Why School Uniform Matters 

We believe that appearance matters:

  • Wearing a smart school uniform signifies self-respect, diligence, pride in the school and a pledge to learn. A student who is proud of their school is a student who is ready to learn.
  • A smart and distinctive school uniform helps create the public perception that a school is high-performing and aspirational.
  • In addition, wearing a uniform helps students prepare for the next stage of their education and career where personal presentation is a critical part of the interview process. Dressing smartly implies professionalism and excellence.

Over the past few years, we have taken a measured approach to improving and developing the standard of uniform and appearance of our students.  We are very proud of how smart our students look and the pride which they have in our uniform and their school. Through this process, we have learned some things about our students:

  • Firstly, we have learned how much more focused on learning they are as they have looked smarter.
  • Students have appreciated it when we have made our expectations very clear and ensured that all follow them.
  • We have also noticed that our students have become more ambitious and aspirational. We are beginning to see our ambitions be realised where students aim to ‘be the best they can be’.

Changes to School Uniform from September 2017

We have often been asked if we could introduce a school blazer to our uniform. While our students are generally very keen and there has been warm support from parents and carers, we have, until now, not felt that the time was right to make this change. However, we have reflected on where we are as a school and feel that now is the right time. This view has been agreed with the Governing Body.

From September 2017, all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 (those who are currently in Years 6, 7 and 8) will be expected to wear a newly designed school blazer as part of their school uniform. Students who are now in Years 9 and 10 and who will be in Years 10 and 11 from September 2017 will have the option to wear the blazer if they wish. In addition, we are making some changes to the rest of our uniform expectations which will apply to all students.

We firmly believe that this change will set a clear expectation and aspiration that students at Brannel School are at least equal in potential to those in other schools and that we can all set our ambitions to achieve the best we can be.

Guidance on School Uniform

We are providing a clear policy on our school uniform which we hope will be useful in helping to understand the school’s expectations.

Uniform Guidance May17

Uniform and Appearance Policy

> School Shoe Guidance

New Blazers: half price introductory offer (Summer Term 2017 only)

In order to support parents and carers in making these changes, we have agreed that the first school blazer purchased during the Summer Term will be offered at half price.

We are also organising a ‘seconds’ shop so that students can ‘sell back’ their blazer to us which can then be sold as second hand to others.

School Uniform Supplier

Uniform can be purchased through our new provider Macron, both online through the school website and their shop in St Columb.


(Please use voucher code BRANNEL2017 for 50% discount on school blazers, valid until 31 August 2017)