Uniform

Uniform

We take great pride in our building, our students and our staff. We also place great importance on standards – standards of learning, conduct and behaviour. In line with our Business and Enterprise specialism we operate a compulsory academy uniform policy. All students in Year 7 to 11 will wear the full academy uniform at all times. Students not in the full uniform will not be admitted.

The Grace uniform fulfils three important functions:

  • It gives the Academy a clear identity,
  • It represents a simple but effective statement of our pride and sense of community,
  • It also avoids any stigma or competition between individuals that can occur all too easily because of designer clothes and fashion trends.

Buying Uniforms

Official Grace Academy uniform can be purchased from our local school uniform supplier, Mansuri: 163 Yew Tree Lane, Birmingham B26 1AY

Tel: 0121 784 4230 Email: sales@mansuri.co.uk.

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 9.00am – 5.00pm

For a full list of prices please contact Mansuri via telephone or email or visit their website by clicking link below:

Parents experiencing difficulty in acquiring the correct items should contact their child’s Head of Year.

Trouser Uniform

 Blazers: Black Grace Academy blazer (must be school branded)  
 Shirt:

Plain white cotton shirts with a top button which should be fastened at all times (no polo-shirts).

 

 Ties: Lower school (Yr7/8): Purple Grace Academy tie with school badge on display below the knot.

(must be school branded)

Upper school (Yr9/10/11): Black with gold stripe with school badge on display below the knot

(must be school branded)

 
 Pullovers: Plain black V-neck – optional (no sweatshirts or hooded tops, no cardigans, no tank tops).  
 Trousers: Plain black (no denim/fashion trousers and must not look like leggings, be skin tight or made of stretchy lycra material – see illustrations and details below).  
Socks: Plain black.
 Shoes: Plain black shoes (no trainers, pumps, canvas shoes, boots or sports brands- see details below).
 Coats: Winter coats or anoraks – optional. Plain in colour (no denim, hooded tops, tracksuit style tops or fashion jackets).

No gloves or scarves to be worn inside the Academy.

 
 PE Kit: Compulsory

Grace Academy personalised Nike training tee or the old white polo shirt (yrs 8-11)

(must be from the school supplier*)

Black shorts

Black sports socks

Non-marking sports shoes

 

 

 

 

Optional

Black personalised long sleeve Nike crew top

(must be from the school supplier*)

Black Nike tracksuit bottoms

(must be from the school supplier*)

Black Nike shorts

(must be from the school supplier*)

Black Nike socks

(must be from the school supplier*)

 

 Students not participating in a PE lesson are expected to bring kit so they can assist in the lesson. It is recommended that all items are to be clearly marked with the student’s name.

* These items must be the official Grace Academy uniform.

Skirt Uniform

 Blazers: Black Grace Academy blazer (must be school branded)  
 Shirt:

Plain white cotton shirts with a top button that fastens (no polo-shirts or fashion blouses).

 

 Ties:

Lower school (Yr7/8): Purple Grace Academy tie with school badge on display below the knot.

(must be school branded)

Upper school (Yr9/10/11): Black with gold stripe with school badge on display below the knot

(must be school branded)

 
 Pullovers: Plain black V-neck – optional (no sweatshirts or hooded tops, no cardigans, no tank tops).  

 Skirt:

Plain black pleated/non-pleated of knee length (no fashion skirts- see illustrations and details below).  

Socks/ Tights

Plain black- No patterned or sheer tights.  
 Shoes: Plain black shoes (no trainers, pumps, canvas shoes, boots, sports brands or stilettos- see illustrations and details below).
 Coats: Winter coats or anoraks – optional. Plain in colour (no denim, hooded tops, tracksuit style tops or fashion jackets).

No gloves or scarves to be worn inside the Academy

 
 PE Kit:  Compulsory

Grace Academy personalised Nike training tee or the old white polo shirt (yrs 8-11)

(must be from the school supplier*)

Black shorts/ Black cycling shorts

Black sports socks/ Plain white ankle socks

Black sports skirt

Non-marking sports shoes

Optional

Black personalised long sleeve Nike crew top

(must be from the school supplier*)

Black Nike sports leggings

(must be from the school supplier*)

Black Nike shorts

(must be from the school supplier*)

Black Nike socks

(must be from the school supplier*)

 

 Students not participating in a PE lesson are expected to bring kit so they can assist in the lesson. It is recommended that all items are to be clearly marked with the student’s name.

* These items must be the official Grace Academy uniform.

Optional – Headscarves

Black school approved headscarf conforming to the requirements below:

  • The fabric should be lightweight and plain
  • The headscarf must be folded under the chin, taken round to the back of the neck and the ends tucked in. This conforms to the health and safety and school requirements.
  • The headscarf must be worn so that the collar and tie can be seen clearly. The reason for wearing the headscarf is to preserve modesty. Therefore it should not be worn with headbands, brooches, shadow stripes, patterns, logos, embellishments, diamantes, tassels or other

A photographic example of the above criteria for headscarves is available upon request.

Post 16 Students

Students attending our sixth form will not be expected to wear the academy uniform however they will be expected to attend in business dress. The academy reserves the right to send home students who are not conforming to the standard of dress required by the academy.

Additional Uniform Information

  • Trousers–must not look like leggings, be skin tight or made of stretchy lycra material. School trousers must be loose enough not to cling to the leg . Some fashion stores such as New Look and Select class skin tight trousers as school trousers but these are not acceptable – suitable school trousers can be found in stores such as Primark and Asda.

Examples of girl’s trousers:

                                 

  • Skirts – must be knee length no shorter- and not made of stretchy lycra type material that rides up when students are walking. Suitable school skirts can be found easily in stores such as Asda and Primark and also at Mansuri.

                                                                     

  • Footwear – Leather and/or canvas footwear made by sports brands such as Nike, Converse, Adidas and Vans maybe branded in shops as ‘shoes’ but in Grace Academy they are classed as trainers and as such are not allowed in school. In the bad weather students may wear trainers or boots to walk to school but they must change into their school shoes as soon as they arrive at the academy. Sandals are not allowed in school, even in hot weather, because of the health and safety risks
  • Jewellery
  • One small plain, gold or silver single stud allowed in each ear lobe. No piercings allowed anywhere else on the ear.
  • Bracelets are NOT allowed
  • No additional piercings anywhere on face or body including tongue.
  • Hair– must be a natural colour, no extreme styles, spikes, patterns or shaved areas.
  • Make up: must not be excessive such as bold lipsticks or heavy black eye liner.
  • False nails or nail extensions are NOT allowed
  • School bag to be used at all times, no handbags
  • No chewing gum

All Students Must Have:

  • A school bag (no handbags)
  • Pens and pencils A rubber
  • A ruler
  • A locker key
  • An Academy ID card and Academy lanyard (Post 16 only)

It Is Recommended That Students Have:

  • Coloured pencils A pencil sharpener A pencil case
  • A calculator

Students Must Not Have:

  • Mobile phones (unless agreed by the Principal in regard to Teaching and Learning) Electronic games
  • Ear phones
  • Walkman/Personal Stereo/MP3 player/iPod etc If found ALL will be confiscated