School Uniform


The agreed school uniform for Carleith Primary School is:

Grey skirt or trousers

White shirt or blouse with school tie

Gold polo - shirt

Purple sweatshirt / cardigan

Traditional sand shoes for wearing in class

In summer the girls may wear a gingham dress. Both purple and yellow are acceptable.

Pupils attending schools within West Dunbartonshire Council are strongly encouraged to wear a school uniform. Our contact with parents in recent years has also made us aware that the vast majority are in favour of uniform. The wearing of uniform helps promote the identity of the school in the local community and helps create an ethos of sharing and pride in the school.

Most people tend to form opinions about a school by the appearance and behaviour of the pupils. West Dunbartonshire Council supports the wearing of the uniform in all its schools because it:

● improves school security by making it easier to identify intruders

● builds a sense of identity and belonging to the school

● gives pupils an equality of appearance thereby discouraging competition

● is cheaper to buy than other clothing which pupils may wish to wear

● encourages school discipline and a work ethic amongst pupils

The forms of dress which are unacceptable in school are items of clothing which:

  • ­ potentially encourage faction (such as football colours)
  • could cause offence (such as anti-religious symbolism or political slogans)
  • could cause health and safety difficulties, such as loose fitting clothing, sportswear made of flammable material, and body piercings/jewellery for PE and sport or could cause damage to flooring
  • carry advertising, particularly for alcohol or tobacco
  • could be used to inflict damage on other pupils or be used by others to do so
  • are valuable or expensive items of clothing or jewellery which presents a security issue for the school

Parents receiving income support, job-seekers allowance (income-based), housing benefit or council tax rebate will normally be entitled to monetary grants to assist with clothing and uniform. Approvals of any requests for such grants made by parents in different circumstances are at the discretion of the Director of Educational Services. Application forms may be obtained from schools and from the benefits section on the 1st floor of the council offices at Garshake Road, Dumbarton. Their contact number is 01389 738282.