The purpose of a St James school uniform

Through our St James uniform and dress code we aim to:

  • Encourage pride in the school
  • Support teaching and learning
  • Enable pupils to be comfortable, safe and secure
  • Encourage a sense of equality and belonging to the school community
  • Protect pupils from social pressures to dress in a particular way
  • Support parents to provide an efficient and value for money dress code for their children
  • Ensure that pupils from different social, religious and ethnic groups feel welcome.

  The St James uniform list

  • Black school blazer with St James’ school logo St James school tie
  • Plain black full-length trousers which do not trail on the floor (not leggings, skinny jeans or any type of skinny or tight trouser, stretch, baggy, flared or bell-bottoms, jeans, chinos, canvas or corduroy)
  • Students may wear a plain black skirt instead of trousers if preferred (no patterns or additional colours). The skirt can be pleated or straight in style and must reach the knee (not above the knee). Skirts must not be tight fitting, stretchy or ‘skater’ skirts. All skirts must be worn with black tights (except when specified during summer months).
  • St James will expect students to have a Rivet placed on the trousers or skirts. The rivet will help staff to see that the trousers or skirts are approved in their style and length. These can be done at the beginning of the year or where necessary, when purchased during the year itself.
  • Shorts or culottes may also be worn however, they must be tailored in style and reach the knee.
  • Short-sleeved shirts may be worn instead of long-sleeved, but the shirt must be tucked in.

  • If belts are worn, they should be narrow and plain black with a small normal buckle.  Logos on belts are unacceptable.
  • Plain white shirt with collar and buttons up to the neck (not a polo shirt), tucked into trousers or skirt. Any t-shirts worn under the shirt must be white and not showing
  • There is no specific colour required for socks.
  • Plain black or white headscarf with no jewels
  • Black leather look/polishable shoes with no coloured marks or logos. No flip-flops, Ugg-style boots, , skater style, pumps, trainers or high heels. Knee/ankle boots will not be permitted.


-Plain, black V-neck jumpers can be worn along with the jacket.

-Students may also wear a Royal Blue v-neck jumper or cardigan that is only available from Thomas Moore,

 The St James PE kit list

 PE kit – essential

·         Navy/sky blue St James shorts or St James leggings

·         Astro trainers

·         Long socks (navy/sky blue football socks)

·         Navy/sky blue St James hoodie


·         Navy/sky blue St James PE polo shirt

·         Gum shield

·         Shin pads


 PE kit – recommended

·         Football boots


·         Reversible rugby top

Expectations of uniform at St James

 School uniform is important as it reflects both pride in the school and students’ attitude towards their learning. Students must maintain a high standard of personal appearance at all times.

 Students must be in full correct uniform in order to attend lessons. Parents will be contacted for any student arriving in school out of uniform or in incomplete uniform. Students will be asked to borrow uniform in school in accordance with our behaviour policy.

Please note:

  • No coats or jackets are to be worn over or under school uniform in school time
  • Sweatshirts, t-shirts and cardigans cannot be regarded as being “jackets” or “coats” and should not be worn in school at all. The same is true of pullovers in non-uniform colours
  • Blazers must be worn in all lessons, in school buildings, on the school premises and on the way to and from school. Students may remove blazers when given permission by teachers during lessons and/or when SLT determine that the weather permits them to be removed in the school building during the school day.
  • No outer garment which bears a slogan, logo, initials or forms words that are offensive is allowed on the school site
  • Hats, scarves and gloves are not permitted to be worn inside the school building at any time
  • Shirts must be worn fully tucked in with top button fastened.
  • Ties must be worn at all times.
  • Students may wear one pair of studs in their ears, but they must be no bigger than 3-4mm. Only one stud is allowed in each ear and they must be worn in the earlobes. Please arrange for piercings to be done during school holidays as jewellery must be removed during PE lessons for safety reasons.
  • Body piercings in other parts of the body (e.g. eyebrow, nose) are banned.

Examples of false eyelashes, nails and the types of facial jewellery which are not permitted are shown below:

  • No bracelets, bands or rings are allowed
  • Any make-up should be discreet in its application and not include the wearing of lipstick or false nails. Any student deemed to be wearing too much makeup will be asked to remove it immediately.

    • Hair should be tidy, of reasonable appearance and of such length that there is no risk of getting it caught.
    • Students should not have patterns or logos shaved into their hair and hair should not be of a colour which could be described as unnatural. Hairbands or clips should be small and plain.
    • If a religious symbol is required, it should be small in size, of simple design and worn so it cannot be seen and must be authorised by the Head of Year.
    • All students must carry a school bag/rucksack which is large enough to hold A4 folders and textbooks
    • Non-uniform days: clothing should be non-revealing and not bear offensive logos or comments. The rules concerning hair colour, jewellery, make-up and facial piercings will still apply. Students should be ‘clean, comfortable and covered. ‘
    • The following equipment is required and must be brought into school each day in a clear plastic pencil case which is big enough to fit all of the items listed below:


    • Pen
    • Pencil
    • Green Pen
    • Ruler – 30cm
    • Rubber and Sharpener
    • Calculator
    • Mini Whiteboard
    • Dry Wipe pen
    • Green pen for marking
    • Knowledge Organiser
    • KO exercise book




Non-Uniform days

Non-uniform days: clothing should be non-revealing and not bear offensive logos or comments. The rules concerning hair colour, make-up and facial piercings will still apply.