Uniform - September 2022

on Thursday, 24 February 2022. Posted in News

We have reviewed our Uniform Policy in response to the statutory guidance that all schools must follow from September 2022. Under these new requirements, schools have been directed to ensure that the cost of school uniforms is reasonable, that branded items are kept to a minimum and that second-hand uniforms are available to families to purchase.


Please click here to view a copy of our new Uniform Policy and further information regarding the changes for September 2022. We would like to draw your attention to the main changes:

  • All uniform is now gender-neutral and all items may be worn by any student, regardless of gender.
  • • Each item is listed as ‘optional’ or ‘compulsory’ as well as whether it is ‘generic’ (not specific to Alec Hunter so can be bought from any retailer) or ‘branded’ (specific to Alec Hunter so can only be bought from certain suppliers). Details of where branded items may be purchased are also included.
  • • We have reviewed our PE kit and now have reduced to only two branded items listed, with all others being accessible from a wide range of retailers to suit all budgets.
  • Details are included of how to obtain second-hand items.
  • We have amended the actions we may take to address uniform infringements and added a section to include parent/carer responsibilities.

Our guiding principle has always been to make our uniform smart yet affordable, to take account of the financial pressures on families. Historically, most of our items have therefore been generic and able to be bought anywhere, although, whilst allowing for a certain amount of flexibility, we have always made clear which styles are acceptable and which do not meet our standards, notably with skirts and trousers.

Unfortunately, despite requests to parents and carers to support us by ensuring that all students comply with our standards, and highlighting recommended model items, staff are still having to spend a disproportionate amount of time dealing with uniform infringements, taking time away from other important matters. In addition, we have received some understandable complaints from parents of those young people who are adhering to the rules, questioning why others are seemingly ignoring the school’s requirements.

Since the majority of issues concern skirts, we have taken the decision that the standard uniform item for all students from September will be tailored trousers, which can be bought from any school wear supplier, as long as they are loose-fitting. Leggings, jeans and other tightfitting or casual trousers will not be permitted, exactly as at present, and if you are unsure of the suitability of an item, please contact the school office for clarification as many supermarkets sell trousers under the guise of ‘school uniform’ which do not meet these criteria and would not be acceptable. If students wish to wear a skirt, they may do so, but since this will be an optional item, there is only one style which is permitted; it is a pleated skirt with purple piping and has been chosen as we feel it is the best unisex option. This may only be purchased from the school office and is sold at cost price. No other skirts will be permitted. This was not an easy decision to make, however, we feel it is in the best interests of fairness and should be more effective in achieving the consistency in smart student appearance to which we aspire. Since it represents only a minor departure from our current uniform (all other items remain the same), we anticipate that all students should be able to adapt to this revised policy in time for the start of term in September 2022.

We trust that our parent community will recognise the principles behind these adjustments and our ongoing commitment to minimise the overall cost of our uniform, which remains much lower than many other local schools, by having very few branded items. If you wish to provide feedback on the updated policy, please send your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanking you in anticipation of your full support.

Mrs K Watson

Assistant Headteacher

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