Uniform and Equipment
The uniform is an important aspect pertaining to Academy identity. It places every pupil on a level playing field thus avoiding issues concerned with disparity in social class and affluence and subsequent bullying issues that may arise.
The Academy uniform should be worn at all times unless a teacher specifies otherwise. All items of the uniform should be worn in the normally accepted manner and due regard taken of health and safety.
The specifics concerned with the uniform are listed below:
1. Black blazer and an Academy badge.
2. Plain white shirt or blouse with a stiff collar. The shirt or blouse tails should be tucked inside the waistband of the trousers. The collar button of the shirt or blouse should be done up at all times.
3. Plain black or white socks or plain tights.
4. Sensible stout black leather shoes with heels not exceeding 3.5cm in height. Trainers or canvass-type shoes are not permitted.
5. Clip-on Academy tie.
6. Suitable ankle-length black school trousers with no distinctive styling or fashioning. ‘Skinny trousers’ and trousers with conspicuous belts/buttons/buckles are not permitted.
7. No jewellery except for one pair of plain gold or silver studs, with one stud in each ear lobe, and a wrist watch. Eyebrow bars, nose and tongue studs are not permitted. All excess jewellery will be confiscated and returned to the responsible adult in person or to the pupil at the end of half-term.
8. No make-up in Years 7, 8 and 9. Years 10 and 11 may wear discreet make up, but nail varnish and conspicuous fake nails are not permitted.
9. Extremes of hairstyle are not permitted e.g. two tone or vibrant hair colours, tramlines and hair cut to below a number 2.
10. Jumpers, denim, leather and sports jackets and all types of hoodies are not permitted.
11. Suitable dark coloured bag fit for the purpose.
12. Mobile telephones and other unnecessary electronic equipment are not permitted. Such items will be confiscated and returned to the responsible adult in person in accordance with the Education Act 2011.
Q. Why are mobile phones and other unnecessary electronic items not permitted?
- Mobile phones distract from the teaching and learning process and disrupt the educational experience of the owner and other pupils within the lesson. If mobile phones are used to take photos and/or video recordings (without consent) this contravenes the basic human rights of both the teacher and the pupil(s).
- Mobile phones have been used as a medium for bullying and harassment.
- Mobile phones can become lost and in some instances are stolen. This would absorb considerable and unnecessary pastoral time.
- In external examinations, any pupil having a mobile on their person infringes exam board regulations and is likely to be disqualified from one or more exams.
In accordance with the Education Act 2011 school staff have the authority to conduct lawful searches (without consent). To make the process less invasive, the Academy (specifically SLT and Heads of House) use electronic wands. Any search is recommended to be undertaken with a colleague or adult witness present. It is completed quickly, whilst ensuing that no physical contact is made between the wand and the pupil.
Under the Education Act 2011 the Government has clarified the protocol regarding confiscation. The provisions stop pupils making any claim against any member of staff for loss or damage to confiscated items, as long as the staff member can show that:
- they had the requisite authority (any paid member of staff does, as do unpaid staff members if so authorised by the Principal);
- the confiscation was on school premises, or elsewhere where the pupil was under their control; and
- the confiscation was ‘reasonable’.
With regard to the interpretation of these rules, the Academy’s decision is final.
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