Uniform Code


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Students wear the same uniform through from year 7 to year 11.

Year 7 & 8 wear maroon ties and Year 9-11 wear navy house ties.

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Returns Procedure
In every dispatch there is a form with full details of how to send items back for a refund using a pre-paid returns label. There is a 30 day returns policy.  Full terms and conditions can be found on the SWI website.  Returns or exchanges must be between SWI and not the school.

Basic uniform requirements are set out below.  Uniform should be clean, smart and worn in a traditional way, which avoids adornments and extremes of fashion (see Uniform Code).


Boys’ Uniform:

  • Navy blue blazer with gold trim and school badge
  • White shirt and school tie
  • Black trousers
  • Traditional black shoes this does not include leather trainers e.g. Nike Airforce.
  • Optional navy V neck sweater with gold trim and school badge

Girls’ Uniform:

  • Navy blue blazer with gold trim and school badge
  • White shirt and school tie
  • Black tailored trousers or black  skirt (maximum 2”/5cm above knee)
  • Traditional black shoes (maximum 2”/5cm heels) this does not include leather trainers e.g. Nike Airforce.
  • Optional navy V neck sweater with gold trim and school badge
  • Optional plain white ankle or calf-length socks or plain, dark or flesh coloured tights
  • Black or Navy blue shalwar kamiz/jalbaab worn with tie or hejab

PE Kit:

  • Navy blue Biddenham polo top with school badge and sports logo
  • Boys – Navy blue tracksuit bottoms or shorts with school badge and sports logo
  • Girls – Navy blue tracksuit bottoms or shorts or skort or sport leggings all with school badge and sports logo
  • Long maroon socks (winter) and white socks (summer)
  • Optional fleece with school badge
  • Non-marking trainers
  • Optional astro turf boots and studded boots

All PE kit should be clearly labelled with the student’s name.  PE kit is available online from Sportswear International (SWI) www.swi.schoolwear.co.uk

Equipment Required

Minimum equipment requirements for all students:

  • School bag (handbags/man bags not appropriate)
  • Planner
  • Reading book
  • School books for day
  • Charged Chromebook
  • Pencil case containing: selection of writing pens, pencils, rubber, ruler, compass, protractor, pencil crayons, pencil sharpener, scientific calculator

Other Uniform Items:

  • Outdoor coats should be plain and dark in colour, and not worn in classrooms or the dining room.
  • Scarves and hats should be plain and dark in colour.
  • Jewellery – single items of jewellery are permitted (watch, necklace, bracelet) and a small sleeper or stud earring in each ear;  these must be removed for PE and other lessons as appropriate.  (Other body piercings and visible tattoos/adornments are not permitted.)
  • If used, makeup should be applied naturally and subtly so as to be barely noticeable.
  • Hair should be of a natural colour.

Uniform Code

(Revised by the Governors in September 2003 following Sports College designation)

In a diverse school like ours, ways of unifying the community are very important, and at Biddenham uniform is a key factor.  So that this impacts positively on self image, we have adopted a “feel smart-think smart” blazer based uniform, and therefore a strict uniform code.

As a general guideline, uniform should be worn in a way that would be acceptable in a adult working environment where people come into contact with members of the public.  Uniform should be worn correctly from leaving home to returning home in the evening and in school at all times unless directed otherwise.

Supplement to the Biddenham International School Uniform Code

This supplement aims to explain the code in more detail for students or parents/carers who seek greater clarification.

  • In all cases, uniform carrying school logos or badges should be of standard colour and issue, and purchased from our recognised supplier.
  • By ‘clean and smart’ we mean that uniform should be regularly washed, ironed, in good order (not holed or frayed) and not stained or marked, etc.
  • By ‘worn in a traditional way’ we mean that shirt buttons should be done up to the top;  ties should be worn done up to the neck and down to the waist; shirts should be tucked in;  shoes should be clean and well maintained.
  • By ‘adornments and non-school logos’ we mean studs, chains, picture and text logos and slogans, etc.
  • By ‘extremes of fashion’ we mean styles of clothing, footwear, hair and make-up that in the view of the Headteacher are not in keeping with the ethos and values of the school and the idea of a traditional school uniform. By ‘trousers’ we mean traditional trousers worn in a traditional way by girls and boys not denim, skin tight and not leggings.
  • There are no conditions under which it is acceptable to wear boots or trainers in school (other than for PE activities).
  • By ‘optional V neck sweater’ we mean that it is not compulsory, but if a sweater is to be worn it must be of the school design;  it should not be worn as a substitute for a school blazer and should therefore be worn ‘with’ rather than ‘instead’ of one.  (PE and sports tops are not to be worn instead of regulation school sweaters)
  • By ‘shirt and tie or hijab’ we mean that girls who wear a kamiz/jalbaab and ‘fixed’ hijab need not wear a shirt and tie;  if however, it is removed at school then a shirt and tie should be worn.
  • By non-marking trainers we mean sports footwear that does not leave black scuff marks on gym and sports hall floors.
  • By ‘astro turf boots and studded boots’ we mean specially ribbed boots for use on an all weather playing surface (Astro turf) or football/rugby boots.
  • By ‘outdoor coats should be plain and dark in colour’ we mean to exclude denim and leather, and garments carrying logos or badges other than the school badge;  the coat should be big enough to be worn to school over the blazer rather than instead of it, and should not be worn in classrooms or the dining room.
  • By scarves and hats ‘should be plain and dark in colour’ we mean to exclude baseball caps and football scarves.
  • Other body piercings are not permitted on health and safety grounds.  If they were bumped in a busy and compact school environment they could cause serious tissue damage and scarring (however, students with piercings will be permitted to wear a small sleeper device).
  • Makeup: by natural we mean no heavy foundation, eye makeup or lip colour.
  • Hair must be of a natural colour.
  • Interpretation of all aspects of the Uniform Code rests with the Principal and Head of School and their decision is final.
  • ‘Endorsed by the Governors’ means that this document has been considered both in a full Governors’ meeting and a Governors’ committee, where student representatives were present on both occasions.

Students, parents or carers who seek further clarification on these matters should not hesitate to contact the Head of School.

Biddenham SWI school uniform pricelist 2021
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Example of uniform can be found here