College Dress Code
There is no formal uniform at St. Mary's College as we believe that choosing and wearing appropriate clothing is an important part of preparing for Higher Education and the workplace.
In choosing what to wear students, staff, parents and visitors should make every effort to reflect the College's values of cohesion, equality, respect and harmony and the need for open and balanced communication and understanding.
The following guidance must be observed:
- Faces must not be obscured in any way by hats, motorcycle helmets, hoods, veils or any other items because staff may not be able to judge engagement with learning and the degree of understanding. Facial coverings could also hamper involvement in discussion groups, practical work and communication with other members of the College.
- During the College day over 1,800 individuals are present on the College campus. The College needs to be able to identify each individual by sight and by the use of closed-circuit cameras.
- Long hair may need to be tied back in certain classes eg. science lessons and jewellery should be removed if it poses a risk during sport or practical sessions.
- Students, staff, parents and visitors should also avoid certain items of clothing which may give offence eg inappropriate language or slogans on t-shirts or particularly revealing clothing.