Uniform Policy

Our uniform policy reflects our values and reinforces our academy’s culture of high expectations and academic achievement. All pupils must dress according to the Uniform Policy. Our academy uniform is important to us. It is one way in which we identify ourselves as an academy community and it promotes a strong and cohesive academy identity which supports high standards in all areas of academy life. Finally it promotes harmony between different groups represented in the academy, and enhances security. We have a required academy uniform for several reasons:

  • Uniforms unite the academy. Pupils make a commitment that when they put on their ARK Brunel uniform they will abide by the rules of the community.
  • Uniforms reduce distractions. We are focused on achieving success. When pupils are allowed to wear their own clothing, there is the potential to talk about fashions and styles rather than learning.
  • Uniforms make us all equal. Whether families have high incomes or low incomes, the pupils come to the academy looking the same way. No one has to feel bad about the clothes they have or don’t have.
  • Uniforms look professional, pupils look neat and ready to learn.

We ask parents and carers to support all decisions by academy staff regarding whether or not clothing is appropriate or inappropriate for school.

Non-compliance with the Uniform Policy

Pupils will not be allowed out in the playground at break times if they are not dressed in the appropriate uniform.  If your child comes to school not wearing the correct uniform you will be given a note at the end of the day, advising that they have missed their playtime as a result, and requesting that you ensure the correct uniform is worn the next day.

There may be good reason why a child is not wearing academy uniform. In this case, parents and carers should share the reasons with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher either in person or by letter. The academy will always be considerate and discrete in trying to establish why a pupil is not wearing the correct uniform. Pupils will not be made to feel uncomfortable, nor discriminated against, because their parent or carer is unable to provide them with the required items of the academy uniform. In line with our culture of honest conversation with parents or carers, we encourage discussion with the academy at the earliest opportunity if there are any difficulties.

There will be the occasions when the academy decides that academy uniform is not appropriate, e.g. when taking part in a physical activity day or wearing different clothes as a part of a fund raising event. Parents and carers will be notified in advance of what is the revised dress code on these days.

 

Girls:

Autumn/Winter/Spring

Grey blazer with burgundy trim and academy logo (for Years 3-6 pupils only) *
Burgundy v-neck jumper: blue stripe and logo *
School Tie *
White shirt #
Grey skirt/ pinafore or grey trousers #
Grey tights or grey socks or black tights or black socks #
Black low heeled shoes (no trainers) #

Summer (From 1st May)

Light blue gingham dress

 

PE Kit

Black or white trainers/plimsolls (no fashion shoes/pumps) #
Burgundy polo shirt with academy logo *
Black shorts #
Black tracksuit bottoms #
Burgundy tracksuit top #

 

Boys

Autumn/Winter/Spring

Grey blazer with burgundy trim and academy logo (for Years 3-6 pupils only) *
Burgundy fine knit v-neck jumper: blue stripe and logo *
School Tie *
White shirt #
Grey trousers #
Black socks or grey socks #
Black shoes (no trainers) #

Summer (From 1st May)

Grey shorts

White short sleeved shirt

 

PE Kit

Black or white trainers/plimsolls (no fashion shoes/pumps) #
Burgundy polo shirt with academy logo *
Black shorts #
Black tracksuit bottoms #
Burgundy tracksuit top with academy logo

Hats, Headscarves or Headwear

Pupils are not allowed to wear hats, headscarves, or any other head covering inside the academy building unless it is due to religious or cultural reasons. Any head covering for religious or cultural values or hair accessories that are worn such as slides, ribbons, bobbles etc. should be simple and in academy colours burgandy and blue An academy hat with the ARK Brunel logo is available for both summer and winter outdoor wear.

Hairstyles

Pupils’ hair should be neatly groomed and professional at all times for smartness, appearance and health and safety. Long hair on both girls and boys should be tied back using academy colour hair bands. Pupils’ faces should not be obscured as the teacher may not be able to judge their engagement with learning and secure their participation in discussions and practical activities. Pupils may not wear designs or words cut into their hair or permanent or temporary coloured hair.

Fingernail Polish or Make-Up

Pupils are not allowed to wear fingernail polish or false nails. Make-up is not allowed.

Jewellery/Accessories

Pupils may not wear any jewellery except for one watch only (no sound effects or games). Pupils are allowed to wear one pair of stud earrings, and they must be worn in the lower ear lobe. All studs must be removed for PE or taped. Please note that the academy will be unable to take any responsibility for any watches or jewellery that are lost.

Naming Clothing and Property

VERY IMPORTANT– Please ensure all clothing and property is clearly marked so that lost articles may be easily traced and returned. The academy cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage of pupils’ property and valuables.

Lost Property

All mislaid items are placed in the lost property area. Please ask the academy office if you wish to look through thisarea. We endeavour to return all named property. All unclaimed lost property is disposed of at the end of term and given to a local children’s charity.

Second-hand Uniform

Any unwanted items of uniform may be given to the academy office. We will be developing a second hand uniform sale in the future.