We are very proud of our students' appearance and uniform; it promotes a shared identity and ensures that all youngsters are equal.
Key Stage 3 and 4 students are required to wear the correct uniform at all times. We ask all parents and carers to work with the school in the spirit of the home/school partnership to ensure that their child is correctly dressed for school. KES uniform requirements are very straightforward and all the major items of clothing are available from Danielle's in Rochford.
All Key Stage 3 and 4 students will be required to wear the following:
BOTTLE GREEN BLAZER with the KES badge embroidered on the top pocket. We ask that blazers are obtained from Danielle’s as it ensures that all students are wearing the same colour blazer - other brands differ in colour.
PLAIN WHITE BLOUSE OR SHIRT that buttons up to the neck and is designed to be worn with a tie and is long enough to tuck properly into the waistband. No badges, motifs, patterns, coloured buttons, etc are acceptable. Shirts can be long or short sleeved.
KES TIE (NB Tie must be appropriate to the year group, please check with the school or Danielle’s if unsure which tie is the correct tie for Year 7.) This is a clip on tie. Ties are only available from Danielle’s.
PAIR OF PLAIN BLACK TAILORED CUT TROUSERS with a waistband and tailored zip. They should be straight cut and neither excessively narrow nor baggy. ‘Skinny’ trousers are not acceptable for school; the material must be loose enough not to allow the leg shape to show. Girls’ trousers should be of the style available from Danielle’s.
SKIRTS we allow three different styles of skirts to be worn as part of the KES uniform as follows:
- The straight A line style already available from Danielle’s in Rochford
- A box pleat style of the type available from ASDA. This has 6 pleats (3 at the front and 3 at the back)
- A pleated style of the type available from TESCO.
All skirts must be plain black and with the hem falling approximately ¾ of the distance of the thigh. Because of different body shapes and sizes it can be incredibly difficult to stipulate exact lengths; however we expect all skirts to be worn decently and reserve the right to stop a skirt being worn if it is deemed to be too short for school. Decoration in the form of buckles, laces, etc is not appropriate on either trousers or skirts; both items must be plain.
- Girls: Plain black tights with skirts - no bare legs
- Girls: Plain black socks with trousers – no bare feet
- Boys: Plain black socks - no bare feet
- PLAIN black footwear ONLY
- To have identifiable heels to a maximum of 2cms high
- Made of leather or strong synthetic material (not canvas)
- Boots, trainers, platforms, stilettos or backless shoes are not allowed (Kickers school shoes are allowed)
- Coloured laces, decorative buckles etc. are not allowed
HAIRSTYLES should be suitable for school with no extremes of fashion. Cut styles must be blended, not stepped. Hair should not be unaturally coloured. Boys must not have their hair cut so short that the scalp is showing. Braided hair is not appropriate for school. Any hair clips, bands etc should be black or dark green. Long hair should be tied back.
Plain white polo shirt
Green pleated games skirt
Long bottle green hockey socks
White ankle socks for netball and summer games
PLAIN bottle green sweatshirt
Plain black cycling shorts
Plain black one-piece swimming costume
Optional black tracksuit
Plain white T-shirt
Black swimming shorts
Plain white shorts
Plain black shorts
Plain black football socks
Green reversible rugby shirt with white contrast
White socks long or short
High ankle boots only for basketball (optional)
Optional black tracksuit
During the winter months the school tracksuit or a plain green sweatshirt and black tracksuit bottoms may be worn in addition to, not instead of, other kit at the discretion of the PE staff.
JEWELLERY students are allowed to wear one small plain gold or silver stud in the lobe of each ear and a watch. No other jewellery is allowed. All jewellery must be removed for PE lessons. No other form of visible body piercing or decoration (e.g. tattooing) is allowed. Excess jewellery will be confiscated and kept in the school safe, only to be returned to the safekeeping of a parent.
MAKE UP only minimal, natural looking make up is allowed. If it is obvious make up is being worn then students will be made to remove it. Nail varnish or false nails are not allowed at anytime.
IDENTITY BADGES are provided by the school and should be worn at all times. Lost badges and holders will need to be replaced at a cost of £2 and can be purchased in cash via the school’s finance office.
EQUIPMENT Students will need to have the following with them every day at school: pen (1 black and 1 green), pencil, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener, coloured pencils (not fibre tips), scientific calculator (Casio fx-83gt or Casio fx-85g), geometry set for maths (compass with little pencil, protractor, set square), dictionary (supplied to all students in Year 7) and a reading book.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR CLOTHING AND PERSONAL ITEMS Please ensure that all clothing and belongings are clearly named. When lost property is handed in, it can easily be returned to its owner if named. Unnamed clothing will be held for a short time in the Lost Property cupboard; students can look for lost belongings at Break 1 every day. Property that remains unclaimed after a term will be disposed of. Parents are advised to make sure that their personal household insurance includes replacement cover for any items their children may lose. Please note that the school cannot be held responsible for the loss of personal items and is not insured for personal items.