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Dress Code

These Sixth Form guidelines are based on how a professional man or woman would be expected to dress for his or her work. In other words, the student should be smart, well presented and business like.

Given the importance of these guidelines, please contact the school if you have any doubts as to whether an item is acceptable.

Boys and girls must wear a plain conventional tailored black suit (no pinstripes and matching jacket and trousers/skirt). Girls’ skirts must be to the knee. Full length trouser suits may be worn.

Boys: Plain white with collar.
Girls: A plain white blouse with short or long sleeves and collar. Girls’ blouses must not be low cut or reveal midriff or underwear.

Male: Sixth Form ties are available from Clive Mark Schoolwear, Newcastle.
Female students are not to wear ties.

Optional, plain black (V neck to reveal tie for boys, blouse must be worn underneath V neck jumper for girls). Jumpers must not be zip-up, or hooded tops. No logos. No cardigans

Black shoes, not boots, simple, formal not fashion. Trainers must not be worn outside games activities.

Outdoor coats may be of any colour/style but they must be smart and practical. Denim or leather jackets must not be worn. Coats must not be worn indoors.

Hair must be smart and well presented. No obvious colours or highlights. Boys’ hair should look like that of a young professional i.e. it should not go over the collar, be shaved, or obscure the face. Boys’ faces should be clean shaven unless for religious reasons. (supported by a written statement).

Make up:
Girls may wear discreet make-up.


Hijab must be plain black (or plain white in hot weather). Scarves must be black and must not be worn around school.

Only plain, simple and discreet jewellery is allowed. No coloured beads allowed.

No fashion belts permitted.

The only permitted piercing is one in each ear lobe for girls.

Success Stories


Of our students achieved  English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 4 or greater (secure pass).


Of our students achieved English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 5 or greater (good pass).


Of all grades achieved at GCSE were grade 7 or higher.

Of all grades achieved at GCSE were grade 7 or higher.


Of our students achieved grade 7 or higher in 5 or more GCSE subjects.


Of our A2 students pass their courses, with 62% achieving A* to B grades, and 32% achieving A* or A grades.


St. Joseph’s College is delighted to have maintained its ‘Outstanding’ status at its most recent Ofsted inspection in 2014.