Uniform Information

The Governors’ Policy on College Uniform must be followed by all students in years 7 to 11. Please ensure the correct uniform is worn at all times and correct equipment is brought into school.

Uniform for Years 7 to 11 for 2022/23 Academic Year:

ITEM NOTES MUST BE PURCHASED FROM OUR UNIFORM SUPPLIER COMPULSORY OR OPTIONAL SEASON  
Blazer Countesthorpe Academy Black Blazer must be worn by all students in Year 7 – 10. Students in Year 11 can purchase a school blazer if desired. Blazers should always be worn unless permission is given by staff to remove them. Yes Compulsory for Years 7 to 10, optional for Year 11 students. All year round
Jumper  Plain black V neck jumper with Academy logo will be worn by students in Year 11.

Plain black V neck jumper with Academy logo can be purchased by students in Year 7 – 10 as an extra layer under their blazer in colder weather. Jumpers are not an alternative to blazers for students in years 7-10.

Hoody jumpers are not permitted and should not be worn.

Yes Compulsory for Year 11 students, optional for others All year round
Trousers Plain grey tailored trousers2 No Compulsory for boys

Optional for girls

All year round for boys or girls
Skirt Plain grey knee length box pleated skirt3

If this is not being purchased from our uniform supplier, it must be the same style as that supplied by them.

Please note, a skirt with a logo on is not a requirement.

No Optional for girls All year round for girls
Shirt Plain white shirt with collar that can be buttoned to the neck, long enough to be tucked in at all times.4 No Compulsory for all students in Years 7 to 11 All year round
Tie Countesthorpe Academy Tie (traditional or clip on) Yes or from our online CA shop Compulsory for all students in Years 7 to 11 All year round
Socks Plain grey or black socks. Over the knee socks should not be worn. No Compulsory for boys,

Compulsory for girls if they choose to wear trousers

All year round
Tights Plain black tights or plain natural skin tone No Compulsory for girls if they choose to wear a skirt All year round
Shoes These should be plain, all black (any logo must also be black), low heeled shoes or trainers which are suitable for Academy.5

Shoes laces should be black

No Compulsory for all students unless they choose to wear boots All year round
Boots   Flat boots can be worn. Trousers should not be tucked in boots. Boots should be plain black including any lace up detail. No UGG boot style boots should be worn 6 No Optional for all students if they choose not to wear shoes as described above. All year round
Coats Students will need an additional (preferably warm and waterproof) coat for the colder months especially given that the Academy is split across two buildings.  Coats must not be worn in lessons. A hoody jumper is not permitted to be used as a coat. No Optional Recommended for poorer weather rather than specific seasons.
Bags Each student will be expected to carry an appropriate bag for school which can hold books and equipment.  No small handbag or backpack type bags. This should be able to hold at minimum an A4 folder / workbook. No Compulsory All year round
Lanyard Students must always wear their lanyard and ID card around their neck. (lanyard, ID card and holder) No, initial ID cards issued for free when starting, replacement ones must be purchased from our online shop. Compulsory All year round

Additional Dress Code Requirements:

Jewellery

Studded earrings only and a watch. A clear retainer can be worn in nose piercings no other piercings are allowed. Earlobe stretchers and bars are NOT permitted. Religious jewellery can be worn but must be under clothing.

Hair & Makeup

Make up must be discreet and kept to a minimum, hair colour should be in the range of natural hair colouring. No extreme hairstyles or colours. No false nails/nail extensions. Nails should be short for health and safety. False glued on eye lashes are not permitted. Eyelashes should be a natural length and thickness.

Students who are not correctly uniformed will be expected to borrow Academy uniform from our Uniform (if available) and will be issued with a breaktime detention on the same day. Repeated failures to attend school in the correct uniform may lead to more severe consequences.

At Countesthorpe Academy we want our students to be “the best they can be” and look and feel smart. We want them to be proud of the community to which they belong.  It is expected that students will dress smartly and take pride in how they look. In coming to the Academy, parents and carers agree to support our policy in ensuring your child is correctly dressed.  Uniform must be worn at all times, including the journey to and from school.

Pupils on day trips will be expected to wear uniform unless they are told otherwise.

PE Kit

The following items are compulsory for all pupils unless indicated:

Item Notes Must be purchased from our uniform supplier Compulsory or Optional Seasons
Black T-shirt
Black round neck T-shirt
No Compulsory All year round
Training Top
Long sleeved black training top with Countesthorpe Academy logo Yes Compulsory All year round
Black Shorts
Black Sports Shorts
No Compulsory All year round
Black Socks
Black Sports Socks
No Compulsory All year round
Black Training Bottoms
Black leggings or tracksuit bottoms.
No Optional We would recommend training bottoms for colder months
Trainers
A change of shoes from their regular school shoes for PE lessons
No Compulsory No

Students in Years 8-11 can continue to wear current PE kit (including PE kit with the old CLCC logo) until such time as it needs replacing.

Aerosol deodorants/perfumes or air fresheners are not allowed.  If deodorant is required a roll on or water based spray pump version is acceptable.

If for any reason your child does not have their PE kit or has a medical note explaining that they are unable to take part in the lesson, we are unable to make alternative provision.  Our policy is similar to most secondary schools in that pupils who are not able to do PE are expected to change into their PE kit and join the PE group listening to the theory aspects and helping with duties as instructed by the teacher.  This is also the same policy for outdoor lessons.  It is therefore important that they have a coat and warm clothing to observe the lesson if they are outdoors.

