School uniform policy: model and examples

Adapt our model to help you develop your uniform policy in line with your requirement to make uniform affordable to families. Get further inspiration from primary, secondary and special schools.

Last reviewed on 8 February 2024
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Contents
  1. If you're starting from scratch: customise our model
  2. If you're reviewing your existing policy
  3. Make inclusion a focus in your policy
  4. Publish it on your website
  5. Examples from primary schools
  6. Examples from secondary schools
  7. Examples from special schools

If you're starting from scratch: customise our model

Model policy: uniform

It's based on:

Approved by Forbes Solicitors, all of our model documents take account of relevant requirements and good practice. They are easy to adapt, will save you time and will help you keep your school compliant.

You can find further model policies and complete policy support by using our Policy Expert.

If you're reviewing your existing policy

Use our guide to help you review your school uniform policy. It contains: 

  • An audit tool to help you spot any gaps in your policy
  • A letter to parents/carers to help you consult with them on proposed changes to your policy 
  • A tool to help you calculate the cost of your uniform 
  • A list of questions governors might ask about your uniform policy 

Make inclusion a focus in your policy

Hair discrimination

A policy that bans hairstyles adopted by a racial or religious group is likely to be discriminatory.

Make sure your policy doesn’t discriminate against Afro-textured hair by adopting the Halo Code. The Halo Collective is an organisation that fights for the protection and celebration of Black hair and hairstyles.

Learn more about preventing hair discrimination from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Gender discrimination

Avoid setting gender-specific uniform requirements. Allow pupils to choose from a range of options.

Not only will this make your uniform policy inclusive of trans and non-binary pupils, it will also help reduce gender stereotypes for all your pupils.

Disability discrimination

Pupils who are neurodiverse or pupils with physical disabilities may find their uniform restrictive, irritating or distracting. Build inclusion into the policy by allowing for some flexibility in what pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities wear.

Religious discrimination

Allow pupils to dress according to their religious or cultural beliefs.

Learn more about creating an inclusive school uniform policy from the National Education Union (NEU).

Publish it on your website

Your uniform policy should be available on your website. This is set out in the DfE's guidance

The DfE also says that you should publish information about second-hand uniform on your website. There's space for you to include this information in our model policy template. 

See what else maintained schools and academies need to publish on their websites. 

Examples from primary schools

Maintained schools

High Ash Church of England Primary School in Buckinghamshire explains that pupils have to wear a jumper or cardigan with the school logo. All other items in the policy can be purchased from a low-cost retailer. Their school PTA offers pre-loved uniform. 

Springfield Primary School in Trafford sets out various responsibilities around uniform, including the governors' responsibility to make sure the school uniform meets equal opportunities regulations.

Academies

Hursthead Junior School in Stockport sets out the objectives of its uniform policy, which include limiting costs for parents/carers and respecting variations for religious or cultural reasons. Find the policy in the ‘other key policies’ tab.

ARK Franklin Primary Academy in Brent highlights the importance of its uniform policy in creating a shared school identity. 

St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School in Sheffield outlines its policy in a table to clearly separate the uniform item and the related requirements. 

Examples from secondary schools

Maintained schools 

Ladybridge High School in Bolton splits its policy into items that are compulsory and those that are up to the individual.

Eltham Hill School in Greenwich has a policy that subscribes to the 'Halo Code', a code where pupils and staff are free to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. 

All Saints Catholic College in Kirklees requires all pupils to wear trousers, to make the uniform gender neutral. 

Academies

Wrotham School in Kent outlines the steps it has taken to secure best value for money for parents/carers buying uniform. 

St Mary Magdalene Academy in Islington explains its aims for its uniform, including that it should be simple and easy for parents/carers and staff to manage

Examples from special schools

Saxon Wood School in Hampshire makes it clear that it's up to parents/carers whether they purchase a school uniform for their child, and that pupils can attend school in 'comfortable clothing'.

Wyre Forest School in Worcestershire includes its policy on uniform for outdoor learning, including a waterproof coat, boots and optional warm accessories, and mentions their uniform 'swap shop' for nearly-new uniform.