Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Uniform

We take pride in each and every one of our pupils at the academy, and know that they are equally proud to be wearing their academy badge on their uniforms. 

Please read this guidance, alongside the Oasis National Uniform Policy which outlines responsibilities held by the academy, parents/carers and students. 

Why do we have a uniform?

We recognise the value of having academy uniforms for the following reasons:

  • Inclusion – uniforms promote our belief of inclusion for all
  • A sense of belonging – the uniform promotes a sense of belonging in each student, academy and the Trust
  • Safety – if all the students in our Trust wear a clearly recognisable, correctly branded uniform it is easy to identify strangers in the academy. On the way to and from the academy it also affords a degree of safety as the students are part of a large body of young people who will look out for each other
  • Preparation for the future – many jobs require staff to wear a uniform and even if there isn’t a uniform there is often a dress code. Uniform helps young people get used to dressing to a prescribed standard. It also helps them know the difference between formal and informal dress
  • Value for money – good quality uniform should be seen as effective value for money by most parents / carers
  • Relieves students from fashion ‘stress’ – a localised academy uniform eliminates the stress placed on students to purchase and wear expensive, fashionable items
  • A sense of pride – we all feel proud of our young people when they are well dressed in the uniform. Uniform and PE/sport kits also help students to demonstrate pride in their academy
  • Helps raise aspirations – the smarter you feel the more you believe you can achieve

Uniform Suppliers

You can purchase uniform from SWI school wear. Please find a guide on how to order uniform here. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the academy. 

Uniform requirements

Main Uniform

Item Is this
branded?
Optional
or required?
All year or
seasonal?
Blazer Yes Required - to be worn around the academy at all times except during PE, break, lunch or in lessons All year
Black standard length trousers* No Required - must not be skinny fit, leggings or denim All year
White button up shirt with structured collar  No Required - can be long or short sleeved All year
Academy tie Yes Required - should be worn with 3 stripes visible below the knot All year
Plain black leather/faux leather shoes/Trainers No Required - must have a black sole, Trainers must be completely black
No high heels or steel toe caps should be worn to school
All year
Socks No Socks should be smart, ideally in black All year
Plain black jumper No Optional - may be worn underneath blazer All year

*Please note skirts are not permitted

PE Kit

Item Is this
branded?
Optional
or required?
All year or
seasonal?
OADR quarter zip branded top Yes Required All year
Plain white t-shirt (unbranded) No Optional - to be worn underneath quarter zip top All year
Plain black tracksuit bottoms, leggings, skorts or shorts No   All year
Plain black coat No Optional - must be suitable for sport, large logos, fur hoods or coloured coats not acceptable Winter
Sports trainers No Required - running or multi-purpose trainers with cushioned soles and laces are appropriate. Canvas shoes, pumps or daps with flat soles are not appropriate All year
Moulded stud shoes No Required - If doing sports on 3G, to maintain condition of pitch football boots with moulded or plastic studs will only be permitted, no metal studs, blades, dimpled trainers or flat soled shoes are allowed on pitch. All year
Equipment expectations

Students will be expected to have the following equipment year-round: 

  • Fully charged iPad provided by the Academy (replacement chargers £5.00 - contact Reception) 
  • 2 black pens 
  • 2 pencils 
  • 1 highlighter 
  • 1 ruler 
  • 1 sharpener 
  • 1 eraser 
  • 1 pencil case 
  • 1 scientific calculator 
  • 1 glue stick 
Jewellery & Personal Belongings

Studs and watches are the only permitted jewellery on site. Pupils wearing any other items, such as hoop or long earrings, rings, necklaces or bracelets will be asked to remove them for safety reasons. We have the following expectations when it comes to personal appearances at school. 

  • Hairbands and clips should be practical. No large logos and branding
  • Make-up should be minimal and natural in appearance 
  • Head coverings may be worn for religious or hair protection reasons. No large logos or branding
  • No false nails which extend significantly beyond tips of fingers for safety reasons  

Please do not send you children to the academy with personal belongings other than those required for study. The use of mobile phones during the school day is strictly prohibited and students should not have one on their person or in their bag, even if it is switched off. If a student needs to have a mobile phone for their journey to and from school, we will make provision to collect them in at the beginning of the academy day. Mobile phones will be stored securely and returned to students at the end of the academy day. If a student is found to have a mobile phone on their person for any reason it will be confiscated for seven days. If you need to contact your child in an emergency this can be done through reception. The academy accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen items. 

Physical Education

For safety reasons, all jewellery should be removed for all PE activities and long hair should be tied up. If students are unable to remove jewellery, it should be covered with tape

Students are expected to wear PE kit to school on days they have PE.

Religious items

Some students may wish to wear distinctive garments for religious reasons. As an academy we consult with our parent/carers to determine which religious garments are suitable at school.  

Religious head coverings may be worn. Students may wear long tracksuit bottoms for PE instead of shorts.

No dress is allowed that covers any part of the face from forehead to neck in the interests of safety. It is vital that the academy staff can always recognise who is in the academy.

Should parent/carers require their child to wear a specifically religious garment or symbol they should contact the Head of School at the academy who, after consultation, will contact the parent/carer with a decision.

The wearing of religious symbols or other insignia is permitted; however these will need to be covered.

Uniform costs and support

The Academy takes the cost of the uniform seriously, and works hard to ensure that those items that are required can be purchased for a reasonable price that provides good value.

If any parents are concerned about the cost of uniform items, please contact the academy office so we can explore what support is available.

This is not an exhaustive list of uniform requirements and the academy reserves the right to challenge any matters that may jeopardise the academy standards.