School Uniform

Our school uniform provider is www.schoolblazer.com. Their website has easy to follow instructions and they have a dedicated customer helpline number. If they wish, pupils may wear boys’ and/or girls’ uniform.  In order to get the full range of uniform available, please select ‘prefer not to say’ when selecting gender on SchoolBlazer.com. With regards to the uniform fitting, Schoolblazer has developed an ‘intelligent sizing’ system; you input your child’s measurements and the system will guide you to the correct size, garment by garment to ensure an accurate fit. It also tells you how that garment will fit in a year’s time, allowing you to make a considered choice. Full guidance on how to measure your child can be found on the Schoolblazer site.

Our uniform guidelines seek to strike the right balance between allowing our pupils to express their individuality whilst balancing this with our desire for all pupils to take pride in looking their best.  It is also of paramount importance to us that our pupils arrive at school every day free to make the most of the exciting lessons and opportunities that await them, rather than focussing on their appearance and/or any related comparisons with their peers.

Second Uniform Guidelines

Prep School Uniform:

It is expected that all pupils wear full school uniform to school every morning and for all school functions, such as concerts, assemblies etc.  The only exceptions to this are:

  1. If they have PE first thing in the morning, in which case they should travel to school wearing their PE kit with their full uniform in their bags.
  2. If they are attending a school trip and have been granted permission to wear different clothing by the member of staff leading the trip.

Full school uniform consists of the following 5 items:

Shoes: Shoes must be matt black with laces, a buckle or fastening only.  Trainers or similar footwear should not be worn.  Stacked or high heels are not permitted.  Children should have trainers to complete their sports kit and a pair of wellington boots for outside play when it is wet.

Socks or tights: Short grey socks should be worn with tailored trousers or shorts.  White ankle or white knee length socks should be worn with the summer dress and grey woollen ankle socks/knee high socks/tights with the winter skirt.

Trousers or skirts: Skirts should fall on, or just above, the knee and trousers should reach the pupil’s shoes.  Girls’ trousers are currently not available on SchoolBlazer.com, therefore, girls wishing to wear trousers must wear tailored trousers, rather than stretch fabric, in grey to match the skirt.

Shirts and tie:  White or pink shirts are permitted.  Due to the cut and styling of the shirts, the white shirt must be worn with the school tie.  The tie can not be worn with the pink shirt.

Blazer:  From Year 1, it is expected that the IHS blazer will be worn during every school day when pupils are expected to be in full school uniform, except when given permission by a teacher to remove it during a lesson or when being active at break or lunchtimes.  Blazers are optional in both nursery and Reception.  During warmer weather, the decision may be made by the Senior Leadership Team to permit the removal of blazers.

In addition to the above, pupils may also wear the IHS jumper or cardigan. These are optional but when worn must be underneath the blazer.  It is not therefore permitted for pupils to wear their jumper or cardigan as a substitute for the blazer.

School hoodie or sweatshirt:

The majority of our pupils elect to purchase a personalised school hoodie or sweatshirt.  These may be worn for external trips and with sports kit at the teacher’s discretion.  Hoodies may not be worn during some sporting activities for health and safety reasons.  IHS hoodies will be permitted in the 2021-22 academic year but not from September 2022, after which we will continue only with personalised IHS sweatshirts.

Coats: Coats should be a regulation coat purchased from SchoolBlazer.com, which is dark and plain without adornment or pattern.

All school uniform must be clean and in a good state of repair.

Personal appearance:

Hair: All hair must be tied back and fully off the shoulders.  Hair bands and clips should be plain, and in school colours.  Hair may not be streaked or dyed an unnatural colour or a colour that is not close to the pupil’s own hair colour.

Jewellery:  No jewellery may be worn.  Only earlobes may be pierced.  If a pupil has pierced ears, they may wear a small, plain single gold or silver stud in each earlobe.

Makeup: Nail varnish and makeup are not to be worn and pupils will be asked to remove it.

Watches: Watches should be named in an appropriate way – e.g., labelling or engraving, with the owner’s name.  Pupils are recommended to wear and analogue watch, or a simple fitness watch.  Pupils are not permitted to wear ‘smart’ watches, which have the capacity to connect to the internet.  If pupils bring ‘smart’ watches to school, they must be stored in the same place as mobile phones.

Pupils have the right to manifest a religion or belief, including the covering of the head. If worn, headscarves should be regulation grey colour, with the ends tucked in, at all times, for safety reasons. For swimming, girls may wear a base layer or full body swimming costume which must be a solid navy blue; a cross or religious symbol may be worn with the Head’s permission.

Senior School Uniform:

It is expected that all pupils wear full school uniform to school every morning.  The only exceptions to this are:

  1. If they have sport or another active enrichment (eg. dance) as their first enrichment and/or first lesson (in which case, they should wear the kit appropriate for that lesson or activity).
  2. If they are attending a school trip and have been granted permission to wear different clothing by the member of staff leading the trip.

Full school uniform consists of the following 5 items:

Shoes: Shoes should be sensible black leather shoes (only low heels are permitted), that are suitable for all weather conditions. Trainers or casual shoes should not be worn.

