School uniform makes a strong statement about togetherness and shared endeavour in the pursuit of excellence, and encourages children to feel pride in themselves as well as their school. One parent wrote to us after a parents evening and thanked the school: “My son is so proud to belong to Oriel High School”.

Oriel High School has a uniform because we believe that looking smart equates to smart thinking and learning. The uniform has been developed to be special and distinctive. The uniform should be worn with pride. Students should look smart.

The school has a clear and firm stance on uniform and we ask parents to give it their full support. This avoids us having to spend valuable time reminding pupils about details or parents being involved in unnecessary expense by buying items of uniform which are unacceptable.

Uniform for Key Stage 3 PE

Students in years 7, 8 and 9 must wear Oriel PE kit to school on days that they have a timetabled PE lesson; they will remain wearing their Oriel PE kit for the duration of the school day, as the changing rooms will not be available to students in years 7, 8 and 9 for changing out of and back into their school uniform at the beginning and end of their timetabled PE lesson.

Only the following Oriel PE kit clothing items, along with suitable trainers and a suitable outdoor coat (to be worn only when outside during breaktime and lunchtime) are permitted to be worn during the school day; black Oriel PE short/black shorts/black tracksuit bottoms/black leggings, purple Oriel PE polo t-shirt, black Oriel PE rugby shirt/black Oriel PE fleece.

Hair, Nails & Make up

Hair should be a natural colour, appropriate to the individual and worn in a neat style for school.  Long hair must be tied back for practical lessons.  Shaved hair styles and dip dyed hair are not permitted.  Hair bands and clips should be a dark colour and functional, discreet and plain not decorative. Head scarves, if worn for religious reasons, should be plain black, white or purple. Make-up should be discreet. Nail varnish, false nails and false eyelashes are not permitted


This is not part of school uniform and MUST NOT BE WORN.  Students with pierced ear lobes may wear one pair of plain gold or silver ear “studs”, not more than 5mm in diameter, which must be removed for PE. Other studs and piercings, including upper ear, nose and tongue studs are not permitted and the use of plasters to cover these is forbidden at all times. A plain wrist watch is also permitted.


Shoes must be plain black leather ‘business style’ that can be polished. Ankle boots (Hi-tops), canvas shoes or trainers are not permitted. Examples of the correct style of shoe can be viewed below

Students should have a doctor’s note if they need to wear alternative footwear to school due to a medical condition or serious injury.  The uniform dress requirements will meet the needs of individual students because of temporary or permanent medical conditions. For example,  students with foot or leg injuries may be unable to wear school shoes. An official medical certificate will be required for any student requiring long-term dispensation due to medical conditions.

If a student arrives at school wearing incomplete uniform, they will be asked to change. Students will not be allowed to lessons until correct uniform is worn. Parents may be contacted to get the problem sorted.

All basic uniform items, including the PE uniform, should be bought from the Simmonds uniform shop or online. 


Please ensure that all school uniform and personal belongings are clearly marked with the student’s name.

School Uniform Shop

All basic uniform items, including the PE uniform, should be bought from the Simmonds uniform shop or online. 


During the school term the uniform shop is open:

Monday 12:45pm to 1:20pm (parent only)

Tuesday 2:45pm to 3:45pm (parent and student)

Thursday 12:45pm to 1:20pm (parent only)

Simmonds can be contacted on 01293 884913 (during term time) if you have any queries.  Please come to reception and we can direct you from there.

Summer Holidays Uniform Shop opening

Oriel High School Uniform Shop will be open during the Summer holidays and appointments can be booked online at www.simmonds-ltd.com

The shop will be open every day on the weeks commencing:

  • Monday, 26th July 2021
  • Monday, 2nd August 2021
  • Monday, 9th  August 2021

Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 2.30 pm (except Friday, 13th August 2021 when it will be closing at 11.00 am)