Garforth Academy Sixth Form is a large and increasingly diverse body of students. Our aim is to provide an environment in which all students can fulfil their potential and celebrate their individuality. It is the corporate wish of staff and students that, as part of the wider Academy community, the Sixth Form is aspirational to younger students in its academic vigour, dress, respectful conduct and relationships.
As recognition of the Sixth Form student’s growing maturity and independence the Sixth Form dress code is based upon business principles. The Academy believes that a business dress code will promote fairness and equality for all Sixth Form students as well as giving them an adult image. Additionally we believe the dress code strikes a balance between some degree of individuality whilst recognising the importance of setting an example to the younger members of the Academy community, parents, prospective employers and admissions tutors and visitors to the school. The Sixth Form dress code encourages smart, stylish dress which expresses our students’ self-confidence, pride and sense of the standards expected in business and professional work places.
- Smart trousers. Denim or leather trousers, jeans, cargo pants, track suit bottoms, leggings, shorts or culottes are not acceptable.
- Skirts should be modest, knee length or below.
- Male students: a shirt with collar; a tie may be worn but of a traditional length and knot.
- Female students: blouse, shirt or modest top.
- Tops with shoestring straps, vests, T-shirts, polo shirts, sweat shirts, football or other sports shirts are not acceptable.
- Shoulders and midriffs must be covered.
- Smart, appropriate, plain coloured footwear is required. Flip-flops, stiletto heels, sports shoes, trainers or “work style” boots are not acceptable.
- A jumper, cardigan or jacket may be worn.
- Students with body piercing should arrange for plastic inserts in ones which might be publicly viewed e.g. nose, eyebrow, chin studs. Other areas will be covered by clothes and are not an issue.
- Hats should not be worn indoors as a matter of common courtesy. This applies to both boys and girls.
- Hair styles should not be too ostentatious and should not prevent students from taking part effectively and safely in all Sixth Form activities.
- Identity badges must be worn at all times and be clearly visible.
- Mobile phones are a necessary part of life, but they should not intrude on others. Do not use mobile phones in the Main School or outside areas of the Main School. Ensure that mobile phones are turned off or set to silent during lessons and assemblies. Do not use mobile phones in study areas or the resource Centre as they disturb others.
- MP3 players and their equivalent can also intrude on others and they must be used sensitively. MP3 players must not be used in the Main School. Do not walk around the Academy with headphones on. If you use your MP3 player in a study area do not share the headphones with others and keep the volume low so that other people are not disturbed.
- Use the Study Areas considerately. Work quietly, so that others are not disturbed. There is also no eating or drinking as this creates the wrong environment.
- Use of the Sixth Form Canteen: Litter is a problem for everybody. Clear your table. Use the bins and be helpful to the catering staff.
- Non-contact periods should be used productively. It helps you to organise your time, improves your work and lowers your stress.
- Chewing gum is not acceptable anywhere on the Academy site.
- Garforth Academy is a no smoking campus and smoking is not allowed anywhere on the Academy site.
Being sensitive to others’ needs should ensure that life is positive for all at Garforth Academy Sixth Form.