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Uniform and Dress Policy
Appearance Advice
Equipment Advice

The Governors and staff at Lord Grey Academy believe that the wearing of a distinctive school uniform makes an important contribution to the tone and reputation of the Academy, gives students a sense of belonging, and stops students coming to school in clothes which are unsuitable for school.

Maisies Superstore and Kedaph Schoolwear Ltd are the main suppliers of Lord Grey Academy uniform to maintain the agreed standard. If you are unable to afford the uniform or kit, please speak to your child’s Head Of Year to access support.

Sixth Form students do not wear uniform, but appearance is important and are expected to wear appropriate clothes for school which is based on the concept of smart office wear. We want our Sixth Form students to be treated as individuals and act independently but we also want a collective presence around the school site which younger students, staff and visitors can respect. The many visitors to the Sixth Form judge the students and institution partly on appearances. Looking more professional also translates into taking oneself seriously as a student.

Uniform – Year 7-11 students will be expected to wear, on a daily basis:

  • White shirt/blouse with a formal collar and top button
  • Lord Grey tartan skirt, at least knee length, or black tailored trousers, loose at the ankle °
  • No jeans, jeans style trousers or leggings are to be worn
  • Black v-neck pullover, sleeveless, with House colour
  • Academy tie, with House colour, worn over top button of formal collared shirt
  • Sensible black shoes with dark laces – all black footwear
  • Skin tone or black tights (not footless)
  • Socks – dark/plain in colour
  • Green blazer (logo)
  • Dark/plain outdoor jacket/coat
  • Optional extra – long sleeved v-neck jumper with House colour, which can be worn at any time.

°Definition of loose at the ankle – when the student is standing still and upright, the trouser fabric hangs naturally with at least 1.5cm gap between the trouser and the sock for the full circumference of the trouser leg. Thus there is room, hypothetically, to place a finger between the trouser and the sock, without having to stretch the fabric or pull at the seam. A boot cut style is deemed appropriate.

Sports Uniform

Branded sports kit to be purchased from our uniform suppliers Maisies Superstore and Kedaph Schoolwear Ltd . Examples of the permitted Shorts, Jogging Bottoms and Leggings can be found here.

Sports Kit (Compulsory)

  • Black Shorts (See below for examples)
  • Black/Emerald Polo Shirt (Unisex) or Capped Sleeve Polo Shirt (Slim fit)
  • Black/Emerald Rugby Shirt
  • Black Football Socks
  • Shin pads/Gum shields*

 Sports Kit (Optional)

  • Cuatro Fleece Top (Unisex)
  • Black Training Trousers (Unisex)
  • Black Base Layer (Unisex)


Sports Kit (Compulsory)

  • Black Shorts (See below for examples)
  • Black/Emerald Capped Sleeve Polo Shirt (Slim fit) or Black/Emerald Polo Shirt (Unisex)
  • Black Football Socks
  • Shin pads/Gum shields*

 Sports Kit (Optional)

  • Cuatro Fleece Top (Unisex)
  • Black/Emerald Rugby Shirt
  • Black Training Trousers (Unisex)
  • Black Sports Leggings
  • Black Base Layer (Unisex)

Other Sports Uniform Information

  • Training shoes/boots as appropriate for indoor and outdoor sports. Football boots will be required when playing football/rugby on the field.*
  • Suitable sports trainers (non-marking soles) are required for indoor lessons.*
  • It is recommended that students have a plastic bag for dirty clothes.
  • Showers are available; students are encouraged to bring a towel.
  • All items of clothing should be clearly labelled and brought to all lessons.
  • All jewellery must be removed on health and safety grounds.
  • Staff cannot take responsibility for any valuables during PE lesson.
  • If students opt to not bring Gum Shields/Shin pads the PE staff and School cannot be held responsible for any injuries related to the lack of this protective equipment.

* These can be purchased from any supplier.

NOTE  – If students are unable to take part in PE lessons due to illness or injury your PE kit is still required as you will be involved in the lesson as a coach or ‘teacher’. This will enable you to learn and progress without inhibiting your recovery.

Additional Rules

At Lord Grey Academy we recognise that young people will wish to express their personality through their clothing, wearing of jewellery, and choice of hairstyles. We have a uniform that is worn with pride and we require our students to wear their uniform correctly at all times.

Our uniform policy and expectations are clearly set out in our uniform policy but we also have some rules that cover jewellery, accessories, hairstyles and other items of clothing that may be worn to school.  These rules are kept to a minimum for the sake of clarity and are as follows:


Long hair must be tied back in practical lessons where long hair could be a danger.  Some subjects will have specific rules that all students must follow.

Make-up and nails

Make-up must be discrete and appropriate for school.
Students may wear nail polish but false nails and acrylic nails are not permitted for safety and practical reasons


Jewellery should be kept to a minimum and it is essential that high value items should not be worn to school due to the risk of them getting lost. For safety reasons hooped earrings or hooped nose piercings are not allowed in school. All jewellery must be removed for PE lessons including earrings and nose studs. In some practical lessons students will be required to remove jewellery for safety reasons. 

Coats and winter wear

We encourage students to wear a coat as each day they spend at least an hour outside in the fresh air.  We do not stipulate a type of coat but when worn it should be worn over the blazer and not instead of it or under it. Students may well need to wear a hat, scarf and gloves but these should be removed when in the building.

Additional advice during the Coronavirus pandemic

Face coverings/masks must be worn at all times including when inside the classroom in a lesson and when outdoors at break or lunch. During the day we have to keep windows open to allow a good circulation of air in the classroom. This may mean that the room is cooler than normal so we would recommend on colder days in particular, that students wear an additional layer under their uniform.

Our expectation is that students will wear their normal school uniform when in lessons but they should consider wearing a T-shirt or thermal baselayer under their school shirt on cold days. Please also remember that we have recently introduced a long sleeved jumper that can be worn when it is cold – this can be worn over the sleeveless jumper too if required. Hoodies and zip up tops are not to be worn under the blazer as an extra layer. Coats may be worn inside classrooms if required.

School bag and equipment

Every student must carry a school bag that is suitable to carry everything you need for school.  The bag must be big enough to carry a number of A4 sized books/folders.  Students should carry in their bag the following items:

  • Their Knowledge Organiser
  • A pencil case containing 2 pens, 2 pencils, a sharpener, rubber, ruler, protractor, compass.
  • Maths Calculator.