School Uniform


School Uniform

Dene Community School places great importance on the appearance of its students. It is a requirement of the school that all students from Years 7 to 11 wear the recognised school uniform.

Our policy is based on the notion that a school uniform:

  • promotes a sense of pride in the school
  • engenders a feeling of community and belonging
  • is practical and smart
  • identifies the children with the school
  • is not distracting in class (as fashion clothes might be)
  • makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance
  • is regarded as suitable, and good value for money, by most parents
  • has been designed with health and safety in mind

School Uniform (compulsory) comprises of:

  • Black blazer with logo
  • School tie
  • Blue shirt or blouse – long or short sleeved
  • V neck black knitted jumper with logo
  • Black trousers or skirt. Not denim, denim look or canvass. No leggings
  • Plain black leather school shoes with no visible logos or brandings. No coloured laces. No trainers, trainer style shoes or canvas shoes of any description

General information

  • For health and safety reasons, students are discouraged from wearing any item of jewellery to school. However, they are allowed to wear a watch and one plain pair of gold or silver stud earrings. All other piercings are unacceptable/li>
  • The school does not permit children to have haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children. Such haircuts include: Mohican style; mullets (including “rat tails”); unnatural hair coloured dyes; shaved patterns in hair and dipped hair dying etc. Large fashion hair accessories are not permitted
  • Denim coats are not permitted
  • No baseball caps or hats are allowed to be worn around school
  • Parents should note that excessively long fake finger nails are also not permitted in school. Finger nails are included in this policy as we need to ensure that students are not likely to hurt themselves or others, and that they can complete all aspects of the school’s curriculum
  • Students are not permitted to wear excessively heavy make-up. Again, the school will decide on a case-by-case basis if make-up is excessive

The Role of Parents

We ask all parents who send their children to our school for their support of the school uniform policy. We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily schoolwork. Parents should ensure that their child has the correct uniform, and that it is clean and in good repair.

Parents / Carers / Students should note that students who are persist in failing to comply with the policy will be monitored and escalated through our Consequence System on the basis of their defiance. This includes the use of Detention, Internal Exclusion through to referral of parents / carers to Senior Staff and even Fixed Term Exclusion. Students will be provided with the opportunity to meet expectations; for example, by borrowing items or removing make-up. Those who fail to meet expectations will be isolated and repeat offenders will be referred and escalated though our Consequence System.

School uniforms can be purchased from our local supplier Little Gems in Peterlee, their contact details are as follows:

Little Gems
11 The Chare
Town Centre

Tel: 0191 518 1822