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Student Dress Code

The dress code for the WMG Academy for Young Engineers is business attire. Below we have outlined the dress code information for Years 10&11 and Years 12&13. Please note that as well as the business attire information, there are also some general guidelines on appearance.  Good-quality business clothing is available from a number of affordable retail outlets including: Asda, BHS, H&M, Next, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury & Tesco.

KEY STAGE 4 – (YEARS 10 AND 11)

Male Learners

  • Business suit in black or dark grey or dark navy blue non patterned;
  • Non-patterned collared white shirt with WMGA tie;
  • Black formal business type shoes (plain black or dark brown upper and sole with no logos) made of either leather or man-made leather type material;
  • WMGA lanyard to be worn at all times (provided in September);
  • WMGA tie, available to purchase from the Academy;
  • In winter months. Learners may wear a plain black V-neck sweater under suit jackets.

Female Learners

  • Business suit in black or dark grey; jacket, skirt/trousers/dress – separates are not acceptable;
  • Trousers can be tailored but not figure hugging;
  • Skirts must be of an appropriate length and fit; approximately knee length and not tight fitting;
  • Non-patterned white tailored blouse;
  • Black formal business type shoes (plain black upper and sole with no logos) made of either leather or man-made leather type material. Shoes need to be enclosed and not be high heeled.
  • Non-patterned natural tan or black tights may be worn with a skirt/dress – no leggings;
  • WMGA lanyard to be worn at all times (provided in September);

KEY STAGE 5 – (YEARS 12 AND 13)

Male Learners

  • Business suit in black, dark grey or dark blue (feint pinstripe permitted);
  • Collared business style shirt with no bold patterns with business style tie without pictures or logos;
  • Black/brown formal business type shoes (plain black/brown upper and sole with no logos) made of either leather or man-made leather type material;
  • Black trainers are not acceptable;
  • WMGA lanyard to be worn at all times (provided in September).

Female Learners

  • Business suit in black, dark grey or dark blue (feint pinstripe permitted) or tailored separates i.e. jacket in black, dark grey or blue with trousers, dress or skirt;
  • Skirts must be of an appropriate length and fit; approximately knee length and not too tight;
  • Plain or pinstriped tailored blouse with no patterns or logos;
  • Natural tan or black tights that are not patterned may be worn with a skirt – no leggings;
  • Black formal business type shoes (plain black upper and sole with no logos) made of either leather or man-made leather type material. Shoes need to be enclosed and not be high heeled and boots may be worn under trousers;
  • Black trainers are not acceptable;
  • WMGA lanyard to be worn at all times (provided in September).

Hair

Hairstyles should be neat and conservative and in harmony with a professional business-style appearance.

In general, hairstyles should not be excessive or extreme, eg, they should not:-

  • Be closely shaved (eg less than a grade 2) or have decoratively shaved patterns on the scalp;
  • Have an unnatural hair colour, ie green/red/blue/pink/purple etc;
  • Have a stepped style.

If unsure, Parents/Carers should seek guidance from their son’s/daughter’s tutor about the suitability of a hair style BEFORE a visit to the hairdresser.

Jewellery

In a business-like working environment, with practical engineering curriculum opportunities, the only acceptable items of jewellery are:-

  • a wristwatch
  • 1 pair of plain small earlobe studs. (Jewellery worn in other body piercings is not permitted for health and safety reasons and invisible piercing retainers should be used as appropriate).

No other jewellery should be worn including rings, wristbands or bracelets. If you have any queries please contact your son’s/daughter’s tutor.

Tattoos

No visible tattoos are permissible.

Make-up

Make-up (including nail varnish, foundation, lip-stick, blusher, eye-shadow etc) should be natural and conservative and in harmony with a professional business-style appearance.