We believe that looking smart and dressing smartly for the academic day is an important part of Academy life. Our Uniform Policy intends to make clear what students must wear, must not wear, and the areas in which they may exercise choice. Staff are expected to dress smartly, in line with the Academy Dress Code for Staff.

In June 2020, the Academy transferred to the Sapientia Education Trust and as a result, we began phasing in the new uniform starting with the Year 7 students who commenced at the Academy in September 2020. 

All students at the Academy on 1 June 2020 will be able to wear the old “AAN” uniform, and will need to replace lost and outgrown uniform based on the new requirements.

Our Academy uniform suppliers are:

Birds of Dereham

Unit D, Yaxham Road, Dereham NR19 1HB
Website:      www.birdsofdereham.com
Telephone:  01362 692941 or 01362 699130


67 Ber Street, Norwich NR1 3AD
Website:      www.stevensons.co.uk
Telephone:  01603 622355

Uniform Requirements 2021-2021

Item of Uniform


The Academy blazer should be worn at all times with sleeves rolled down.  However, students may remove their blazer when on the playground and in the Dining Hall when seated. Out of courtesy, students need to ask their supervising teacher’s permission to remove a blazer in class.


Plain white, long sleeved shirt with a traditional collar and top button that can be fastened. Shirts should be fully done up at the neck at all times. Shirts should be tucked in at all times at the waist.



Ties are to be purchased from the Academy Office

The Academy tie is a clip-on variety. It must be worn correctly at all times which means that the top shirt button must be fastened. The Academy logo will be visible on the vertical part of the tie. The only exception is when a supervising teacher in class gives students specific permission to remove their ties. Students must put their ties back on at the end of the lesson. 
Overcoats Outdoor coats can be worn only over the Academy blazer. No outdoor coat should be worn in rooms and should be removed on entering the buildings. Outdoor coats can be worn in corridors if students are moving between buildings. ‘Hoodie’ style garments (sweatshirt material) are inappropriate for the Academy and are not considered to be overcoats. The only Hoodie acceptable for wear in the Academy is our own PE Hoodie worn for PE lessons. If students are wearing any other hoodie, it will be confiscated.
Sweaters and Cardigans All jumpers and cardigans should be plain black and ‘V’ neck with no patterns, logos, hoods or round necks as they will be confiscated
Hats and Scarves Hats and scarves may only be worn outside and removed immediately inside any building. For the purpose of identification and safeguarding, no face coverings or head coverings are allowed unless there is specific permission from the Executive Principal on religious or health grounds.
Trousers Students are expected to wear traditional tailored trousers, worn to the ankle and plain black.
Skirts Students choosing to wear a skirt must wear the ‘Attleborough Logo Skirt’ available from our uniform suppliers. This skirt has the Academy logo and the skirt should be worn touching the knee.
Shorts Tailored shorts are available from our uniform suppliers, by request and may be worn during the Summer Term only. No other shorts will be acceptable. Shorts must be worn with black socks and black shoes only.
Socks/Tights (worn with a skirt) Socks must be plain and not brightly coloured. Tights must be black or natural with no patterns.
Shoes Shoes should be plain black and flat and worn at all times. School shoes must be made of leather or faux leather and thus must be able to be polished. Skate/canvas ‘shoes’ (e.g. Vans, Nike, Adidas) are not considered to be school shoes but are considered to be trainers. Trainers are only to be worn in PE but can also be worn on the playground at break times and lunchtimes. Boots may be worn to and from the Academy but should be removed on arrival (please see ‘adverse weather’ arrangements). 
Belts Should be plain black and narrow, attached to trousers or skirts (through belt loops).
Undershirts May be worn but must not be visible in any way (colour/arm length/logos etc).
Form Tutors will check daily to adjudicate questionable items of uniform




PE Kit Requirements

PE Kit

Boys' Compulsory PE Kit
Blue and House coloured polo shirt (Academy supplier)
Multi-blue AA rugby shirt (Academy supplier)
Navy blue shorts*
White socks
Navy blue football socks
Training shoes or plimsolls (appropriate for activity e.g. non-mark soles)
Football boots
Shin pads
Gum guard

