Retford Oaks Academy students are expected to wear their uniform with pride and to reflect the Academy's ethos of excellence. All items of uniform are compulsory and staff will impose necessary sanctions on students where they feel the correct standards have not been met. This relates to all clothing, makeup, jewellery and hair style.

Make-up: No make-up in years 7 to 9.
Years 10 and 11 discreet make up only (The Academy reserves the right to determine if make up is discreet) – no fake eyelashes, false nails or polish of any kind.

Jewellery: For Health and Safety reasons no jewellery except a wrist watch and one pair of small and discreet stud earrings (one in each lobe) is permitted. However, one charity wrist band may be worn.
Rings, bangles, chains and necklaces are not permitted. Visible body piercings, tattoos or other body modifications are also not allowed.
Students arriving at school with visible piercings will be required to remove them straight away or will be sent home to remedy the situation or will lose unstructured time. Saying "it has to be worn for several weeks whilst it heals" is not an option. Neither is covering piercings with a plaster.
All jewellery and hidden piercings, including tongue bars/studs, must be removed for PE lessons.

Hair: The school expects the highest standards of dress and appearance from its students and reserves the right to decide what is appropriate. The following has proved to be very useful guidance for students and parents in the past.
No bright dyes may be used – only colours which could naturally occur are allowed.
No extremely short hair or fashion cuts – e.g. patterns or lines which undermine the formal standards of dress and appearance expected in school.

Academy Blazer:  Black with the school logo available via www.uniform-direct.com or from their shop at: 9 Market Street, Gainsborough DN21 9BL

Shirt: Plain white cotton shirt or blouse with collar. This may be short or long sleeved. This must have a top button which will fasten at the neck to allow a tie to be worn. 

House tie: Striped school tie (The tie colours will depend on the House that the student is in).

Trousers/Skirt: Formal black trousers/Knee length skirt; (no leggings, jeans, or cropped trousers). The Academy reserves the right to determine if a skirt is too short or too tight. Fashion belts are not permitted. 

Jumper: Black with the school logo available via www.uniform-direct.com or from their shop at 9 Market Street, Gainsborough DN21 9BL

Shoes: Formal black sensible school footwear with no visible logos, no trainers, no leisure or canvas shoes or boots.

PE kit: Academy PE top available from www.uniform-direct.com or their shop at 9 Market Street, Gainsborough DN21 9BL

The current compulsory PE kit for all students is:
•       Academy PE polo shirt
•       Black shorts
•       Black socks
•       Trainers
We have introduced a number of optional items to add warmth and choice to the kit for students, however these items should be brought to lessons as well as the compulsory PE kit, not as a replacement. These include:
•       Reversible black and gold Academy Rugby shirt
•       Academy ¼ zip jumper
•       Plain black rainjacket
•       Black base layers
•       Black tracksuit bottoms
•       Black running leggings. These must be running leggings and not normal leggings. Any student who wears normal leggings will be required to wear a pair of shorts over the top of these.

Please also be advised that for some sports (e.g. football) football boots may be more suitable than trainers when PE takes place on the field. For other sports you may wish to purchase your child protective equipment, such as gum shields or shin pads.

Outdoor Coat: An outdoor coat may be worn to & from school, but it must not have offensive logos. Denim may not be worn. A jumper is not an acceptable alternative.  Coats must be removed as students enter the school and not worn whilst inside the building.  Hats, caps and hooded tops may not be worn inside the Academy buildings.


Students must bring a note from home if they are unable to wear the correct uniform (including footwear) for whatever reason. This should explain the problem and suggest how the situation will be quickly remedied. The note should be shown to the Head of House or a Member of the Senior Leadership Team at the start of the day and discussed with their tutor or co tutor at registration. Staff will make appropriate decisions as to how to proceed and this may mean isolation as a means of maintaining standards.
Where a student turns up to school in the wrong uniform and does not bring a note, the school will contact parents and ask them to bring in the correct uniform or arrange for the student to be sent home to change. Where this is impossible a student is likely to be isolated for the day as a way of maintaining high standards of uniform throughout the school.

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