• Dress Code

The Dress Code Policy helps the school community to promote the school’s unique ethos, relationships, policies, procedures and practices that encourage good behaviour and optimise learning.

The Dress Code Policy helps pupils, parents and staff members to work together to achieve a happy, effective and safe school environment. We strive to create an ethos of respect, inclusion, accountability and of commitment to relationships.

This Dress Code Policy works in conjunction with the Code of Positive Behaviour, the Anti–Bullying Policy, SPHE and RSE policy.

This Dress Code Policy also applies while on school outings, sporting events and trips.

A positive proactive approach will be taken towards discipline and every effort will be made to implement this policy in a fair, reasonable and consistent manner.

This policy communicates the responsibilities that students of Sandymount Park ETSS and their parent/guardian(s) accept when they enrol in the school.

Students in Sandymount Park ETSS are not required to wear a school uniform. We encourage diversity and self-expression; however, a dress code is considered part of the personal education of students. Students are encouraged to become aware themselves of what is, and what is not, acceptable in terms of what they wear in the school environment. To facilitate this learning, students and their parents/guardians are given guidelines known as the Dress Code to help them make the right choices in terms of their school clothes and to realise that some forms of clothing are not appropriate for school.


  • Clothes worn to school must be clean, in good order, modest and appropriate for daily school life.
  • There must be no offensive slogans or pictures on clothing/bags etc.
  • Underwear should never be seen.
  • Leggings, jeggings and very tight skinny-type jeans must always be worn with a reasonable length top over them.
  • Shorts, if worn in the warmer weather, must beof knee-length.
  • Skirts and dresses should be of a moderate length and suitable for school.
  • Trousers must not be worn low below the hips displaying underwear.
  • Torn/ripped jeans, tights must not be worn.
  • Vest tops displaying underwear must not be worn.
  • Low-cut tops and tops that expose the midriff are not allowed as part of the dress code.
  • Hats, hoods and other headgear must not be worn indoors.
  • Outdoor coats cannot be worn in class.


  • Jewellery should be appropriate to daily school life. Earrings that are very long are a health and safety issue in practical classes and on crowded corridors and should not be worn.
  • Visible body piercings, other than reasonably- sized earrings and nose studs are not permitted.

Hair Styles

  • Hair should always be clean
  • A pupils’ eyes should not be covered by a hair style.


  • While make-up is allowed in school it should be applied in moderation.

Students may be challenged in terms of dress code violations by staff.

The student may be required to wear a hoodie supplied by the school or if found to be repeatedly violating the dress code they may be sent home to change their clothing following prior notification to parents/guardians.