01387 730240

Shawhead Primary School

Authority Dress Policy


All Dumfries and Galloway schools must have a dress code which encourages pupils to dress in a manner appropriate to attendance at school. This code must not lead to direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender, or disability. Prior to drawing up the dress code, parents, pupils and staff were fully consulted and it is the expectation of the Education Authority that parents will be supportive of the dress code.

Clothing which is unacceptable in school under any circumstances would include items which:

  • Could potentially encourage factions (e.g. football colours)
  • Could cause offence (e.g. anti-religious or political slogans)
  • Could cause health and safety difficulties such as loose fitting clothing, dangling earrings
  • Are of flammable materials which may be a danger in certain classes
  • Could cause damage to floors
  • Carry advertising, in particular for alcohol or tobacco
  • Could be used to inflict damage on other pupils


Parents in receipt of a grant for footwear and clothing from the Authority will be encouraged to purchase items which are in accordance with the school dress code.

While it would not normally be the policy of the Authority to exclude a pupil from school solely on the basis of his/her dress, persistent refusal to respond to a reasonable dress code could be deemed to be a challenge to the Head Teacher’s authority and thus be detrimental to the well-being of the whole school community. In such circumstances, a Head Teacher could justify the use of the school disciplinary procedures.

Shawhead Primary School


Telephone: 01387 730240

Head Teacher – Mrs. Karen Little
Present roll: 40
Number of classes: 2

Local Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council Council Offices
English Street

Telephone: 03 03 3333000

Director Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning

Colin Grant
30 Edinburgh Road

Telephone: 03 03 333 3000