We encourage pupils across the school to take pride in their appearance and to value the sense of identity that their school uniform provides.

The School uniform is provided by our official supplier:
Brookes Outfitters and Tailors
3 Market Place
Barnard Castle
DL12 8NF
Mrs Brookes seeks to offer excellent service so appointments can be booked with her by telephoning 01833 638103. Orders can also be placed via Brookes online.

Sportswear must be ordered from PlayerLayer.com. Please also note that in addition to the compulsory PlayerLayer kit, optional sports items may also be purchased from the PlayerLayer website.

Standard items (marked ‘other’ in the uniform list) can be purchased from any retailer.

Second-hand Uniform/Equipment
While pupils who are new to the School are encouraged to visit Brookes Outfitters for a fresh uniform, Barney Friends volunteers run a useful as-new shop for replacements and spares. Anybody wishing to sell good quality second hand uniform may leave bags at the shop or in the Senior School General Office at any time, clearly marked with your child’s name and, if possible, their school number. Parents have the option to donate their items, with all the money made kept by the shop and given to charity at the end of the year. Parents wishing to sell items receive 70% of the selling price, which is refunded onto the termly school bill. The remainder is kept by the shop to be donated to charity at the end of each academic year. The shop also offers a rugby boot exchange – it costs £2 to exchange for a clean old pair or £5 if you have none to give in.

The shop is currently located in Longfield Lodge and is open every Friday from 3.00pm-5.00pm. Payment can be made by card, cash or cheque and parents of boarders may add the cost to their school bill. Unfortunately, the shop is unable to offer refunds.

Second Hand Uniform Shop – Summer Opening Times

Wednesday 24th July 2019 – 2.00pm-4.00pm

Thursday 15th August 2019 – 9.00am – 11.00am

Tuesday 20th August 2019 – 9.00am – 11.00am

Friday 30th August 2019 – 9.00am – 11.00am

Monday 2nd September 2019 – 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Additional information
All uniform items and equipment must be clearly marked with the pupil’s name and initials (plus school number for boarders).
Precise games kit requirements will vary according to the season and to the sports which any individual pupil may be playing. If parents are in doubt, they are urged to seek advice from games staff.

All rugby and hockey players are strongly advised to wear shin pads and a mouth guard – advice should be sought from your dentist.  The school provides an opportunity to purchase mouth guards at the beginning of the Michaelmas term from TitanGuards, through our partnership with them. Follow the link here for further information. Football players must wear shin pads. Squash players are strongly advised to wear protective goggles – Mr Gedye can advise on 01833 690222.

Senior School Uniform List

House items should be in the correct colour as follows:
Bowes – Pale Green
Marwood – Purple
Dale – Burgundy
Durham – Gold
Tees – Dark Green
North – Blue
York – Red
Longfield – Pink


School uniform is worn throughout the working day (and on the journey to and from School if your child is a day-pupil).

The Uniform List listed below is also displayed on the School website. Uniform for Years 7 – 11 is sold by Brookes Outfitters in Barnard Castle. Appointments can be made for complete outfitting on 01833 638103.   Alternatively you can view the uniform range at www.brookestailors.com and buy online.

Girls (Years 7-11)
Brookes Outfitters
School blazer

Grey School skirt*

House tie

School pullover

School scarf (optional)

White shirt with plain formal collar (polycotton or similar)

Plain navy, black or neutral tights

Plain black polished shoes**

Coat (Optional -plain, single sober colour) School blazer

Boys (Years 7-11)
Brookes Outfitters

School blazer

House tie

School pullover

School scarf (optional)

Mid/dark grey plain trousers, worsted or similar***

White shirt with plain formal collar (polycotton or similar)

Plain grey or black polished shoes

Coat (Optional -plain, single sober colour

*Skirts should fit properly and end no more than one inch above the knee

** Heels no higher than 5cm measured at the back. No boots, mules or stilettos

***Not brushed cotton or similar

School sports kit should be purchased online from www.playerlayer.com

Girls (Years 7-11)

Midlayer Top

TrainaLayer Bottoms

Girls’ ReversaLayer

Girls’ Skort

Pro Socks

Girls’ House Top

Boys (Years 7-11)

Midlayer Top

TrainaLayer Bottoms

Boys’ ReversaLayer

Boys’ Shorts

Pro Socks

Boys’ House Top

Day pupils will need a bag or briefcase to carry things to and from School.

