Academy Uniform

To facilitate effective teaching and learning at Sandwell Academy there is a strict code of conduct with respect to uniform and office dress for both staff and students.  Establishing and maintaining high expectations of appearance for staff and students is essential to supporting the ethos of a professional, business orientated, educational environment.

In our diverse community, some of our students follow religious guidance on aspects of appropriate clothing.  Sandwell Academy is sensitive to the requirements of specific items of dress code required by religious beliefs.

We ask for your support and co-operation to help keep the standards of students’ uniform as high as possible.  Sandwell Academy clothing requirements are listed on the following pages.

Second hand uniform is available direct from the Academy.

Student Uniform & Dress Code

Students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 should wear the prescribed uniform at all times. Sixth Form students do not wear the prescribed uniform but should wear clothing appropriate for the business world or office environment. (Specific details are outlined later in this policy). If students do not conform, parents will be asked to collect them immediately and will not be allowed to return to the Academy until the issue is resolved

Members of the general public make judgements about Sandwell Academy based upon standards of academic achievement, behaviour and uniform. All students are expected to wear full uniform when being transported to and from the Academy. Students are expected to take pride in their appearance and this should be replicated in the way uniform is worn. It is essential that all students take their ambassadorial role for the Academy seriously at all times.

Jewellery

Earrings, rings, nose studs, body and tongue piercing and related jewellery are not allowed. One plain metal stud (gold or silver) can be used for pierced ears and a watch may be worn. Ear stretchers are not allowed.

Hairstyle

No extreme hairstyle or colouring (including totally, partially shaved, or decorated scalps, brightly coloured hair dyes). Sensible hair accessories in black or navy blue.

Nail Varnish

Nail varnish and any form of false nail are not permitted.

Make-Up

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) – Not to be worn

Key Stage 4 (Years 9,10 & 11) – Mascara only

Key Stage 5 (6.1 and 6.2) – Appropriate make up for the office.

Academy Kilts and Trousers

No variation of the kilt or trouser style is acceptable. Parents should ensure that they purchase kilts or trousers from one of the Academy's uniform suppliers.

Students are not permitted to wear denim jackets, baseball hats or hooded sweatshirts.

Religious Consideration

A Hijab may be worn but only in a black or navy blue colour.

Financial Bursary Support

Eligible parents and Sixth Form students will be given financial support to help with their purchases of uniform or office dress. The Student Support and Welfare Officer, who is contactable via the Academy Reception, is able to provide further details concerning eligibility and the nature of support available.