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Barnby Road Academy

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Uniform Policy




Last reviewed :

June 2022

Next Review :

June 2024

Committee Responsible :

Strategic & Pupils

Approved on :

Wednesday 29th June 2022

Approved by :

Trustees & Governing Body




This policy aims to:

  • Set out our approach to requiring a uniform that is of reasonable cost and offers the best value for money for parents and carers
  • Explain how we will avoid discrimination in line with our legal duties under the Equality Act 2010
  • Clarify our expectation for school uniform


Our school’s legal duties under the Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination against an individual based on the protected characteristics, which include, sex, race, religion or belief and gender reassignment.


To avoid discrimination, our school will:

  • Avoid listing uniform items based on sex, to give all pupils the opportunity to wear the uniform they feel most comfortable in or that most reflects their self-identified gender
  • Make sure that our uniform costs the same for all pupils
  • Allow all pupils to have long hair (though we reserve the right to ask for this to be tied back)
  • Allow all pupils to style their hair in the way that is appropriate for school yet makes them feel most comfortable
  • Allow pupils to request changes to swimwear for religious reasons
  • Allow pupils to wear headscarves and other religious or cultural symbols
  • Allow for adaptions to our policy on the grounds of equality by asking pupils or their parents to get in touch with Mr Chamberlain, the Head Teacher who can answer questions about the policy and respond to any requests


Limiting the cost of Uniform

Our school has a duty to make sure that the uniform we require is affordable, in line with statutory guidance from the Department for Education on the cost of uniform.


We understand that items with distinctive characteristics (such as branded items, or items that have to have a school logo or a unique fabric/colour/design) cannot be purchased from a wide range of retailers and that requiring many such items limits parents’ ability to ‘shop around’ for a low price.


We will make sure our uniform:

  • Is available at a reasonable cost
  • Provides the best value for money for parents/carers


     We will do this by:

  • Carefully considering whether any items with distinctive characteristics are necessary
  • Limiting any items with distinctive characteristics where possible
  • Limiting items  with distinctive characteristics to low cost or long lasting items
  • Considering cheaper alternatives to school branded items such as logos that can be ironed on, as long as they don’t compromise quality and durability
  • Avoiding specific requirements for items pupils could wear on non-school days, such as coats, bags and shoes
  • Keeping the number of optional branded items to a minimum, so that the schools uniform can act as a social leveler
  • Considering alternative methods for signaling differences in groups for interschool competitions, such as creating posters or labels
  • Making sure that arrangements are in place for parents to acquire second had uniform items
  • Avoiding frequent changes to uniform specifications and minimizing the financial impact on parents of any changes
  • Consulting with parents and pupils on any proposed significant changes to the uniform policy and carefully considering any complaints about the policy


Expectations for school uniform

Our school uniform:

  • Barnby Road Sweatshirt/Cardigan
  • White Shirt or white polo shirt ( with logo or plain)
  • Grey/Charcoal or Black Trousers, skirt or pinafore
  • Black, Grey, White or royal Blue socks or tights
  • Light blue gingham dress in the summer months
  • Barnby Road PE T Shirt
  • Barnby Road PE Shorts
  • Barnby Road Joggers
  • Barnby Road PE Hoodie
  • Black Blue or Grey shoes or sandals
  • Black or Blue hair accessories

Also Recommended:

  • A Barnby book bag (any colour)
  • A drawstring PE bag


We will accept royal blue generic items for all the uniform items except the Barnby Road Sweatshirt/Cardigan and the PE T-Shirt.


Where to Purchase it:

Parents and Carers can purchase the school uniform from:

  • K & H Sports, 19 Cartergate Newark Notts Tel: 01636-704331
  • Wiggleprint. (log in: wpbra2019)
  • Pre Loved uniform available at school via ‘The Friends’ (please contact the school office)


Expectations for our school community


Pupils are expected to wear the correct uniform at all times (other than specified non uniform days) while:

  • On the school premises
  • Travelling to and from school
  • At out of school events or on trips that are organised by the school or where they are representing the school (unless non uniform is specified)


Pupils are also expected to contact Mr Chamberlain, the Head Teacher if they want to request an amendment to the uniform policy in relation to their protected characteristics.


Parents and Carers

Parents and carers are expected to make sure their child has the correct uniform and PE kit and that every item is:

  • Clean
  • Clearly labelled with the childs name
  • In good condition


Parents and carers are also expected to contact Mr Chamberlain, the Head Teacher if they want to request an amendment to the uniform policy in relation to:

  • Their childs protected characteristics
  • The cost of the uniform


Parents and carers are expected to lodge any complaints or objections relating to the school uniform in a timely and reasonable manner.


Disputes about the cost of the school uniform will be:

  • Resolved locally
  • Dealt with in accordance with our schools complaint policy

The school will work closely with parents and carers to arrive at a mutually acceptable outcome.



Staff will closely monitor pupils to make sure they are in correct uniform. They will give any pupils and their families breaching the uniform policy the opportunity to comply, but will follow up with the Head Teacher if the situation doesn’t improve.


Ongoing breaches of our uniform policy will be dealt with by Mr Chamberlain, the Head Teacher

In cases where it is suspected that financial hardship has resulted in a pupil not complying with this uniform policy, staff will take a mindful and considerate approach to resolving the situation.


The governing body will review this policy and make that it:

  • Is appropriate for our schools context
  • Is implemented fairly across the school
  • Takes into account the views of parents, carers and puils
  • Offers a uniform that is appropriate, practical and safe for all pupils

The board will also make sure that the schools uniform supplier arrangements give the highest priority to cost and value for money, for example by avoiding single supplier contracts and be re-tendering contracts at least every 5 years


Monitoring Arrangements

This policy will be reviewed every year by the Strategic and Pupil committee. At every review it will be approved by the full governing body.


Links to other policies

This policy is linked to our:

  • Behaviour Policy
  • Equality Policy
  • Anti-bullying policy
  • Complaints policy