Boys' Additional PE Kit Items
Navy blue tracksuit bottoms or plain tracksuit
AA hoodie (Academy supplier)

Girls' Compulsory PE Kit
Blue and House coloured polo shirt (Academy supplier)
Navy blue shorts or skort instead (see below*)
White socks
Navy blue football socks
Training shoes or plimsolls (appropriate for activity e.g. non-mark soles)
Football boots
Shin pads
Gum guard

Girls' Additional PE Kit Items
Navy blue skort* (Academy supplier)
Navy blue tracksuit bottoms or plain tracksuit 
AA hoodie (Academy supplier)

*Black or Navy sports leggings can only be worn under shorts or skort only. For some items, you will need to know the name of the House that your child is in. All clothing and equipement should be clearly marked with the owner's name.

Please note
Parents and carers who are experiencing financial hardship in any aspect of the purchase of the school uniform should contact the Student Support Team.



Summer Uniform

The majority of the requirements above, remain in place in the Summer Term. The exceptions and alterations are set out below:

  • Only a blue polo shirt (with sleeves rolled down at all times) with the Academy logo may be worn instead of a shirt, tie and blazer.
  • If students choose to remain wearing the Academy shirt, tie and blazer, the requirements are as above although wearing the blazer is optional.
  • Requirements regarding shoes/trousers/skirts/hats and scarves/sweaters and cardigans/overcoats/ belts/undershirts remain unaffected.

Adverse Weather

In the event of exceptional weather conditions, boots will be acceptable but must be changed once on site.


We discourage the wearing of jewellery for health and safety reasons but the following are acceptable:

  • One pair of ‘stud’ earrings
  • One watch
  • One additional wrist band (bracelet/charity band etc)
  • One small ring
  • Necklaces should not be visible
  • No body or facial piercings


Any make-up, should be discreet. Nail varnish will need to be removed in Catering lessons.


Extreme hairstyles are not permitted and no extreme colours are permitted.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Students are required to wear PPE where appropriate and when instructed to.

Physical Education Requirements

PE Requirements

No jewellery may be worn in PE lessons and all piercings must be removed.

  • Gum guards are a compulsory piece of safety equipment for some PE lessons. When playing Rugby or Hockey, all students are required to wear a gum guard.  
  • Long hair must be tied up. 
  • All valuables should be handed in at the start of the lesson. 

If a student is ill or injured, they are still required to bring their PE kit and get changed as they will be taking on such roles as coach and official within lessons. Please note the following with regard to this: 

  • The student’s kit should be suitable for the activity they are studying e.g. warm clothes (tracksuit) if outside or if they are suffering from a cold. 
  • The student should be supplied with a note to explain their reason for not being able to participate fully and to what degree they can participate. 
  • If the condition is long term, the PE department should be contacted by the parent or carer to discuss a suitable plan to ensure learning is possible yet suitable. The student will not be expected to get changed if they have a condition which will be exacerbated by changing or cause undue discomfort e.g. broken limbs, severe back injuries. This should be made clear in a note to the PE Department.
  • If the injury affects the lower limb, PE kit for the upper body should be supplied e.g. if they have a sprained ankle, they change into T-shirt (tracksuit top) only. 

PE Sanctions

The Academy PE kit is compulsory and it is important that all students abide by the Academy’s policy to ensure high standards and consistency is maintained.

If a student forgets their PE kit (and does not have a note to explain lack of kit), they will receive an ‘S’ for stationery and PE kit and will be expected to borrow an Academy PE kit.

If a student refuses to borrow an Academy PE kit, they will be removed from the lesson using the Yellow Card system and a Lunchtime Detention will be attached to Class Charts.

If a student is unable to participate fully due to illness or injury, they must be provided with a parental note and bring appropriate PE kit.  If they do not have a note it will be treated as forgotten kit. The parental note should be written into the Student Handbook. If there are legitimate reasons for a student being unable to bring the correct PE kit (e.g. moving house, problems with washing machine etc) then the student should arrive to lessons with a suitable sports kit and a note to explain why it is not the correct compulsory PE kit, giving a date when their kit will be rectified by.

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