SCHOOL UNIFORM & EQUIPMENT
Wearing The Lakes School uniform shows that you not only have pride in your own appearance but that you are proud to be a member of The Lakes School. This also extends to travelling to and from school when you are seen as an ambassador for The Lakes School.
Presenting yourself smartly is an important life skill and may well prove to be the difference between yourself and another candidate at interviews in the future. One of the most important parts of your school uniform is your house tie; Blue for Brathay, Green for Leven and Red for Rothay. Students at The Lakes School wear their house tie with pride, particularly when taking part in one of the many inter-house competitions that take place during the year. The images and information below show the acceptable school uniform and PE kit at The Lakes School.
If you or your parents are in any doubt about the school’s uniform expectations then do please contact us for clarification prior to purchasing items which may not be allowed. Thank you.
We understand that students can grow out of their uniform and that eventually it may wear out. We expect students to wear smart and correctly fitting uniform at all times and thank parents in advance for ensuring that our students are provided with the correct uniform as is required of all students who attend The Lakes School. We would encourage parents to communicate with the school in writing or via email should you need to request a short period of grace whilst you are able to address any issues with your child’s uniform.
Whilst we would hope to avoid this step, the school reserves the right to ask students to change their uniform before going to lessons. We may also ask parents to collect their child and address any issues should our uniform expectations not be met.
Coniston Corporate are our approved uniform supplier and we encourage parents to purchase uniform directly via their website which can be accessed via the link below.
Shirts and Jumpers
Students are required to wear the following:
- A white shirt or blouse with a standard shirt or blouse collar for wearing the school tie.
- The white shirt or blouse should be tucked into trousers or skirt at all times.
- A black v-neck jumper with the school logo which can be purchased from Coniston Corporate.
- A black blazer featuring the school logo may be worn as an optional item and can be purchased from Coniston Corporate.
- Plain dark grey, black or navy socks. Plain black tights or black socks may be worn with a skirt which must be knee length or longer.
- Plain black (non-fashion) belts are permitted.
Jewellery and Accessories
Students at The Lakes School are not allowed to wear jewellery. This includes earrings, necklaces, ankle bracelets, bangles, facial piercings, body piercings and hair adornments.
Where a student’s beliefs require them to wear such an item, parents should write to our Headteacher to request permission, explaining the specific circumstances for the request. Thank you in advance for your support with this procedure.
Students are expected to have a school bag large enough to carry the books and equipment necessary for school. Fashion handbags are not suitable.
Students should ensure that their hair style is suitable for attendance at The Lakes School.
- Hair should be of a sensible length.
- Hair should not be shaved lower than a grade 3.
- Hair should not contain shaved patterns or any other patterns created by the use of colour or adornments.
- Hair should be of one plain recognised hair colour and should not be enhanced through dying with colours such as blue, purple, bright red or any other non-standard hair colour.
Trousers and Skirts
Students are allowed to wear the following:
- Plain black standard fit trousers which are available through our uniform supplier Coniston Corporate.
- Plain black slimmer fitting trousers which are available through our uniform supplier Coniston Corporate.
- Plain black extra slim fitting trousers which are available through our uniform supplier Coniston Corporate.
- All trousers should be of a length so that the end of the trouser leg rests on the shoes.
- Plain grey or black tailored school shorts. Students can wear these at any time during the year.
- A plain black skirt, the hem of which should be knee length or longer. The skirt must not be tight fitting. The school’s approved pleated skirt can be purchased through our uniform supplier Coniston Corporate.
- Black tailored shorts which many students prefer to wear in warmer weather. Students are allowed to wear tailored shorts all year round if they prefer them instead of trousers.
- Students are not allowed to wear jeans, leggings or trousers featuring numerous zips or rips.
Students at The Lakes School are allowed to wear traditional analogue or digital watches. Smart watches, or fitness watches, are an increasing part of normal life and the school reserves the right to confiscate a child’s device should it interfere with learning or other aspects of life at The Lakes School.
Rules for examinations state that no watches of any kind are allowed in any exam and must be handed in prior to the examination taking place in line with JCQ requirements.
The Lakes School logo is the only permissible logo allowed on school uniform.
We understand that some winter coats or jackets may contain a maker’s logo.
Items that feature logos, slogans, brand names, band names or relate to the identity of a group or individual are not permitted.
Students are required to wear the following:
- Plain black polishable shoes which may be lace-up or slip-on.
- Plain black hybrid shoes.
- Plain black footwear must not feature any coloured logos or piping.
- Students are not allowed to wear trainers or canvas footwear even if they are plain black.
At The Lakes School, our position is that students should not wear make-up.
The Governing Body of The Lakes School understands that young people can be very self-conscious about their appearance. It is for this reason that we do not have an outright ban on the wearing of make-up but we believe in a mature and sensible approach that reflects our understanding of the young people who choose to attend The Lakes School.
However, we understand that some students may wish to wear a small amount of make-up such as foundation or concealer. Students are not permitted to wear false eye-lashes, eye-shadow, eye-liner, eyebrow thickener, lipstick, blusher, coloured contact lenses or any other cosmetic product that draws attention.
Nail enhancements are not allowed; this includes nail varnish, acrylic nails, false nails etc.
We thank parents and students for working with the school with regard to these expectations.
Students are permitted to wear a coat in response to changing weather conditions. Coats should be fit for purpose and should be work for the expressed purpose of keeping warm and dry. There are many suitable technical and non-technical coats available on the high street.
Students are not allowed to wear tracksuit tops, sports tops, hoodies or other casual tops and jumpers in place of a recognised coat.
Scarves, hats or gloves, if worn, must be suitable for the school environment, with no extremes of fashion. Hats should not be worn in school.
Sixth Form Dress Code
Sixth Form Dress Code Students in the sixth form have the privilege of choice; however, through consultation with students it has been agreed that the dress code for sixth form should be appropriate for a professional, working environment. The dress code aims to ensure that Sixth Form students continue to set a good standard and example of appearance within the school community whilst learning to develop an appropriate sense of dress suited to different occasions. Students should always dress in a way which is tidy, clean and smart. To that end, the following should be observed:
- Dresses, tops, shirts, trousers etc., should not reveal any bare midriffs, cleavage or underwear.
- Girls should note that leggings are a substitute for tights, not trousers, and should only be worn under a top which comes to mid-thigh.
- Footwear should be smart and clean. High heels, flip-flops, Ugg boots, astro trainers and high tops are not appropriate.
- Skirts and dresses should be mid-thigh.
- The following are not appropriate for a professional, working environment: shorts, t-shirts, football shirts, vest tops, jogging bottoms, hoodies, jeans, any item of denim, ‘cargo’ pants, logo sweatshirts, polo shirts, hats.
- Hair colour should be within the natural colour range. No extremes of hairstyle are acceptable.
- Jewellery should be minimal. Facial jewellery should not be worn.
- Smart, formal wear will be required on special occasions, such as Awards Evening and Open evening, and includes a smart shirt/tie for boys, with smart trousers or suit – and a shirt/blouse/dress with collar and sleeves for the girls, with smart trousers, skirt and/or suit.
At all times, the School reserves the right to a final decision. Students may be sent home to change if clothing is deemed inappropriate.
Guidance on School Footwear for Students We hope that you find these images to be a useful guide to the shoes that are acceptable as part of the school uniform. The images do not provide an exhaustive list but hopefully serve as useful frame of reference. Shops like ASDA, Shoe Zone, Clarks, Next and Pavers are local and provide a range of well priced shoes.