Berwickshire High School
BHS black sweatshirt

Uniform Dress Code and Policy


BOYS S1 - S3

  • Black (or dark) trousers
  • Red polo shirt with crest on the sleeve
  • Black sweatshirt with crest on the chest
  • V neck jumper with crest on bottom of garment
  • Black shoes


  • Black skirt or black tailored trousers (NB: pinstripe trousers are not acceptable)
  • Red polo shirt with crest on sleeve
  • Black sweatshirt with crest on the chest
  • Tank top with crest on bottom of garment
  • Zipped cardigan with crest on bottom of garment
  • Black shoes


  • Black trousers
  • Black blazer with crest on pocket
  • White shirt with collar for tie
  • Senior school tie
  • Black shoes


  • Black skirt or trousers
  • Black blazer with crest on pocket
  • White shirt with collar for tie
  • Senior school tie
  • Black shoes
  • Each Year will choose their own tie with the approval of the Depute Rector in charge of Senior School.

NB: Shoes are an important part of the school uniform, training shoes are not acceptable. All specialised items of school uniform may be ordered through the school office.



Scottish Borders Council will support schools in the establishment of a dress code which encourages pupils to dress in a way which is appropriate to attendance at school.

The advantages of pupils' conforming to a code of appropriate school dress include:

  • the encouragement of school ethos and a sense of identification with the school;
  • the encouragement of a disciplined and purposeful attitude to work;
  • the preparation of young people to wear appropriate dress in future work situations;
  • convenience for parents;
  • the avoidance of competition between pupils in relation to expensive fashion wear;
  • discouragement of bullying and victimisation arising from pupils not wearing certain clothes;
  • the perception of the school in the local community;
  • improved security through the identification of intruders not conforming to the agreed dress code
  • improved security in excursions outwith the school through the identification of pupils in the school party.


It is important that schools have a dress code if they do not already have one which meets with the support of parents, the school board and pupils. Schools should therefore undertake a consultation exercise as to the nature of the school dress code and should thereafter prepare a statement of the code for issue to parents and for inclusion in the school handbook. Schools should give consideration to seeking the written agreement of parents to the code.

There are considerable advantages in a flexible dress code. While the traditional blazer, tie and school shirt may be included, consideration should also be given to a range of clothing in school colours and insignia including;

  • sweatshirts
  • polo shirts
  • T shirts
  • scarves

The clothes identified in the code should, wherever possible, be inexpensive, warm and hard-wearing.

The dress code should be reasonable and should not, under any circumstances, lead to direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race or gender.

Schools should give consideration to the ways in which positive encouragement can be given to pupils to adopt the school dress code.

Schools should attempt to identify ways of assisting parents who may have difficulty in complying with the dress code. Great sensitivity is, of course, required in discussions with parents on possible assistance.

Schools should be clear about the steps they will take to encourage compliance in the event of pupils not dressing in accordance with the agreed school code. These steps may include:

  • reminding pupils of the school rules on dress
  • contacting parents by telephone or letter to remind them of the dress code
  • arranging an interview with parents to discuss the dress code
  • asking parents to notify the school in advance if other clothing is to be worn.

A distinction should be made between clothes which do not conform with the school dress code and those which are unacceptable for wear in school under any circumstances. Clothes in the latter category should be dealt with through the school's normal disciplinary procedures.

Categories of clothing which are unacceptable in schools under any circumstances are:

  • clothes which could cause health and safety difficulties for the wearer or others (eg certain types of earrings, clothes with an inflamability warning);
  • clothes which cause damage to the school fabric (eg certain types of shoes);
  • clothes which could lead to indiscipline (eg clothing associated with sporting or political factions)
  • clothes which could cause offence to others in the school as a result of wording or pictures (eg certain T shirts, clothes with explicit pictures, clothes which are too revealing, tight or short);
  • clothes which encourage the use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.

It is recognised that Head Teachers must have flexibility to interpret these categories in the light of local circumstances and changing fashions. The general guideline should be that clothing is unacceptable if it could disrupt the normal operation of the school, cause damage or injury.

Persistent non-compliance with a school dress code, even if the clothing does not come within the categories set out above, could constitute a challenge to the authority of the Head Teacher. In these circumstances a school would require to demonstrate that its policy was reasonable and that parents had had ample opportunity to comply with it if any further action was being considered. Head Teachers may exhort, encourage and persuade but the use of disciplinary procedures may not stand scrutiny if challenged in court.


  • Head Teachers should discuss the contents of a school dress code with staff, pupils, parents and their school boards.
  • They should draw up a school dress code following consultation and take steps to inform parents of the code.
  • The school dress code should be kept under review in the light of changing circumstances.
  • The Education Authority will support Head Teachers in the encouragement of a dress code within the terms set out in this statement.
  • A revised statement of the Education Authority's policy on school 'dress will be issued to Head Teachers for inclusion in school handbooks.
  • Parents in receipt of footwear and clothing grants will be strongly encouraged to purchase items which are in accordance with the school's dress code.
  • Head Teachers will be given the opportunity to share good practice in relation to the encouragement of school dress.


School Uniform can be ordered directly from Border Embroideries website for free delivery to the school or to a home address for a small charge or through the school office.


The Berwickshire High School, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3QG
tel: 01361 883 710