• Background
  • Advantages of School Dress
    • School Dress Code
    • Give pupils a pride in, and a sense of belonging to, their school;
    • Encourage discipline among pupils;
    • Discourage competition among pupils;
    • Improve a school’s reputation in the community;
    • Improve security by making it easier to identify intruders;
    • Reduce truanting by identifying school pupils as belonging to a particular school.
  • Development of the Policy

    The dress code committee meets annually to discuss the dress code consulting with Pupil Council, Parents’ Forum and staff. Members of the committee are made up of teaching staff, non teaching staff, parents and pupils.

  • Principles of the Policy

    In line with West Lothian Council policy all pupils should wear the items of acceptable school dress as agreed by the group following final consultation with Senior Management Team.

  • What is School Dress - Guide to School Dress
    • White school blouse/shirt and school tie.
    • School blouse/shirt should be able to be buttoned up to the neck.
    • Black v necked long sleeved jumper, cardigan or slip over with school logo.
    • Black v necked plain jumper or cardigan in the same style as school jumper/cardigan.
    • Smart black full length trousers.
    • Black skirts.
    • Skirt length to be no shorter than mid thigh.
    • Black footwear but not trainers.

    The following do not conform with the policy:

    • Football tops.
    • Jeans or denim of any colour.
    • Visible t-shirts under shirts.
    • Shirts without ties.
    • Strappy tops.
    • Cardigans of various lengths that are not reflective of the JYHS cardigan.
    • Cropped tops.
    • Hats, scarves, gloves etc in class.
    • Sportswear trousers.
    • Embroidery on trousers.
    • Coloured shirts.
    • Coloured “fluffy” boots.
    • Leggings or footless tights.
    • Shoes other than black.
    • Black trainers.

    Arrangements can be made with tutors to leave boots, wellingtons, etc on poor weather days in class. Pupils can then wear school shoes inside the building.

    Examples of acceptable school dress are available to view in the main school office. Parents are advised to refer to these to ensure proposed purchases conform to school policies.

  • Responsibilities

    It is everyone’s responsibility to encourage pupils to adhere to the code.

  • Procedures – For Pupils Not In School Dress
    • Tutors send pupils not in school dress to appropriate House Head.
    • Any pupil who appears in a class without school dress and without a uniform letter signed by House Head should be sent to Office who will contact Duty Head.
    • Duty Head will refer to House Head without delay.
    • House Head will follow policy as stated in school dress letter:

    – Pupils over 16 will be sent home to change.

    – For pupils under 16 a parent will be contacted to arrange for the pupil to be sent home or for the parent to bring a change of clothes to school. Where it is not possible to make contact with a parent, the pupil will be kept out of classes for the remainder of the day and given appropriate work to complete.

    • House Head will log all school dress incidents.
    • After 2 days out of class or 2 occasions of being sent home to change, parents will be contacted by House Head to warn that pupils must observe school dress code or will receive a Formal Disciplinary Warning.
    • Spot checks as necessary by House Heads and Duty Heads.
  • Monitoring and Review

    All staff are asked to ensure that they familiarise themselves with this policy and should aim to apply it consistently to all pupils within the school. This policy will be reviewed on a regular basis to monitor its effectiveness.