Wellington College International Shanghai has a uniform policy which all pupils and parents need to adhere to. We believe that our school uniform promotes a sense of pride in our school and solidarity between pupils. School uniforms are expected to fit the student appropriately, be cleaned on a regular basis, and cannot deviate from the style and colour choices. Pupils are expected to present themselves in a neat, clean, unostentatious and professional manner at all times.
Sensible adherence to this policy is the responsibility of everyone in the school community.
Parents, guardians, carers, staff and pupils themselves all have a role to play in making it work.
Download here the clothing details for each year group:
School Uniform Shop
The school uniform and sports kits are available exclusively from the School Uniform Shop on the second floor of the Sports Hall and Theatre Building (Building 4) which carries the complete line of pupils’ uniforms and PE kits.
The Uniform shop is open five times a week during term time, every Monday to Friday and the open hours are as below:
- Monday: 8:15 to 12:00
- Tuesday: 13:30 to 17:00
- Wednesday: 13:30 to 17:00
- Thursday: 13:30 to 17:00
- Friday: 8:15 to 12:00
The shop will also be open a week before the start of each academic year.
Please contact the Uniform Shop at 5185-3866 * 6120 for enquiries.
Pre-Nursery to Year 11
Pupils are expected to have a sufficient number of each of the compulsory uniform items so that items can be regularly laundered. A full uniform list for each of the different schools is available online and in the joining information. Every item of clothing must be clearly marked with the pupil’s name.
All clothing must be neat and clean.
No frayed, torn or excessively worn items.
No non-uniform sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, etc.
Shirts should be tucked in at all times.
For pupils wearing ties, top buttons should be done up.
Skirts must be at least knee length; no alterations to skirt lengths are permitted.
Jackets and coats may be worn to and from school and during break. Jackets and coats must be school uniform or may be black, navy or grey.
Black, leather shoes are to be worn by all pupils during the school day, except for Pre-Prep Students who may wear black plimsolls. Shoes must not have any large, ostentatious branding on them and must be kept clean and polished. For safety reasons, open-toed shoes and stiletto heels are not permitted.
For all sporting and performing arts activities, specific footwear for each discipline must be worn. For example; football boots for football and rugby, training shoes with non-marking soles for court sports and athletics, etc.
Every item of clothing must be marked internally with the pupil’s name and year group, without which clothes cannot be identified. Visible naming or embroidery on any uniform item is not permitted. Footwear should also be marked.
Years 12 and 13
The Sixth Form pupils have the privilege and distinction of not being obliged to wear school uniform. They are still expected, however, to present in a manner that promotes a sense of pride in our school. In general, Sixth Form attire should be consistent with what would be considered appropriate and conventional within most formal business contexts.
Boys are expected to wear a suit or equivalent (e.g. formal jacket and trousers). Ties are compulsory.
Girls are expected to wear a suit or equivalent (e.g. formal jacket and trousers).
Shoulders should not be bare. Skirts should be at least knee length.
Trainers, casual wear, jeans and/or T-shirts are not acceptable. Sixth formers can seek guidance from their Housemasters or the Head of Senior School if they are unsure.
The only acceptable forms of jewellery may include one or more of the following:
A single set of earrings, these being plain studs or sleepers worn in the lower ear lobes.
A discreet necklace or chain that must be tucked inside the school shirt and not visible.
All jewellery is to be removed by pupils before playing sport and for practical PE lessons. Pupils may also be directed to remove jewellery before other lessons and activities such as science experiments, drama rehearsals or when working in the art and design studios.
Tattoos, body piercings, stickers, message buttons, etc. are not acceptable at school.
Make-up that is noticeable is not permitted.
Requirements in respect of jewellery and make-up apply to both boys and girls.
Hair – All
Hair is to be clean, neat and tidy at all times.
No excessive use of hair styling agents i.e. gel, mousse, hairspray, wax and other hair products for unconventional or unnatural hairstyles is permitted.
Hair may not hang over the eyes.
Haircuts or styles may not be ostentatious or distracting in any way; no lines, patterns, multi-levels, etc. are permitted.
Hair colour must be consistent with natural hair colour.
Hair of shoulder length or longer is to be worn tied back as a health and safety measure.
Ribbons, clips, bands and ‘scrunchies’ should be navy, black or school uniform.
Boys’ hair length may not fall below the shirt collar, must be out of the eyes and always tied back where it is of a length to be so.
The expectation of all pupils is that their appearance should be smart, unostentatious and not a cause of distraction, to themselves or others, or of ongoing debate or comment. In all matters relating to appearance and how far requirements are being met, the Head of School shall be the final arbiter. The College reserves the right to require pupils whose appearance does not meet expectations to leave school until those expectations are met.