
    • Make up including nail varnish and false nails.
    • Skin-tight or extremely slim fitting trousers or trousers with a raised ridge seam on the front or rear.