Harris Academies
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Dress Code

All our students are preparing for entry into the professional world of work and university. Our Dress Code reflects this.

You must be smartly dressed at all times, as you would be if working in a smart professional environment.  You are role models for the rest of the Academy and as such need to be smartly presented at all times.  Identity cards should be visible at all times and you must have your planner with you every day.

Dress Code

Boys Girls
Smart trousers Smart trousers or skirt
(must be at least knee length)
Formal shirt and tie Shirt with a collar
Suit jacket or blazer Suit jacket or blazer
Formal shoes Formal shoes

Jackets may be removed in warm conditions. Scarves may be worn outside the buildings but must be removed once inside. Outdoor coats must not be worn inside the building.

Performing Arts:

Black outfit i.e.

Female students: Black fitted t-shirt, black full length trousers or tracksuits (plain and unmarked – No logos) and  black split sole jazz shoes.

Male students: Black t-shirt, black full length trousers or tracksuits (plain and unmarked – No logos) and black split sole jazz shoes.

Motor Mechanics:

Motor Mechanics students should be dressed as above at all times except during Motor Mechanics lessons where you are permitted to wear overalls and safety boots.


Hairdressing students should purchase a uniform top from the Academy Salon, and are allowed to wear black trousers or black knee length skirt.  No leggings or black jeans.

For all vocational courses the chosen dress code guideline will be enforced at all times. All jewellery will need to be removed, including belly button piercings. Students should wear minimal make up and should have short nails – acrylic nails will need to be removed. Hair should be tied up during workshops. Failure to wear the correct kit will prevent you from participating in workshops and performances, thereby jeopardising your grades.

For all Post 16 students the following are not permitted:

  • Brightly coloured trousers, skirts and jackets;
  • Dresses/jumpers/cardigans
  • Denim/Jeans trousers/skirts and jackets;
  • Casual trousers – combats, track suits, leggings;
  • Casual tops – track suit, fleeces, T-shirts, hooded tops;
  • Shorts;
  • Sportswear;
  • Very short skirts/revealing clothes;
  • Trainers, pumps, canvas shoes, boots or ,leisure shoes/pumps;
  • Patterns or shapes cut into hair or eyebrows and brightly coloured hair;
  • Gloves, hats, caps and bandannas.
  • Large earrings, necklaces
  • Coloured Shoe Laces
  • No gold teeth or tooth gems

Tattoos should not be visible. Visible body piercing is restricted to the ears only.

MP3’s, IPods, mobile phones and head phones must not be seen or used around the Academy.  The Academy will accept no responsibility for any mobile phone or any other electronic equipment that is lost or stolen. You must not use them in any area of the Academy where access is available to Key Stage 3 & 4 students. They must be switched off and must not be visible around the site in lesson time, assemblies or when using the LRC. You are not permitted to use mobiles to take photographs or videos whilst on the Academy premises. If you do not adhere to these rules you will have the item confiscated and face possible exclusion.

Students will be sent home if they do not conform to the dress code. It is beyond the scope of the Policy to provide guidance on every eventuality.  In the event of queries, the Head of Academy will act as the arbiter.