School uniform

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


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

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.

You may be able to get help with school uniform costs.


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.