Student Dress Standard Policy


Indooroopilly State High School is a non-uniform school with student dress standard approved by our Parents and Citizens’ Association. The policy provides a framework for an acceptable standard of dress that promotes a quality learning environment for students and staff and the good image of the school in the community.  In developing the Student Dress Standard Policy, consideration has been given to:

  • Our school values
  • Queensland Health Sun Safe policy;
  • Workplace Health and Safety considerations;
  • Suitability of clothing for a learning environment or workplace.
Students choosing to attend this school and enjoy its non-uniform dress standard accept that it is the Principal’s responsibility to arbitrate in ensuring that clothing meets appropriate workplace standards as well as our school values, specifically, Each person’s dignity and Quality learning.
As parents and students have requested a guide to use at home, illustrations have been included to provide guidance with respect to correct and incorrect lengths.

Non-compliance with the dress standard will be considered a failure to comply with school procedures and direct consequences will result. It is important to note that these same standards also apply when travelling to and from school, during exam blocks, excursions and when temporarily visiting the school for any reason.

Exceptions to some of the requirements below will occur in various sporting activities where team uniforms or standards are involved, and in some practical lessons, such as for particular activities in the Performing Arts.


  1. Shirts must always be long enough to keep the mid-body covered in the course of normal movement throughout the day.
  2. Necklines of shirts and tops must provide adequate coverage and be suitable for a workplace.
  3. Underarms of shirts and tops must ensure adequate coverage of undergarments.
  4. Shoulders must be covered at all times. Singlets, spaghetti straps, off the shoulder and similar tops are regarded as undergarments and must be covered by suitable over-garments at all times.
  5. Torn, frayed, transparent or ragged garments, or those carrying inappropriate (e.g. obscene or derogatory) images or words, or promoting alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances are not acceptable. This is a general stipulation for skirts, jeans, shorts and long pants also.
  6. Students are able to wear the navy and gold polo-style school sport shirts.


  1. Skirts and shorts must be long enough to allow adequate coverage for all the normal movements required in a school day inclusive of all curriculum and non-curriculum activities.
  2. Tights, leggings, jeggings and lycra pants/shorts are only acceptable when worn with shirt/skirt/shorts that provide adequate coverage in terms of length.
  3. Undergarments should never be visible. Belts should be worn to keep baggy jeans and shorts in a position where undergarments are not visible.


  1. Enclosed footwear with a covered heel and toe must be worn at all times. Thongs, sandals, backless shoes and platform shoes, or those with a prominent heel, are a workplace health and safety risk and are not permitted.
  2. In practical classes, teachers will designate a safety standard for footwear.
  3. Students with foot injuries are not automatically exempt from wearing enclosed footwear. Parents are required to contact the Year Coordinator to discuss appropriate footwear in this circumstance.


  1. To comply with normal workplace practice, students are able to wear their preferred headwear, such as hats, caps, beanies, bandanas and hoods on jackets, at all times except during class and at assemblies. Exceptions are made where the headwear can be demonstrated to be part of religious or cultural practice.

Jewellery and Accessories

  1. Simple studs and sleepers in the ear are permitted. Earrings with hoops or otherwise identified as a safety risk are not permitted.
  2. Visible facial piercings, other than a small nose stud, are not permitted.
  3. Studs made from metal or other materials affixed to belts, jewellery or accessories are not permissible.
  4. Accessories such as restrictive or inappropriate necklaces, chains, bangles and rings are not permitted.
  5. Teachers of practical subjects may require that any accessories and jewellery be removed for that class.
  6. Hair must be clean and groomed in a style suitable for a workplace.
  7. Makeup should be subtle; extreme makeup is not permissible.
  8. Tattoos must be covered at all times.


  1. When participating in a school team, students must wear the navy and gold polo shirt. These shirts can be paid for and collected at the school office.
  2. Hats, sunscreen and, where possible, sunglasses, should be worn at all times when competing in outdoor sports.

Breach of the dress standard

A student who breaches the dress standard will be issued with a warning for a minor breach in cases where this is the first breach. For a major breach or subsequent minor breach, the student will be directed to Student Services to change into clothing that meets the student dress standard.  Failure to do so will result in the application of a consequence for non-compliance with school procedures.

Last reviewed 29 May 2020
Last updated 29 May 2020