School Uniform


It is the policy of North Ayrshire Council to support the introduction of a reasonable and flexible dress code in each school in its area.  The council encourages each school to adopt its own code, after discussion with parents, pupils and the Parent Council.

The Council believes that establishing a school dress code has many benefits.  These include improvements in safety, security, discipline and community spirit and a decrease in bullying, and, expense for parents.

The Council will support schools in encouraging and helping pupils to conform to the chosen dress code.  Some types of clothing will not be allowed at school in any circumstances, for reasons of safety, decency or discipline.

Types of clothing which will not be allowed include:-

– Clothes which are a health and safety risk.

– Clothes which may damage the school building.

– Clothes which may provoke other pupils.

– Clothes which are offensive or indecent.

– Clothes which encourage the use of alcohol or tobacco.

All items of clothing should be clearly labelled with the child’s name in case of loss.

It is appreciated that parents and pupils are distressed over the loss of pupils’ clothing and / or personal belongings.  Parents are asked to assist in this area by ensuring that valuable items of clothing or personal belongings are not brought to school.  Parents should note that the authority does not carry insurance to cover the loss of such items.

Footwear and Clothing Grants

Parents receiving Universal Credit will normally be entitled to grants for footwear and clothing for their children.   Universal Credit claimants must earn less than £610.00 per month or £7,320 per annum.   However, some parents who still receive Income Support, Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance, any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance, Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit or Housing Benefit may also still be entitled to grants for footwear and clothing for their children.

Parents who may be unsure whether they can apply should contact the Council on 01294 310000 for further advice.

Information and application forms may be obtained from schools.

School Uniform

Most parents at Dykesmains prefer their children to wear school uniform.

This consists of:

  • grey or black skirt/ trousers for girls
  • grey or black trousers for boys
  • school sweatshirt (purple)
  • white school polo shirt
  • or shirt or blouse and school tie.

School polo shirts, sweatshirts and fleeces can be bought through:

In summer girls may wish to wear a purple and white checked dress. Both boys and girls may also like to wear short sleeved polo shirts.

We ask your help in providing suitable kit for Physical Education i.e. t-shirts, shorts, gym shoes all of which allow easy movement. (It should be noted however that football strips are not permitted.) Please also note that gym shoes with black soles should be avoided as they can leave scuff marks on the gym floor. It is advised in the interests of health and safety that no jewellery should be worn during P.E. lessons.

Casual dress i.e. the wearing of jeans or track bottoms by boys or girls is not considered appropriate at school and parents are asked to give their support in this matter.