School uniform plays a key role in promoting pride, self-confidence and a feeling of belonging within school and contributes to our learner’s wellbeing, removing the additional pressures of deciding what to wear and added stress of meeting the expectations of their peers. In addition, following our uniform rules prepares our learners for either returning to mainstream school or entering the world of work where they are required to either wear a uniform or follow a dress code which cannot be customised. We also explain to learners that all staff at Three Towers have a dress code we must all follow, whether we agree with it or not.
These are explained at the initial parental meeting. As learners have often been to more than one school we have tried to ensure that our uniform expectations do not require significant additional costs to parents/carers and wherever possible reflect the expectations of the mainstream schools who we work alongside as it is our aim to return our learners to mainstream provision. Most of our uniform can be bought at supermarkets and high street shops. Our Three Towers sweatshirt can be bought either from us or directly from AC Sports in Pemberton
All learners must wear:
- Black tailored trousers – No leggings, sports/tracksuit or jeans/jeans type pants. Track suit pants must not be worn underneath school pants
- Black knee length skirt – worn with black tights or black, grey or white knee-length socks. Skirts more than 5cm above the knee are not acceptable.
- White polo shirt – t-shirts worn underneath must not be visible, so stick to plain white
- Black Three Towers sweatshirt – No hoodies or other sweatshirts
- Sturdy plain black shoes or plain black trainers – no logos/patterns or colours
- Sensible, waterproof outdoor coat
Optional summer uniform - Between the beginning of May and the end of September, learners may wear tailored, knee length, black school shorts as shown in the photos below instead of black school trousers. These are available in store and online from many retailers including Sainsburys, Asda, Tesco, M&S and Amazon. The shorts should be worn with their white polo shirts; white, black or grey socks and plain black full shoes or plain black trainers. Please be aware cycling or sports shorts are not allowed and learners arriving in these will be sent home to change.
For PE learners should wear plain black shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a white t-shirt with trainers. PE kit can be provided if required.
Outdoor clothing is provided for those learners who have outdoor education on their timetables.
Hair styles must be of a natural colour, of reasonable length (minimum No 2 if shaved and without patterns). Long hair must be kept clear of the eyes at all times for health & safety reasons and must be tied up when doing PE, science, cooking etc.
Jewellery is suggested to be limited to a wrist-watch and a ring. For Health & Safety reasons any other jewellery should be worn under clothes and removed for PE lessons. TTAPA will not accept any responsibility for lost jewellery.
Earrings – a maximum of two small stud-type earrings per lobe is allowed. Hoops or other earring piercings are not allowed. Earrings must be removed for PE and swimming. Ear stretchers are NOT allowed
Other piercings including facial piercings (nose, lips, eyebrows, tongue etc.) are not allowed. They must be removed for school. No plastic versions or plasters covering such piercings are allowed.
Please not that all piercings have to be removed for school irrespective of when they were done. Therefore we advise new piercings are done at the start of the school summer holiday so that they are sufficiently healed to be removed once term starts. Absence from school to allow piercings to heal will not be authorised.
Make-up, false lashes and false nails. Make up and false lashes if worn should be subtle. False nails are allowed however for health & safety reasons they must be of a sensible length ie no longer than 5mm past the end of the finger and of a natural colour (French polish or nude colours only)
Learners who attend part time on an Intervention Place:
Dual registered learners wear their mainstream school uniform with a on the days they attend Three Towers. Sturdy traditional school shoes and a sensible outdoor coat are required in line with the learners’ mainstream school uniform expectations. For PE, learners again should wear what would be expected at their mainstream school.
Offsite at Vocational or Work Experience Placements:
Learners should follow the dress code stipulated by the alternative provider as they are best placed to ensure that the clothing is appropriate to the activities being undertaken and do not pose a health and safety risk to the learner. If specialist uniform is required, it will be provided for learners e.g. Rigga boots for construction.
Learners attending remote lessons must be suitably dressed and wear their Three Towers sweatshirt. When attending onsite sessions learners are expected to wear full school uniform.
Travelling to and from school
Learners must travel to school and arrive wearing correct uniform.
Incorrect or Absent uniform
Learners who arrive at school in incorrect uniform are required to
- either change into spare uniform
- or return home to change and then return to school
Persistent refusal to meet uniform expectations, including refusal to remove piercings is dealt with under the Behaviour Policy.