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Thornden School Uniform

All uniform styles must be as those supplied by our official suppliers. Other styles of skirts, polo shirts and sweatshirts are not acceptable.

Thornden School uniform is non-gender specific.

  • Black Thornden sweatshirt with school logo.
  • White Thornden polo shirt with school logo; light blue in Year 11.
  • Black trousers; not jeans, chinos, or tight fitting.
  • Tailored black shorts, available from Skoolkit only, worn to the knee
  • Grey tartan skirt, available from Skoolkit only, worn at the knee and not rolled up or reduced in length after purchasing.
  • Flesh-coloured or plain black tights.
  • White or black ankle socks; no obvious patterns, not worn over tights nor knee length.
  • No visible garments worn under polo shirts.
  • Black and leather shoes with no motif; not trainer type shoes or boots (see acceptable shoe guidance) (If a certain type of shoe must be worn, a note from the student’s doctor is required).
  • Dark coloured outdoor coat of an appropriate style; no denim jackets, leather jackets, clothing with prominent pictures or slogans or hoodies.
  • A black ‘outdoor’ fleece, available from our suppliers, is an option.
  • Only one plain smooth ring on one finger.
  • Only one pair of small plain stud earrings in the lobes of the ear (one in each ear).
  • No other visible piercings*; students in breach of this will be told to remove them or wear clear retainers that they have purchased themselves.
  • No obvious make-up to be worn; students in breach of this will be asked to remove it.
  • Finger-length nails (for health and safety reasons) that are of a clear colour; students in breach of this will be told to cut or remove false nails within 24 hours.
  • Hair styles must be appropriate for school and must not reflect any extremes of fashion (e.g. non- natural hair colours, hair tattoos or tram lines.


     If a real emergency compels a temporary variation from uniform, a note from a parent or carer is always necessary and without a note the variation will be treated as a breach of school rules.  This should always be presented to the tutor.

     *We are aware that sometimes girls have nose piercings done for religious/cultural reasons. In such situations we would be happy to discuss this, and each case will be taken uniquely. Each family is different and may have unique reasons for a particular request.

Physical Education Uniform

Essential kit

  • Existing red PE kit is still currently acceptable.
  • Royal blue and black panelled polo shirt with school logo.
  • Royal blue and black panelled shorts with or without school logo, or plain black skort.
  • Royal blue and black rugby/hockey/football socks.
  • Trainers.
  • Change of socks; either plain white or plain black sports socks.

Kit that is essential for health and safety reasons:

  • Shin pads – these will be used for football and hockey. They are essential for students taking part in extracurricular activities or chosen to represent the school in these sports.
  • Mouth guards – this will be used for hockey and rugby. This will be essential for students taking part in extracurricular activities or chosen to represent the school in these sports.
  • Football boots or rugby boots (with studs/moulded studs) - these will be used for football, rugby and cross-country. They are essential for students taking part in extracurricular activities or chosen to represent the school in these sports.

All students will be taking part in these sports from Year 7 to at least Year 9. Please endeavour to purchase these for your child as safety is the main priority in all PE lessons.

Optional items (you may wish to purchase these as many PE lessons will still be outside and throughout the year):

  • Black leggings with school logo (if worn as an alternative to shorts/skorts).
  • Reversible royal blue & black rugby shirt.
  • Black with white trim tracksuit trousers.
  • Royal blue and black 1/4 zip training top.
  • Existing red PE kit is still currently acceptable.

Health and safety:

  • All jewellery must be removed for PE lessons; this includes watches, bracelets, rings, earrings etc.
  • Hair must be tied back for PE lessons; please bring hair bands.
  • Football boots – as mentioned above, we strongly advise these are purchased to ensure that students have adequate grip in wet weather and muddy conditions. This also ensures their trainers do not get ruined.
  • Towels – shower facilities are available and can be used when appropriate. PE teachers will mention when they might be needed for particular lessons. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the PE department who will be happy to help.

Acceptable Shoes Guidance

This guidance is intended to help parents/carers choose the most appropriate shoes for students.  It is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of all the shoes that are acceptable or unacceptable but by comparing your shoes to the list below you will get a better understanding of what we accept.    If you remain in any doubt, please do contact the school before making your purchase as we understand the difficulties caused by purchasing the wrong item.
Shoes must be: Plain black leather with no motifs.  Canvas shoes, boots and trainers are not acceptable.

Further clarification including images

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Skoolkit information

Skoolkit, 31 Leigh Road, Eastleigh

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Kool Skools

We are pleased to partner with the Fairtrade school uniform company, Koolskools, who provide quality Fairtrade/ECO uniform at affordable prices. All Koolskools-manufactured uniform is made with Fairtrade cotton and recycled polyester, and you can buy online from them at:

KoolSkools, 387 Shirley Road, Southampton

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