DSF Dress Code

Didcot Sixth Form Dress Code 2019-2020

Why do we have a dress code?

DSF students are role models for younger students, and their standards of dress are an important part of the culture of the sixth form. We are a sixth form based on school sites that have high standards of dress as a part of their values and ethos, and we expect sixth form students to lead their communities by example, reflecting these standards. We also believe that the way we dress influences our mindset, which feeds into the belief that a focused working day allows students to live rich and varied lives in their own time. We have a dress code that stops short of a prescriptive uniform, with the aim to have a smart appearance that allows a degree of personal expression.

What is required?

Smart, work-oriented and comfortable shoes (no trainers or canvas shoes)

Smart trousers or skirt (of a respectable length)

Smart dress (of respectable length)

Smart collared shirt and tie, blouse or smart top (high neckline and covered shoulders)

AND a jacket/blazer OR jumper OR cardigan

What is optional?

Full suit (trouser or skirt suit)

Smart outdoor coat 

Bow tie or ribbon

Sandals in summer

Smart boots in winter

What would not be considered appropriate?

Denim or any ripped clothing

T-shirts, sweat shirts or hoodies

Clothing with slogans or logos that aren’t subtle

Clothing that is overly revealing, including exposing bare midriff or chest

Hats and other headwear (except for parentally confirmed religious or medical reasons)

Skin tight trousers (fitted trousers are acceptable) combat trousers, shorts or cut-offs

Strappy tops or vests

Sportswear e.g. tracksuits, hooded tops

Leggings or jeggings

Facial piercings or extremes of hair style/unnatural hair colour

Further notes

  • It is impossible to cover all bases here. The Heads of Year and Director of Sixth Form will make the final decision as to whether an item of clothing falls within the spirit of smart dress.
  • Our intention is to allow freedom of expression within these boundaries. For example, coloured or patterned trousers, provided they are smart in cut and material, would be acceptable.
  • There will be concessions to ‘summer dress’ to ensure comfort (details of which will be confirmed ahead of summer 2020).
  • There is a bursary fund available for students who will experience hardship due to changes to the Didcot Sixth Form dress code. Please contact bursary@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk for more information about how to request support.
  • Outer layers for subjects which have a practical element (Sciences, Art, Product Design) will be available to protect clothing.
  • If it is clear that skirt length is not appropriate, we will define an acceptable length as 5-7cm above the knee.

What might this look like?

To exemplify the spirit of the new dress code and give guidance as to what is appropriate as smart dress in our culture, please see below. Please note, these are not exhaustive!

Dress Code