Pupils in Forms Four to Upper Fifth are required to wear school uniform as detailed below, which can be purchased from the School Shop during a fitting appointment. Sixth Form students are required to wear business dress. Uniform sports kit is required for all pupils, please see full uniform list available from the School Shop for details.
Cranleigh expects all students to take care over their dress and appearance and to be well-presented at all times. Clothes and shoes should be clean, in good repair and worn smartly. Pupils will be required to wear working dress within School every day until after the lunchtime Callover or until the end of lessons, whichever is the later. Pupils may wear casual dress in the afternoons after lessons are over, but it should not be ostentatious. School dress and casual dress should not be mixed. School uniform must be worn during Saturday lunch unless pupils are in a match immediately afterwards, in which case school sports kit may be worn. Tracksuit trousers must be worn over shorts, and students must also wear proper sports shoes. Studded boots/shoes or muddy trainers may not be worn inside School buildings.
We generally expect that hair should be neatly presented and of a single natural colour. Its style and length should not be ostentatious. For boys, hair should not be over the collar or eyebrows. We aim to work with pupils in developing a sense of judgment as to what is appropriate dress for any given situation: formal, less formal and informal. A separate dress code will be issued by the School during sustained periods of warm weather.
The School may ask pupils to change if we feel that any pupil’s appearance and choice of dress departs from this code and does not match the spirit and ethos of the School’s approach to uniform. In cases of doubt please speak to your Housestaff for guidance. Ultimately, the Housestaff/Deputy Head will judge what dress and appearance is, or is not, acceptable. If a pupil or family are experiencing any difficulties caused by the dress code on the basis of religion, race, disability, gender identity or medical issues, then they are encouraged to contact Housestaff to discuss further.
The School regularly reviews its uniform guidance and dress code with the pupils and consults with staff, parents and uniform suppliers as appropriate.
Lower School (Fourth and Fifth Forms)
School blazer, charcoal grey trousers, white shirt, school pullover, dark coloured socks, school tie, black polishable shoes, dark blue or black coat/waterproof jacket (optional).
Boys’ hair needs to be neatly presented, of a natural colour and should not be over the collar or eyebrows. Top buttons must be done up and ties worn properly. Trousers must not be skinny in style or worn at half-mast. Boys should be clean shaven. Jewellery should not be worn with uniform and piercings are not allowed at any time.
Lower School (Fourth and Fifth Forms)
School blazer, school on-the-knee skirt, white shirt, school pullover, navy tights, black polishable, sensible shoes (not ballet-style), dark blue or black coat/waterproof jacket (optional).
Girls with long hair must wear it tied back with a plain-coloured hair-tie. Hair must not be ostentatious. Make up must not be worn in School during the formal working day. This also encompasses nail polish, bronzers and fake tans. The use of concealers (for medical reasons) may be arranged with Housemistresses or Matron on an individual basis.
Personal jewellery is limited to one fine chain necklace (must be subtle), one pair of small stud earrings (worn in lower lobe), one small ring, one watch. No bracelets, or anklets are to be worn. Nose, lip, tongue, eyebrow or any other body piercings are not permitted at any time.
Upper School (Sixth Form)
All students must wear a conservatively coloured (navy, grey, black) formal suit (a subtle pinstripe is acceptable) that is appropriate for a formal work setting, including matching jacket, skirt/trousers. Shirts should be of a formal nature, be collared, have sleeves and should be tucked in at all times. Shirts should be conservatively patterned (e.g. simple stripe or check). Boys must wear a tie at all times, with their top button done up. Girls’ shirts should be buttoned above the cleavage. Shoulders and midriff should be covered at all times.
Skirts should be of an appropriate length for a formal work setting. Lycra trousers or skirts are not to be worn (they are too figure-hugging and the skirts do not hold the correct length). Skirts should not have excessive slits or visible zips at the back.
A pullover (if worn) should be monotone. It must be in a plain rather than a chunky knit, without buttons and zips, so that it fits comfortably under a suit jacket. Sweatshirts (or similar styled sportswear tops) are not allowed. Shoes must be formal, black, polishable and leather (or leather look). No trainers, canvas or embroidered shoes. High heeled, stiletto or platform shoes should not be worn. Outerwear, if worn, should be plain, conservatively coloured and formal (school sports coats is acceptable).
Jewellery, along with all other uniform, should be modest, a single necklace (no shells or leather necklaces) and, for girls, a pair of earrings in the earlobe (one cartilage piercing may be allowed), one bracelet and one ring. Nose, lip, tongue, eyebrow or any other body piercings are not allowed. Make up for girls should be subtle and suitable for a formal work setting, and boys should be clean shaven. Hair needs to be neatly presented and of a natural colour and, for boys should not be over the collar or eyebrows.