School uniform

School uniform

Each school decides its uniform and must not discriminate based on gender, race, disability, sexual orientation or belief.


The head teacher can discipline your child for not wearing the school uniform. Your child can be excluded if they repeatedly ignore the uniform rules.


Schools can decide if girls can wear trousers, or if religious dress is allowed. If you think your child is being discriminated against, talk to the head teacher.

Changes to the school uniform

Talk to the head teacher, school governors or parent-teacher association (PTA) if you’d like the school uniform changed.

Contact Citizens Advice if you’re forced to buy uniforms from an expensive supplier.

Help with the cost of buying uniforms

Talk to the head teacher if your child isn’t wearing the uniform, including PE kit, because you can’t afford it. Some schools run their own second hand uniform sales. 

The council doesn't provide any direct help with the cost of school uniform or PE kit.

You may be able to get a uniform through the Community School Clothing Scheme or donate your child's old uniform to help someone else.

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