Additional items for Boarders

Students will need to bring their own pens and pencils, and they may wish to arrive equipped with a scientific calculator and geometry (mathematical instruments) set.  Otherwise these can be obtained cheaply from the Bookroom (previously mentioned).

If students are coming from overseas and English is not their first language, they will need a dictionary explaining words from their own language into English. Dictionaries should be in book format and not electronic because these are permitted in class but not in examinations.

Otherwise, all necessary text books, exercise books, files, writing paper and notebooks, including homework (or ‘prep’) diaries, will be supplied by the appropriate teacher during the first few days, and replacements can be obtained from the Bookroom.

It is also recommended that boarders have at least 3 pairs of trousers or skirts and 6 white shirts. Other items required are listed below:

Dressing gown


Hand & bath towels



Shoe cleaning kit

Laundry bag

3 duvet covers—all other bedding is provided by the School

Brush/comb, clothes brush, toilet bag and personal items

Spare name tapes (with school number)

Boarders wear casual clothing in the evenings and at weekends.  Smart casual clothes are required for most Chapel Services which typically is a collared shirt and trousers (not jeans) for boys and a collared shirt or blouse with a skirt or trousers (not jeans) for girls. Items of School uniform should not be worn in Chapel on Sunday unless the dress code is uniform.  Boarders can obtain a ‘chit’ from their Housemaster or Housemistress to buy uniform items which can be charged to the end-of-term bill.

All clothing items must be clearly marked with the pupil’s name and initials (plus school number for boarders).  This allows its identification, especially after laundry.

Precise games kit requirements will vary according to the season and to the sports which an individual pupil may be playing.  If parents are in doubt, they are urged to seek advice from the Games Department at the School.

Sixth Form Uniform

Uniform Requirements – General

The guiding sentiment for Sixth Form appearance is that it reflects well upon the Sixth Formers themselves and the School, and that it is consistent with smart, professional dress.


Uniform Requirements – Sixth Form Girls

  • A grey, navy, or charcoal suit (with skirt or trousers). These should be plain and not checked or pinstripe. Skirts must end no higher than 1 inch above the knee. A smart grey, navy, or charcoal “suit-dress” and blouse worn with a tailored jacket and/or blazer in a matching colour is also acceptable. Please see Appendix.
  • A blouse with single or double cuffs. Blouses should be worn without ties but modestly. Fitted blouses may be worn outside the skirt, while others should be tucked in (blouses should not be brushed cotton or casual).
  • A pullover or cardigan of one colour. CCF/Games jumpers may not be worn with academic dress.
  • Black, navy, or flesh-coloured tights
  • Plain black or brown polished shoes (heels no higher than 5 cm measured at the back).
  • No boots, “mules” or stiletto heels.


Uniform Requirements – Sixth Form Boys

  • A grey, navy, or charcoal suit. These should be plain and not checked or pinstripe.
  • A plain-coloured shirt with single or double cuffs (not brushed cotton or casual, and without a button-down collar)
  • A tie; colour and style of your choice.
  • A pullover, waistcoat or cardigan of one colour. CCF/Games jumpers may not be worn with academic dress.
  • Plain black or brown polished shoes​

Uniform Requirements – Formal and Special Occasions

(such as Founders’ Day, Speech Day, and House Photographs)

  • White shirts and blouses
  • House ties (for boys)
  • Coloured pullovers and cardigans should not be worn

Sixth Formers who are day pupils must travel home either in school uniform, CCF uniform or a school tracksuit.

Hair and Appearance

Hair should be neat, in a natural colour, and avoid extremes of fashion. Boys’ hair should not be unduly long; it must not be unduly short either. Additionally, boys must make sure that they are clean-shaven.



Jewellery should not be ostentatious and wearing multiple pieces of jewellery is discouraged. Students should have no more than 2 piercings in one ear, and they should be studs, not hoops or ‘dangly’ earrings. Nail varnish should be of a neutral colour and nails should not be excessively long.