Uniform History

The school’s founders Colonel and Mrs Townend wanted something different from the conventional school uniforms of the 1950s. Mrs Townend said “a grey uniform produces grey minds” and thus chose the classic three buttoned blazer and school cap to be in rust with matching rust shorts. The iconic knee-breeches introduced later were modelled on the Colonel’s climbing breeches. The uniform has developed over the school’s sixty five year history and no longer includes the blazer or cap, but has been designed to be all purpose and suitable for active wear. Children can move from the classroom to the sports field without having to change clothes.

Uniform Suppliers

All new uniform items are to be bought from Billings & Edmonds, who are the sole official supplier. No other retailer/business has been authorised to sell new Hill House school uniforms. All the prices listed below are correct as of 1st November 2018.

Billings & Edmonds Service

  • In store: Chiswick Store, 112 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PU (Monday to Friday 9.30am–5.30pm, Saturday 9.30am–5pm).
  • Telephone: Telephone the Chiswick store with your orders or queries on 020 8742 0201.
  • Email: Any queries and orders can made by emailing the Chiswick store directly.
  • Website: All items of uniform and sportswear may be purchased online. Prices and garment information are available on the Billings & Edmonds website.
  • Collect at Hill House: Either order online and select appropriate delivery option or telephone the Chiswick store with your order and this will then be delivered to Hill House for you to collect.
  • In store by appointment: An appointment service for new children is offered during June and up until 17th July at the Chiswick store.

Uniform Open Days

Hill House Founders’ Hall

Billings & Edmonds, in conjunction with Hill House, will hold School Uniform Open Days at Founders’ Hall, 2 Radnor Walk, London, SW3 4BN. This is an opportunity to meet the B&E team, have a fitting and purchase any new uniform items.

Uniform Day

Saturday 26 June 2021, 10.30am–2.00pm – This day is open to all parents. All items of school uniform and sports kit will be available. This day is aimed particularly towards parents of pupils joining Hill House in September. T-shirts for Field Day will also be available.

For a fitting please book a Timed Slot using this link. It will also be possible to drop in. Please email the Chiswick shop or call them on 020 8742 0201 with any queries. Please note that there may be a reduced service in store on this day.

All Year Uniform Items

Waxed JacketBrown/Brown LiningWaterproof. Worn to and from school.From £90.00B&E
Rain JacketBrown/Brown LiningWaterproof. Worn to and from school.From £32.00B&E
SweaterGoldWool Open Knit. Worn in the street and at games.From £46.00B&E
Pullover – SleevelessBeige, with Rust TrimWorn in school for lessonsFrom £39.50B&E
CravatGold/RustCompulsory for Middle School and above. Not required for Small & Lower School. Worn every day, always when out in the street. Worn for General Assembly on Wednesday morning.£13.95B&E
BeltYellow/BrownWorn by all children with breeches and shortsFrom £6.95B&E

Winter Uniform

Polo ShirtBeige, with Rust TrimLong Sleeve£16.95B&E
BreechesRustCorduroy, Knee Length for Boys & GirlsFrom £49.50B&E
CulottesRustCorduroy – Girls alternative to BreechesFrom £39.95B&E
Pinafore DressRustCorduroy – Girls alternative to Breeches (Small, Lower & Middle Schools only)From £49.50B&E
SocksBeige, with Rust TrimLong – Cotton rich£8.95B&E
TightsBeigeMay only be worn with the Pinafore Dress or Culottes£11.95 (2 pairs)B&E

Additional Winter Uniform

Bobble HatGold, with Rust TrimWool mix – Worn in Small, Lower and Middle School£15.95B&E
HatGold, with Rust TrimWool mix – An alternative for Upper School and above£13.95B&E
ScarfGold, Rust & BeigeStriped – Wool mix£19.95B&E

Summer Uniform

Polo ShirtBeigeShort Sleeves, with Rust Trim£14.95B&E
ShortsRustKnee length for Boys & GirlsFrom £26.50B&E
SkirtsRustGirls alternative to ShortsFrom £29.50B&E
SocksBeigeAnkle, with Rust Trim – Cotton rich£5.50B&E


