Leaders' vision to be exceptional, at the heart of the community and where 'better never stops' is kept at the centre of their work- Ofsted 2023
Uniform Amendments for September 2023
We will have a two phased approach to implementing our new uniform:
- Phase 1 – change of uniform – September 2023
- Phase 2 – change of PE kit – from September 2024
Phase 1 – Change of Uniform
Starting from September 2023 Governors have decided that the blazer will be optional.
- If students choose to wear a blazer they do not need to wear a jumper (but they can wear both if they would like)
- If students choose to not wear a blazer the jumper will be mandatory
Essentially, students are required, at all times, to have one piece of uniform that identifies them as a Waingels student i.e. either a blazer or jumper.
In terms of the jumper, students will be able to choose between:
- The current style jumper
- A new sweatshirt style jumper (see picture)
The sweatshirt will be delivered by a local supplier who provides uniform to other local schools. The jumper will be priced from £13 (below aged 13 – size 34) - £22 (above aged 13 size 36 and above) including VAT. These jumpers will be able to be purchased directly from the supplier. At the moment the supplier’s physical shop is closed but they expect a shop to re-open. The jumpers can be bought online and delivered to your home. We will have a small sample of stock at school should students want to try them on for size.
Students also articulated that they would like more choice in terms of the uniform they wear in order to feel more comfortable. Currently they can choose between shorts, skirts, trousers etc.
Therefore, from September 2023, students will be able to wear a plain white polo shirt, blouse or shirt under their jumper/blazer. They will also be able to wear any gender of uniform i.e. the typical girl/boy style blazer and girl/boy style PE t-shirt. The cuts of these items are different and therefore students will be able to choose which style feels more comfortable for them.
Aside from the above, all other uniform expectations will remain the same (see uniform policy here).
A polite and timely reminder that we do not endorse one brand of shoe i.e. Air force 1s. Shoes need to be plain black and polishable.
The new Waingels sweatshirt can be purchased from the following website:
**Sweatshirts are only available for home delivery which will take 2-5 working days depending on which delivery service is chosen.
Sweatshirt Uniform Sizing Guide
If you have an outstanding order and require an update, please contact our customer service team who will do their best to answer your queries:
Tel: 01928 752 610 - Monday to Friday - 8.30AM to 5PM
All students are expected to wear school uniform at all times and if, for whatever reason, they are not able to do so they need a note from home so that we can deal with the issue appropriately.
The Behaviour & Attitudes Policy sets out our clear uniform expectations in detail.
Our Uniform Policy can also be read here.
Jewellery – Any jewellery worn should adhere to the Waingels Health and Safety protocols. Only single small studs may be worn in each ear or nose. No other jewellery is permitted. All jewellery must be removed for practical lessons
Waingels has adopted the Halo code, this code champions the right for staff and students to embrace all Afro-hairstyles but also acknowledges that this should be in line with the school’s uniform policy.
- That head wraps and scarves should reflect other elements of the dress code
- That hair may need to be tied up for health and safety reasons – at Waingels this means Science, PE and other practical lessons.
- That hair colour is reflective of the wider dress code policy
Sixth Form Dress Code
It is important that all Sixth Form students take pride in their appearance. The dress code below outlines what is considered office smart at Waingels and will apply at all times on the college site, unless on a trip or specific, teacher-approved activity that requires different clothing.
- Collared shirts
- Polo shirts
- Smart tops or blouses. This can include plain coloured t-shirts
- Chinos, formal trousers or skirts to appropriate length
- Tailored Shorts in the Summer
- Dark jackets suitable for formal office wear
- Smart shoes suitable for formal office wear. *Any form of trainer is not to be worn. At Waingels we consider a trainer to be a sports shoe of any colour, that has a cushioned sole and is made of non-polishable material. Logos should not be visible.
- Appropriate Sportswear for PE lessons
- Sixth Form lanyards must be worn at all times
- *If you take BTEC Sport you are permitted to wear your Waingels Sports Kit
- Casual T shirts
- Jeans or skin-tight trousers
- Short skirts, shorts or leggings (unless underneath a dress)
- Tops that are cropped
- Tops or dresses that are strapless or have spaghetti or halter style straps
- Large logos or branding on clothing
- Hoodies *Waingels Leavers hoodies are permitted
- Trainers or other casual shoes, or shoes with a white rubber sole or logo
Being Waingels Ready includes having the correct equipment so that students are ready to learn. There will be some special equipment that different subjects ask you to buy, but as a basic students should have a pencil case that includes:
- Blue or black writing pens/ biros
- Green biro/pen that students will be asked to use to annotate their work and respond to feedback.
- Pencils and pencil sharpener
- Pair of compasses
- Scientific calculator (recommended Casio FX-83 GTX)
Students may also like:
- Coloured pens/ pencils
- Glue stick