School Uniform expectations September 2016

Dear Parent /Carer,

Reminder: School uniform for 2016 / 2017

As we arrive at the end of another successful academic year, I wanted to take this opportunity to write and thank you for your on-going support with regards to how your child takes pride in their appearance and wears our school uniform. We continue to receive numerous positive comments from the local community and visitors to the school about how smart and professional our students look. Within school we too have seen a marked improvement in students’ personal presentation and students attending lessons in a smarter and more focused manner.

Looking forward to September 2016, I am writing to remind & clarify the uniform expectations that apply to all students. We continue to work with staff, students and parents to ensure that there is consistency across the school. This is particularly relevant to the school skirt that is exclusively a Banner Salisbury A Line black skirt, that must be worn with the hem of the skirt remaining on the knee. This is stocked in a range of sizes at all our three uniform suppliers and this is the only style of skirt that should be worn. In addition to this clarification, I would draw parents / carers attention to the expectations regarding hair styles and colouring. Parents/carers must ensure that their child’s hair style is fully compliant with our expectations ready for the start of the September term.

Our uniform suppliers are:

  • Broadwater Sports, 37 Broadwater Street West, Worthing, BN14 9BY             
  • First 4 Uniform 32, North Road, Lancing, West Sussex BN15 9AB                   

Further details about uniform and personal presentation expectations are contained below. If after reading this letter you have any queries at all please don’t hesitate to contact me via here at the school.

Durrington High School Uniform Expectations 2016-17

Skirt: In response to parental requests for a standard school skirt, the exclusive skirt is a black knee-length Banner “A” line Salisbury style only. The hem of the skirt should lie / remain on the knee at all times

Please ensure you allow for growth when purchasing girls’ skirts.

Trousers: Trousers must be straight legged and be plain black material only i.e. no tapering (getting thinner) or flaring (widening) towards the ankle.

Trousers that are skinny fit/skin tight, denim, made of heavy cotton material, contain Lycra, or similar stretchy / elastic fabric that would cause them when worn to look skin tight/tapered, or with logos are not acceptable. Neither should trousers have additional buttons / zips / sequins / rips / studs / poppers / makers labels or names on them.

Please see the pictures provided on page 3 for clarification of the style that is acceptable and examples of places locally where these can be purchased.

Shirt: Plain white shirt with collar (not fitted, tailored or blouses); buttons must go up to and include the collar. Both long sleeved and short sleeved are acceptable. No logos are allowed on shirts.  Shirts should be worn with all buttons done up and also be long enough so as to be tucked properly in to trousers/skirt.

Belt: Plain black only

Tie: Durrington High School company tie. Ties should be worn with the knot covering the collar button of the shirt and seven seahorses should be visible below the knot at all times.

Blazer:  Black with school badge.

T-shirts: Only plain white T-shirts can be worn beneath school shirts.

Tights: Black or neutral shades only.

Socks:  Plain black only.

Footwear: Formal black shoes only. Sandals, backless shoes, boots, plimsolls, black trainers and or suede shoes are not acceptable.

Coats: We recommend coats for inclement weather. Coats/ other jumpers/scarves are not permitted to be worn within the school building during the school day. Students will need to store these in lockers provided.

Jewellery: One pair of small (<3mm) plain metal (silver or gold) stud earrings can be worn; no other jewellery is allowed. If worn this will be confiscated by staff and returned at the end of the day. Nose studs and all other forms of body piercing are forbidden in school. Watches are perfectly acceptable.

Religious Observance:  Head coverings should be plain black.

Makeup: Makeup should be discreet. Nail varnish, false nails and/or nail art are not to be worn.

PE Kit: 

Indoor Sky blue polo shirt with school logo

(boys and girls) Navy blue shorts

White sports socks

Non-marking trainers (N.B. no skate board shoes or flat-soled trainers)

Navy blue tracksuit bottoms may be worn over shorts for outdoor lessons to warm up.

Outdoor – boys    Navy blue reversible Rugby shirt with sky blue band

DHS PE Hooded top with school logo (optional)

Navy blue shorts

Navy blue socks

Football boots

Outdoor – girls Sky blue polo shirt with school logo

Navy blue sweatshirt with school logo or DHS PE Hooded top (optional)

Navy blue shorts

Football boots

For information: Within every PE lesson, students are required to remove all items of jewellery. This includes earrings and watches. Earring tape is not considered acceptable to cover piercings; the earring must be taken out.

Hair:  Extreme styles of hair are unacceptable. These include: unnatural colours (for example red/plum/purple tinted), two tone/dip-dye hair. Shaved lines,  shaved patterns and/or distinct/sharp changes in length in the hair are also not acceptable. Any changes in length should be graduated throughout the style.

Students will work in isolation and be out of social times if the style of hair or colour or standard of uniform is seen as failing to comply with the expectations as outlined above. If you are unsure of what is acceptable please contact the school in advance of getting hair cut / coloured or purchasing uniform e.g. trousers.  The school’s decision in relation to these standards is final.

By having high expectations and clarity standards remain high and reduce opportunities for distraction and support our students in how they present themselves. We thank you for your continued support. It is clear from our improvements that working together to support our students continues to be a strength of the school.

Thank you for your continued and on-going support.


Mr J. Fuller
Assistant Headteacher