Given that there is substantial parental and public approval of uniform, schools in East Ayrshire are free to promote their own dress code. In encouraging dress code, account must be taken in any proposals to prevent any direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, religion or disability. Any proposals will be the subject of widespread consultation with parents and pupils. Against this background it should be noted that it is the policy of the Education Committee not to insist on pupils wearing uniform or having specialist items of clothing as a prerequisite to their attending and engaging in all of the activities of the curriculum.
There are forms of dress which are unacceptable in school, such as items of clothing which:
Under no circumstances will pupils be deprived of any educational benefit as a result of not wearing uniform and, in particular, pupils will not be denied access to examinations as a result of not conforming to the dress code.
Parents receiving family income support, family credit, income based on Job Seekers Allowance, housing benefit or council tax rebates will normally be entitled to monetary grants for footwear and clothing for their children. Approval of any requests for such grants made by parents in different circumstances is at the discretion of the Executive Director of Educational and Social Services. Information and application forms may be obtained from schools, local offices and the Department of Educational and Social Services, Council Headquarters.
East Ayrshire is concerned at the level of claims being received regarding the loss of pupils’ clothing and/or personal belongings. Parents are asked to assist in this area by ensuring that valuable items and unnecessarily expensive items of clothing are not brought to school. Parents should note that the authority does not carry insurance to cover the loss of such items and any claims submitted are likely to be met only where the authority can be shown to have been negligent. Parents should also note that the authority does not carry insurance to cover the loss or misuse of mobile telephones.
School Dress Code