School Uniform

The School Uniform and Dress Code makes an important contribution to creating a positive and purposeful School ethos.  We rely upon parents to uphold our expectations in maintaining a smart and appropriate appearance.

GTS  UNIFORM

Item

BOYS

GIRLS

Shirts and Ties

  • Plain, white shirt with stiff collar, long enough to be tucked into trousers at all times

  • House colour clip-on tie

  • Plain, white shirt with stiff collar, long enough to be tucked into trousers / skirts at all times

  • House colour clip- on tie

Jumpers – Years 7-9
Years 10
and 11 only

  • Black, V-neck, long-sleeved jumper with school logo

  • School jumpers may be worn underneath a jacket but are an optional item

  • Black, V-neck, long-sleeved jumper with school logo

  • School jumpers may be worn underneath a jacket but are an optional item

Trousers

  • Plain black school trousers

  • No cords or jeans or tracksuit bottoms

  • No coloured / decorated belts – black only

  • Please see photos below for examples of acceptable and unacceptable trousers

Plain black trousers appropriate for school wear
(suitable trousers are available to order through school)
Trousers should be plain with no embellishments, such as decorative buttons / zips or labels
No coloured / decorated belts – black only
No skinny-leg pants or trousers that are tight fitting throughout their length, leggings or jeans

  • Please see photos below for examples of acceptable and unacceptable trousers

Shorts

  • The only shorts permitted are plain black, knee-length and  tailored.  They are available to order via school or from Instant Images, Torrington

  • The only shorts permitted are plain black, knee-length and  tailored.  They are available to order via school or from Instant Images, Torrington

Skirts

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  • The only skirt permitted is a plain black, knee-length, pleated skirt, available to order via school or from Instant Images, Torrington

Socks

  • Plain, neutral, grey or black socks

  • Plain, neutral, grey or black socks, to be worn with trousers or skirts.  Alternatively, plain black or flesh coloured tights may be worn with the skirt

Jackets
Years 10
and 11 only

  • Black jacket with school logo

 

  • Black jacket with school logo

 

Shoes

  • Plain, black shoes of a sensible and safe style – the shoe must cover the bridge of the foot

  • Boots may be worn if covered by trousers

  • Shoes must be of a leather appearance

  • No canvas style shoes, , leather look Vans style shoes, trainers (including leather look), skate shoes or backless mules are allowed

  • Please see photos below for examples of acceptable and unacceptable footwear

  • Plain, black shoes of a sensible and safe style – the shoe must cover the bridge of the foot

  • Boots may be worn if covered by trousers

  • Shoes must be of a leather appearance

  • No canvas style shoes, leather look Vans style shoes,, trainers (including leather look), skate shoes, open-toed, pumps, ballet, dolly, high-heeled, sling-back shoes or UGG boots are allowed

  • Please see photos below for examples of acceptable and unacceptable footwear

Bags

  • All pupils must carry an appropriate bag / rucksack which is capable of holding A4 folders and text books

  • Handbags or sling bags are not permitted for school


Examples of school shoes that are appropriate

 COVERED
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LEATHER /
EQUIVALENT

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SUPPORTIVE
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PROTECTIVE

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Examples of school shoes that are NOT appropriate

These shoes are NOT suitable due to the lack of protection to the foot and the ability for them to slip off.  No skate, ballet, pump or boat shoes


Examples of trousers that are appropriate


Examples of trousers that are NOT appropriate


Banned Items

  • Mobile phones are NOT allowed in school.  If, on the odd occasion they are required, the phone must be given to the Pupil Coaches or handed in at Pupil Services for safe keeping until the end of the day.  If banned items are brought into school, e.g. mobile phones, they will be confiscated and must be collected by parents.  The school takes no responsibility for banned items if they are lost or damaged.

  • Chewing gum, lighters, matches, cigarettes, items of make-up, computer games, CD players, laser pens, MP3 players, iPods, skateboards, aerosols, knives or other potentially dangerous items.

  • Jewellery should NOT be worn because it can be dangerous, is easily lost and is not insured at school, although a watch and medi-alert items are allowed.  Bracelets, other than those worn for medical reasons, are not to be worn.  A pair of small studs or sleepers is permitted for pupils with pierced ears, maximum one earring per ear.  No stretcher-type earrings are to be worn.  No other body piercing is allowed – this includes clear nose studs. Our school policy is that ALL jewellery MUST be removed for PE.  This includes earrings – there are NO exceptions – if you are planning a piercing, please ensure that it is done within a timescale that allows for this.

  • Coloured nail varnish and false nails are NOT permitted.  Make-up should be minimal.

  • Only suitable, PLAIN coats are allowed to be worn to school – coats should be removed in school and kept in bags / lockers.  NO hoodies should be worn to or from school.

  • Trainers should only be worn for PE and at no other time in school.

  • A scarf may be worn to and from school during cold weather.  However, it is NOT to be worn inside school.

  • Hair should be clean, tidy and if long, ideally tied back.   Bizarre styles, tramlines, letters or patterns shaved into hair or extremes of length are not allowed.  Colouring, other than with natural hair colours, is not permitted – combinations of colouring (unless subtle and natural in appearance) is not permitted.

