Uniform, PE Kit and Equipment
Wearing our school uniform means that students become valued members of our school community and feel a sense of belonging and pride.
Please find below the uniform expectations for all students by selecting the heading for more information. These will be strictly applied so please ensure that the correct uniform is always worn.
Uniform Update - Summer 2020 - Please note that we are making some slight changes to our uniform and PE kit for our new Year 7s starting in September 2020. The logo on the school blazer, jumper and PE kit is changing from a yellow/gold colour to white and the tie colour has also been adjusted to reflect the change in colour scheme. We are very proud of our smart uniform and PE kit, and this small change in branding has been made to match the updated school logo. We have decided to introduce this change in a phased way so that parents and carers of existing students are not financially penalised or inconvenienced. This means that the change in uniform and PE it only applies to incoming Year 7 students and new starters in future years, so will not affect current students. Existing students (Year 8 – 11 in September 2020) can continue to wear their current uniform and PE kit until they leave Testbourne Community School. The existing legacy styles are still available from our suppliers, so for the time being if you are replacing your child’s uniform or PE kit you should buy one to match the existing style. School ties for existing students need to be ordered through the school and not Skoolkit as they are no longer manufactured and sold by Skoolkit. Please note that the new ties will not match the legacy blazers and the new blazers will not match legacy ties. For further information, see our FAQs document at the bottom of this webpage.
- Navy blue blazer with school badge (logo embroidered blazer available from Skoolkit)
- White shirt with a collar, long or short sleeves (worn with top button done up and shirt tucked in).
- House tie – to be pulled right up to top shirt button, and worn at the correct length – ties available from Skoolkit and school
- Navy blue jumper with school badge (from Skoolkit) - optional not compulsory
- Plain black/charcoal trousers (these must be straight leg, loose fitting all the way down the leg. No fashion or casual trousers with logos, rivets or detail are acceptable).
- Navy blue Charleston style school skirt with at least one pleat at front (worn at knee length)
- Black, grey or white socks or opaque / Black tights with no pattern.
- Black leather style school shoes (no boots, sports style shoes, canvas shoes, trainers, high heeled shoes and no logos or stripes).
- Scarves worn for religious reasons should also be plain and black or blue.
Please note that all items of uniform listed above are compulsory apart from the school jumper which is optional. Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Outer coats, if worn, should be smart, plain, dark in colour, and free of large logos or designs. Coats must fit over blazers as blazers are required at all times unless notification has been given to the contrary due to very hot weather.
Please note Hooded tops, sweatshirts or any other non-uniform item should not be worn and will be confiscated. Coats should not be worn instead of blazers.
Students’ hair is expected to be natural in appearance. Hair should be of natural colour. Extreme hairstyles are not permitted. Plain hairbands and hairclips are acceptable.
Scarves worn for religious reasons should also be plain and black or blue.
- Jewellery is not allowed apart from one pair of plain ear studs. No other piercings are permitted, e.g. no nose stud, tongue, eyebrow, lip piercing, etc. retainers, spikes. Expanders are NOT permitted.
- A watch is permitted, as are school badges.
- Please note that when children sit exams, smart watches are not allowed.
A discreet amount of make-up may be worn in Years 10 and 11 only.
- Nails should be of an appropriate length for school. Acrylic nails are not allowed under any circumstances as they pose a significant health and safety risk.
- Coloured nail varnish is not permitted and students will be asked to remove this with sanctions applying for repeat offenders.
Students are required to have a school bag big enough to carry their schoolbooks and equipment. A rucksack or messenger bag is usually ideal. Students will also need an appropriate bag for transporting PE kit.
Students should bring the following equipment to support their learning. As a minimum they require:
- Student planner (this will be issued in September)
- Two pens
- A pencil, with eraser
- A ruler
- A scientific calculator (CASIO fx‑83GT PLUS is recommended)
- A reading book
- A dry erase whiteboard and a whiteboard pen
- A glue stick
Equipment is regularly checked in tutor time and sanctions apply where a student does not have the correct equipment with them.
- Testbourne Royal Blue & White Polo
- Testbourne PE ¼ Zip Top
- Testbourne Navy Shorts
- Knee length royal blue socks*
- Football Boots (please follow guidelines)
- Gum Shields for Rugby (available from PE dept)
- Shin pads for Football
- Testbourne Navy Tracksuit Bottoms**
- Testbourne Navy Leggings**
- White, Black or Navy Underskins/ Thermal layer
- Alternative mid-calf white socks (for indoor or summer activities)
* For indoor activities, students are able to wear mid-calf white socks. All outdoor activities must have the prescribed royal blue socks.
** These items can be worn instead of the Testbourne Navy Shorts.
All piercings must be removed (as opposed to being taped over). This is in line with national governing body health and safety requirements. This means that the only time with a 6-week rest period is at THE VERY START of the summer holidays.
All School Uniform and PE kit should be clearly labelled at the start of the year, this means labelling every single item. If done in fabric pen, it may need to be refreshed throughout the year. This will ensure that any lost kit is easily returned.
Participation in PE
- If a student cannot participate in PE through injury or illness, kit must still be brought in, and they must have a note written by a parent/guardian that outlines the reason for non-participation.
- It will be up to the member of staff whether changing is required. If changing is difficult then they will be able to stay in uniform; possible examples include:
- Casts for broken bones
- The use of crutches
- Students not participating in PE will generally still get changed into PE kit, and help out in other ways, such as coach, referee or scoring. By wearing PE kit they keep their uniform clean and dry. It is not possible for students to be in a different location for their PE lesson, so they must still be with their class.
We are very proud of our 3G pitch and this fantastic facility really does benefit both school and the local community. We are immensely fortunate to have received a grant for the latest, high quality, all weather pitch that is the most accurate simulation of playing football on real grass available at the time of installation (2019). The suitable footwear must be worn by users all the time in order to maintain the surface and prevent injuries.
Only plastic studded footwear can be worn. In particular, an Artificial Ground (AG) boot is perfect for 3G turf thanks to its conical studs. These allow the boot to move and rotate freely, without damaging the surface. They offer good grip and often the studs are hollowed out to keep them lightweight and allow them to absorb impacts. It is also possible to wear firm ground football or rugby boots with round plastic studs. These are particularly attractive as they are multi-functional and can be used on both 3G and natural pitches. If purchasing or using this type of boot, a reinforced toe is recommended as boots wear faster on this surface. Please note that footwear that is used on grass and 3G surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned before being used on the 3G surface. This prevents mud contamination. Please see the links below for examples of suitable footwear:
It is not possible to use metal studs, bladed studs or ‘Astroturf’ trainers or boots on the surface. Blades are also completely unsuitable for 3G pitches. We have also been advised not to allow dimpled or flat-soled indoor shoes as they are likely to leave the player unprotected and can be slippery on artificial surfaces.