Uniform– Key Stage 3 and 4
We want our students to be smart at all times. The uniform identifies them to the school and they are therefore our ambassadors. No other suppliers stock our uniform.
Clive Marks School Wear
2286 Coventry Road
Tel: 0121 772 2286
441 Birmingham Road
Tel: 0121 384 4186
*38 Poplar Road
King’s Heath, B14
Tel: 0121 444 0606
4/5 Three Shires Oak Road
Tel: 0121 429 4244
*407-411 Stratford Road
Tel: 0121 733 1456
* the only stockists of the school blouse. Our suppliers work very closely with the school and understand our requirements.
These must be plain navy blue with a back vent and purchased from our suppliers. They must be knee length or just below.
Plain navy blue trousers purchased from our suppliers can be worn. Please do not purchase from other sources.
These are fitted blouses in pale blue with revere and a school badge. They are designed to be worn outside the skirt or trousers. Clive Marks and Early Years are the only suppliers of this style which does not show beneath the school jumper if worn. In cold weather T – shirts should not be worn under the shirt if visible at the revere.
The navy blazer is available from our stockists and has the school crest on the top pocket.
A navy blue, long sleeved, V-necked sweater, with the school badge must be worn. This may be in sweatshirt material or a knitted version.
Shoes and socks
Shoes must be plain black, brown or navy blue and the heel height should not exceed four centimetres. Shoes must give adequate support to cope with the movement around school and should be leather or leather effect and not canvas. Boots or ankle boots of any sort are not allowed. Some girls develop podiatry problems and footwear has to be adapted. Should this happen please supply a covering letter from the doctor.
Socks or tights must be worn. Socks must be navy or black ankle or knee length; tights must be plain flesh coloured, navy or black. No patterns please.
In wet or snowy weather, outdoor footwear may need to be changed on arrival at school. Boots or trainers may not be worn around school.
Hair must be kept off the face and long hair must be tied back during science, technology and PE. Hair bands, ribbons or slides in plain navy may be worn.
Some students have highlights or experiment with hair dye. This is fine providing the colours are natural, i.e. brown, black, blonde or chestnut. Extremes of colour are not acceptable in school.
Many Muslim students choose to wear a headscarf. This must be plain black, white or navy. Headscarves must be securely tied especially for Science and D and T. They must be removed for P.E. lessons.
Make – up
Students in KS4 are allowed to wear discrete make–up. Nail varnish must be clear or neutral in colour.
Coats must be plain navy or black. A navy fleece jacket available from suppliers is another option. A scarf and hat may be worn in cold weather. A navy plastic raincoat or lightweight cagoule is useful in wet weather, or to be carried in summer. We do not accept coats or jackets that are made of denim or corduroy.
Students are only allowed to wear a watch and one pair of plain gold or silver stud earrings. Pendants of religious significance should not be in view. In the case of the Kara, it must be kept up the sleeve. Everything must be removed for P.E. lessons. We do not accept any visible form of body piercing.
P.E. Kit (These items should replace the old kit as appropriate)
- a navy skirt. This combines the skirt and the shorts in one.
- a light blue and navy games shirt with the embroidered school badge.
- a light blue and navy concept top with the embroidered school badge.
- navy tracksuit with the embroidered school badge.
- navy blue hockey socks.
- hockey or football boots. It does not matter which.
- shin pads and gum shields must be worn in hockey.
- white ankle or trainer socks with predominantly white trainers for other games.
- a one-piece black swimming costume and a plain cap in any colour.
- Navy long sleeved base layer with the school name on the sleeve (optional)
Governors’ Uniform and Travel Grants
These are available to families who receive Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or Child Tax Credit, but not those who are entitled to Working Tax Credit, and where the annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) exceeds £16,040.
The amount payable for uniform is £90.00 per school year, September to July and full reimbursement of WMPTE termly student travel pass (one term in arrears) and/or Green Bus Company pass. Refund of uniform grant is payable by claim form from Miss Luscombe in School Office, which must be accompanied by original receipts or in the case of travel grant, the claim form must be accompanied by the travel pass for the term being claimed.
There are a number of small trusts that allow us to support girls in unusual or needy circumstances. A parent who feels that she/he needs to call on a trust fund should approach the Headteacher in confidence.
For students who live in the ancient parish of Yardley and whose parents receive free school meals additional sums may be available on application to the Yardley Trust.
Dress Code> –KS5
We encourage our students to take pride in their appearance and a dress code is in place. Please see the Sixth Form Student Handbook for full details of the Dress Code.
The dress code is one suitable for a working environment, avoiding items which are too casual. Through our dress code we aim to:
- Encourage pride in the school
- Support teaching and learning
- Encourage a sense of equality and cohesion
- Support sixth form students to act as leaders and role models for the rest of the School
The students must wear:
- A plain/pin stripe black, grey or navy suit with a jacket and the matching trousers, skirt, or dress of the same black, grey or navy material as the jacket.
- Any colour shirt, top, blouse or jumper may be worn. This must be smart and not display a large logo.
The following may not be worn:
- Short skirts, low-cut tops, leggings, very tight fitting/skinny trousers, jeans/denims, shorts
- Trainers, canvas shoes, pumps, boots of a suede or snow variety such as UGG boots, Doc Marten style boots or flip flops. Trousers must not be tucked into boots.
- No visible piercings except in the ears are permitted and earrings should be discreet.
Outdoor clothing must not be worn in school.
Students may wear a headscarf for religious reasons and/or cultural requirements
Students engaged in practical activities (e.g. PE, Drama) may bring suitable clothing to wear for those lessons. In practical science and art a laboratory coat or similar is required