Uniform Requirements 2016-2017 (revised May 2017)

The Bulwell Academy uniform requirements are set out below. The 'contract' between the academy and parents makes it clear that parents are obliged to provide the required Academy uniform.  To download a printable version of the Uniform Requirements, please click on the image above.

Students are expected to wear their uniform with pride.  Students are to travel to and from the Academy in the correct uniform and wear it appropriately during the Academy day and at all Academy functions.

All items of uniform should be clearly marked with the student's name.

All uniform can be purchased from Just Schoolwear, the official supplier of uniform for The Bulwell Academy.  For details of location and opening times, see top right of page. Alternatively, shirts, skirts and trousers can be purchased from supermarkets or high street stores, ie, Tesco, Asda, Matalan, Next, Marks and Spencer.

Blazers and Ties

Blazers (with the Academy badge) and Academy ties must be worn at all times

Blazers are to be worn at all times around the school. In case of extreme heat, students will be notified when blazers can be removed - however, blazers should still be brought in and carried around school.

Year Group Tie Colours (2017-2018): 

7   Blue
8   Purple
9   Green
10  Red
11 Yellow

Shirts and Sweaters

Students must wear white traditional school shirts.

All shirts are to be buttoned up to the top.

Girls shirts - should be a shirt with a top button and not a blouse.

Black v-neck sweaters (with red trim) are optional, and can be purchased from the uniform shop: Just Schoolwear.

Skirts and Trousers


Black knee-length pleated skirt

Black trousers (straight cut or slight flare, not tapered). No leggings, no denim.


Black trousers (straight cut or slight flare, not tapered). No denim.

Footwear and Bags

Shoes must be plain black with a black sole (leather or leather look).

The following are not allowed:

  • Logos on shoes
  • Trainers or shoes with trainer soles
  • Boots, including ankle boots
  • Platform shoes or sandals - if in doubt, please contact the school before purchasing

Socks must be plain black.  When wearing a skirt, girls must wear black tights.

Students need a large plain bag in which to carry their school books and materials.

Extreme hairstyles are not allowed, eg, brightly coloured hair dyes, totally shaved or decorated scalps, eyebrow shavings, etc.

Hair accessories must be sensible and either black or dark red.

Long hair should be tied back for practical lessons.


Years 7 to 11

Earrings, nose studs, body and facial piercings and related jewellery are not allowed. The only jewellery permitted is a wristwatch and one small pair of plain metal studs in the ear lobe (one in each ear). Rings, bracelets and necklaces are not to be worn for Health & Safety reasons.

Exceptions: Students may wear an item of jewellery for religious reasons but must be removed for Physical Education; students with medical conditions can wear an identity tag.

Sixth Form

Nose studs, body and facial piercings and related jewellery are not allowed.Sixth Form students may wear jewellery that conforms to Health & Safety regulations.

Make-up and Nails

Years 7 and 8

No make-up is to be worn. Coloured nail varnish or false nails are not suitable for school.

Years 9 to 11

Only light make up may be worn. Coloured nail varnish or false nails are not suitable for school.

PE Kit
For information regarding PE kit, please click here to find out what is required.

Academy Expectations

Should a student arrive at the Academy not wearing full uniform or dressed inappropriately:

  • The student may be sent home to get changed.
  • The Academy may lend the student uniform items for a single day, which must be returned at the end of the school day (parents may be asked to pay for items that their child has failed to return).
  • The student will be expected to arrive in full uniform the following day. 

Students who repeatedly arrive at school not wearing full uniform, who are dressed inappropriately or who refuse to correct their uniform on request will be subject to the Academy's disciplinary procedures. 


In exceptional cases, if a student requires an exemption to a particular item of uniform, eg, different footwear or other clothing , the parent should contact the relevant Year Manager to discuss their request. In the case of medical exemptions, a letter from the doctor or hospital is required.


If parents are unable to provide the correct uniform, they should contact the relevant Year Manager immediately to discuss the matter.

School Uniform and Equipment Shop

Just Schoolwear is the official supplier of uniform for The Bulwell Academy. Items can be purchased online or from the Bulwell or Arnold stores:

289 Main Street
Bulwell NG6 8ED
T: 0115 9754011
12 High Street
Arnold NG5 7DZ
T: 0115 9261728
Opening Hours
Please contact the store to check opening hours.

School Clothing Allowance

A School Clothing Allowance, in the form of vouchers, will be given to those students who receive Free School Meals. A School Clothing Allowance will also be given to families who receive Working Tax Credits and whose combined annual income does not exceed £16,190. Vouchers can be redeemed at Just Schoolwear.

School Clothing Allowance can be claimed once per year between June and December (vouchers expire 31 December). 

Please click on the download icon to view the 2017-2018 Application Form.

Free School Meals can be claimed from Nottingham City Council.

PE Kit

Click on the image below to view the Academy's requirements for PE kit.