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Parents' Induction Evening

Note to new parents: If your child is arriving in August 2017, there will be parents' induction evening on Wednesday 5 July.  Details to follow.

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Clarification on Footwear (31 August 2016)

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I would like to thank you for following the uniform guidance. The vast majority of the students look very smart and are a credit to the school.

We are aware that there has been some confusion regarding footwear. Our preference is that students are in smart formal traditional shoes but we understand that retailers are now selling plain black leather shoes without logos that may be interpreted as meeting the criteria. All students who were identified yesterday as not wearing formal shoes will be seen again tomorrow or Friday. Providing their footwear is plain black leather with no logos, they will be permitted to wear them this year. If there are logos or colours or they are canvas, they will not be permitted and the correct footwear needs to be in place by Monday. The wearing of boots or trainers is not permitted.

I hope this clarifies the situation but, should you have any questions or require any further clarification, please contact the relevant House Manager. 

There is uniform guidance available on the website with a link to clear images that make our expectations clear.

We hope your son or daughter has a very successful time at Ashby School and carries on the tradition of high achievement that is our main focus.

Yours sincerely,

G. Staniforth

Deputy Headteacher


All students are required to wear school uniform. Parents are expected to support students to help them look smart and uphold the dress code. The following school uniform has been agreed by Governors for Years 10 and 11.

Click here for the full uniform guide for 2016




Sweatshirts, polo shirts, cardigans and V-neck jumpers can be purchased from the following suppliers:

Pupils' Schoolwear

35 West Street


Tel 01283 224512


Ashby Schoolwear

c/o Babes 2 Tots

The Courtyard

52 Market Street


Tel 01530 564446



These must be traditional tailored school trousers with a crease, typically polyester and viscose fabric. Trousers such as jeans, chinos, leggings or tight fitted 'jegging' style trousers are not acceptable. Short, cropped, or ankle grazer style trousers are not allowed. Trousers should not be cotton or denim fabric because this fades quickly. 

Traditional school trousers are readily available at retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrsions, Marks and Spencer, ebay and many more. The school recommends that parents buy these early in the summer holiday as stocks do run out.


Sensible, traditional plain black school shoes without logos – these must be leather or ‘leather look’. Trainer-style shoes such as Vans, Converse and Adidas Superstars are not acceptable. Canvas shoes and boots are also not allowed.

Clear images of suitable footwear can be found here to clarify any issues regarding school shoes.


Black skirts for girls – traditional tailored straight, A-line or pleated school skirts, typically 
polyester and viscose fabric. Skirt lengths should be practical for a school working 
environment. This means knee length. Skirts should not be cotton or denim fabric because 
this fades quickly. 

Tights worn with skirts should be plain black, not patterned.

Socks should be of a neutral colour and below the knee.


This can be a sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan but must be plain black with the school crest.

Polo shirt

White polo shirt embroidered with school crest.  Students are not permitted to wear vest tops or any other tops over the polo shirt, other than official embroidered school tops.


Hats, scarves and gloves must be smart and professional and fit for purpose. They must be removed when in school buildings.  Baseball caps are not permitted.

Outdoor jackets

Jackets must be smart and professional and free of pictures, messages and logos. Outdoor jackets with hoods can be worn, but the hoods must be down while students are anywhere on school premises unless raining.  Jackets must be removed when in the classroom.

Body piercings

No facial piercings are permitted (tongue, nose, lip etc.).  Any students wearing these will be required to remove studs/rings and hand them in to the Year Room for collection at the end of the school day.


No visible tattoos are permitted.  Any student with a visible tattoo will be required to cover it during the school day.

Hair colour

Hair should be a natural colour even if dyed i.e. pink, purple, green, blue are not acceptable.  Hair should be styled in keeping with professional office dress.  No extreme styles such as mohicans, punk styles, hair art and tattooing.


Plain only, in keeping with professional office dress.  Fashion belts are not permitted.


Sleeper or stud earrings only.  No excessive jewellery.  Students wearing excessive jewellery or belts will be asked to remove the items and then hand them in to the Year Room for collection at the end of the school day.

No other uniform is acceptable.


Mobile phones

Mobile phones, smartphones etc. are permitted in school for use at break and lunchtime.  They must not be taken in to examinations.  Phones must be switched off in lessons and not be visible. Students are not permitted to use their phones to record or film around school.  Any students found to be doing so will be asked to delete such material in front of a member of staff.

Music players/iPods

Music players and iPods are permitted in school for use at break and lunchtimeAll earpieces should be kept out of sight.  If they are visible they will be confiscated and made available for collection at the end of the school day.

PE Kit

All students will change clothing and footwear for PE whether they are participating or not. We do not have a specific PE uniform but students should adhere to the following guidance:-

  1. All jewellery and piercings must be removed or taped over. Boys and girls with long hair must tie it back
  2. SPORTS clothing should be worn appropriate to the activity. Low cut/revealing tops are not acceptable
  3. PE kit is a complete change of clothing for the lesson. This means t-shirts, trousers, tights, trainers
  4. Students must wear studded footwear for rugby and football. Shinpads must be worn for football and it is our strong recommendation that shinpads are also worn for hockey. These activities are not compulsory but part of an option system.

            Throughout PE lessons students with injuries or sick notes will be involved with umpiring, scoring, coaching etc.


Students need basic equipment for school. Please ensure your child brings a pen, pencil, ruler and maths equipment. (Updated Sept 2012)


Sixth Form (2016/17)

The majority of students prefer to have a dress code in the Sixth Form, as this saves competitive dressing and the daily anxiety over what to wear.  We expect you to dress as if you are working in a business/office environment, thus low cut tops, cropped trousers, shorts, flip flops etc are not acceptable.                                                      

Issues with the dress code will be dealt with by Form Tutors and House Managers in the first instance. Students may be asked to return home to change into appropriate clothing.


Black footwear only - Plimsolls, trainers and canvas shoes are not acceptable, nor is ‘fashion footwear’ eg. military boots. Footwear should be suitable for an office environment.


Plain black trousers – this does not include black denim or denim effect fabric. Trousers should be plain cut, full length and a suitable material for school. Jean-style trousers are not allowed regardless of the material they are made of. Leggings are not a substitute for trousers.


Plain black, sensible length.


Plain burgundy or grey only, sensible length.


Polo shirts with school crest may be worn with plain grey/burgundy jumper, sweatshirt or cardigan. Plain polo neck or crew neck plain grey/burgundy sweaters may be worn. Burgundy or plain grey blouses may be worn. No black tops. No thin-strapped/vest style tops. No ‘hoodies’. Polo shirts and sweatshirts with school logo are available from uniform stockists.

Outdoor Jackets

Outdoor jackets must be in keeping with professional office dress. Outdoor jackets with hoods can be worn, but the hoods must be down while students are on the school premises. No ‘hoodies’, zipped or otherwise, at any time. Outdoor jackets must be removed when in classrooms. ‘Hoodies’/casual, fashion tops will not be considered as Outdoor jackets so should not be worn to school.

Hats & Scarves

Hats, scarves and gloves must be removed when in the buildings.

Body Piercing

Students will be asked to remove or cover up studs/rings on their person.


No visible tattoos are permitted.

Hair Colour

Hair should be a natural colour even if dyed, ie. no pink, blue, green colour is acceptable. Hair should be styled in keeping with ‘professional office’ dress.


Sleeper or stud earrings only. No excessive jewellery. Students will be asked to remove excess jewellery and belts.


Plain black only, in keeping with ‘professional office’ dress.Any parents who have difficulty providing uniform should contact Mr Staniforth before their son/ daughter is due to start at the school.