Socks or tights: Pupils may wear black opaque tights, grey, white or black short socks.

Trousers or skirts: Pupils may wear tailored full-length grey school trousers or the four pleated skirt. The pencil skirt for pupils in the Year 10 –11 will be permitted to be worn in the 2021-22 academic year but not from September 2022.

Shirts and tie:  White or pink shirts are permitted.  Due to the cut and styling of the shirts, the white shirt must be worn with the school tie.  The tie can not be worn with the pink shirt. The pink striped blouse for pupils in Year 10 –11 will be permitted to be worn in the 2021-22 academic year but not from September 2022.

Blazer:  It is expected that the IHS blazer will be worn during every school day when pupils are expected to be in full school uniform, except when given permission by a teacher to remove it during a lesson or when being active at break or lunchtimes.

In addition to the above, pupils may also wear the IHS jumper. This is optional but when worn must be underneath the blazer.  It is not therefore permitted for pupils to wear their jumper as a substitute for the blazer.

School hoodie or sweatshirt:

The majority of our pupils elect to purchase a personalised school hoodie or sweatshirt.  These may be worn for external trips and with sports kit at the teacher’s discretion.  Hoodies may not be worn during some sporting activities for health and safety reasons.  IHS hoodies will be permitted in the 2021-22 academic year but not from September 2022, after which we will continue only with personalised IHS sweatshirts.

Coats: Pupils may wear the school coat or a smart black or dark blue coat of their choice.

All school uniform must be clean and in a good state of repair.

Personal appearance:

Hair: All hair must be neat and tidy and will need to be tied back for some activities (e.g. sport, when conducting science experiments etc).  Hair may not be streaked or dyed a colour that is not a natural hair colour.

Jewellery:  Pupils can wear a discreet necklace and if your child has pierced ears, they may only wear a small discreet stud in the piercing. Other Jewellery should not be worn.

Makeup: Pupils may wear discreet makeup but not nail varnish.

Pupils have the right to manifest a religion or belief, including the covering of the head. If worn, headscarves should be regulation grey colour, with the ends tucked in, at all times, for safety reasons. For swimming, pupils may wear a base layer or full body swimming costume which must be a solid navy blue.

Sixth Form Dress:

It is expected that all students wear smart and appropriate clothes to school every morning.  The only exceptions to this are:

  1. If they have sport or another active enrichment (eg. dance) as their first enrichment and/or first lesson (in which case, they should wear the kit appropriate for that lesson or activity).
  2. If they are attending a school trip and have been granted permission to wear different clothing by the member of staff leading the trip.

Sixth Form dress consists of the following items:

Suits: These should be of a formal style and comfortable cut in either blue, black or grey. A light check or stripe is permitted but excessive patterning should be avoided. Both skirts or trouser suits are permitted.

Shoes: Shoes should be sensible black leather shoes (only low heels are permitted), that are suitable for all weather conditions. Trainers or casual shoes should not be worn.

Tights: Students may wear black or dark grey tights.

Trousers or skirts: If not wearing a suit, students must wear tailored, formal skirt or full-length smart trousers. Jeans in any form are not permitted. Formal chinos may be worn in either a dark or tan colour.

Shirts and tie:  Students should wear a smart shirt of appropriate colour and style avoiding any significant pattern and be always tucked in. Boys must wear a tie but this is optional for girls.

Jacket:  Smart, fitted blazers are permitted following the same guidelines for colour as suits and should be worn at all times.

Jumpers: Fitted jumpers should be of a single colour and either round or V-neck. They should be worn underneath a jacket; they do not replace the jacket.

School hoodie or sweatshirt: The majority of our pupils elect to purchase a personalised school hoodie or sweatshirt.  These may be worn for external trips and with sports kit at the teacher’s discretion.  Hoodies may not be worn during some sporting activities for health and safety reasons.  IHS hoodies will be permitted in the 2021-22 academic year but not from September 2022, after which we will continue only with personalised IHS sweatshirts.

Coats: Students may wear the school coat or a smart black or dark blue coat of their choice.

All school uniform must be clean and in a good state of repair.

Personal appearance:

Hair: All hair must be neat and tidy and will need to be tied back for some activities (e.g. sport, when conducting science experiments etc).  Hair may not be streaked or dyed a colour that is not a natural hair colour.

Jewellery: A small amount of discrete jewellery may be worn, and if a student has pierced ears, they may wear small earrings. Any jewellery worn in piercings other than the ear are not permitted to be worn.

Makeup: Students may wear discreet makeup with single colour nail varnish if they wish.

Students have the right to manifest a religion or belief, including the covering of the head. If worn, headscarves should be regulation grey colour, with the ends tucked in, at all times, for safety reasons. For swimming, pupils may wear a base layer or full body swimming costume which must be a solid navy blue.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The Ipswich High School Association run a shop selling second-hand uniform on a monthly basis. The shop is located in Woolverstone Hall and will be open on set dates during each term. The uniform shop is useful to purchase school scarves and any required PE kit.

Click here for opening dates and times