“Leaders have made it a priority to develop the confidence and self-esteem of pupils”
OFSTED Report 2017

School Day & Dress Requirements

The Dorset Studio School perpetuates a professional adult environment. Work begins at 9am and will continue until 5pm, Monday to Friday.  A typical week will include academic lessons and will include practical work with a range of animals large and small, and the land based sector,  as well as a range of work experience opportunities on site including working in the dairy, on the farm, in the stables, in the gardens and with the RSPCA.


School Day Timings

9.00 am Students expected in school
9.10 am Lesson 1
10.00am Lesson 2
10.45 am Morning Break
11.00 am Lesson 3
11.45 am Lesson 4
 12.30pm Student conference / activity time
12.50 pm Lunchtime
1.30 pm Lesson 5
2.15 pm Lesson 6
3.00 pm Afternoon Break
3.15 pm Lesson 7
4.00 pm Lesson 8
4.45 pm End of the day

Dress Requirements

A smart appearance is essential to the Dorset Studio School, which centres on being professional and suitable for the specialism of the school.

The School demands a high standard of appearance and dress, and all students are required to wear the school uniform.  All items of uniform, equipment and personal property brought into School must be clearly marked with the owner’s name.


Dress Common to All

Black Soft Shell Jacket To be purchased from the School.
Black Combat Trouser To be purchased from the School.
Royal Blue Polo Shirt To be purchased from the School.
Black safety Shoes Do not have to be steel toe capped.

Work-Based Learning Uniform

All standard work-based uniform items are available from local retailers.

Plain boiler suit (black or navy)
Green full safety wellington boots
Plain waterproof trousers (black or navy) Optional
Plain waterproof gilet (black or navy) Optional

PE Kit

Students may wear kit that is safe and appropriate for the specific activity that they are taking part in.

Green and Black Rugby Shirt Available from school only.
Sports Shorts (black) Available in high street stores.
Sports Socks (dark blue or black) Available in high street stores.
Plain tracksuit (black or navy) Optional.
Training Shoes Available in high street stores.

Work-based uniform must not be worn outside school or placements unless on a specific activity and permission has been granted by the School.

Headscarves. Where a scarf or a veil is worn, as part of religious observance, students must ensure that the garment does not interfere with work practice.

Hair must be clean and neat and, if long, tied back.  Hair fastenings should be discreet.  Where hair has been coloured it should be of a subdued, natural tone.

Jewellery. Watches are acceptable, as well as medical bracelets/necklaces.  No other jewellery can be worn apart from one pair of discreet earrings – maximum one small earring stud per ear lobe.  Any jewellery must be removed for all sporting and work-based activities.  Taping over earrings is not accepted.

NB – no body piercing is permitted.

Identity Badges supplied by the Dorset Studio School MUST be worn at all times.

Whilst on Community Placements/Educational Visits, students may be allowed to wear their own clothes instead of uniform.  In that case, students’ clothing must be clean, neat and appropriate.  Students should be guided by their mentors regarding appropriate dress code.

Find Us

Dorset Studio School, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8PX
Call 01305 215028. Our office is open 9 - 4.30pm Monday to Friday

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