Uniform Code & Appearance

The items marked with an * below MUST be purchased from our school uniform supplier Sportswear International Ltd (www.SWI.co.uk). Details of how to login/register and order items can be found on their website.

SWI Direct to Parents guide.
SWI Order Form.

GIRLS

Jacket* Navy blue Colchester jacket.  The jacket must be worn to and from the Academy every day.  The jumper may be removed when travelling but not the jacket
Skirt* Navy blue Colchester skirt.  The skirt is to be worn so that it reaches at least the crease at the back of the knee
Trousers* Navy blue Colchester trousers.
Blouse Plain white, short or long sleeve blouse in a classic style with a revere neckline. Vests or undergarments must be white and must not be visible under the blouse.
Jumper* Navy blue V neck jumper. Alternative jumpers must not be worn. The jumper is not to be worn as an alternative to the jacket when travelling to and from The Quest
Vest Tops During the winter months, students may wear a plain white vest top or t-shirt under their shirt or blouse. No other colour is permitted.
Shoes Black, plain, sturdy leather shoes with wide flat heels (not kitten-type) – no platforms, sling-backs, ankle-boots or open-toe shoes. Mules, trainers or fabric shoes are not permitted
Tights & Socks Neutral, plain black or navy opaque tights – no patterns are permitted; or plain white ankle (not trainer) socks. Students will also need a pair of plain white sports socks for PE lessons
House Lapel Badge A House Lapel Badge in the appropriate colour to be worn at all times.
Outdoor Coat(optional) Plain black, navy or grey overcoat (small discreet logos are acceptable.)  Not to be worn inside the building, except when going straight to the Tutor Room at the start of the day.
Scarf (optional) Plain black or plain navy blue. A scarf must not be worn in the building
Gloves (optional) Plain black or plain navy blue. Gloves must not be worn in the building
Belt Plain black or plain navy blue. Large buckles displaying logos are not permitted.
Jewellery A watch with a plain strap; one pair of small studs, worn in the lower lobe of the ear only.  No other jewellery.  No visible body piercing, including tongue studs, are allowed
Hijab Plain black or plain navy blue.

BOYS

Jacket* Navy blue Savile jacket.  The jacket must be worn to and from the Academy every day.  The jumper may be removed when travelling but not the jacket
Trousers* Navy blue Savile trousers.
Shirt Plain white, long or short sleeved shirt. This must be buttoned to the neck at all times and suitable for wearing with a tie.  The shirt must be tucked in at all times. Vests or undergarments must be white and must not be visible under the shirt
Tie* Ties in the appropriate house colour to be worn at all times.
Jumper* Navy Blue V neck jumper. Alternative jumpers must not be worn. The jumper is not to be worn as an alternative to the jacket when travelling to and from The Quest
Vest tops During the winter months, students may wear a plain white vest top or t-shirt under their shirt or blouse. No other colour is permitted.
Shoes Black, plain, sturdy leather shoes. Mules, trainers, ankle boots or fabric shoes are not permitted
Socks Plain black, plain navy blue or plain grey. Students will also need a pair of plain white sports socks for PE lessons
Outdoor Coat (optional) Plain black or plain navy blue or grey (small discreet logos are acceptable.) Not to be worn inside the building, except when going straight to the Tutor Room at the start of the day.
Scarf (optional) Plain black or plain navy blue.  A scarf is not to be worn inside the buildings
Gloves (optional) Plain black or plain navy blue.  Gloves are not to be worn inside the buildings
Belt Plain black or plain navy blue. Large buckles displaying logos are not permitted.
Jewellery No jewellery is allowed, except a watch. No visible body piercing, including tongue studs, are allowed

Appearance
Make Up, Nails, Hats & Hooded Tops

  • Make-up, fake tan, nail varnish or nail extensions of any kind may not be worn when in The Quest Uniform;
  • Spray deodorant, body sprays, or perfumes may not be brought to The Quest;
  • Hats must be plain black or plain blue and must not be worn in the building;
  • Hooded tops of a sweatshirt material may not be worn when in The Quest uniform (including on the journey to and from the Academy)

Hair (the regulations below are as appropriate for boys or girls)

  • Long hair must be tied back at all times;
  • Hairbands, hair ties and scrunchies must be plain navy blue or black and of narrow width. No decorative hairbands, hair ties or ribbons are allowed;
  • Haircuts must be no shorter than a number two;
  • Hair must be worn in a simple style. Unconventional or elaborate styles are not allowed, nor are bleached, coloured streaks, dyed hair, hair extensions, beading, shaved patterns and/or undercut or extensive braiding. An unnatural striking appearance is inappropriate. If in doubt over whether a planned style would be acceptable, parents/students should contact the Academy and seek advice before having the hair styled.
  • In some cases, because of hair types, functional braiding may be appropriate. Advice must be sought in advance of styling from your Achievement Coordinator, since the style is not allowed unless permission has been granted by the The Quest. As a general rule, straight line braiding is allowed. Patterned braiding (shapes etc cut into the hair) mohicans, tram lines or indents are not allowed.

Students may collect uniform at first break on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

Uniform Order Form