Updated October 2022 - changes in bold to reflect government guidelines
All pupils will wear either the Chickerell sweatshirt, v-neck jumper or cardigan , or a a plain maroon jumper, as some form of jumper. Children must wear the school tie with a shirt. They then can wear grey or black trousers or shorts , or grey/black skirts/pinafore of an appropriate length .The summer dress can also be worn during the warmer weather. Shorts are not really appropriate for colder weather, even with tights underneath, but if they are worn, then they too must be knee length. Shoes need to be safe, comfortable and of a dark colour, not boots. Plain black trainers are acceptable too.
For PE, all pupils will have either the Chickerell logoed PE t-shirt in maroon or white, or a plain white or maroon T shirt ,they can wear this with shorts [inside PE] or tracksuit bottoms and either the Chickerell hoodies or a dark coloured jumper/tracksuit top.. On the days that children have PE, they will come to school in their proper PE kit.
With regards to jewellery, a watch, stud earrings and a necklace denoting a religious affiliation such as a St Christopher may be worn. All items must be removed for PE, earrings may be taped over instead. Charity wristbands are acceptable.
Long hair must be tied back for practical subjects, a small, plain headband can also be used. We are also looking to discourage an 'overuse' of hair gel and any hair style that is deemed too 'severe'- this will include hair shaved too short for fashion reasons, designs shaved into hair for fashion reasons, hair too 'pointed' and such like. Hair colour must be natural, or at least looking natural. Any colour obviously not a natural shade is forbidden. Equally, no make-up is to be worn under any circumstance, including nail varnish.
Our school champions the right of staff and students to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black staff and students’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance.
We welcome Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves, and wraps.
Our rationale underpinning these expectations is quite simple, if pupils deliberately set themselves apart from others by virtue of how they look for any reason other that a culturally or religiously significant one, they are invariably treated differently by their peers. Differently does not always mean fairly.
All our logoed uniform can be obtained from Dorset Embroidery and Printwear, on the Lynch Lane Industrial Estate, and Dorset Schoolwear, Caroline Place, in Weymouth.