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​​Uniform & Equipment 

Uniform from September 2021

At Dorothy Stringer we believe school uniform is important. The school expects and encourages every student to look smart and to be in full uniform while at school. Our main items of uniform are tailored black trousers or tailored shorts or the school skirt and Stringer polo shirt. If students choose to wear a skirt only the new school skirt will be the acceptable uniform for all year groups. The recent adaptations means that our uniform policy is gender neutral.

Uniform Guidelines

Parents and carers are 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/Pastoral Manager. Families who are experiencing financial hardship can contact the Financial Support Officer to request assistance with purchasing uniform: email: .

The main items of the uniform can be purchased from Sussex Uniform however, we have also joined with Smarter Uniforms, an organisation which provides second hand school uniforms to families in Brighton and Hove. 

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, cargo trousers or jeans) 
  • Plain black/nude coloured tights or plain black/white socks
  • Plain black knee-length tailored shorts
  • 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)
  • Fleece lined Midlayer Top
    • *Optional* Tapered Tracksuit Pant with Stringer printed
    •  *Optional* Running Legging with Stringer printed
    •  *Optional* Rain Jacket with school logo

The following PE Kit can be purchased from any shop

  • Suitable footwear i.e. trainers (can be purchased from any shop) 
  • Plain black long PE/sports socks (OR Dorothy Stringer PE socks purchased from sussex uniforms)

Uniform Shop

Uniform is purchased from Sussex Uniforms; please check the PDF below or visit the  Dorothy Stringer page of their website for details: Uniform 2021.doc.pdf 

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.

Equipment List:

  • School bag
  • Pencil case
  • Planner
  • Pens (blue or black and highlighters)
  • Green pen
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Ruler (at least 15cm long)
  • Protractor
  • Pair of compasses
  • Scientific calculator
  • Glue stick
  • Drama shorts/leggings

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