Parents, teachers and students work together to ensure that the highest possible standards are maintained in all areas of College life at All Hallows. A student’s willingness to wear the correct uniform accompanies an attitude to College, which usually maximises success in learning and personal development. It also indicates a family’s commitment to the values and ethos of the College, which is crucial to the growth and development of our young people:
There are a number of good reasons for having a College uniform:
It is a sign of commitment, pride and a badge of belonging to our College;
It is a way of avoiding an expensive ‘fashion contest’ in College;
It keeps young people focused on their studies,
It stops differences emerging between ‘those who have and those who have not’
The uniform, which is clearly described in the policy, is compulsory for all students. The Principal and his staff reserve the right to determine acceptable standards of dress and appearance with reference to this uniform policy. The aim is to help students learn that dress codes are a fact of life, and that ‘dressing for success’ is a good preparation for adult and working life.
All Hallows uniform is strictly enforced with rewards for students who ‘wear the correct uniform in the correct way’ and sanctions for those who refuse to conform. [See the Rewards and Behaviour Policy]. In rare cases where students arrive in College incorrectly dressed, parents will be contacted with a request to bring the correct items to College or there will be an expectation that loan items will be worn if available. Parents should provide their child with a written note if there is a good reason why (s)he is temporarily not wearing the full College uniform. In cases of hardship, parents or carers should contact their child’s Year Learning Leader for confidential advice.
It is expected that full College uniform is worn correctly during the College day and on journeys to and from College.
We are confident that our parents will always understand the need to support the College to make sure that our high standards of uniform are maintained. Please do not allow your child to persuade you to buy non-uniform items, as this will cause unnecessary expense and heartache. It is vital that we as adults (College and parents working in partnership) help our children to grow and mature by setting clear boundaries of behaviour.
We are excited to announce that the Governors have agreed to All Hallows Catholic College adopting The Halo Code, the UK's first Black hair code. No Black student or employee should have to change their natural or protective hairstyle in order to thrive at All Hallows. We hope that the Halo Code will move us one step closer to a world free from discrimination, where all Black members of our community have their identities fully recognised and celebrated.
I would like to thank all of the students involved in the Campaign. The Halo Code now forms part of our Uniform. policy.
The Halo Code
Our college champions the right of staff and students to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black staff and students’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance.
We welcome Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves, and wraps. We ask that headwear reflects our College uniform and is plain black.
At this college, we recognise and celebrate our staff and students’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on anyone’s ability to succeed.
College Uniform Policy