At Thornham St James, we recognise that the cost of living puts a great strain upon families to buy school uniform for their children. Therefore, it is not compulsory to wear uniform with the school logo, all items of Thornham St James uniform can be purchased from local supermarkets. There are options for parents to purchase branded jumpers and cardigans from our local retailer, Monkhouse in Oldham. Purchases can be made online or in the store. Ties and bookbags can be purchased from our school office via parenst pay. 

Please note that the school is an inclusive school and does not stipulate what girls and boys should wear in conjunctions with human rights and the 9 protected characteristics. We are working with the uniform shop to remove the gender labelling.

Pre-loved uniform

We welcome donations of school uniform that children have grown out of, these items will then be passed on to other families free of charge. This helps everyone and is an eco-friendly way of discarding unwanted clothes. Please only donate clothes that are in good condition.


Key Stage 1 (Reception to Year 2)

  • Grey skirt or pinafore, with alternative cotton school dress in blue and white stripe/check for summer
  • Grey shorts or trousers
  • Navy V-necked cardigan, V-necked pullover or V-necked sweatshirt. (These are to be plain except where parents have purchased school sweatshirts or cardigans showing the school logo. Please note, the purchase of uniform with the school logo is not compulsory.)
  • White shirt, blouse or polo shirt.
  • Grey socks, white socks, navy or grey tights 
  • Dark shoes (preferably black). Trainers or fashion boots are not permitted.

Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)
As Key Stage 1 except:

  • White shirt or blouse (NOT polo shirts).
  • Navy tie

PE Kit
The PE kit consists of:

  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Navy blue or black shorts or jogger
  • Navy blue or black hoodie or jumper
  • Navy or black trainers
  • Pumps - for in the hall. (These will be kept in school in a drawstring bag)


  • For safety reasons, jewellery is not allowed in school, with the exception of wristwatches. (Smart watches are not permitted in school)
  • Ear piercing should be done at the start of the summer holidays. This enables earrings to be removed on the return to school. Pupils who come to school wearing earrings will be asked to remove them.

Hairstyles and Appearance

We are proud of how our children look as we feel it is appropriate and smart school dress. How a person looks is indicative of their attitude and also a way of setting the high standards expected in everything.

  • All long hair should be tied back – practical headbands and bobbles only please (preferably in blue, black or white).
  • Hair should be smart and appropriate for school and should be of a natural colour.

Hairstyles, which are deemed inappropriate or extreme by the school, are not allowed.

There must be no patterns or tramlines shaved into the hair and no severe cuts.

As guidance, hair should be no shorter than 3cm on top and 2cm on the back and sides.

Please note that the wearing of nail varnish or make-up is not permitted in school.

All shirts and t-shirts must be tucked in. 


Please label ALL items of clothing


Department for Education

The DfE Guidance on school uniform can be found here.