All clothing should be clearly named to ensure we can return it to the rightful owner if it becomes lost.  Any unmarked lost property is held by the Pupil Coaches until the end of each half term, at which point, if still unclaimed, it is taken to a local charity shop or disposed of.

 

Enforcement

If uniform is incorrect, parents will be contacted.  The pupil may also be issued with a suitable replacement for that day.  Pupils will be issued with an after school detention if they refuse to co-operate or continue to wear the incorrect item of uniform to School.  Uniform infringements that are deemed to be inappropriate may result in a period of internal suspension.

Smoking equipment and supplies (including e-cigarettes) are banned. Smoking is not permitted on the school site, during school activities or in school vehicles / coaches

 

COVID-19 Update - PE Lessons

We will endeavour to have PE lessons outside and will be limiting the use of changing facilities as much as possible. 

On the days when your child has PE please ensure that:

- they come to school in their PE kit (they will remain in this for the entire day unless they are doing PE in bad weather conditions)

- they check the weather forecast and ensure that the PE kit they wear is appropriate for the weather conditions (please see the school website for a list of acceptable kit)

- all jewellery is removed before arriving at school

- they bring spare PE kit or their school uniform (to have available in case they get wet / muddy during PE and therefore need to change)

- they always bring a pair of rugby/football boots

- all of their kit is clearly named

 

PE Kit

PE Kit is available to order direct from Price & Buckland online shop:-  www.pbparentsonline.co.uk/gtsacademy and also Instant Images Embroidery, Torrington :- https://www.instantimagesembroidery.co.uk/store/Great-Torrington-School-c50999624

 

The following items are compulsory for boys and girls:

  • School approved PE shorts (Black with Emerald side panel);
  • Sports polo shirt with logo (Emerald with Black contrast (panels);
  • GTS Sports Socks (Emerald with Black tops);
  • Towel for showering;
  • White socks (for Summer Term only);
  • Trainers; must have non-marking soles and must be suitable for sport.  Converse type / fashion pumps / skater-style trainers are not acceptable.
  • Hair bands for all pupils with hair length that may obstruct vision.
  • Football/Rugby boots; must have moulded or short screw in studs.

The following items may be required by boys and girls; pupils will be advised at the start of each year if they will be required:

  • Shin Pads;
  • A gum shield for rugby / hockey – a dentally fitted one is advisable, although a “boil-and-bite” version can be purchased from the PE Office throughout the year.

Optional PE Kit

  • Rugby shirt, fully reversible for football and rugby.
  • GTS grey sports hooded sweatshirt, printed with pupil’s initials.  Recommended for all.  Available to order from In-Stitches and Instant Images Embroidery.
  • Plain, black tracksuit bottoms.
  • Plain black sports leggings, to be worn underneath shorts.
  • Winter – hats, gloves (non catching sports), black base layers and plain black sports waterproof.
  • Summer – sun cream and cap.
  • It is strongly advised that pupils bring a full water bottle to all PE lessons.

Our School policy is that ALL jewellery must be removed for PE, including earrings.  There are no exceptions to this.

If pupils are injured, they must bring a note signed by a parent/guardian requesting for them to be excused from fully participating in the lesson. Pupils will still be involved through various roles such as coaching and officiating and will therefore be required to change into their PE kit.  We strongly advise in these scenarios that pupils bring GTS PE kit that is appropriate for the weather conditions e.g. if it is cold, pupils bring lots of warm clothing to wear.

 

Second-hand items, such as boots and shin pads can often be obtained at very reasonable prices from places such as Facebook Marketplace, ebay and local charity shops.

GTS Facebook page for Second-hand items: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GTS2ndHandUniform

If you are in doubt, rather than purchase items of uniform that are incorrect and therefore cannot be worn, please contact the school first.

Ordering / Supplier

Uniform is available to purchase from Instant Images in South Street, Torrington Devon EX38 8AB;
Tel: - 01805 938002; Email instantimages.devon@btinternet.com

 

(PE Hoodies) In Stitches, Unit 1, Springfield, Littleham, Bideford, Devon EX39 5HN   Tel / Fax: 01237 478373
Email: info@institchesembroidery.co.uk

 

In addition, uniform can be purchased direct from our suppliers, Price and Buckland via their online shop.

pbparentsonline.co.uk/gtsacademy 

Ordering Information

Uniform - Order Form

PE Kit - Order Form

 

This service will give you the opportunity to purchase uniform during holiday periods.  Price and Buckland will be able to arrange to deliver the uniform either direct to your home (for a small fee) or alternatively to school where it may be collected.

We will also hold a small stock of the most requested items (ties and socks) in school, which will cover emergency situations.  These may be bought direct from the Finance Office or via the Parentmail portal. 

Due to the present situation in school with regard to COVID the trying on of uniform from the Finance Office will not be allowed until further notice. To assist you with buying the correct size please follow the Price and Buckland sizing guide.

Or if more convenient please pop into Instant Images Embroidery, Torrington who will be pleased to help you with any uniform purchase.

UNIFORM/PE KIT WILL BE HELD IN THE FINANCE OFFICE THAT MAY BE USED FOR SIZING PURPOSES.

If you are in doubt, rather than purchase items of uniform that are incorrect and therefore cannot be worn, please contact the School first.