School Uniform

Parents are asked to co-operate with the school in encouraging the wearing of the school uniform.

Wearing school uniform contributes to a positive school ethos, helps avoid discrimination and reduces peer pressure to wear expensive designer clothing.

A school’s reputation can also be enhanced in the local community by the wearing of school uniform and school security will be improved as it is be easier to identify intruders.

Please help us by ensuring that pupils do not bring valuable or expensive items of clothing to school and ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled, particularly ties, sweat shirts and PE equipment, which are often lost.

The Royal High School is committed to a school dress code. Apart from the very important tradition in this, we wish to have pupils who are proud to be identified with their school. We aim to prepare pupils for the world of work, where a dress code is a common feature; to improve the image of the school in the local community; and, for purposes of security, be able to recognise who is a member of our school community.

The Royal High School Uniform

The school uniform is black and white and consists of the following:

  • School Blazer
  • White shirt or blouse
  • Black trousers/skirt
  • School tie
  • Cardigans and jumpers should be plain black, not spotted, lacy or embellished with sparklies
  • Black shoes (no stripes, logos or coloured white soles or laces)
  • Black or white hijab (if worn)
  • Tee shirts worn underneath the white shirt should be white
  • Belts should be plain black
  • In PE all students should have a white tee shirt (ideally with their house logo), black shorts/tracksuit trousers or sport leggings and a change of appropriate footwear

In addition, and in line with council policy, pupils should not wear clothing which is so tight, so short or so revealing that it may give offence to others.

Please note our uniform does not include:

  • Polo shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Leggings without a skirt over them
  • Tight trousers or jeans
  • Skinny jeans
  • Hot pants (shorts)
  • Skirts shorter than fingertip length
  • Jeans

We also ask that pupils wear plain black shoes without logos, stripes or coloured/white soles or laces.

What is unacceptable?

Clothing that is so tight, short or revealing that it could give offence to others.

School Sport and Physical Education

PE curricular clothing 2017-18

Aitken and Niven are providing curricular clothing for PE this year. As in previous years, the only compulsory items that the students should wear are a white t-shirt and black shorts, sports leggings or tracksuit trousers. All other items of clothing on offer are optional to suit all weather conditions.

A full list includes;


Orders for PE clothing can be placed in two ways;

Online–                                                RHS PE – Stevensons/Aitken and Niven

In Store

234 Queensferry Road, Blackhall, Edinburgh, EH4 2BP. Mon – Sat: 9am to 5.30pm

6 Falcon Road West, Edinburgh, EH10 4AQ. Mon – Sat: 9am to 5.30pm

Security: Pupils should not bring any personal belongings of any value to PE and if they do, they do so at their own risk as the school carries no liability for any loss or damage to personal property. For pupils who fail to follow these guidelines the department makes the following provision:

  • Pupils can leave their valuables in the changing rooms.  PE staff cannot guarantee that pupils’ valuables will be secure in the changing rooms as pupils from other PE classes can access the changing room at different times during the block.
  • Pupils are responsible for depositing their valuables in their teacher’s box which will be locked away in the staff base.
  • If you have any queries regarding the school’s dress code, please contact the school office.

Uniform Supplier
Our school uniform supplier is Stevensons/Aitken & Niven

Footwear and Clothing Grants

Grants for footwear and clothing for children are available to parents receiving:

  • Child Tax Credit, but not working tax credit, with an annual income of less than £ 15,860
  • income support
  • jobseekers allowance[income-based]
  • support under Part V1 of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Income related element of Employment and Support Allowance

Information on free school meals and clothing grants is available here. Applications for free school meals and clothing grants can be made by contacting Grants, Awards and Placements, Business Centre 1:1 Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG

10 Responses to SCHOOL UNIFORM

  1. Admin says:

    Hi and thanks for your question. We have added the supplier link and order form to the bottom of the page:

    Please let us know if there is anything else we can help with.




    • April says:

      Hi, who do we turn the order form in to? My child starts high school after the summer. We were hoping to go into Aitken Niven to try things on but if they don’t have things in stock where do I order? Many thanks!


  2. Sam says:

    Does swim wear need to be a certain colour or style?


  3. Zoe says:

    Is there any requirement for boys to keep their hair short?

    My son likes to wear his hair long, for a boy. Will he be able to keep it long when he goes to Royal High?



    • rhs01 says:

      Hi – we have no restrictions on haircuts here in the Royal High School as long as they are not offensive e.g. shaved symbols.


  4. Hi, What does ‘Skirts shorter than fingertip length’ mean?


    • rhs01 says:

      Hi – if you drop you arms by your sides then your skirt should be longer than where your fingertips lie. In reality all this means is we expect a modest length of skirt.


  5. Orly Taylor says:

    Hi, are students allowed to wear coats of or jackets in class, due to windows being open?


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