School Uniform

School uniform at North Kesteven is for those students in Years 7-11 and is an expectation that will be enforced by all staff. Sixth Formers are expected to abide by North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form Dress Code. Parents / Carers are responsible for their child’s standard of dress and the School expects them to ensure that this is maintained to the highest standards at all times by their acceptance of a place for their child at North Kesteven School and as outlined in the Home / School Agreement in the Student Diary.

Students in Years 7-11 are required to wear the appropriate uniform at all times when attending school, representing the school including their journey to and from school or when participating in school-organised events outside normal school hours:


  • Black school regulation style formal trousers for boys & girls or girls black loose fitting skirt. If a belt is required, this must also be black. (Please note: skirts must be loose fitting and must be worn no higher than just above the knee. Skirts made of Jersey/stretch material are not permitted. If a student does not follow these rules then the school reserves the right to require that student to wear trousers.)

  • Black formal lace-up or formal slip-on or formal Velcro leather-style shoes.

  • Socks (plain black or white only) or tights (black or natural).

  • A plain white formal shirt with short or long sleeves. The shirt must be fully buttoned and tucked in at all times.

  • North Kesteven School tie – worn so that there is no gap between the bottom of the tie and trouser/skirt waistband.

  • North Kesteven School blazer.


  • North Kesteven School purple/green jumper.

  • A black or navy blue outdoor coat, with no writing, logos or additional adornment, which will keep students warm and dry without the need for items such as “hoodies” underneath. (Please note: If a student is wearing an outdoor coat they must be wearing their blazer in addition.)

The following items are not allowed to be worn on the school site:

  • Any visible items of clothing except those listed above

  • Patterned or casual-style/informal white shirts

  • Shorts, leggings, tight fitting trousers, denim, tracksuit bottoms, jeans-style, combat-style or cargo-style trousers

  • Trainers, canvas shoes, trainer-style Velcro fastening shoes

  • Leather jackets, hoodies, zipped tops, tracksuit tops, non-school uniform sweatshirts

In addition:

  • Jewellery – a watch and one plain stud in each ear for pierced ears are the only items allowed. No other piercing, including top of ear, nose, eyebrow or tongue is permitted. Ear ‘stretchers’, ‘spacers’ or ‘tunnels’ are also not permitted. (Please note: we would require any unauthorised piercings to be removed and that it is not permissible to cover these up.)

  • Excessive make-up is not allowed in Years 7-11; nor is coloured nail varnish.

  • Hair longer than collar length must be tied back in lessons where it will create a health & safety risk.

All items of uniform and property should be clearly marked with name and tutor group.

Extremes of fashion or hairstyle are not permitted (e.g. unnatural hair colours) and staff may have to give individual students guidance on occasions. Failure to resolve some extremes immediately may result in immediate parental involvement or students working in other designated spaces in order to allow time for such issues to be resolved.

The school reserves the right to send students home to change, with parental permission, if they are not in the correct clothes and to confiscate items of inappropriate clothing. If parental permission is not granted then students will be internally isolated until the matter can be resolved.

The school’s decision is final regarding whether or not a student’s uniform/presentation is deemed acceptable.

In addition to this, students who fail to adhere to the school uniform in a way that is not extreme, will be placed in a C3 / Lunchtime Detention the following day.

Other additional equipment required:

  • Bags: must be of the kind that will keep books dry, keep pamphlets and exercise books flat and in good condition. Rucksack style bags are recommended.

  • A fully equipped pencil case including pens, pencils and a scientific calculator.