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 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. The school should give you time to buy the right clothes.

If you’re in England, you may also get financial help from your local council.

Find out about school uniform grants in Northern Ireland.


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 if you’d like the school uniform changed.

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