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Uniform Updates from September 2020

The uniform in September through until October half-term allows the wearing of tailored shorts (not PE shorts) if the weather is still fine. Otherwise it is our normal policy of tailored black trousers or the school skirt and Stringer polo shirt.  If they choose to wear a skirt, Years 7 and 10 are required to wear the new school skirt. The black skirts are then being phased out over the coming year and from September 2021 only the new school skirt will be the acceptable uniform. Current guidelines are that uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal.  

It is important that the uniform policy is adhered to, including the limit to one ring and no false nails. The virus is harboured under nail extensions and it is more difficult to clean under multiple rings or accessories. Hand sanitiser however is key in the government's guidance on reducing the risk of transmission and we would recommend that students bring their own sanitiser into school with them in the new academic year. If there are any particular issues with uniform please contact the relevant Head of Year or Pastoral Manager. 


Uniform Guidelines

In choosing to come to Dorothy Stringer, parents, carers and students accept the fact that we believe the wearing of school uniform is important. Parents and carers are, therefore, requested to provide the correct clothing as set out below. Clothes are expensive and parents are asked to make sure that all items are clearly marked.  This makes identification easy when items are lost.

Students should bring an explanatory note from home to explain any emergency uniform situations. The explanatory note should be handed to and kept by either the Form Tutor or the Head of Year.


We expect all students to be in full school uniform.  The uniform requirements are as follows. 

These uniform items must be purchased from Sussex Uniforms only

  • White polo shirt with school logo

  • Black V-neck jumper with school logo, or

  • School sweatshirt with school logo - hoodies are not permitted in school with the exception of leavers hoodies worn by Year 11 students.

  • Stringer Tartan skirt (skirts should not be shortened from the supplied length)

Uniform items which can be purchased in any retail outlet

  • Black formal school trousers - unisex (no chinos or jeans) 

  • Black skirts (for Years 11, 9 & 8) should not be more than 8cm above the knee

  • Plain black/nude coloured tights or plain black/white socks

  • Plain black knee-length tailored shorts for summer wear (Summer term until October half-term) 

  • Plain black belts may be worn on the condition that they are thin, subtle and essential to the fit of the clothing - not used as a fashion accessory

  • Plain black footwear (no logos/motifs or other colours should be visible. Knee length boots, sandals, platforms, high heels or ballet shoes are not permitted)

PE Kit

The following PE Kit must be purchased from Sussex Uniforms only

  • Black polo top with school logo
  • Black shorts with school logo (for PE/Drama use only)
  • Black socks with 'Stringer' written on (for PE use only)
  • Fleece lined Midlayer Top

  • *Optional* Tapered Tracksuit Pant with Stringer printed

  • *Optional* Running Legging with Stringer printed

  • *Optional* Rain Jacket with school logo

Suitable footwear i.e. trainers (can be purchased from any shop) 

Uniform Shop

Uniform is purchased from Sussex Uniforms; please check the PDF below or visit the  Dorothy Stringer page of their website for details:

Please note the following rules apply:

  • Minimal jewellery. Only 1 discrete necklace, 1 pair of stud earrings and 1 ring may be worn - excessive jewellery is not permitted. Bracelets are no longer permitted. Facial piercings are not allowed other than a discreet nose stud for cultural reasons (nose rings or similar are not permitted).

  • Hair must not be obviously coloured or cut in an extreme manner

  • Hats/caps are not permitted to be worn in the school buildings 

  • Make-up should be subtle and kept to a minimum. False nails are not permitted.

Religious Observance

Items of clothing that are worn as part of a student's religious observance are permitted, but we ask that parents and carers try to accommodate the style and ethos of the school.

Dorothy Stringer School, Loder Road, Brighton, BN1 6PZ | Tel: 01273 852222 | Fax: 01273 852310 | Email: