Dear Parents and Carers,

I wrote to you this time last year outlining our expectations for school uniform at Douglas Academy and I thought it would be useful to remind you of this prior to you purchasing new uniform for session 2018-19. There has been a considerable improvement in pupil dress code this session so I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your help and support this year and for ensuring your child(ren) have come to school suitably dressed.

Uniform has been discussed regularly throughout the session at our new Student Councils and Student Parliament and the vast majority of our pupils have been extremely positive about the changes we have made. A number of pupils in S1-S5 voluntarily purchased blazers and there has been an increasing support across all year groups for all pupils at Douglas Academy to wear blazers next session. Our pupils highlighted we are currently the only secondary school in East Dunbartonshire who do not have a school blazer and they are increasingly aware of this when they represent us at EDC events.

As a result of feedback from our Student Council and Parliament we have taken the decision to work with an external supplier next year and to provide the opportunity for all pupils to be fitted for a school blazer in June with the view to purchasing this over the summer holiday in preparation for returning to school in August. Parents are not required to attend the fitting as your son/daughter will be provided with their sizing information on the day. Blazer fittings will take place on Tuesday, 12th June and can then be purchased online at

School ties and Physical Education kit will also be available online. We will have a small supply of blazers and ties in school that can be purchased directly from the school office for parents/carers who do not have online access. The cost of a blazer will be £35 and a school tie will be approximately £5. The cost of PE kit will be confirmed towards the end of June but should be approximately £8.50 for a t-shirt and £9 for shorts. As always, we are mindful that purchasing school uniform can be expensive for some families, particularly those with more than one child at school. If you have any concerns about the cost of school uniform please contact your son/daughter’s Year Head and we will support you in any way we can.

I would like to ask all parents to fully support our school and encourage your child/children to wear Douglas Academy’s school uniform next session. I outlined the reasons for having a clearly defined school uniform last session:

  • In a large school, for safety reasons, it is essential that all pupils are instantly recognisable as Douglas Academy pupils.
  • Wearing school uniform instils pride, a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose in class and projects a positive image to the local community and visitors to the school.
  • School dress code is cost effective and significantly cheaper than branded items of clothing.
  • School uniform reduces peer pressure to wear more expensive designer clothing.


Our school uniform for next session is as follows:

Pupils in S1 – S5

School blazer

Black trousers or skirt with tights (no shorts, leggings or jeans/denim material of any colour)

White school shirt/blouse with collar and school tie (school tie must be visible at all times)

Plain black cardigan, pullover or sweatshirt (no hoodies)

Plain black shoes or trainers (footwear must be completely black)

Plain black jacket (this should be removed when entering the building and should not be worn in class)


Pupils in S6

As above with:

S6 school tie


All pupils PE

Plain black shorts or tracksuit bottoms

Plain white, short-sleeved T-shirt or polo shirt

Change of footwear


Please note that pupils should not wear any item of clothing which could cause offence to any member of the school community and football colours are not permitted.

This information will be shared with all pupils at assemblies next week so they are fully aware of our expectations regarding uniform at Douglas Academy next year. Staff will be engaging regularly with pupils from August and reminding them of our school uniform expectations.

I would also encourage parents/carers to contact the school at any time for support and reassurance if pupils show reluctance to wear our school dress code.

Your help and support in encouraging school uniform are very much appreciated and if you would like to discuss our uniform policy further please do not hesitate to contact me. I hope this information helps you when purchasing a school uniform for next session.

Kind regards,

Barry Smedley

Head Teacher

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