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Uniform and equipment

You can download a handy tick list at the bottom of this page which lists all the uniform and equipment you need.


school uniform

Our uniform is simple and relaxed but it is important that all students adhere to our expectations.

  • ​​​​​A navy blue polo shirt with the HVC logo is a requirement.
  • Students may then choose to layer with either:
    - a navy hoodie with the college logo on it,
    - and/or a navy sweatshirt with the college logo in it.
  • Students must wear either plain blue or black trousers. These can be jeans but not tracksuit bottoms or leggings. Rips, tears and writing are not permitted.  Alternatively students may wear plain navy blue or black knee length skirts or tailored shorts.  In special circumstances modifications to the uniform can be negotiated as a reasonable adjustment in line with the Equalities Act. For these adjustments you need to speak to a senior house tutor.
  • Trainers are acceptable footwear but heeled shoes, open-toed footwear and sandals are not.
  • Students are allowed up to two piercings in each ear and may wear simple stud earrings for college. No other piercings are allowed and students will be asked to remove any before taking part in lessons.
  • For health and safety reasons, nails extensions are not allowed in college.

Students failing to wear correct uniform will be isolated until parents can bring in alternative clothing.


PE kit

This is required for all lessons. If a student arrives with a parental letter requesting them to be excused from a lesson/activity due to injury or illness they will be required to get changed. The role of player/participant within PE equates to only 33% of the opportunity provided in lessons, with the remaining 66% formed via leading and or officiating duties. Injured students can continue to engage in the learning experience and have a positive impact on the lesson, even when not playing!

Kit List:

  • Plain white polo shirt with HVC logo (required).

  • Black shorts/tracksuit bottoms (required).

  • Trainers for use indoor/MUGA (clean and in addition to those worn as uniform) (required).

  • Green Rugby Shirt with HVC logo (required).

    Anyone playing football needs:

  • Football/rugby socks, any colour (required).

  • Football boots/Astro turf trainers (deep grip) for use on field (required).

  • Shin pads (required).

  • Gum guard/shield. HVC strongly recommends that these should be worn for activities such as rugby and hockey. Parents should provide these as part of essential PE kit. Teachers will remind students that any protective equipment provided by parents/guardians should be used to reduce the severity of any possible injury whilst participating in contact sports lessons and activities.



Outside coats and scarves should not be worn inside the building. Students can use their school bag or locker to store their coat while inside the building. When a student enters the school building, before school, and at social times, coats must be removed immediately. Students will only be allowed to put their coat on when they leave the building for social times and at the end of
Period 5.


It is essential to label all school uniform, including PE kit, so that lost property can be returned.


Ordering uniform

New School Uniform 

Our supplier is Emblematic Ltd. To order uniform from them please click here.

Their website also has videos about measuring your child for uniform, which you can see here.

Second Hand School Uniform 

Second hand school uniform is available from our school reception. Availability does depend on what stock we have in at the time, however we try to keep the full range of uniform and PE kit in a range of sizes available.

If you wish to enquire about purchasing any of the items please contact school at Please include which items you require, the quantity and the size and our reception team will be in touch. There is a small cost of £1 per item of uniform which can be paid either in cash at Reception or through Parent Pay.

If you have any unwanted Hope Valley College uniform, or items your child has outgrown, we welcome donations all year round.



All students should have the following equipment:

  • 2 x black pens
  • 1 x green pen
  • 2 x pencils
  • ruler
  • rubber
  • pencil sharpener
  • coloured pencils
  • scientific calculator
  • compass
  • angle measure
  • set square
  • protractor
  • earphones
  • apron for Food Tech lessons
  • dictionary
  • refillable water bottle
  • hand sanister
  • tissues.


Mobile phones/smartwatches/earphones/ airpods/buds

We recognise the need to utilise technology in school especially when we are adapting more of our learning to online platforms in case of school closure, however, we also recognise the distractions and potential harm caused by phones and social media.  Therefore, students are not allowed to use mobile phones, smartwatches or earphones/airpods/buds at school, unless directed by a member of staff in a lesson. Students are permitted to check their timetables on their phones. Any of these items that are seen or heard during the school day without permission will be confiscated by staff and parents will be required to collect the confiscated item from reception. If a student chooses to bring any of these items to school to use at social times (outside the building) or after school, these items should be switched off and put away in bags. Students must not wear headphones in the corridors as this is a health and safety issue; we require all students to be able to hear instructions from staff or react to emergency situations. 


what happens if you don't follow the uniform and equipment rules?

Students are not allowed to go through the school day wearing non-permitted uniform. Student uniform is checked every morning by staff. If a student arrives at school wearing non-permitted uniform, they will be required to go to our pastoral team to change into uniform provided by school and they will leave their non-permitted item(s) with school and swap back at the end of the school day.