School Dress Code

We require our pupils to wear a school uniform. This is for a number of reasons. It establishes an identity with the school, and helps to build a sense of belonging. The uniform is smart, practical and hard wearing. Whilst the initial outlay for the uniform may seem expensive, with care it should last for some considerable time.

Whittakers is our official school uniform stockist. Their representatives will be attending our Intake Evenings when samples of our school uniform are be on display. All articles marked * are only available from their shop in Blackburn and their outlet at Pendle Village Mill, Brierfield. (Contact details below)

St. Christopher's pupils are asked to wear their school uniform with pride. Uniform must be worn correctly by all pupils when in school, and when travelling to and from school, as well as by any pupils representing the school or on school visits, unless otherwise stated.

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School Uniform - Years 7, 8 and 9

Uniform for girls

1. Official St Christopher’s school blazer.
2. Official St Christopher’s checked, pleated skirt - knee length only.
3. Plain white school blouse with short or long sleeves and stiffened collar.
4. A plain navy school V-neck jumper or school cardigan.
5. Official school tie.
6. Plain navy-blue or black coat with no large logos or badges.
7. School scarf or plain navy-blue scarf (optional).
8. Plain black leather school shoes.
9. Plain white, navy-blue or black socks or tights.
10. If a hair band or fastener is worn, this should be plain navy-blue, black or white.
11. A sturdy school bag (not a fashion bag) is required, large enough to comfortably fit an A4 folder and keep all contents dry.

Uniform for boys

1. Official St Christopher’s school blazer.
2. Dark charcoal grey school trousers in ‘classic’ fit.
3. Plain white school shirt with short or long sleeves.
4. Plain navy school V-neck jumper or school cardigan.
5. Official school tie.
6. Plain navy-blue or black coat with no large logos or badges.
7. School scarf or plain navy-blue scarf (optional).
8. Plain black leather school shoes.
9. Plain navy-blue, black or grey socks.
10. A sturdy school bag is required, large enough to comfortably fit an A4 folder and keep all contents dry.

Notes on Appearance for all year groups:

  • Blouse/shirt to be worn tucked in.
  • Girls’ checked skirts to be worn at knee length and may not be rolled at the waist.
  • Ties should be pulled up to shirt collars and tied at a reasonable length.
  • All pupils may wear a wristwatch. Girls may wear one pair of plain gold/silver studs in the lower lobe of the ear only.
  • Hair for boys should be no shorter than a number two razor cut and no longer than collar length. Tram lines or patterns cut with a razor are not allowed and boys are expected to be clean shaven.
  • Any hair colours/highlights should be natural shades or combinations of shades.
  • Girls’ socks can be worn below the knee or at ankle length, not above the knee.
  • In very cold weather, a plain navy or black knitted hat may be worn when travelling to and from school.
  • If it is necessary for your child to temporarily wear an item which does not comply with our uniform list, a note to his/her form teacher is essential.
  • If parents are in doubt about the suitability of items of school clothing, please consult us or the stockists before making your purchase. Our uniform does not allow for fashion items.
  • Where appropriate we shall be sensitive to the needs of different cultures, races, religions and sexuality.

The following are NOT allowed:

  • Slim/skinny trousers for boys. Classic fit only, with no rear patch, or combat pockets.
  • Round-necked or polo-necked, hooded or front fastening jumpers or sweatshirts.
  • Earrings or ear studs for boys. Any facial/body piercings or plastic retainers. Please note that no jewellery, including earrings, is allowed for PE lessons.
  • Coats made of denim, suede, leather or sweatshirt fabric.
  • Extreme hairstyles or hair colouring (including dip-dyed or ombre effects). Haircuts shorter than number 2.
  • Make-up, false eyelashes/lash extensions, nail varnish, gel or acrylic nails, tinted eyebrows/lashes or fake tan.
  • Boots, sports shoes, sandals, ballerinas, plimsolls, suede or fabric shoes, shoes with high heels or platform soles. Heels higher than 2” (5cm).
  • Coloured scarves, football scarves, football hats or baseball caps.
  • Hair extensions, hair wraps, braided or multi-braided hair, fashion accessories.
  • Frilled or over-the-knee socks.
  • Patterned tights.

Lost Property

If your child loses any belongings in school he/she should first try to find them by re-tracing steps. Lost PE kit is handed in to the PE Department. Other Lost Property can be claimed from Pupil Reception.

If you could please make sure that EVERYTHING IS NAMED, it is much easier for us to return it to your child.