ShoesBrown (Dark Tan, Chestnut)Regular smooth polishable leather. Must have black or dark brown Rubber Soles and fasten with Laces or a Buckle or for younger children with Velcro. The following styles are NOT allowed: shoes in light brown or light tan, suede, ankle boots, deck/boat shoes, loafers, trainer style shoes*
Gym ShoesBlack or WhitePlimsolls, simple slip-on style for Small, Lower & Middle Schools*
TrainersWhiteMiddle School and above*
Tennis ShoesWhiteWith a non marking sole. For Upper School Alpha, Beta & Gamma, Senior School, Lower & Upper Transitus, and Lower Sixth Form*

* You may purchase these items from any independent retailer of your choice.

Recommended Retailer: Pollyanna – If you follow this link to their home page, click on Schools and then Hill House School the various shoe categories will appear.

Pollyanna are offering Hill House parents a 10% discount on all leather school shoes all year round.

Other suggested Retailers: Trotters, Step2wo at Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Peter Jones

Games Clothes & Sports Equipment

Sports Kit is compulsory for children in Senior School, Transitus and Sixth Form for their once a week full afternoon of sport, Friday afternoon Sports Clubs and for fixtures with other schools.

Children in Upper School and below do not need Sports Kit.

All Year Sports Uniform

Splash TopMaroonWaterproof, with Red and Blue StripesFrom £39.50B&E
Splash BottomsMaroonWaterproof, with Red and Blue StripesFrom £28.95B&E
SkortMaroonSports Skirt with integral Lycra Shorts, and Red and Blue Stripes – GirlsFrom £26.95B&E
ShortsMaroonWith Red and Blue Stripes – BoysFrom £14.95B&E
Sports SocksMaroonLong Knee LengthFrom £8.00B&E
Sweat TopMaroonWith Red and Blue Stripes – OptionalFrom £39.50B&E

Winter Sports Uniform

Polo ShirtMaroonLong Sleeves, with Red and Blue Stripes – GirlsFrom £26.95B&E
Reversible Games TopMaroonLong Sleeves, with Red and Blue Stripes – BoysFrom £24.95B&E

Summer Sports Uniform

Polo ShirtMaroonShort Sleeves, with Red and Blue StripesFrom £21.95B&E

The school provides additional games clothing items where necessary, which are washed after each use by the school. All sports equipment is provided by the school.


The school provides swimming trunks/costumes and towels, which are washed after each use by the school. The only exception is Small School, where children MUST provide their own towel.

School Bags

Small School BagGreenBack Pack for Small and Lower School£15.00Hill House
Large School BagGreenBack Pack for Middle School onwards£30.00Hill House
Sports Kit BagDuffel Bag for Senior School, Transitus and Sixth Form£10.00Hill House
Sports Shoe BagSoft Draw String Bag for Sports Shoes£5.00Hill House

Dress Codes/Instruction

Polo Shirts
  • Must be tucked in at all times in classroom lessons and whilst walking in the street.
  • To be worn UNDER the polo shirt, simply turned over once to form a flat top edge.
  • Compulsory for Middle School and above but are NOT required by Small & Lower School.
  • Worn every day and always when out in the street, on school trips and for Assembly.
Winter Socks
  • Should be worn over the knee band of the breeches.
  • All boys and girls are expected to keep their hair tidy.
  • Boys’ hair must not touch the collar.
  • Girls’ hair, if longer than shoulder length, must be tied back. Hair bands, ribbons etc. must be in school colours of brown, rust or gold.
  • No jewellery may be worn. Children with pierced ears may wear a plain stud only.
Labelling Uniform
  • Please ensure that each and every uniform item is clearly labeled with your child’s name, including shoes.

Secondhand Uniform

All uniform items

Secondhand sales are held regularly through the year in Founders’ Hall. All profits are donated to charity.

N.B. All new uniform items may only be bought from Billings & Edmonds, who are the sole official supplier. No other retailer/business has been authorised to sell new Hill House School Uniforms.