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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. Uniform consistency helps support the ethos of the academy and removes potential issues in respect of bullying or stigmatising young people. Our uniform was consulted upon in 2016 and again in 2022 and has been warmly welcomed and supported by parents who value clarity. 

Support for uniform

The academy supports families who are in genuine need of support for the cost of uniform. Families who are currently in receipt of free school meals and who wish to ask for more support due to financial hardship, can make a request for support through our hardship fund. Any requests should be made to the Operations Manager vie the school office.

PTFA swap and preloved uniform service

Our PTFA provide an extensive uniform swap and preloved sales service. This is open to all families, further information on how to contact the PTFA can be found from their page on this site which is found here.

Please see full uniform policy on our policies page


Piercings need to be removed for all PE lessons. We advise that students do not have piercings done during times when this will cause issues for them missing PE. Students who do not remove piercings will be asked to wear PE kit and take on different roles within the lesson as well as putting tape over their piercings.  

School Equipment  

  • A school bag, to carry books securely without damage and large enough for an A4 folder.   
  • Pencil case: black or blue pens (biro or handwriting pen), pencil(s), eraser and sharpener, highlighter pens, red pen (for responding to marking) ruler - students should also have their own-coloured pencils or felt pens.  
  • Mathematical instruments - in addition to normal equipment, students will need a compass, geometry kit, set square 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 Maths 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.  
  • Reading book - Accelerated Reader book in Years 7 and 8, book from home or the Library in Years 9-11. 
  • 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 bottle for water, available from various locations on site. (Optional).
  • Equipment for practical lessons when needed e.g. PE kit or cooking ingredients. 

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