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We are proud of the standard of dress at Selby High School and insist on high standards of appearance.   

School ties carry a coloured stripe in respect of the four Houses (White — Garrett House, Yellow — Hockney House, Blue —  Mason House, Green — Palin House).  All school ties are now clip-on ties.

It is the responsibility of parents, carers, guardians and students to ensure that the correct uniform is worn at all times both in school and during the journey to and from school.  Uniform regulations will normally be reviewed annually.  Fashion, however, can develop new styles of clothing and attire very quickly.  In circumstances where changes in fashion challenge the published uniform list the Headteacher in discussion with the SLT will reissue guidance to Parents, Carers and Guardians should the need arise.

All students should wear the following uniform:


  • Plain black skirt (ankle length is not appropriate for school and neither are mini or micro skits).  Minimum length of skirt 16” (400mm)
  • Formal black school trousers, with or without a plain black trouser belt with a non-fashion buckle.
  • Plain white shirt/blouse
  • Grey blazer with school badge: Y7, & Y8 
  • Black jumper or cardigan with school name: Y7 & Y8 (optional).
  • Black blazer:  Y9, Y10 & Y11
  • Grey jumper with school name: Y9, Y10 & Y11 (optional)
  • School tie:  with the correct house colour
  • Plain white socks or plain black non-patterned tights.
  • Plain black leather/leather look shoes with dark edges to their soles, no coloured logos or strips and not high-heeled. 


  • Formal black school trousers, with or without a plain black trouser belt with a non-fashion buckle
  • Plain white shirt
  • Grey blazer with school badge: Y7 & Y8
  • Black jumper or cardigan with school name: Y7 & Y8 (optional)
  • Black blazer:  Y9, Y10 & Y11
  • Grey jumper or cardigan with school name: Y9, Y10 & 11 (optional)
  • School tie: with the correct house colour
  • Plain black leather/leather look shoes with dark edges to their soles, no coloured logos or strips


Trainers, boots, pumps, canvas plimsolls, and/or platform shoes

  • Roll neck or polo shirts.
  • Tracksuit trousers, canvas/denim clothing, fashion trousers including, but not exclusively, ankle chinos, low gusset and cuffed trousers.
  • Fashion belts and/or adornments.
  • Leather or leather look clothing.
  • Designer labels, logos or patterns on clothing.
  • Extremes of skirt length.
  • Extremes of hairstyle including shaved and patterns.
  • Extremes of hair colour, including streaks and/or highlights, re. colours which are not naturally occurring.
  • Unnatural looking heavy make-up.
  • Nail varnish, other than clear nail varnish.
  • Jewellery, other than a wrist watch and one small (up to 5mm in diameter) stud in each ear.  This is important for reasons of health and safety, as too, is the rule that all other piercings will need to be removed for school and if necessary replaced with a soft rubber version.  In the case of visible piercings these will then have to be covered with a piece of medical tape.


An apron is necessary for practical science.  An apron or similar garment should be worn to protect clothes in Art and Design Technology lessons.  An apron, with a bib, in an easily cleaned fabric such as strong cotton or flame resistant washable fabric is required for Food Technology.


  • Black shorts (Umbro style)
  • White House T-shirt
  • Black hockey/football socks
  • White socks
  • Black tracksuit trousers (optional in winter months)
  • Plain black or grey sweatshirt (optional in winter months)
  • Trainers
  • Football boots/Astroturf (pimpled) trainers
  • Towel
  • Shin pads (compulsory)
  • Gum shields (compulsory)
  • Hair bobble for long hair
  • Valuables pouch e.g. pencil case/purse/wallet, to store valuables in before handing in

All items of uniform must be marked with the pupil’s full name.  In addition, initials should be embroidered on gym and games shorts.

Uniform stockists:

Classroom Clothing Ltd., 22 Finkle Street, Selby, YO8 4DS.

Uniform may be obtained directly from the shops or from school during the Y6 Open Evening held in the summer term.  A limited stock of ties are kept in school for purchase.

Form Tutors will monitor uniform on a daily basis in registration periods and refer to the Learning Managers any student who is persistently failing to comply with uniform standards.

Key points

  • Trainers may be worn at lunchtimes by students wishing to use the tennis court.  Students must change back into shoes for lessons. Shoes must be worn at all other times during the school day, including the journey to and from school.   
  • Coats must be taken off when lining up outside classrooms before going into lessons.
  • Ties must cover the fastened top button of shirts or blouses.
  • Shirts/blouses must be tucked into trousers or skirts.
  • The dress code will be checked at the start of all lessons.
  • Jewellery, other than one stud in each ear, poses a health and safety risk and is not allowed in school.
  • Make up which is in any way prominent or excessive is inappropriate for school and is not allowed, this includes extreme hair styles including shaved patterns, patches, colouring hair with non-natural colours e.g. bright red, green or blue and natural colours worn in an extreme manner e.g. a large blonde ‘stripe’. Coloured nail varnish should not be worn. Students who do present with extreme hairstyles or non-natural colours or who fail to comply with the school uniform policy, will spend their break and lunchtimes in the SSC.
  • Hats and caps are not allowed in school (except on medical grounds)
  • The dress code will be checked at the start of each lesson.  All students must adhere to the school’s dress code at all times.
  • Students who come into school wearing any other items of jewellery will be asked to remove them. Any refusal to do so will result in students being disciplined in line with the school’s policy on the breach of school rules. Parents/carers/guardians need to be aware that this rule also applies to any kind of body piercing and therefore need to carefully consider the timing if they give permission to their child to have a piercing. In some cases the long summer holiday break may be the only time that allows the ‘healing period’ to be achieved, in order to meet these requirements in school.


The following will not be allowed in school:

  • Chewing gum
  • Lighters/matches/tobacco products/cigarette papers
  • Firework/snap bangers
  • Alcohol/intoxicants
  • Illegal substances
  • Solvents
  • Aerosols
  • High energy drinks
  • Any kind of weapon, bladed article, knife or gun, real or imitation
  • Stolen items
  • Images that are considered unsuitable

Students must not store/post images, statements or videos that may be perceived as being detrimental to the school or be regarded as bullying or harassment towards students/staff.  This includes the storage/postings on mobile phones and any social networking/web based site e.g. Facebook/MSN/Twitter.

The school expects the highest standards of work and behaviour including being polite and considerate towards other.

Mobile phones, smart phones, MP3 or MP4 players or similar communication devices must be kept out of sight and switched off during the school day.  Students failing to comply will have their device confiscated which will only be released to a responsible adult at the end of the school day. It is vital that students hand in these high value items i.e. phones, MP3 players etc. when they are engaged in PE/ Dance / Drama in their valuables pouch.  This ensures these items are kept securely.