School Uniform and Appearance
We want our pupils to wear their uniform with pride. It shows that we belong to the Dosthill Primary Academy community. Our uniform policy reflects our values and reinforces our school’s culture of high expectations and academic achievement. All pupils are expected to dress according to the uniform policy; smartness and high standards of appearance are expected at all times.
We have a required school uniform for several reasons:
- Uniforms unite the school. Pupils make a commitment that when they put on their Dosthill uniform they will abide by the rules of the community.
- Uniforms reduce distractions. When pupils are allowed to wear their own clothing, there is the potential to talk about or focus on fashions and styles rather than learning.
- Uniforms make us equal. Whether families have high incomes or low incomes, pupils come to school looking the same way.
- Uniforms look professional. Pupils look neat and feel ready to learn.We ask parents and carers to support all decisions by school staff regarding whether or not clothing is appropriate or inappropriate for school.
All items of uniform must be labelled. Our uniform consists of the following:
- Bottle green sweatshirt or cardigan
- White shirt or blouse or polo shirt (these should be tucked in at all times)
- Grey school trousers or skirt or pinafore (black school trousers are also acceptable)
- Summer dresses – green/white checked
- Black shoes (not trainers)
- School ties are also available as a choice.
To participate fully and safely, pupils need:
- Shorts (plain black or green)
- T-shirt (plain white)
- Trainers for outdoor use
- (All PE kit should not display any logos and be appropriate).
- Swimming (Years 4 and 5):
- Swimming trunks (plain – no baggy shorts)
- Swimming hat
Art and craft
Protective clothing such as an old shirt is recommended.
Further clarification on appearance
- Jewellery should not be worn or brought into school.
- If girls have pierced ears, ONE pair of discreet studs may be worn. Earrings must be removed for PE lessons for health and safety reasons. If your child is unable to remove the earrings themselves, they should not come to school with them in on PE days.
- We prefer boys not to wear earrings or studs in school.
- No other body piercing, i.e. nose piercings are allowed.
- Smart watches or fitness bracelets should not be brought into school.
- Hair should be one natural colour, no hair dye.
- The style should be appropriate for school; hair should not obstruct pupils vision.
- Pupils with long hair must have this tied back. This is also for health and safety reasons and prevents the spread of head lice.
- Tramlines, patterns and sculpting is not appropriate for school.
- Novelty headwear should not be worn.
- Hair bands and bows should be green to match the school uniform and a reasonable size.
Pupils should not wear:
- Hoodies or sportswear.
- Leggings or close fitting trousers.
- Trainers are NOT allowed to be worn at any time other than for PE lessons and clubs.
- Make up and nail varnish should NOT be worn to school.
Non-compliance with the uniform and appearance policy
Information for parents about school uniform is available here on GOV.UK:
- The parents of pupils who do not wear the correct uniform, will be contacted and requested to bring in a change of clothes for their child.
- Students who wear make-up/nail varnish or excess jewellery will be required to remove these. Items of jewellery will be confiscated by the teacher to be collected by the parent later.
- Persistent and defiant non-compliance with the policy will result in an appropriate sanction in line with the school’s Behaviour Policy, for example, issuing of negative points.