Dress Code

There are many good reasons for wearing a uniform; it creates an identity for students, it encourages a feeling of belonging and of having pride in the Academy and in appearance, it is also by far the most sensible and smartest way to dress during school time.  Therefore, I have no doubt that the very high standards that we expect from students will be supported by this new uniform.

Any departure from the Academy’s uniform code will be challenged and may result in the student being isolated within the Academy or sent home to change (with the parents/carers permission). Repeat/persistent breaches will be viewed as defiance and dealt with at the discretion of the Senior Leadership Team.

The Academy uniform can be purchased from Fosters Schoolwear at www.greatforschool.co.uk. There are six compulsory items (listed below) that must be purchased for all students in Years 7-10. For Year 11, the new PE uniform is optional, so the main uniform items will only need to be purchased (blazer, tie and trouser/skirt)

Academy Main Uniform (Years 7-11)

o   Academy Blazer
o   Trouser/Skirt
o   Tie

Academy PE Uniform (Years 7-10 only)

o   Polo Shirt
o   Tracksuit Bottoms/Leggings
o   Shorts/Skort

Belts

Belts should be black, no wider than 6cm, with a plain buckle.

Shoes

Sensible black shoes. No backless slip-on shoes or flip-flops/sandals. No trainers. Heels, no higher than 5cm. No canvas/plimsoll/pump-type shoes eg, Converse, Vans etc. No boots

Socks/Tights

Socks must be worn with either a skirt or trousers. Socks should be plain black or navy with both trousers and with a skirt. If tights are to be worn they should be black or flesh coloured.

Coat

Any dark coloured coat suitable for school, with no logos or patterns. No denim, leather/leather effect or fur. No tracksuit tops or hoodies. Coats or body-warmers must not be worn in lessons.

Hair

Style and colour must be appropriate for school. Hair should be no shorter than a “number 2” cut. Fashion gimmicks are not acceptable (eg, tramlines or logos). Hair should be of a natural colour – no extremes of colour (eg, reds, blues). No hair extensions are permitted. Long hair must be tied back for safety, when necessary. Other than a black/brown plain hair band or a black/brown alice band, hair accessories should not be worn.

Hats/Caps

Must not be worn on school premises.

Boys’ PE Kit

School PE T-shirt (not school polo shirt worn during the day for lessons). Black/Dark blue tracksuit/jogging bottoms, black shorts, trainers, white socks. Shin pads/football boots/rugby top optional.

Girls’ PE Kit

School  PE T-shirt (not school polo shirt worn during the day for lessons). Black/Dark blue tracksuit/jogging bottoms, trainers, white socks. Shin pads/football boots/rugby top optional.

Jewellery

One plain pair of stud earrings or sleepers and one plain ring is allowed. No other jewellery or facial/body piercing is allowed including diamante earrings. Bangles, bracelets etc are not allowed. Necklaces can only be worn inside clothing and not be visible. Necklaces have to be removed to undertake activities such as DT/PE where they may pose health and safety risks.

Make-up

Only make-up which is lightly applied/natural-looking is allowed. Decisions about whether a student is wearing too much make-up rests with school staff. A student considered to be wearing too much/inappropriate make-up will be required to remove it. Nail varnish (including false nails, gel acrylics and nail art) are not appropriate for school and should not be worn.
Students are expected to follow the School Uniform Rules. Students not complying with these will be sent home to change into correct uniform or, alternatively, will be withdrawn from lessons to the Inclusion Room.
Where possible, please label all items of clothing so that we can identify the owner and return lost items.
Please note – it is not advisable to send students to school with high-value items of clothing eg. SuperDry coats. Please note that the school accepts no responsibility for accident or loss.

Please view the following document to find out how our uniform should look.

What to Wear