If your child has a medical condition that is likely to last for several weeks, please contact your child’s PE teacher to explore arrangements that can be made in such exceptional circumstances.

Items with logos (those with a tick in the above tables) must be purchased from the listed supplier.  Anything else can be purchased from other stores as long as they are within the policy.

The Headteacher’s decision is final.

Parents are reminded that the Academy’s Governing Body and Headteacher retain the right to insist that students attend Academy appropriately and sensibly dressed.  They reserve the right to exclude students from activities where dress is considered unsuitable for health and safety reasons.  Unsuitable dress includes:

  • Shorts, leggings, trousers which are not in line with the Uniform Policy, or short skirts and crop tops
  • Unprotected footwear
  • Earrings and other jewellery which could be caught and pulled when moving around the academy and during practical lessons such as PE, Science, Design and Technology, Construction, Hair and Beauty etc
  • Platform shoes or high heel shoes which are dangerous on floors and steps
  • Wide, studded belts of any colour

Essential Equipment List

Finally, I would like to detail our Essential Equipment list. All students attending Countesthorpe Academy should have the following essential items of equipment for their lessons, preferably stored in a simple, clear pencil case.

  • Pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener
  • Purple pen
  • Highlighter
  • Calculator
  • Earphones/Headphones*

*A new item of equipment that we are adding to the school equipment list is a set of earphones/headphones. With our risk mitigation policy for COVID-19 we prohibited the use of shared headphones for hygiene reasons in Music, Media, IT etc. With more subjects making great use of multimedia technology on a range of devices in school, we feel that now is the right time to introduce personalised earphones/headphones.

We are not asking parents to send students into school with expensive Bluetooth/wireless ones (e.g. Apple AirPods). Our requirement is a simple, cheap and basic set of either earphones, or if uncomfortable, on-ear headphones that can connect to a computer, iPad etc using a 3.5mm audio jack. There are a number of options on Amazon and eBay for around £3, or sets can be purchased from local discount shops such as Poundland. Helpfully, we are selling at cost price, earphones via ParentPay.com for 50p each.

Thank you in advance for your support in ensuring your child is in the correct uniform and equipment for school.

 

How to order a School Uniform:

Uniform can be purchased from the school uniform provider - https://www.schoolwearsolutions.com

Items with logos (those with a tick in the above tables) must be purchased from the listed supplier. Anything else can be purchased from other stores as long as they are within the policy. The Headteacher's decision is final.

Student ID Cards

When a child starts at the Academy they will be issued with an ID Card and lanyard, which should be worn at all times. Your child is provided with this at the beginning of their time with us and should be kept safe as they will not be issued with a new one. Replacement Cards and/or Lanyards can be purchase online through ParentPay.com

The ID card will allow students to:

  • Pay for school lunches
  • Book out library resources
  • Use photocopiers

Students must wear their ID card and lanyard at all times; it is part of their uniform.

Parents are reminded that the Academy Governing Body and Principal retain the right to insist that students attend school appropriately and sensibly dressed. They reserve the right to exclude students from activities where dress is considered unsuitable for health and safety reasons. Unsuitable dress includes:

  • Shorts, leggings, trousers which are not in line with the Uniform Policy, short skirts and crop tops
  • Unprotected footwear
  • Earrings and other jewellery which could be caught and pulled in Physical Education lessons
  • Platform shoes or high heel shoes which are dangerous on floors and steps
  • Wide, studded belts of any colour

ID cards - what are they used for?

At the beginning of the year as part of our uniform expectations we made it clear that all students must have an ID card on a school lanyard and clearly displayed. Some parents might ask themselves “but why?"

ID cards are used for security purposes and to identify/authenticate students.

From a security point of view all staff, students and visitors are expected to wear a school lanyard and ID badge - this is so that any unauthorised people on site can be spotted quickly and challenged. We take the safety of your child extremely seriously, and ID cards help us to safeguard all users of the Academy.

ID cards also help students authenticate with our electronic systems, such as our electronic door system, cashless catering system and our photocopiers. In addition they help staff identify students they might not normally teach so as to quickly deal with behaviour incidents. Without ID cards, these identification processes would take much longer. For instance, a quick scan of an ID card at the lunch till finds the student’s cashless account instantly, rather than the 30 seconds it takes to ask the student their name, search the system for them and check who they are.

If your child has lost their ID card and lanyard we ask that you purchase a replacement via ParentPay.com or using the cashier’s hatch - if these are purchased overnight, or before morning registration they will be available from the cashier's hatch at break time.

In the event that your child has no money on their cashless account and they wish to purchase lunch, they will be allowed to go overdrawn so that they don't go hungry, and a text message and/or email will be sent home explaining this. We would ask that you then top up your child’s account for the next day to clear the debt.

We hope that this clearly explains our rationale for ID cards, how they are used, and our procedures for dealing with problems that arise.


[1]Other jumpers or hoodies are not allowed and will be confiscated.
[2]We do not allow; jeans, denim trousers, jeggings, leggings, trousers which are tight to the thigh, calf, or leg, trousers that do not cover the ankle, cords.
[3]We do not allow the following skirts; skater skirts, jersey/lycra skirts, denim skirts, tight skirts, skirts with a pattern
[4]Polo shirts are not allowed. Shirts are to be worn with a tie at all times.
[5]The following shoes are not allowed; pumps, ballet style shoes, shoes with heels, shoes with any marking or logo, sling back or backless shoes.
[6]No UGG type boots are allowed.
[7]Denim/Leather jackets are not allowed.