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The Richmond upon Thames School

The Richmond upon Thames School

Excellence Through Endeavour

Uniform

Students are expected to wear school uniform correctly to and from school, as well as in school. The school uniform policy can be found here.

The Richmond upon Thames School uniform consists of:

Compulsory Uniform Items

School Games / PE

RTS - Blazer

RTS - PE Polo Shirt
RTS - House Tie RTS - Games Rugby Shirt
RTS - Jumper RTS - Striped Rugby Socks
RTS - Kilt Black Rugby Shorts (unbranded)
RTS - School bag White socks (for PE)
Trousers - Standard grey (not charcoal), tailored; e.g. David Luke DL959 Shin pads (for Games)
White shirt with a collar (long or short sleeve) Mouth guard (for Games)
Black, grey or navy socks Studded boots (for Games)
Black school shoes, formal in style and capable of being polished. No logos and not trainers. Pictorial guide for shoes is here. Trainers (for indoor PE)
Optional Items
Shorts - Standard grey (not charcoal), tailored knee-length shorts (no cargo pockets); e.g. David Luke DL945 RTS - Mid-layer
RTS - PE Bag Black tracksuit bottoms (unbranded)
Black or Blue Apron (Art & Design Technology) Black skorts (combined shorts/skirts)

Our uniform suppliers are:

  • SchoolDays: 94 High Street, Whitton, TW2 7LN. Telephone:  020 8898 4881; or via their online shop.
  • Stevensons: 1-15 Heath Rd, Twickenham, TW1 4DB. Telephone: 020 8892 2201; or via their online shop.

Support with purchasing uniforms

Pre-loved Uniforms

The school's Parent Teacher Association, known as Friends of RTS (FoRTS), aims to sell pre-loved uniform at all school events. They also accept uniform donations via the School Reception.  All proceeds go directly towards FoRTS. 

Details can be found by emailing: fortsuniform@rts.richmond.sch.uk.

Uniform Grants

If you think you may be eligible for support with buying your child's school uniform, please complete the form here. School Uniform Grants are only payable to students transferring Year 7 and 9. Grants can also be applied to students who join the school mid-year. The child may qualify for a uniform grant, if the parent/s receive:

  • Income support

  • Income based Job seekers allowance

  • Income based Employment support allowance

  • Universal credit, provided your household annual taxable income does not exceed £7,400

  • Child tax credit/working tax credit (provided your household income does not exceed £16,190).

  • Guaranteed element of Pension credit or

  • NASS – Supported by the National Asylum support service.

The Richmond upon Thames School’s (RTS) Financial Hardship Fund

The RTS Financial Hardship Fund is there to support students whose family circumstances mean that they would not be able to participate in educational trips and other school events.

The Charging and Remissions Policy details what the school can charge for, and what is requested, as a voluntary contribution. Families do not need to apply for the RTS Financial Hardship Fund to cover voluntary contributions. Please read this policy before applying and contact the Finance Office (accounts@rts.richmond.sch.uk) if you have any questions.

All grants from the RTS Financial Hardship Fund are discretionary and will be allocated depending on need and funds available. The more information families can supply in the application about what is difficult to pay for, and why, the more easily the committee will be able to assess their needs.

Please email accounts@rts.richmond.sch.uk who will send the application form

The Hampton Fund

The Hampton Fund, a Richmond borough-based charity, supports families and individuals on low-income living in the local area with school uniforms and school journeys (for children in Year 6).  Families can apply for a contribution towards their child’s first secondary school uniform. If they are eligible they may receive a £100 voucher for which can be used at the local school uniform supplier.

 

RTS Standards

Hairstyles

“Extreme” or “Fashion” hairstyles are not allowed. In-keeping with our uniform policy, hairstyles should be smart and appropriate. Some examples of extreme or fashion hairstyles include:

  • Obviously dyed hair (particularly if bleached or dyed a bright or unnatural colour)

  • Shaved heads or excessively short haircuts (e.g. “number one…”) this applies to all students

  • Any patterns or designs cut or shaved into the hair

  • Any extreme or fashion styles such as “Mohican”

  • Shaved patterns in eyebrow and heads

Jewellery

For health and safety reasons, jewellery must be kept to a minimum. 

Students are allowed one pair of small, plain studs in their ears. 

No finger or toe rings are permitted. 

All earrings must be removed for Games and PE.  

The following are not permitted

  • Other facial, nose, mouth and other body piercings

  • Necklaces, bracelets and anklets 

Make-up, nail varnish and nail extensions

Make-up, nail extensions and nail varnish/gel are not allowed. 

School equipment

Every student is given a Student Guide before starting in the September - this contains all of the information above as well as a handy list of school equipment that is required.

The Guide is currently being refreshed for September 2022 intake students, but the equipment list is here as a reminder:

  • Pencil case
  • Fully charged iPad
  • Water bottle
  • Geometry set
  • Eraser
  • 15cm ruler
  • 30cm ruler
  • Container sharpener
  • Highlighter pen
  • Colouring pencils (x12)
  • Biros including x2 black, x2 blue, x1 red & x1 green
  • Pencils: x3 HB pencils
  • Scientific calculator: Casio FX83GT Plus
  • Reading book
  • Locker key
  • Charged RTS-iPad