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Dress Code Policy – Post 16

Here at Tong Leadership Academy our aim is to allow students to work in an environment where they can fulfil their potential, be role models and leaders within both the school and wider community and recognise their growing maturity and independence.

As such Tong Leadership Academy believes that a smart dress code promotes equality and fairness while recognising them as young adults. This dress code therefore strikes a balance between recognising individuality and upholding their position as role models across the whole Academy community

Post 16 students are not required to wear uniform but must dress appropriately, in a smart but casual manner, exercising mature judgement in their choices according to the following guidelines:


  • Smart trousers, (no jeans), a skirt or dress. Tight fitting items are not permitted nor are shorts or playsuits
  • Smart jacket, cardigan, jumper or suit (optional)
  • Skirts must be of an appropriate length (just above the knee minimum) and style. Short skirts/ tight body con style skirts are not acceptable.
  • Smart tops, blouses or plain t-shirts. Tops with shoestring, off the shoulder or no straps, crops tops, large logos / images, see through tops or low cut tops are not acceptable.
  • Footwear must be of a smart appearance. No trainers or Ugg boots
  • All outdoor coats, caps and hats must be removed when inside the building.


  • Smart trousers. Tracksuits, jogging trousers, shorts and jeans are not acceptable
  • Smart jacket or suit (optional)
  • Shirts, polo shirts, jumpers, plain t-shirts or sweatshirts are appropriate. Football shirts, vests, shirts with large logos / images are not permitted
  • Footwear must be of a smart appearance.
  • All outdoor coats, caps and hats must be removed when inside the building.


While most jewellery is acceptable, students may be asked to remove items if an excessive amount is worn, or the student is in an environment where the jewellery may prove a health and safety risk. Lanyards and ID cards must be worn and visible at all times.

Where students come to school inappropriately dressed items may be confiscated or result in the student being asked to go home to change.