Uniform and equipment


We feel that the wearing of a smart and presentable uniform plays an important role in making students take pride in their appearance, their work and their school. It creates a strong identity, of which we should all be proud.

Daily Uniform:

Blazer: Black school blazer with House badge in House colour (you will be informed of your child’s House during the transition process and the first badge is provided free of charge. Replacements are charged at £1 each available from the House office).

Trousers: Grey school trousers with the academy logo embroidered and purchased from our uniform suppliers. These are available in both boys and girls styles. Black belt for trousers is recommended.

Skirt: Grey school skirt with the Academy logo embroidered, purchased from our uniform suppliers.

Shirt: Plain white with a collar and top button, appropriate for use with a school tie. Soft collared sports shirts are not acceptable i.e. polo shirts. No T-shirts are to be worn. There should be no badges or motifs on shirts. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.  

School Tie: All students in Years 7 to 11 are required to wear a school tie. School ties need to be in immaculate condition; ties that have threads pulled or ink marks on it will need to be replaced

Jumper: Only the official school jumper may be worn. This is an optional uniform item.

Socks or Tights: Plain black socks or tights – socks can be ankle or below knee length only.

Shoes: Plain black shoes. The wearing of fashion shoes, particularly those without backs or with high/stiletto heels is not permitted. Boots, trainers or trainer-like shoes should not be worn. Canvas /suede is not permitted. We suggest shoes which can be easily polished and which are leather/leather look are most suitable (for example Nike Air Force trainers are not permitted).

School Coat: Students may wear plain coats or jackets. Hoodies, tracksuit tops or sports coats with logos are not allowed. Fashion coats such as leather/denim jackets or body-warmers are also not permitted.

Jewellery: Jewellery can be a safety hazard; it also gets lost easily. Students may wear one stud in each ear. Any other piercing is not permitted. Students are also not allowed to wear rings, bracelets or necklaces in school. Jewellery should be removed in PE lessons.

Hairstyles: We expect hair styles to be neat and tidy and not extreme in any way. This includes tramlines or dyes. In the interest of student safety, long hair must be tied back in PE and other practical lessons and headbands are not permitted.

Headwear: Any headwear worn due to religious belief should be black.

Make Up: Make-up should not be seen. False nails and false eyelashes are not permitted at any time and are considered a health and safety issue.

PE Kit: Academy PE top with academy logo. Panelled shorts or skort or academy tracksuit trousers with school logo — all items purchased from our uniform suppliers. Plain black sports socks.

There is also a warm PE top available from our suppliers which is a non-compulsory item but is recommended for cold weather. Footwear should include appropriate trainers for indoor and outdoor activities, football boots are required for some activities. Students who are unable to participate in activities (through illness or injury) must still bring and change into PE kit even if they are unable to perform and will be asked to help support the lesson in other ways. Students who do not have kit with them are expected to borrow kit from school in order to take part and this is logged on the school behaviour system.

If you are unclear regarding any of these expectations, please contact your son or daughter’s Tutor for further information. We very much appreciate your support in helping set high standards in uniform at the Carlton Academy. We will make you aware in the event of the uniform expectations not being met, and appreciate your efforts in resolving any such issues.

Uniform Card

All students carry a uniform card - this will be checked by tutors each week and if a student is not following our simple guidelines then their card shall be signed by staff and a sanction given. We recommend a black belt is worn with trousers to help keep shirts tucked in at all times.

School Equipment - this can be seen below and downloaded here

  • A strong bag, to carry books securely without damage is most important.  
  • Pen, pencil, ruler - students should also have their own eraser and coloured pencils.
  • Mathematical instruments - in addition to normal equipment, students will need a compass and protractor for some lessons. 
  • Calculators - the ability to use a calculator appropriately is required in many areas of the curriculum and we encourage all students to have their own. You are advised to consult the Mathematics staff before buying a calculator as certain features are essential.
  • Musical instruments - although the school has some musical instruments available for loan, many parents will wish to purchase.  You are advised to purchase these through the school, which has a scheme that offers good quality instruments at competitive prices.  Details of this will be given to you early in the year.
  • Exercise books and text books are supplied by the school for the student's use but their care is their responsibility. 
  • Dictionaries - students will need their own basic English dictionary.
  • All clothing and personal equipment must be clearly marked with the student’s name.
  • Refillable water bottle for water, available from various locations on site

The Carlton Academy Uniform is available from either  Just Schoolwear in Arnold or Schoolwear Solutions.