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‘Smartly-dressed’ students

We all wear our JQA uniform with pride and see it as symbolic of what we represent – equality, working together, showing respect and striving for excellence. We live our values by how we expect our students to wear our uniform because we are preparing students for their future opportunities: an excellent first impression in an interview for sixth form/college, university or their chosen career.

Academy Uniform

Students will need:

  • Plain navy blue blazer with an embroidered school badge (this must be worn at all times)
  • Light blue shirt
  • JQA ‘gold’ tie
  • Grey V-necked jumper (optional)
  • Plain grey trousers/skirt
  • Plain black socks (no trainer socks) or opaque black tights
  • Plain black school shoes

PE Uniform

  • Navy and light blue collar t-shirt
  • Navy blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms
  • Navy blue PE socks
  • Trainers

The Academy can support families who are struggling with items of uniform and we have tried to minimise the amount of branded items required to make our uniform affordable. Branded school items are available from the following suppliers:

Clive Mark

4 – 5 Three Shires Oak Road
B67 5AX

Tel: 0121 429 4244


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Crested School Wear

71 High Street
B23 6SA

Tel: 0121 350 8444

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Key points of note

Parents/carers and students should take note:

  1. Caps or hats of any description are not to be worn on site, including ‘bonnets’
  2. Coats should be carefully considered and practical. Coats may be worn around the academy but the wearing of hoods is not permitted indoors. All outdoor wear will be removed before entering a classroom.
  3. Students may wear a maximum of one pair of small, plain metal (silver/gold) stud earrings in the lobe of the ears and
    a wristwatch. These should be removed for PE, dance and enrichment activities;
  4. No other jewellery or visible body piercing, including tongue studs, are permitted.
  5. Make-up, mehndi, fake tan, nail varnish or acrylic nails may not be worn.
  6. Hairbands, hair ties, bows, wraps etc, must be plain black. Headscarves worn for religious reasons should be plain black, blue, grey, or white in colour.
    however, extreme changes of hair colour which are not ‘natural’ are not permitted
  7. Mobile phones, headphones and devices are not to be seen or heard on-site (see separate policy) and are subject to confiscation and students sanctioned where this rule is flouted
  8. Any additional items of jewellery or clothing worn for religious reasons should be discussed with the pastoral leaders at the Academy, but reasonable requests will not be refused.
  9. All items of clothing should be clearly marked with the owner’s name so that lost property can easily be returned.

Hair Styles

We have adopted the Halo Code ( to celebrate individuality and identity, however, extreme changes of hair colour which are not ‘natural’ are not permitted.


Students who are ‘ready for learning’

JQA is a place of learning. Learning is central to all we do and we expect our students to arrive with the necessary equipment to make the most of all learning opportunities. When students don’t have equipment, it slows learning and wastes time: it is unprofessional to arrive unprepared and this is something we want to instil in our students.

Expected List:

  • Practical and professional school bag
  • Clear pencil case
  • Black and blue pens
  • Green pen for self assessment
  • Pencil and rubber
  • Ruler
  • Sharpener
  • JQA Planner (provide by the Academy)

Preferred List:

  • Scientific calculator
  • Maths equipment
  • Reading book

We do not engage in discussion about what is and what is not acceptable. If we have a doubt about any aspect of uniform, there is no doubt for us that it contravenes policy. Our expectations are clear and rooted in the best intentions for our students: to present themselves professionally and build habits for good organisation and preparedness. We expect everyone to respect the spirit of the rules, not to try subterfuge and find a loophole. We expect parents and carers to support the academy by knowing and meeting these expectations in relation to ensuring their child is ready and prepared for success at JQA. Excellence is expected here.

Excellence is expected here.