Dress Code

Students during a break in the Main Hall at HCH.

We do not have a school uniform because we believe that learning to dress appropriately is an essential part of a well-rounded education. We hope that our children will develop a sense of style that suits them, is appropriate for their environment or occasion, and prepares them well for professional life. To that end we have a dress code which we believe sets an appropriate tone without being too prescriptive. We expect students to stick to the spirit rather than the letter of the ‘rules’.

Guidelines for School Dress and Appearance

The HCH dress code:

Clothing and footwear must be clean, well-fitted and in good repair. Outdoor wear, including coats, hats and fleeces, may be worn outdoors but not indoors. sportswear, including tracksuits, may only be worn on designated sports days. Clothing must be free of wording, lurid designs and prominent logos (small, discreet logos are acceptable).

Trousers and Jeans:

Denim may only be worn in classic colours: navy or black and not in faded, worn or shabby condition, including no jeans with holes or rips, even if these are fashionably intentional. Jeans must not be low-slung or slouch style. Pupils may wear smart, well-cut trousers in other materials (preferably natural such as cotton or wool). Girls may also wear trousers.

Skirts and Dresses:

We prefer pupils to wear trousers or dark, simple, good quality skirts with blouses. Luridly coloured, very short or showy dresses or skirts may not be worn. Skirts or dresses should not be shorter than just above the knee.

Shirts, Blouses and Jackets:

Pupils should wear smart shirts or blouses. Boys’ shirts must be collared and should be long-sleeved. We encourage pupils to wear a casual blazer or sports jacket. Tops should cover the shoulders. Crop tops and tops with ‘spaghetti straps’ are not permitted.

Jumpers and Pullovers:

Pupils must have a woollen pullover or cardigan of V-neck, crew or polo neck design. We prefer darker, more muted colours. Sweatshirts and hoodies must not be worn.

Socks and Tights:

In warm weather, pupils wearing sensibly cut dresses or skirts need not wear tights. Tight-fitting ‘leggings’ are considered as tights and must be worn beneath a long tunic of adequate length. Tights may not be laddered nor have holes.


In warm weather, smart knee-length shorts may be worn.


Pupils can wear leather, suede or canvas loafers or lace-ups, slip-on shoes, or appropriate boots (not Doc Martin style). All footwear must be dark in colour: brown, black or navy. Shoes may have white soles, so long as the shoe is clean and in good repair.

Jewellery, Make-Up and Hair:

Pupils in Year 9 and above may wear subtle, discreet make-up and some unobtrusive items of jewellery (which they bring at their own risk). Pupils may in no circumstances attend school with visible nail varnish. The hair of all HCH pupils must be brushed and worn in a becoming and sensible fashion. pupils with long hair are asked to tie it back. Discreet highlighting in natural colours is not encouraged but will be overlooked. Wholesale dyeing or bleaching of hair is not permitted.

Hampton Court House prides itself on not having a uniform. Students who turn up unsuitably dressed or presented (skimpy skirts, ‘hot pants’, hoodies etc) will not be admitted to lessons and will be asked to return home to change.