The Scottish school system is strutured along the primary and secondary levels common around the world. The state schools have these standard divisions. This is complicated slightly by the prep schools which more or less bridge the gap between primary and secondary schools. There are also academies, private schools that have both primary and secondary units. School uniforms are common at both primary and secondary schools. Almost all secondary schools have uniforms.A Scottish contributor provides some information on school uniforms in Scotland.
The state systems has standard primary schools. The private or independent sector is more complicated. Prep schools bridge the gap between primary and secondary schools. Academies have both primary and secondary sections. A Scottish reader tells us, "My Primary School uniform was very typical of the time - grey shirt, grey shorts, long socks in winter, ankle socks in summer. The socks were grey and had a green band on them because that was our colours. The blazer was plain green and our sweaters had a green V round the V-neck. We wore a green and grey stripped tie and an elastic belt which was also in school colours. There was a gabardine raincoat that all boys wore when it was wet and we had a green scarf. All these items were purchased from the local boy's outfitter - they had a special school uniform department upstairs. I remember going back there when I was about 16 or 17 with my Mother - we were looking for a pair of trousers - and being told by a rather snooty shop assistant that they only stocked shorts! Long trousers were kept in the menswear department."
The state systems has standard secondary schools. The private or independent sector is more complicated. Prep schools bridge the gap between primary and secondary schools. Academies have both primary and secondary sections. Our Scottish reader also reports, "My Secondary uniform to begin with was not very different from my Primary one - except that the colours were now navy and grey. Most Secondary schools had navy uniforms apart from a few with brighter colours. Like most boys I wore shorts during the first year (12 to 13) with navy knee socks and a blazer, even in winter. When it was really cold we had a navy duffle coat to put on, but always with bare knees peeking out from underneath the hem. Most boys progressed to long trousers at the beginning of second year, leaving only a few still in shorts. It was mainly the middle class families who insisted on shorts for older boys."
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