Design Technology Lessons

An apron with a bib is required for Design Technology lessons and may be purchased using the order form in the new Year Seven pack.

General notes on Uniform/Dress

  • If it is necessary for your child to wear something which does not comply with our uniform list, a note to his/her form teacher is essential.
  • To assist us when articles are lost, and since all the various items look the same, please ensure that your child's uniform is clearly labelled wit his/her name. Examine your child's clothing from time to time, especially the coat, to ensure that it is his/her own.
  • If parents are in doubt about the suitability of items of School clothing, please consult the School or the stockists before making your purchase. The uniform does not allow for fashion items.
  • In very cold weather, a plain navy-blue or black knitted hat may be worn when travelling to and from school.

School Uniform Code - Years 10 and 11

As pupils move from Year 9 to Year 10, we introduce small changes to their uniform, marking their more senior status within school. All pupils in Years 10 and 11 wear a senior tie, which is available from Whittakers.

Senior boys are allowed to wear black ‘Classic’ fit trousers in addition to charcoal grey. We expect our pupils in Year 10 and 11 to set good examples to younger pupils in all areas of uniform and appearance.



Physical Education Kit

It is important for personal hygiene, health & safety and appearance that all pupils have their own specialist kit. The Physical Education Department is keen to promote a high standard of personal dress and no exceptions to the list appended will be accepted. It is hoped that parents will support us in our quest to encourage high standards of appearance and participation in all pupils.

Boys PE- Kit List (Years 7-11)

1. White T-shirt with school logo*
2. Blue shorts with school logo*
3. Blue football socks*
4. Training shoes, predominantly black or white only - no other colour
5. Shin pads
6. Football Boots
7. Gum Shield (optional)
8. Training top with school logo (optional)*
9. Navy blue under-armour (optional)*
10. Navy tech training pants (optional)*
11. Towel (when on rugby)

Girls PE - Kit List (Years 7, 8 and 9)

1. White T-shirt with school logo*
2. Navy skirt or shorts*
3. Blue football socks*
4. Training shoes, predominantly black or white only - no other colour
5. Shin pads
6. Gum shield (optional)
7. Training top with school logo (optional)*
8. Navy blue under-armour (optional)*
9. Navy leggings or Navy tech training pants (optional)*
10. Towel

Girls PE - Kit List (Years 10 and 11)

1. White polo shirt with school logo*
2. Navy blue shorts with school logo*
3. White ankle socks
4. Training shoes, predominantly black or white only - no other colour
5. Navy blue football socks
6. Shin pads
7. Gum shield (optional)
8. Towel
9. Navy and green outdoor top (optional)*
10. Navy and green skort or shorts (optional)*
11. School hooded top with school logo (optional)*
12. School tracksuit with school logo (optional)*

* Only available from our suppliers.

General Notes on Kit

  • PE Kit can be left (in a separate bag) in a box at your child’s form room during the day of a PE lesson.
  • All pupils’ kit must be named, in an easily visible position, on the garment (not the label) with an iron-on or sewn-in label or permanent marker.
  • Lost property will normally be collected at the PE office or Pupil Reception, but it is the responsibility of the pupil to enquire at the earliest opportunity for any item of kit which has been mislaid. Although it is difficult to guarantee absolute security of pupils’ valuables, every effort is made to reduce the risk of property going missing.
  • For health and safety reasons, no jewellery, and no gel or acrylic nails may be worn for PE lessons, (this includes clear piercing retainers).

Kit Reminders

1. A change of socks for PE lessons.
2. Trainers with non-marking soles and predominantly black or white in colour. Fashion trainers will not be allowed. Please see the accompanying guide.
3. Long hair tied back and nails at a suitably safe length.
4. If kit is lost/misplaced or in the wash please bring alternative sporting wear with a note. If not, the expectation is that kit will be borrowed and a detention issued.

Security

Although it is difficult to guarantee absolute security of pupils' valuables, every effort is made to reduce the risk of property being mislaid. CCTV is in operation at the changing room doors.

stockists


Whittakers Schoolwear Suppliers 
Retail Shop
Waterloo Pavilions
20-26 Church Street
Blackburn
BB1 5AL
01254 676047

Retail Outlet 
Pendle Village Mill 
Hollin Bank 
Brierfield  
BB9 5NG
01282 442424

Whittakers' on-line ordering service is available at www.whittakersschoolwear.co.uk


Many items of our uniform are also available at Abbey Street Stores, Accrington. You can contact them via email.


PE kit is also available online at Surridge Sport.