Secondary School Uniforms in Isle of Man Schools

Closed 16 Feb 2023

Opened 16 Jan 2023


The Isle of Man Government has committed to consulting the public with a view to introducing guidance, where possible or required, to the Island’s secondary schools to inform their school uniform policies. Head teachers, together with their governing bodies, set the uniform policy and guidelines in each school. 

Any guidance resulting from this consultation would aim to address any potential parity issues around secondary school uniform, where possible and practicable to do so. It would also seek to minimise the cost of school uniform, if feasible, in order that accessing the required items does not become a barrier to participation in learning.

The consultation seeks views on:

  • What should be included within the scope of the guidance
  • The role that school uniform plays within the ethos, culture and day to day social life
  • The considerations available to schools and the Department of Education, Sport and Culture in minimising school uniform costs, where possible

The draft principles which are intended to be incorporated as part of the school uniform policy.

Why your views matter

The consultation is open to anyone with an interest in secondary school uniform policy, but especially secondary school students, parents and carers, teachers, other education professionals and those who provide school uniform items.

In addition, we have made arrangements to specifically seek the views of children and young people on school uniform policy. These views will be considered, together with the findings of this consultation, to inform future policy and guidance development.

It is envisaged that the guidance will inform secondary schools’ policies.

It is not intended that school uniform on the Isle of Man will be abolished. Therefore, that is not within the scope of the consultation.

How to respond

You can respond online by clicking on the 'Online Survey' link below, by email to Rachel Birch at or in writing to:

Legislation, Policy and Research Manager
Department of Education, Sport and Culture
Thie Slieau Whallian
St John’s
Isle of Man

What happens next

The results will be considered and used to inform an update to the existing school uniform policy as appropriate.


  • All Areas


  • Students
  • Children & young people
  • Parents, carers and & guardians


  • Education 16-19
  • Early years & primary education
  • Secondary education