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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. Vortex is our authorised supplier for logoed trousers.

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. Vortex is our authorised supplier for logoed skirts.

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. Logoed blazers can be purchased from Vortex. During the final summer term (after the Easter break until July) blazers do not have to be worn as an adjustment for the summer weather.

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. Logoed cardigans and jumpers (if wanted) can be purchased from Vortex.

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 dark plain tracksuit bottoms 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. Barnsley Academy logoed PE kit is also available from Vortex. We encourage parents to buy the new design of PE tops from Vortex if they are replacing existing kit, but the new design is not compulsory – just preferable.

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 is ideal.

Equipment - 2 x black pens, 2 x red pens, 2 x green pens, 2 x pencils, rubber, ruler, scientific calculator and pencil case.  The school planner is also part of your daily equipment.

Academy Water Bottle - These are the only water bottles that are approved by the academy, these are available directly from the academy.

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 including 
transparent piercing retainers. Students will be asked to remove any other piercings and have them confiscated and will collect the item once they have completed a 30-minute detention at the end of the day for having prohibited jewellery. Failure to remove and hand over any offending item will result in the student spending the day in the CLS, 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 after completion of their 40-minute detention.

Nails - False nails or nail polish are not allowed to be worn.

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 IE. 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’.

Any student arriving to the Academy with any of the above will be asked once to remove the offending items before the consequences system is applied. Any student arriving in the Academy wearing any of the above will automatically receive a 40-minute uniform detention at the end of the school day regardless of whether they go on to remove the offending item or not – so we encourage all students to not arrive to the Academy wearing any of the above items.

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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