Uniform

At Bournemouth School we have a history of wearing a grey suit in years 7 -11.  We are very proud of our very distinctive uniform and we encourage our students to take pride in their uniform.  We feel that it is an important factor in school discipline and standards and helps support a sense of belonging. 

Our Sixth Form students are also expected to maintain a high standard of dress suited to a professional office environment.  Sixth Form dress is particularly important as the more senior students act as role models for younger pupils and often represent the school on formal occasions. 

Items of school uniform are available from Stevensons, Southbourne - Stevensons - Bournemouth School.

Bournemouth School may be able to offer assistance towards the cost of the basic clothing needs of a pupil.  This applies where the family receives either Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, The guaranteed element of Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual gross income does not exceed £16,190 (as at 31st January 2022)), Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit), Universal Credit (if you apply on or after 1 April 2018, your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get).  Students who receive Pupil Premium will be advised of voucher scheme to support the purchase of school uniform.

Used Uniform

We encourage parents to use a web-based service called ‘Old School Uniform’ to sell and buy used uniform.  Parents can sign up to purchase any used uniform from the site but also sell any used uniform they may have at home.  Recycling ‘used’ uniform also plays an essential role in sustaining our precious environment and protecting our natural resources.  We also use the ‘Old School Uniform’ site to place any lost property that has been unclaimed for a long period of time. Further details are available in the used uniform flyer.

Year 7 - 11 Uniform

All items of clothing and other personal belongings must be clearly marked with your son’s name.

Suit Approved plain grey suit *
(Tailored shorts of the same colour may be worn in the summer term)
Shirt White
Tie House tie
Socks Dark grey / black socks (unbranded)
Shoes Plain, black shoes which can be polished (i.e. not suede and not braided).   (Boots are not allowed except for medical reasons).
Jewellery Boys may not wear visible jewellery e.g. neck, face or ear jewellery, and should not have visible piercings.
Hair Hair should be clean, neat and tidy and must not be coloured by obvious hair dyes.  All students must be clean-shaven.
Optional items A plain grey V-neck pullover.
Lab Coat A white lab coat is compulsory for all new Year 7 students.

* only available from Stevensons, Southbourne - Stevensons - Bournemouth School.

 

Sixth Form Uniform

The appearance of all members of the school is an important issue as it is one of the aspects upon which we are judged by members of the public.  Sixth Form dress is particularly important as the more senior students act as role models for younger pupils and often represent the school on formal occasions.  If you require guidance on your choice of uniform you should discuss it with the Head of Sixth Form.  We may ask you to return home to change if we feel that you are not dressed appropriately.  Persistent failure to conform to the dress code will result in disciplinary action being taken.

We expect you to dress in a fashion suited to a professional, office environment.  What follows is an attempt to define this, though you should be aware that the sum of the parts of your uniform should equate to smart office wear and not catwalk fashion.

The following are examples of inappropriate uniform which would not be allowed:

  • Lycra based fabrics;
  • Vest tops;logos or messages on clothes;
  • Shorts (except during sports);
  • Any clothing made in a lacy or translucent fabric;open toed sandals, mules or flip flops;
  • Clothing made of denim or leather, canvas or corduroy;
  • Visible piercings other than in the ears.

All students must wear their ID badge and lanyard at all times whilst on school premises, and all personal items should be clearly marked with the owner’s name.

Boys

Suit

Students should wear a business suit.  Boys are permitted to wear a non-matching jacket and trouser combination provided that they meet the requirements of smart business wear.  In practice, most Sixth Formers choose to wear a suit, usually not grey as since that is the colour worn by Years 7-11.

Shirt

With collar to match the business suit.  Please keep it tucked in!

Tie

Sixth Form House tie, issued on Registration Day.

Shoes

Smart shoes to match the business suit (no trainers, boots or canvas shoes).

Jewellery

Only ear piercings are permitted.  All jewellery should be subtle and match the image of the smart business suit.  Students may be asked to remove jewellery for sport or for some technical subjects, for Health and Safety reasons.

Hair

Clean, neat, tidy.  Unnatural* hair-colouring and extreme hairstyles are not permitted.

Games Kit

Appropriate to the Games Option(s) chosen in September, with no special requirements on colour or style unless specifically required by the PE Department.

Science

Students taking Biology or Chemistry must wear a white lab coat.

Optional

A plain, v-necked jumper or cardigan may be worn for warmth in addition to the jacket.

 

 

Girls

Suit

A smart, plain, jacket be worn with a choice of:

A smart skirt or dress.

Smart trousers.  Denim, corduroy or canvas is not permitted.

