Written by the Hawkswood school council
Hawkswood does not have a school uniform, we are able to wear our own school uniform from our mainstream school. We can also wear our own clothes, provided these are appropriate for school, i.e. no miniskirts, bare shoulders or midriffs, high heels etc. Hoodies should not be worn.
We share a site with a primary school, we need to respect that we will be around younger children. Most pupils wear comfortable clothes such as tracksuits or jeans.
Please be aware of logos that may be on clothes you own. Please do not wear clothes with logos which would make anyone else feel uncomfortable or anything inappropriate for young children to see, this includes statements and logos which involve swearing, drugs or prejudice comments.
Makeup and jewellery
The school environment is very calm and relaxed, we do not judge each other for what we look like. Makeup is fine as long as it is reasonable (foundation, mascara and lip gloss etc) and does not interfere with learning or scare other pupils, particularly younger pupils. Some of us enjoy wearing dramatic makeup outside of school, please do not wear this for school.
We do activities through the day which could make us get hot or cause us to catch nails or jewellery. Please leave large jewellery at home, stud earrings and small sleepers are fine, you could get injured or injure someone else in enrichment with dangling jewellery or long nails.
Mobile phones & personal belongings
Hawkswood School is a mobile-free zone. We are trusted to manage our mobile phones responsibly. We can use our mobiles at break and lunch, but they must be handed in at the start of the day and at the end of break and lunch.
We respect the fact we are trusted to manage this ourselves, however if we abuse this, we will lose this privilege and be asked to leave our phones at reception when we enter the school and will not be permitted to use them on the school premises at any time.
There are no lockers at Hawkswood, so we leave valuable items at home. If there is something linked to our learning that we wish to bring into school that is valuable, we let our tutor know, and they can keep it in a safe place for us.
There are some pupils who require support to feel safe, staff help by meeting with individual pupils in the morning before they come into class. They check in with them emotionally and go through their bags and personal items together to ensure that there is nothing that could hurt them in their bags. We are all supportive of this and do not judge others who need this support. We are committed to keeping each other safe and therefore do not bring any items or weapons which could make anyone feel unsafe or triggered. Hawkswood is OUR safe space – please respect this.