UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE (to be read in conjunction with Uniform Lists)

Students are expected to take pride in their appearance and to ensure that their uniform is worn properly at all times, including on the way to and from College and on any occasion when representing the College. When wearing the uniform of Portadown College, students are acting as ambassadors for the College. Shirts must be tucked in at all times, with the top button fastened and tie done up.  Skirts must be worn just below the knee.

When travelling to and from College, Portadown College branded kit, (preferably the new Portadown College black ¼ zip top), or a plain dark coat are acceptable.  No other jackets, hoodies or fleeces are permitted.  The College pullover is the only item of clothing allowed to be worn over the College shirt/blouse and under the College blazer in College during the College Day.

Only plain black shoes are acceptable and they should be clean and polished.  Trainers of any kind are not permitted other than for PE classes and in cases of medical need.  Other accessories such as hats, scarves and gloves must be grey, blue or black.  Boys’ socks should be grey or black.  White socks and/or trainer socks are not acceptable.  Girls should wear black opaque tights.  Students must wear the appropriate school kit for all games activities and travelling to or from games or sporting fixtures. Shorts should only be worn in PE/Games classes and not around the College.

Hairstyles should be tidy, neat and acceptable to the College.  Unacceptable hairstyles are those which take away from the appearance of the College uniform and detract from the good name of the College in the community.  Extreme styles are not acceptable.  Students are permitted to colour their hair but we do not accept the use of unnatural colours nor will we accept multi-coloured styles which go beyond the normal limits of highlighting.  If in doubt, check with a Vice Principal or Year Head before having your hair styled.  Make-up must be unobtrusive and nails must be short, one unobtrusive colour and no nail paraphernalia is permitted (subject to review).  All boys must be clean shaven.

The only jewellery permitted is a watch, ring and unobtrusive stud earrings (two in each ear lobe).  Large rings which can be deemed to be dangerous may not be worn.  Earrings are not permitted to be worn in the cartilage of the ear.  With the exception of two pairs of stud earrings (see above), we do not permit the wearing of jewellery which involves body piercing.  Such jewellery raises concerns about health and safety and is not in keeping with the good appearance of the College uniform.  Students may not, therefore, wear studs or rings around the ear or in the nose, tongue, eyebrow etc. at any time.  Only clear retainers can be used in any such piercings.

Badges, wristbands, emblems or any other paraphernalia which are deemed by College as likely to cause offence or detract from the good appearance of the College uniform may not be worn.

Students are also required to wear full College uniform when attending external examination sessions and full College uniform when in College for any reason during study leave and INSET days.  This reduces security problems and makes it easier to identify unauthorised visitors.

Students participating in PE classes, the games programme or representing the College as team members must wear the designated College PE/Games kit as detailed in the College uniform list and as instructed by the teacher or coach in charge of their team.

Failure to observe the above requirements will result in a Tuesday lunchtime detention. On-going failure to comply with the rule will result in a Friday after school detention.

Students who are not properly dressed and whose appearance does not meet College standards will be subject to College disciplinary procedures and sanctions, which may include being sent home.

If a temporary change from regulation College uniform has to be made, a written explanation of the reason should be provided by parents/carers to the Group Tutor.

The acceptability of uniform, hairstyles, jewellery and make-up is determined by the SLT (Senior Leadership Team) in the College and any decision made on such acceptability is final.