Top

A smart top to match the expectations of smart business attire.

Badge

Sixth Form House badge (issued on Registration Day) must be worn visibly at all times

Shoes

Smart, low-heeled, plain shoes (no trainers, boots or canvas shoes)

Tights

Plain tights in black, grey, natural or navy.

Jewellery

Only ear piercings are permitted.  All jewellery should be subtle and match the image of the smart business suit.  Students may be asked to remove jewellery for sport or for some technical subjects, for Health and Safety reasons.

Hair

Clean, neat, tidy.  Unnatural* hair-colouring and extreme hairstyles are not permitted.

Make-up and Nail Varnish

Should be discreet and in keeping with the image of smart business attire.

Games Kit

Appropriate to the Games Option(s) chosen in September, with no special requirements on colour or style unless specifically required by the PE Department.

Science

Students taking Biology or Chemistry must wear a white lab coat.

Optional

A plain, v-necked jumper or cardigan may be worn for warmth in addition to the jacket.

 

* a colour that is not found within the natural hair colour spectrum, i.e. a bright, extreme or vivid colour and contrasts.

Physical Education Kit

Boots, training shoes and changes of clothing for Physical Education must be brought to school on the day required and taken away on the same day.

 

Summer / Indoor

Winter / Outdoor

Top

White polo shirt with House colour trim *

School games shirt with House colours *

Shorts

Plain white shorts - polyester or cotton

Plain navy blue shorts - cotton

Socks

White socks

School football socks (navy)

Footwear

Training shoes with non-marking soles are required.

Football boots.  Please be aware that bladed boots are not allowed on the 3G Astro Turf (for Health and Safety reasons).

Gum Shields

 

Gum shields are compulsory for all boys when playing rugby.  This applies when playing/training for the school rugby squad, playing in the House rugby competition and for general PE lessons.  For general PE lessons and those playing in House rugby, a self-moulding shield will normally suffice and these can be bought for a few pounds from most sports shops.  Parents should also be able to purchase slightly more expensive shields that will accommodate braces or other dental needs.  These may also be more appropriate for boys playing for school and or clubs.

Shin Pads Shin pads are compulsory for all forms of football.  This includes training, matches, House competitions and PE lessons.

* only available from Stevensons, Southbourne - Stevensons - Bournemouth School.

Our 'Used Uniform Sale' of good quality second-hand clothing is held at the beginning of July (see school Calendar for date). 

We offer assistance towards the cost of the basic clothing needs of a pupil in years 7-11 where the family receives either Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, The guaranteed element of Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual gross income does not exceed £16,190 (as at 1st March 2019)), Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit), Universal Credit (if you apply on or after 1 April 2018, your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get).  An application form and further details are available from the School Reception.  New starters to year 7 who receive Free School Meals or some categories of Pupil Premium will be advised of voucher scheme to support the purchase of school uniform.

Books and Equipment

Books and Equipment

Students are required to provide certain items of basic equipment including:

  • two black pens;
  • one green pen;
  • one purple pen;
  • pencil;
  • rubber;
  • 30cm ruler;
  • transparent protractor;
  • calculator (A “Casio FX-85GTX” calculator is advised in Year 7);
  • pair of compasses;
  • pencil sharpener;
  • glue stick;
  • colouring pencils;
  • Headphones (not wireless).  Headphones should have a 3.5mm jack.

All essential books and special equipment are provided free of charge.

We ask that all exercise books be covered in transparent sticky back plastic.

 

There are some items which students often prefer to purchase for their own use(they are not compulsory.  These include:

Art

Drawing pencils – preferably 2B and 4B, and a glue stick

 

English

A portable English dictionary, a Thesaurus, and Highlighter pens

 

Geography

Coloured pencils

 

Mathematics / Science

Set squares

Safety Goggles. These need to meet safety standards EN166-34

 

Modern Languages

All students will need a French dictionary (this is an example but you do not have to purchase this brand - ISBN 978-0007569359)

Lockers

Lockers

Boys have a large number of books issued to them and having a safe place to keep them and other personal items is important.  Parents may secure their child’s use of a locker for the duration of their time at the school for a one-off payment (cost to be confirmed at a later date).  Please note that this fee does not cover the replacement of the lock barrel if both keys are mislaid (a new lock barrel and two new keys may be supplied at an additional cost).  At the end of the student’s time at the school, students are expected to empty the locker and return the keys; no part of the payment is refundable, and the school may use the locker as it sees fit.

In cases of hardship parents should contact the Business Manager.  Lockers are available to purchase from WisePay after the new parents’ evening.  Boys will be issued with their keys on the first day of term.