Sir Graham Balfour School

A member of the Sir Graham Balfour Multi-Academy Trust

School Uniform

We believe uniform is important because it helps to develop a sense of personal pride and form good habits for a student’s journey into adult life.  As a school our aim is for an inexpensive and sensible uniform which identifies our students as part of the Sir Graham Balfour community.  Our rules on uniform are simple and straightforward and we urge parents to support the school in ensuring a high standard of appearance at all times.

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Please click this link to read the additional guidance on school shoes.

School Uniform Rules

Boys and Girls Uniform





Navy blue blazer with badge on chest pocket and sleeves rolled down.


NO student is permitted to not wear their blazer in and around school except during extremely warm weather.  Students have a choice whether to wear their blazer during lessons.  Blazer sleeves are NOT allowed to be rolled up. Parents will be notified if blazers do not need to be worn in times of warm weather. 


Standard dark grey trousers.

NO hipster, skinny, flared trousers, jeans or trousers with exposed fashion buttons, laces or zips.


Plain black belt.

NO large belt buckles.


Dark grey knee length skirt.

NO jersey skirts (eg. tube skirt) and skirts MUST NOT be rolled up.



White cotton shirt or blouse. These may be either long or short sleeved but must be capable of being tucked into trousers or skirts and must be tucked in at all times. There must be a top button that can be done up so that the clip-on tie can be attached.

NO Short fitted blouses or un-tucked shirts.




Navy blue “V” necked sweater or cardigan (optional) worn underneath their blazer.

NO Hoodies.


School Tie – Clip-on with House colour.


NO ties unclipped or positioned lower than the top button in school.


Plain, dark socks (Black or Grey) or white.

NO coloured socks or leggings.


Black, grey or flesh coloured.

NO patterned tights, lace tights, fishnet tights, coloured tights or footless tights.


Sensible, plain, black leather or PVC leather school shoes with sensible heels (height 3cm). They must be plain black shoes and if they have laces they must be black.

NO fabric, canvas, trainers, converse, sports shoes, pumps, sandals, creepers, wedges, dance slippers, sling backs, mules or boots. 


Please click this link to read the additional guidance on school shoes.


Plain coats are recommended but not compulsory. Coats to be worn over uniform to and from school.

NO coats worn in school and they must not have inappropriate logos.


Large enough and strong enough to carry the necessary books.

NO small handbags that cannot fit books.


Make up

Subtle make-up is acceptable - this is natural foundation and includes clear nail varnish and a subtle coat of mascara.



NO blusher or bronzer.


NO thickly coated eyelashes, false eyelashes, eye shadow, eyeliner or heavily pencilled in eyebrows.


NO false nail extensions, clip-on nails or

coloured nail varnish.


Teachers reserve the right to ask students to remove excess make-up at their discretion.

Hair Styles

Sensible hair styles.

NO extreme hair colour or styles /shaved patterns (natural tones only).

Hair Accessories


Plain, dark blue or black hair bands or bobbles.

NO coloured hair bands, bobbles or large flowers.


A watch and one small plain gold or silver stud per ear.  All other body piercings (tongue, nose, lips, belly button, eyebrow etc.) are forbidden on the grounds of health and safety in and around school.

A religious bangle may be worn and any religious necklace can be worn underneath the shirt, to be confirmed in writing by the parent.

NO large earrings, ear gauges, ear cuffs, dangly earrings or fashion earrings.


NO bangles, bracelets or non-charity

wristbands, non-House charity badges.


NO rings.


Contact Lenses or Glasses

Prescription lenses and glasses only.

NO coloured contacts or fashion glasses.


The school reserves the right to confiscate items that are being worn or used inappropriately and can ban unforeseen items that may come under ‘fashion items’ but are not specifically stated in our uniform code. If you have any doubts or concerns please contact your child’s House Head.

PE Requirements

Outdoor Kit:

Royal Blue T-Shirt with school badge

Black Shorts

Royal Blue Football Socks

Football Boots for field activities

Shin Pads

Outdoor Trainers

Gum Shield (for rugby only)

Optional Outdoor Kit:

Plain Black Tracksuit Bottoms

Royal Blue or new Black tracksuit top with school badge

Long Sleeved Base Layer

Indoor Kit:

Royal Blue T-Shirt

Black Shorts

Royal Blue Football Socks

Indoor Trainers

PE Rules

All students must bring their PE kit to every lesson and get changed.

If they are ill or injured there is still always something they can do.

All jewellery/piercings must be removed


Sir Graham Balfour School
North Avenue
ST16 1NR

For Sat Nav directions:

ST16 1NJ


01785 223490