School Uniform Dress Code

New Mills School expects high standards of uniform and appearance.  The school aims to prepare students for every aspect of life including the establishment of acceptable dress and appearance.  This uniform policy has been created to ensure all students can be confident through their smart appearance and represent the school appropriately.  Our school is a place for teaching and learning, the school uniform policy is based on this.

Badged items of school uniform can be purchased from Headmaster’s in New Mills.  Other items in the list can be readily sourced from other retailers.

NMS Uniform - 2021-2022

School uniform requirements

(* only available from Headmaster’s in New Mills)

  • School blazer *
  • School tie * (only available from school)
  • Regulation black stitch down pleat school skirt *; no shorter than knee-length and no longer than mid-calf.
  • Regulation black tailored trousers; neither skinny, tight nor baggy; nor excessively flared; not denim, brushed denim or canvas fabric.
  • White shirt (not blouse) – short or long sleeved.  Shirts must be long enough to be tucked in at all times.
  • Plain black socks or plain, black opaque tights.  Black leggings will not be permitted.
  • Sensible plain black leather or leather look shoes.  Canvas shoes, trainers or boots will not be permitted.
  • Plain school bag fit for purpose.
  • Skirts, trousers and shoes must be practical and formal, not fashion items.

Optional Items (girls & boys)

(* only available from Headmaster’s in New Mills)

  • School jumper or tank top *
  • Outdoor Coat – sensible and fit for purpose. Hoodies are not to be used as an outdoor coat.
  • Blazers must be worn at all times at all times during the school day and to and from school.  Teachers may give permission for blazers to be removed in the classroom. During warm weather, students may remove blazers during lunchtime and breaks.

PE kit

(** only available from Headmaster’s School wear):

  • Loose, black, unbranded, knee length shorts
  • Black sports leggings
  • Unbranded black jogging bottoms
  • Black games socks (for outdoor PE)
  • Red PE Hoodie
  • Red polo shirt with school badge **
  • White socks (for indoor PE)
  • Non-marking footwear for indoor PE
  • Trainers for outdoor PE

Particular items for particular sports:

  • Rugby jersey ** reversible black with red band inside
  • Mouth guard for rugby and hockey
  • Football boots for outdoor PE

We want students to grow into healthy adults.  We believe that it is dangerous for students to wear shoes that have platform soles or high heels.  For reasons of health and safety we do not allow them to be worn in our school.

Neither do we allow students to wear trainers to school.  Whilst appropriate for sport and leisurewear, this footwear is not in keeping with the smart appearance of a school uniform.  We require all students to wear shoes as stated in the uniform list.


The only permitted jewellery which may be worn is:
1 pair of earrings – small sleepers or studs only - no other piercings are permitted to be worn.
1 ring
1 wrist watch.

Facial piercings including eyebrow, lip and nose studs are not permitted on the site by students as a result of health and safety concerns.  If parents allow students to have such piercings, these should be done at the beginning of the summer holiday to enable the removal of the studs before the start of the new term.

Note:  Jewellery is the responsibility of the pupil and not the school.  Lost or damaged items will not be refunded.


  • Headbands must be plain black.
  • Belts must be black.

Items banned include but are not limited to:

  • Sunglasses
  • Badges - other than the school badges or charity badges during a charity campaign.
  • Hats - other than for the walk to and from school
  • Hoodies


  • False nails and nail extensions are not permitted.
  • Only clear nail varnish may be worn.
  • Make up, in moderation, is only permitted to cover blemishes.
  • Students wearing too much make-up will be required to remove it.

Hair styles

  • Hair may not be worn in extreme or outrageous styles.
  • Students are not permitted to be shaven bald or "Number One" cuts; haircuts where patterns, stripes or letters have been cut into the student’s hair.
  • Hair colour must be that of natural shades.
  • Hair extensions may not be worn.
  • We may ask students with long hair to tie their hair back in certain situations for health and safety reasons.

School Bags

Students must use an appropriately sized waterproof bag to carry their books and equipment.  It should hold A4 sized work books comfortably and without causing any damage.