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School Uniform Policy

SET Ixworth School requires all students to wear a school uniform. Our school uniform helps our students to feel part of our school community and has been chosen to be comfortable and appropriate for the activities students will undertake during the school day.

Government guidance on the cost of school uniforms

In the Autumn of 2021, the government issued new guidance to schools on uniform. The aim of this guidance is to minimise the cost of uniform for parents through a reduction in school branded items, allowing parents to purchase uniform from a wider range of suppliers.

SET Ixworth School and the Sapientia Education Trust fully support making school uniform affordable and accessible for all children, and we have reviewed and changed our school uniform to reflect the requirements outlined in the statutory guidance.

School uniform requirements

Branded items

From September 2023 we will be reducing the number of branded school uniform items required.

As we move through the academic year, there will be no expectation that parents will need to replace branded items with non-branded items and students can continue to wear branded items that are no longer a requirement.

If you are struggling to access any item of uniform during the school year, please contact the school office on 01359 234050 / for guidance and support.

Unbranded items

Parents will need to ensure that uniform follows the school requirements which are provided below but can purchase uniform items from any retailer.

Uniform exchange

SET Ixworth School also encourages all parents to share unwanted items, branded or unbranded, using the School’s Uniform Exchange service.

Unwanted items should be passed to the front office. We will publicise available items via the family bulletin.

Our uniform

Whilst we have reduced the requirement for branded uniform items, it is still important that or uniform policy is followed to provide a shared identity for all pupils in our school. Our behaviour policy provides further details of the systems and sanctions regarding uniform compliance.

Our school uniform requirements are listed below:

A white shirt or blouse with either short or long sleeves (not ¾ length)RequiredNoAny
Clip-on school tie (blouses must therefore have a top button to allow a tie to be worn at all times.RequiredYesSpecialist
Black blazer with the school logo on the breast pocket.RequiredYesSpecialist
Charcoal grey/black trouses (non-flared, non-clingy and non-cropped)RequiredNoAny
Charcoal grey pleated skirt with green overcheck.RequiredYesSpecialist
Black socks (please note knee-high socks are not part of our uniform), Students may wear 70 or 80 denier plain black tights. No other style, colour or thickness of tights are acceptable.RequiredNoAny
Shoes should be flat and black leather. High heels, boots, sandals, canvas style plimsolls and trainers, including black trainers, are not permitted.RequiredNoAny
Coats should be plain black or navy (no denim, leather or sportswear)RequiredNoAny

Our PE uniform requirements are listed below:

Green hoodie with school logo on front left breastRequiredYesSpecialist
White sports polo for indoor sports with school logo on front left breastRequiredYesSpecialist
Rugby shirt for outdoor sport with school logo on front left breastRequiredYesSpecialist
Athletic black shorts or skortRequiredNoAny
Black hockey/football socks, white ankle socksRequiredNoAny
Trainers with non-marking solesRequiredNoAny
Studded football bootsRequiredNoAny
Shin padsRequiredNoAny
Unbranded black tracksuit bottoms (with a single thin white stripe – optional)RequiredNoAny

Uniform expectations

  • Students can wear discreet make-up to School however nail varnish is not permitted.
  • Acrylic nails are not permitted.
  • Extreme hairstyles are not allowed, parents/carers will be asked to have the hairstyle changed to an acceptable style and the student will work in isolation until this is done.
  • Hairstyles should be of a natural colour.
  • Just one plain stud per ear is permitted, if other items of jewellery are worn they will be confiscated and placed in the School safe.  Parents/carers will then have two months to collect the items in person before they are donated to a local charity.
  • Body piercings are not allowed. If students come to School with pierced body jewellery, they will be asked to remove it. Until this is done, the student will work in isolation.
  • Outdoor coats should not be worn during lessons or in School buildings.

At SET Ixworth School we will expect uniforms to be worn smartly and with pride!

School uniform suppliers

Branded items

Our current supplier for branded items of uniform is Aubyn Davies. Items can be purchased through their website or by visiting their shop in Bury St. Edmunds:

81 St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk, IP33 1SQ

Current opening times:

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm

Sunday 11am – 4pm

Supermarkets and high street retailers (alphabetical) for non-branded items

This section provides links to a range of alternative retail and supermarket suppliers. Stock availability may vary depending on the supplier and time of year.