What should my daughter wear at school?
What should my daughter wear for everyday school?
There is no uniform and girls may dress mainly as they choose provided that their general appearance is appropriate for a day at work in school and provided that their attire does not pose any risk to their health or safety. Torn jeans, skimpy tops, over-long trousers and very short skirts or shorts are not acceptable; hats are also inappropriate for school. We do, however, advise girls to wear sun hats and sun cream protection when they are outside.
Girls are allowed to have pierced ears and wear simple earrings provided these are removed for PE and sports activities. Shoes should fit well and cover the feet; high heels, backless sandals and flip-flops are not allowed.
What should my daughter wear for practical subjects?
In art and design and science lessons, protective clothing must be worn and long hair tied back. Girls must follow the instructions of staff when undertaking these sorts of activities.
What should my daughter wear for formal occasions?
On certain occasions (e.g. Colet day service, Valediction) girls are asked to dress formally i.e. no jeans or trainers, and decorum with respect to length of hemline and depth of neckline. Girls performing in school concerts are asked to wear a plain black outfit including black tights or trousers.
What should my daughter wear for PE?
PE is the only area of the curriculum where there is a school uniform. Girls are required to wear appropriate clothing for the activity undertaken. Our lost property facility allows girls to buy second-hand items if they have mislaid their own sports kit.
Does the lack of school uniform cause problems at St Paul's?
We believe that allowing girls to wear their own clothes encourages them to develop their sense of individuality and self-expression. Occasional breaches of the rules, such as overly short skirts, are dealt with by a quiet word from a form tutor. On the whole we do not find that there is competition between girls nor excessive pressure on their parents to buy the latest designs or expensive labels. Most girls simply value comfort and convenience in their choice of clothing. Sweaters and jeans proliferate!