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Cotham School

School Uniform

As a student at Cotham School you are expected to wear full school uniform, including your school lanyard. It is also as important to wear the correct PE / Games and Dance kit. Our school uniform suppliers are Monkhouse (  and Harris Sports ( Please visit their shops or websites to view the approved skirts and trousers.

The school rules will be enforced according to the Uniform Policy (see website for details). 

Second hand uniform is always available from Main Reception £1.00 per item

The uniform is as follows:

Lanyards and student ID Cards

Will be provided by the school and should be worn at all times.  If you lose them you will have to pay for a replacement. 


Navy blue V necked jumper with embroidered Cotham logo.  Hoodies cannot be worn in school at all.  Students must not wear them as either a substitute for a jumper or an outdoor coat. 

Polo shirt

White polo shirts with house colour trim on collar and embroidered Cotham logo. The Cotham logo appears on the left breast. No long sleeved garments to be worn under polo shirts. 

Footwear: Black, leather type shoes only

Shoes must fasten securely with laces or a strap and the foot must be fully enclosed. Uniform shoes must be worn throughout the day – changing into trainers during break or lunchtime is not permitted unless it is to use the All Weather Pitch or Multi Use Games Area.
Trainer style shoes are acceptable. but they must: 

  • be made exclusively of black leather or black leather type material.  They should not be made of canvas, sports mesh, or a mixture of leather and canvas, leather and sports mesh.  
  • have no white or coloured sports logos on them.  A black logo is acceptable, a white or coloured logo is not acceptable.  
  • have a plain flat sole.  They should not have a bubble sole typically found in running shoes.  

We do not allow boots, shoes with a raised heel, ‘dolly’/ballet type shoes.

Socks and Tights

Tights must be black or navy blue. Socks must be ankle socks or below the knee in black, navy or white and must be plain (no patterns).


Regulation black, knee-length, fully pleated or with a pleat feature school uniform skirts from our suppliers (no stretchy material, logos or brands).


Regulation black, knee-length school shorts with the Cotham logo (please note no other type is allowed) are available only from our supplier, Monkhouse (


Tailored, loose, full length, black parallel trousers, no external raised seams, pockets or rivets, no logos or brands, not jean or tracksuit style. No leggings or tight fashion trousers. Trousers may not be rolled up at the bottom or worn low below the hips.


One small ring only, one small pair of stud earrings only (no hoops or sleeper hoops). No bangles, necklaces, nose studs or facial piercings. (Unacceptable jewellery will be confiscated).  All jewellery to be removed for PE and Dance (this is compulsory)


No caps under any circumstances. Plain woollen hats only worn during winter period, outside (not in school buildings).  Headscarves worn for religious or cultural reasons should be plain navy blue, black or white and must not cover the face.

Make up

Coloured nail varnish or false nails are not permitted. 


No extreme styles and no unnatural hair colour is permitted. (Long hair must be tied back for PE, dance or any sporting activity)


Plain coats without intrusive logos or brands. Jacket hoods may not be worn up during the school day so that the face can be clearly seen at all times.  No denim jackets. No leather jackets. No fur coats. Coats are only worn outdoors on top of a navy sweatshirt/jumper and not in place of a navy sweatshirt/jumper.  Hoodies are not a replacement for an outdoor coat and should not be in school. 


Students need a substantial school bag big enough to contain PE/Dance kit, exercise books, text books, a pencil case, planner and other equipment.  Small string bags, handbags and fashion bags are not permitted.


Students are expected to bring to school, every day, their planner and the following in a pencil case;

  • Pen, pencil, rubber, small ruler, glue stick, calculator, sharpener and some coloured pencils.

  • Clear pencil cases are required for all examinations

Other equipment

  • Reading book

In Addition

  • Mobile phones must be switched off and kept in bags between 8:30am and the end of the school day otherwise they will be confiscated by a member of staff. Confiscated phones can be collected by a parent/carer from student reception at the end of the following day. 
  • Headphones are not permitted on site and will be confiscated if seen between 8:30am and 2:45pm.

For students with protected characteristics who wish an adaptation to the Policy, please speak to your child’s Learning Co-Ordinator

PE Kit


Purple polo shirt with Cotham logo*
Black tracksuit bottoms, shorts or skort
Black football socks
White socks (indoor)
Black Cotham sweater
Trainers (no black trainers)
Non-metal studded football or rugby boots


Purple & Green reversible rugby top
Black waterproof jacket
Black long sleeve thermal base layer

Additional PE kit for Extra-Curricular Activities & fixtures

Purple & Green Reversible top
non-metal studded football/rugby boots 
Shin Pads 
Gum Shields (rugby)
For sporting fixtures all team members are expected to wear their Cotham PE kit.   

These items can be loaned from the PE Department

Dance Kit 

Black Dance t-shirt (available from usual stockists)
Black shorts, tracksuit bottoms or leggings
Bare feet


For both Dance and PE 
 No Jewellery to be worn
and long hair to be tied back

*Item only available from the supplier Monkhouse (