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At Roding Valley High School, we recognise and celebrate our staff and students’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on anyone’s ability to succeed.

The Trustees and school leaders believe that all members of the school community have a right to be taught in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning, to be treated equally, and not to be bullied, ridiculed or subject to discrimination. Therefore, the school does expect parents/carers to prepare their children appropriately for school, ensuring that they follow the school’s uniform expectations.

Gender Neutral Uniform for Years 7 – 11

Uniform Expectations
  • If parents are in doubt about the suitability of any items of uniform they intend to purchase, they should contact the school. This will enable us to work together to maintain high standards of dress.

  • Our PTA sell pre-loved uniform, for more information please this link and it is also available to buy on our Year 6 Parent Transition Evenings.

  • Blazers must be worn at all times by students in Years 7 – 11 inclusive. Failure to have a blazer will result in the student not being allowed into lessons. In extreme weather conditions, the ‘blazer at all times’ rule may be relaxed but should not be replaced by any other item of clothing – if it is, it will be confiscated. If parents are in any doubt as to what might be acceptable they should contact their child’s Year Progress Leader.

  • School Ties: Students will be allocated a House when enrolled at Roding Valley High School. Membership of the Houses is denoted by our school ties, the colour of the House ties are as follows: Churchill (Yellow), Hawking (Blue), Murray (Green), Pankhurst (Purple), Rendell (Red) If the school provides a replacement tie after a loss by a student, parents may be billed for the cost of the new tie via Parent Pay.

  • Outer Coats and Jackets: Outer coats should be hard-wearing and worn over the top of the blazer. Leather and denim jackets are strictly prohibited, as are hooded tops, tracksuit tops (other than those issued by the school) and baseball caps.

  • No hats of any description are to be worn inside the school buildings.

  • Hair Extreme hairstyles or colour are not acceptable: If colour is being used on hair it must be a natural colour. (Colours such as blue, red, purple etc. are not acceptable). Students should not have their hair shaved below a number two and there should not be any patterns shaved into the hair. Hair bands should be discreet and black or blue in colour. Our school champions the right of staff and students to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black staff and students’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance. We welcome Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves, and wraps. Braiding jewellery/accessories are not permitted including but not limited to metal hair cuffs and coloured string wrapped around the braids. If this is due to cultural or religious reasons, please feel free to talk to a member of our team and we can discuss flexibility

To read full details on our Student Behaviour and Expectations Policy, please click here

With the launch of our 3rd generation pitch, we need to ensure that these pitches are maintained following the Governing body guidelines and insist that pupil’s wear Astro’s or moulded stud boots when using the facility. Please note it is part of school PE kit and all students are expected to have these to use in PE lesson.


Uniform Stockist

Our uniform stockist is conveniently located at:

Forest Casual and School Wear 

144 High Road,


IG10 4BE

Tel: 0208 508 2848