Student Dress Code

From September 2020, the dress code for Y7 – 9 (Inspiration Academy) and Y10 – 13 (The Leigh UTC) will be different.

The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy holds professionalism and a businesslike approach at the heart of everything that we do. It is important that all students have a smart and businesslike appearance throughout the day; this includes when they travel to and from the Academy. Additionally, students will have to comply with health and safety regulations as well as wearing clothes that suit our environment.

The following dress code/Uniform policy takes the above into consideration but also allows students to show a level of individuality and the need to effectively represent The Leigh UTC / Inspiration Academy in the local community and workplace. We believe that all students should take pride in their appearance. Smart dressing conveys positive feelings in terms of commitment and attitude to work and it also enables students to show that they fully embrace the UTC’s ethos.

At the Inspiration Academy (Y7-9), all young people will dress smartly and develop the shared identity of the Inspiration Academy. The decision has been taken with our governing body that students in Y7 – 9 will be expected to wear full academy uniform (from September 2020).

Boys Uniform
  • Blazer – black with Inspiration Academy badge.*
  • Trousers – black tailored (no skinny fit or jean style)
  • Shirt – plain white with optional short sleeve
  • Inspiration Academy Tie*
  • Jumper (optional) – black, v-necked with green trim*
  • Socks – grey or black
  • Shoes – The only acceptable footwear is plain, black, sturdy leather/leather like shoes with wide flat heels. Trainers, above ankle boots, platforms, sling-backs, open toe shoes and fabric shoes (e.g. Vans) are not permitted. Coloured stitching, coloured labels, logos and coloured laces are not permitted. Parents/carers are invited to send images of footwear to their Head of College should they need further advice. Plain black ‘Kickers’ style shoes/ankle boots are the only acceptable exception to the above rules. See below for some further guidance.

Please note: Items marked with a * should be purchased from our uniform supplier: Brigade Clothing

Click here for Brigade measuring guide.

Girls Uniform
  • Blazer – black with Inspiration Academy badge*
  • Trousers – black tailored (no skinny fit or jean style)
  • Skirt – stitched down black box pleat, minimum length 20”
  • Blouse – white short sleeve, revere collar,
  • Inspiration Academy tie (optional)*
  • Jumper (optional) – black, v-necked with green trim*
  • Socks – white or black
  • Tights – black or neutral
  • Shoes – The only acceptable footwear is plain, black, sturdy leather/leather like shoes with wide flat heels. Trainers, above ankle boots, platforms, sling-backs, open toe shoes and fabric shoes (e.g. Vans) are not permitted. Coloured stitching, coloured labels, logos and coloured laces are not permitted. Parents/carers are invited to send images of footwear to their Head of College should they need further advice. Plain black ‘Kickers’ style shoes/ankle boots are the only acceptable exception to the above rules.  See below for some further guidance.

Please note: Items marked with a * should be purchased from our uniform supplier: Brigade Clothing

Sports and Leisure
  • Navy PE t-shirt top with logo*
  • Navy 1/4 zip (long sleeved) sports top with logo*
  • Navy Plain tracksuit bottoms or shorts*
  • Trainers
  • Sports Socks

Please note: Sports kit and labcoats marked with a * should be purchased from our uniform supplier: Brigade Clothing

Please click here for Brigade Clothing Price List.

Workshop
  • White lab coat with logo*
  • Safety specs
  • Appropriate protective footwear for the workshop

Please note: Sports kit and labcoats marked with a * should be purchased from our uniform supplier: Brigade Clothing

Please click here for Brigade Clothing Price List.

  • NO NON-SCHOOL UNIFORM GARMENTS to be worn under blazers
  • NO COATS TO BE WORN IN THE ACADEMY BUILDINGS
  • NO SCARVES of any kind to be worn on the Academy premises
  • NO HATS / HEADWEAR (religious headwear excluded) may be worn on the Academy premises
  • NO TRAINERS are allowed to be worn in school except during PE
  • NO MAKEUP may be worn
  • NO NAIL VARNISH (except clear)
  • NO ACRYLIC/GEL NAILS
  • NO DENIM is acceptable in school
  • NO JEWELLERY apart from one pair of stud earrings in ear and a wristwatch may be worn. The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy takes no responsibility for lost/stolen/damaged jewellery.

Non-uniform items including jewellery may be confiscated, and these can be collected from the Academy office at the end of the day. Students bring such items entirely at their own risk and the Academy accepts no responsibility should it be damaged, lost or stolen. We ask that parents/carers write a note in the students planner to communicate to staff why the student is unable to wear the correct uniform on any given day.

At The Leigh UTC (Y10-13) it is important that you have a smart and business like appearance. Additionally, students will have to comply with health and safety regulations as well as wearing clothes that fit the environment they are working in:

The following dress code takes the above into consideration but also allows students to show a level of individuality and the need to effectively represent The Leigh UTC in the local community and workplace. We believe that all students should take pride in their appearance. Smart dressing conveys positive feelings in terms of commitment and attitude to work and it also enables students to show that they fully embrace the UTC’s ethos.

Jackets or blazers must be worn at all times

Male Students
  • A smart business suit
  • A blazer / tailored jacket with coordinating trousers
  • Smart business shirt
  • Tie / bow tie
  • Shoes must be formal and smart (no boots, canvas shoes or trainers)
  • Plain v-neck jumpers can be worn over shirts as long as ties are visible. Jumpers with logos are not allowed.
Female Students
  • A smart business suit
  • A blazer / tailored jacket with coordinating trousers, skirt or dress. Skirts and dresses must be of a suitable length i.e. on the knee
  • Smart business blouse (no vest tops)
  • Smart skirt/dress (skirts must be worn on the knee)
  • Shoes must be formal and smart (no boots, trainers or canvas shoes) with a low heel. See below for shoe guidance
Sports and Leisure
  • Navy PE t-shirt top with logo*
  • Navy 1/4 zip (long sleeved) sports top with logo*
  • Navy Plain tracksuit bottoms or shorts*
  • Trainers
  • Sports Socks

Please note that sports kit and labcoats marked with a * should be purchased from our uniform supplier: Brigade Clothing

Please click here for Brigade Clothing Price List.

Click here for a Brigade measuring guide.

Workshop
  • White lab coat with logo*
  • Safety specs
  • Appropriate protective footwear for the workshop

Please note that sports kit and labcoats marked with a * should be purchased from our uniform supplier: Brigade Clothing

Please click here for Brigade Clothing Price List.

Click here for a Brigade measuring guide.

  • NO NON-SCHOOL UNIFORM GARMENTS to be worn under blazers
  • NO COATS TO BE WORN IN THE ACADEMY BUILDINGS
  • NO SCARVES of any kind to be worn on the Academy premises
  • NO HATS / HEADWEAR (religious headwear excluded) may be worn on the Academy premises
  • NO TRAINERS are allowed to be worn in school except during PE
  • NO MAKEUP may be worn
  • NO NAIL VARNISH (except clear)
  • NO ACRYLIC/GEL NAILS
  • NO DENIM/NO HOODIES in school
  • NO JEWELLERY apart from one pair of stud earrings in ear and a wristwatch may be worn. The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy takes no responsibility for lost/stolen/damaged jewellery.

Hairstyles

Hairstyles that look professional while also supporting effective and safe participation in all UTC activities. The dying, high or low lighting of hair in a single natural hair colour is fine.

Jewellery

NO JEWELLERY can be worn apart from one pair of in-ear stud earrings and a wristwatch. The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy takes no responsibility for lost/stolen/damaged jewellery.