Secondary Phase Uniform

The following items of Uniform are applicable for pupils in the Secondary Phase. Items with the Alec Reed Academy logo can be purchased from the Academy Uniform Shop in person or on line. For more information about the Uniform Shop click here.


Item of uniform


Blazer Navy blazer with Academy logo
Jumper V-Neck navy jumper with Academy logo and yellow trim around the neck
Tie Navy tie with dolphin embroidery

Academy Polo Shirt

Sky blue polo-shirt with Academy logo and navy line around collar – and Alec Reed Academy logo

Academy crew-neck navy sweatshirt or ARA navy cardigan

Crew-neck navy sweatshirt / navy cardigan with Alec Reed Academy logo


Plain grey tailored school trousers/skirt (these can be purchased from many different retail outlets)


Plain dark grey school socks (these can be purchased from many different retail outlets)

Low heeled black shoes

Low heeled black leather polishable shoes (school shoes must not be canvas, rubber or suede. Any laces must also be black.) Trainers or boots may not be worn instead of school shoes

Head scarves/turbans

Any head scarf or turban that is worn for religious/cultural reasons must be plain black or white in colour 

Hair scrunchies/hair bands/slides/clips

If these are required to keep the hair tidy throughout the school day they must be black in colour 

Year group lanyard bearing student ID card in holder

Students will be provided with their first card, holder and lanyard by ARA. If lost or damaged a replacement will have to be purchased by the student at a cost of £5 per card and £2 per lanyard


PE & Sports Department kit

PE kit can be purchased from the Academy Uniform shop, online or in person. Pupils are required to have a PE bag containing the following items. All items must be labelled with the students name:

  • Sky blue PE T-shirt with Alec Reed Academy logo and round neck
  • Navy PE sweatshirt (ARA Sport on the back) and round neck
  • Navy tracksuit bottoms
  • Navy PE shorts with Alec Reed Acacdemy logo
  • White trainers
  • Football or rugby boots with removable studs. (For health and safety all boys and girls will require these as many different types of our Games lessons will take place on the new grass pitches and trainers cannot be worn unless it is the Summer period)
  • White sports socks
  • Towel
  • Deodorant – Please note aerosols are not permitted
  • A spare carrier bag is useful to store wet kit
  • A water bottle. (Only water will be permitted in lessons)
  • A Gumshield
  • A navy/black hat (caps are not permitted)

Students who intend to represent the Academy in Sport will also be required to have:

  • Named Navy Football/hockey socks (students must provide their own)


Standards for wearing Uniform

The following standards apply when wearing Academy Uniform:

  • Full Academy uniform is to be worn to and from the Academy - including black polishable shoes
  • Jewellery is not to be worn – apart from flat, plain ear studs (no jewels or gems)  – maximum of one in each ear. No other piercings are permitted.
  • No make-up or nail varnish should be worn – false nails or nail extensions are not allowed
  • Hair should be of a natural colour and should be cut no shorter than a grade 2 with no patterns cut into the style. All long hair should be tied back during practical lessons
  • Hoodies and caps are not to be worn in or around the Academy

Enforcement of the uniform policy

It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child comes to ARA in the correct uniform (see the Home School Agreement). Year teams, form tutors and class teachers are responsible for monitoring uniform; all staff have a responsibility for ensuring that students are correctly dressed in class and elsewhere on the Academy site.

A student wearing non-uniform clothing will have parents contacted and if necessary the student will be sent home to correct their uniform. In the case of jewellery and other accessories, the student will be asked to remove the item, which will be confiscated and locked in the Year Base safe.


We want to ensure that the cost of uniform does not deter any student from applying to the school, nor leads to them feeling socially excluded or unable to afford other necessities. Parents who are unable to provide their child with the required items of Academy uniform should contact the year group SaFE Worker. Such approaches will be handled with discretion and sensitivity. The uniform suppliers, costs and quality of the uniform are reviewed annually to ensure that they provide good quality clothing at an affordable price.