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Purchasing Uniform

If you wish to purchase uniform in person, please contact Vortex on 0800 195 44 55, or alternatively visit the store:

Vortex Clothing Co. 
Unit 2/3,
Grange Lane Industrial Estate,
South Yorkshire, 
S71 5AS

We also have an alternative supplier - MyClothing Online, please follow the link below.

My Clothing Online

The Uniform Centre
25 New Street
S70 1RZ

Uniform Expectations

As an Academy we are extremely proud of our school uniform which we believe reflects the high standards of the Academy. We strongly believe that being smart and well-presented gives all students the correct and positive mind-set required for a successful day in school. It reflects organisation, pride and unity amongst our school community hence why we place so much importance on ensuring all students respect the uniform rules and wear the uniform with pride.

  • Helps to promote positive attitudes and high standards 
  • Makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance 
  • Gives pupils an identity and promotes sense of pride in the school 
  • Encourages every child to take pride in his/ her appearance 
  • Practical and smart 
  • Makes Barnsley Academy students easily identifiable

Therefore, our uniform is compulsory and consists of the following;

Trousers - Black Academy logoed school trousers. These trousers are only acceptable in one style for boys and one for girls as chosen by the Academy although we don’t mind which one of these styles are worn by girls or boys. 

Skirts – Black logoed skirt. These skirts are only acceptable in specific styles chosen by the Academy. Any other skirts, in any other style which are not the design chosen by the Academy will not be deemed appropriate. Skirts cannot be worn rolled up at the waistband and must be worn the full correct length. 

Shirts - A white school shirt (long or short sleeved) must be worn with the top button fastened at all times. It is not appropriate for any item to be worn under school shirts unless it is plain white in colour. Students will be asked to remove/replace any item worn under shirts which isn’t plain white in colour.

Blazers - A black blazer with embroidered United Learning badge must be worn by all students. Sleeves must be rolled down to the wrists at all times. (Food and drink cannot be carried around in blazer pockets but must be in school bags). The only badges which can be worn on student blazers are the ones provided by the school which are Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum & Diamond Ambassador Learner Badges. No other badges/broaches can be worn.  

Tie – A Barnsley Academy clip-on tie. No other type of tie will be allowed unless the student is part of a student group such as the Student Council – in which case ties will be provided by the Academy and most be worn correctly.

Cardigans & Jumpers – Plain black V-neck wool/wool blend jumpers can be worn under blazers or a plain v neck wool/wool blend cardigan. The V-neck needs to show the Academy tie at all times. Jumpers and cardigans cannot be worn in place of a blazer. Any other style of jumper or cardigan is not acceptable in the Academy. 

Footwear - All students must wear plain black, flat, polishable shoes. All footwear must be entirely black and have no coloured logos or soles and not be of ankle height. Boots of any sort are not allowed. Heeled footwear of any sort is not allowed. No Trainers.

Socks – plain black socks only for both boys and girls. No over-knee socks can be worn.

Tights -  black tights can be worn but must be at least 40 denier.

PE Kit - All students are required to wear Barnsley Academy PE tops, black shorts or black plain tracksuit bottoms / leggings and black football socks. Plain black or navy-blue sweatshirts can be worn along with plain black or navy-blue waterproof kagool style coats in inclement weather. No other colours are permitted and no large logos or designs on any item of PE kit. 

School Bags – School bags are compulsory. All students should have a strong school bag big enough to contain school planner, pencil case, books and any other equipment needed for the school day as per the equipment list below. (If food or drink is being brought into school, it must be placed in school bags). A rucksack style bag..  From September 2023 onwards all Year 7 students will be given a free Barnsley Academy rucksack which is to be brought into school as part of their uniform items.

Equipment - To support readiness for learning, all students are expected to come to school fully equipped each day with the following items: 1 x school bag, 1 x pencil case, 2 x black pens, 2 x green pens, 2 x red pens, 1 x pencil, 1 x rubber, 1 x ruler, 1 x scientific calculator. Equipment checks take place on BASE each morning as students enter the Academy.

If not: Students without equipment will be given replacement items from BASE in the morning. We will send a message home or call to keep you informed. Class teachers will log any instances of missing equipment during lessons to ensure we are aware of any persistent issues that we may need to pass on to parents/carers.

Water Bottle - Clear water bottle

Please note that the United Learning holds a copyright on their logo and therefore it cannot be used by anyone external to the Academy without previous permission from United Learning Academy Head Office.**

The following expectations apply to all students: 

Jewellery - The only jewellery which is acceptable is one wristwatch. No SMART watches of any sort are allowed.
Any other form of jewellery is not allowed. Barnsley Academy does not allow facial piercings of any kind.  However, plastic transparent piercing retainers may be worn to replace ear or nose piercings. Students will be asked to remove any other piercings and have them confiscated until the end of the school day.  Failure to remove and hand over any offending item will result in the student spending the day in the Reflection Room, a consequence which will continue until the student adheres to the Academy rules. Any body piercings of any sort are not allowed (especially in the interest of Health and Safety) and the same rules apply as listed above.

Medical identity bracelets and necklaces can be worn with proof of a medical need. Other jewellery will be confiscated and placed in the school safe to be returned to students at the end of the school day.

Nails - Students wearing false nails will be asked to remove them, failure to remove them will result in the student spending the day in the Reflection Room, a consequence which will continue until the student adheres to the Academy rules

Tattoos are not allowed - The law states - ‘You must be at least 18 years before you can have a tattoo; it is illegal for anyone to have a tattoo under 18 even with parental consent’.  If a student does have a tattoo it must be covered at all times and never visible to anyone when in the Academy or representing the Academy – this includes during non-uniform days and on school trips etc…

Hair - No extreme hairstyle is allowed. This includes tramlines, Mohican or skinhead-type styles. It is at the School’s discretion as to what constitutes ‘extreme’ but usually involves shaven heads on any part of the hair or carved/patterned shapes/partings in short hairstyles, Mohican hairstyles, large back-combed hairstyles, multi-coloured/ unusually coloured or extremely vibrant coloured hair. We accept natural colourings e.g. black, brown, blonde, and natural red/auburn. Natural red is often the most difficult to interpret so as a rule, if red takes on a vivid tone we will ask for it to be altered as it doesn’t look natural. Students arriving in school with an unacceptable hairstyle will be sent to the Reflection Room. If there is any ambiguity regarding whether a hairstyle is extreme or not, the final decision will be the Principal’s/Vice Principal’s.

Male and female students with long hair must tie it back for PE, Technology and Science lessons.

Make-Up - Minimum, natural-looking makeup can be worn by students. Heavy, pronounced eye-brows are not allowed and students will have to remove them first time of asking. Excessive, noticeable fake tan is also not allowed. False-eyelashes are not allowed or excessive mascara which cannot be described as ‘natural-looking’.

If there are any discrepancies regarding what is acceptable in terms of makeup/hair the final decision will be the Principal/Vice Principal’s.

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