Uniform Policy

    Uniform Policy-Full School

    Last reviewed: 25 / 11/ 2019


    Deputy Head (Pastoral) in the Senior School

    Assistants Head in the Prep School

    Deputy Head in Pre-Prep


    Vice Principal - Pastoral and Operations


    With the exception of official non-uniform days all pupils are required to wear school uniform every school day and this uniform must conform to the shades, styles, textures and colours determined by the school and in keeping with the uniform stocked by the school suppliers. Uniform should be clean and tidy at all times and it should be worn in full to and from school, as well as in public, inclusive of blazer in the Prep and Senior schools (when the weather permits).

    The full uniform list is available on the school website. The list shows the variations for each part of the school and gives details of the official school suppliers.

    Hats – “No hat, no play”

    In the Prep and Pre-Prep Schools, we operate a “no hat, no play” rule throughout the year and all children will require a Cranleigh sunhat or cap when outdoors in non-shaded areas. In the Senior School the children are deemed old enough to decide for themselves whether they need to wear one or not.

    Shoes & socks

    All children should wear flat soled non-marking, black, leather shoes which should be properly polished. Sketchers, canvas and shoes that are made by sports brands are not allowed. All children should wear socks that cover their ankles, grey for boys and white for girls. In the Pre-Prep, girls may wear navy blue tights/stockings under their dresses instead of socks, however three-quarter or full-length leggings are not permitted.

    Skirt Length

    Due to local sensitivities, girls’ skirts should reach below their knees. This is also an ADEK requirement. Form Teachers are expected to play their part in enforcing this dress code.

    School Bags

    Pupils in the Prep and Senior schools have a choice of three bags: the Cranleigh backpack, satchel or games bag (or any combination). Pre-Prep pupils must now have a compulsory Cranleigh backpack as well as an additional book bag to protect library and reading books. Any non-Cranleigh bags will not be permitted in the Pre Prep and Prep Schools. Pupils in the Senior School are allowed to use a plain black or navy blue bag without any distinctive logos or colour.

    Jewellery, tattoos, and make-up

    No jewellery or make-up is permitted and this includes friendship bands and bracelets. Pupils who have tattoos should ensure that these remain covered up all times. Girls may wear a single set of discreet stud earrings but these must be removed or for PE and CCAs if required.


    Girls' hair may be long or short but if long, i.e. below the chin, it must be tied back; discreet navy blue hair accessories or official tartan hair accessories only. The only exception to this is in the Senior School where girls are allowed to wear their hair down. All boys' hair should be cut to a conventional short style i.e. off the collar, above the ears and with a short fringe. Hair colouring must be in a natural colour only and gel may not be worn.


    Wearing of a watch is a good idea as the children get older and become more independent, however, we strongly recommend that the watch is named. Watches vary tremendously in value and we ask you to use your judgement as the school will not be held liable for any losses incurred. All watches (including fitness watches) must be removed for PE and some CCAs and pupils may be required to remove watches for examinations. Please note that smart watches are not allowed below Year 9.

    Mobile Phones

    Mobile phones are banned in both the Pre-Prep and Prep Schools; if children need to contact their parents then they should gain permission from their teacher or tutor (written in to the back of their planner) and then use the phone at reception. In the Senior School, children may have a mobile phone in school, but are not allowed to use them until after school hours and they should be used outside of the school building.  (Note: this policy will be reviewed during the 20192020 academic year)

    Naming of clothes

    It is particularly important that all uniform items are named so that lost property can be reunited with its owner quickly. Any lost property which is found should be placed in the lost property areas. Lost property whose owner can be identified is returned to its owner on a regular basis.

    PE Uniform

    Please see detailed information at the following links:  

    Prep and Senior School: https://cranleigh.fireflycloud.asia/academic/department-policies-and-documentation/physical-education/physical-education-policies/kit-policy

    Pre-Prep: http://cranleigh.fireflycloud.asia/general/important-information-for-all-pre-prep-parents/pre-prep-pe-kit-policy

    The school reserves the right to refuse entry to pupils who persistently (i.e. after reasonable warning) refuse to follow the school uniform and dress codes.

    Summary table

    Pre-PrepPrep SchoolSenior School
    Must wear a hatYesYesNo
    Black, leather shoesYesYesYes
    Socks to cover anklesYesYesYes
    Skirt to cover kneesYesYesYes
    School bag: satchel, backpack & games bagYesYesYes
    Own bag (blue or black)NoNoYes
    Jewellery and make-upNoNoNo
    Hair tied upYesYesNo
    Regular watchYesYesYes
    Smart watchNoNoYes
    Watch with photo or video capabilityNoNoNo

    Sixth Form Uniform

    The Sixth Form Uniform Policy can be found here

    All sections of this policy are reviewed annually.