The uniform for our pupils is as follows:

  • Black V-neck jumper, plain knit, with the academy badge and/or black blazer with the academy badge (blazers are optional but you must have either a jumper or a blazer).  You can buy a jumper with the badge already embroidered from Monkhouse School Wear Specialists either online or from the shop in Hereford, or you can buy a plain back V-neck jumper from a retailer of choice and buy a jumper badge to sew onto the jumper from the Academy Reception Office (£5.25)
  • Black trousers, shorts or skirts. Shorts must school style (not PE/sports shorts).  Shorts and skirts must sit a few centimetres above the knee at the top of the knee cap.   Skirts must only be the specified David Luke Straight Skirt in black (https://www.monkhouse.com/david-luke-dl969-straight-skirt-bk) and can be bought from Monkhouse School Wear Specialists either online or from their shop in Hereford. Stretchy skirts are not be allowed.
  • White school shirt, can either be long or short sleeved, not open necked, with a top button and with a collar large enough to allow the top button to be fastened with a clip on academy tie.  Top button must be fastened and shirt tucked in at all times.
  • School ties can only be bought from the Academy Reception Office (£5.25)
  • Footwear must be substantive, black and polishable (suede is also acceptable).  The shoes must be totally black with a black sole.  The upper should be made of polished leather or polished synthetic material. Please note that the shoes should provide adequate protection for such subjects as Technology, Science, etc.
  • Black socks or tights.

KS3 pupils are not allowed to wear nail polish. KS4 pupils only may wear nail polish or gel nail varnish that is natural in colour: nudes, clear, very pale pink, French style manicure.  Nails must not be extended.  Acrylics are not allowed.  Nail art is not allowed.

Very light make-up may be worn by pupils in Years 10 and 11 only.

Pupils’ hairstyles must be appropriate to a professional/learning environment. No unnatural hair colours are permitted, or extreme styles which adversely affect the ethos of the academy.  The Principal or his/her representative will be the judge of whether or not a hairstyle is deemed to be acceptable.

No more than two ear-studs in each ear.  No other visible studs, rings or piercing adornments may be worn. Ear spacers are not allowed.

One ring may be worn. No necklaces, sweatbands or bracelets may be worn, other than one charity bracelet.

School coats must be suitably weatherproof. We do not allow hoodies or zip hoodies made of jumper material to be worn as coats, outerwear or as PE kit.

Our PE uniform received more of a mixed response from parents and carers. I am unable to make considerable changes to our uniform policy at this time in the year. However, I will be asking Mr Alton to conduct a full PE kit review during the next academic year to cut cost and improve availability where possible. 

All clothing should be clearly named

THOA PE Kit – the following can only be purchased from Scimitar Schools


  • THOA Technical T-Shirt (Boys and Girls) – Required item
  • THOA ¼ Zip Track Top – Required item
  • THOA Sports Shorts, THOA Skort OR THOA leggings OR plain black leggings or sport style shorts (black, unbranded, no motifs) – Required itemPlease note, shorts must not be the lycra type cycling shorts or very short shorts eg. Nike Pro. They must be a similar style to the THOA shorts.   Leggings must not be see-through.
  • THOA Joggers – Optional Item 

Other PE Kit (can be purchased from any suitable retailer)

  • THOA Team Kit Football Socks (Black) – Required Item
  • Sports trainers (see example) – Required Item
  • Football boots – Required Item
  • Swimming costume/trunks – Required Item
  • PE bag – Required Item
  • Shin guards – Required Item
  • Mouth Guard – Optional Item but recommended
  • White trainer / white sports socks – Optional Item

NOTE: We understand there are occasions when children are unable to take part in PE. A note must be brought in from parent/ carers and PE kit must still be brought in as it maybe that the child can still participate in some wat

(All earrings will need to be removed for all PE lessons. Pupils will not be allowed to put tape or plaster over their earrings.  Hair must be tied up and pupils must come to every PE lesson with their PE kit, even if they are unable to take part.)

Uniform will be checked daily upon arrival at school.  Incorrect uniform will be corrected at that time. Pupils with uniform matters that cannot be rectified at the start of the day will be given time to correct their uniform and this will be recorded on a uniform card.  Tutors will work with families to establish the barriers and issues around individual uniform matters.  Persistent breaches of the uniform policy, despite support and solutions provided, will be dealt with according to our behaviour policy.