Herne Bay High School's uniform can be purchased from Barnums Schoolwear, Unit 2, 14-16 William Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5EJ. 01227 365220

There is a strict policy on school uniform at Herne Bay High School which must be adhered to by all students.

Herne Bay High School's Uniform Policy

All students must wear:

  • a plain black blazer with the school badge (available from Barnums). The school badge can be purchased separately if you wish to purchase the blazer from another outlet
  • a plain white shirt with a 'classic' collar, with a top button which should be done up for the whole day 
  • the school tie related to the year group to which the child belongs. The school tie should be worn at the correct length with the top Heron logo showing below the know when the tie is done up (the tie is available from Barnums).
  • all students should have a plain outer coat (not a fleece, sweatshirt or denim jacket/coat).
  • hoodies are not permitted in school as either outer coats or as a replacement for the school jumper or blazer.

 Boys' Uniform (in addition to the above):

  • Formal black tailored trousers (not corduroy, jeans, cotton drill or tracksuit bottoms).
  • Plain black shoes with no logos and black socks
  • Optional ~ The school plain V-neck black pullover with the school logo can be worn under blazers (available from Barnums).
  • No other jumpers, sweatshirts or cardigans etc. are permissible.

Girls' Uniform (in addition to the above):

  • The standard school skirt (available from Barnums) or other suitable outlets.
  • The only girls' trousers that should be worn are either the two different styles of standard school trousers (available from Barnums) or other suitable outlets.
  • Black shoes with a sensible heel.
  • Black socks must be worn with trousers.
  • Plain black tights or ankle length black socks may be worn with the school skirt.
  • Optional ~ The school plain V-neck black pullover with the school logo or the school cardigan with the school logo can be worn underneath the school blazer.
  • No other jumpers, sweatshirts or cardigans etc. are permissible. 


  • Discreet make-up is permitted. 
  • Extreme hair styles (cut and/or colour), as determined by the Principal, are deemed inappropriate and hair colour should be within the natural range.
  • Facial piercings: 
    Lower School: facial piercing is strictly prohibited, e.g. nose studs, eyebrow bars or rings
    Upper School: students in Years 10 and 11 are permitted to have one small colourless/transparent nose stud. Any other facial jewellery, including nose studs, eyebrow bars/rings are prohibited.
  • Visible tattoos are prohibited.
  • For health and safety reasons neither acrylic/gel nails nor the wearing of jewellery is allowed within school except for a watch and a single discreet stud in each ear.

Sanctions for those students who fail to abide by the school’s Uniform Policy
The school follows the DFE advice regarding dealing with uniform issues, and as such should a student breach the school’s uniform policy (see above), this will be seen as defiance of school rules and a failure to abide by the terms of the Home/School Agreement that all students and parents/carers signed when they joined the school. As such the student will be subject to school sanctions, including a detention on the day of the uniform issue and/or, if the situation is deemed to demand it, they may be removed from their normal classes. In addition, following Department for Education advice, for serious or repeated breaches of the school’s uniform policy, the student may face exclusion even if the student does not otherwise display poor behaviour (see https://www.gov.uk/school-uniform). 

Physical Education Clothing

Physical Education is an integral part of the curriculum, and it is essential that students change for the lessons.  The clothing listed below is required by all students taking part in PE/Games:  Please ensure that all items of uniform and PE kit are clearly marked with your child’s name.

PE Kit (purchased from Barnums)  Please note that a discount of £20 (£10 HBHS/£10 Barnums) is given if you purchase the sports kit consisting of polo/shorts or skort/socks, midlayer and jogging pants)

  • Black jogging pants with school badge
  • Black mid layer top with school badge
  • Red polo shirt with school badge
  • Black shorts with school badge
  • Black skorts with school badge
  • Black socks with red top                               
  • Black rain jacket with school badge and HBHS on back (optional)                 

All students should have a pair of clean indoor trainers to use in the indoor facilities (gymnasium, sports hall, climbing wall, fitness suite).   Plimsolls or similar flimsy cloth or canvas shoes are not suitable for PE lessons as they offer no foot support.  Students must have appropriate trainers or running shoes.

  • A pair of outdoor trainers and/or football boots are required for outdoor lessons.  
  • Shin pads are advisable for football and hockey.
  • A gumshield is advisable for hockey and rugby.

Showers:     A towel will be required when a shower is necessary.

Swimming:  A costume will be required for students involved in swimming during PE lessons.

It is essential that students bring their PE kit to change into even if they are not taking part in PE lessons due to illness.  This enables them to take part in a non participatory role, i.e. umpiring, refereeing etc.



In addition to school uniform, students are also expected to bring the following equipment with them for learning: