Correct uniform must be worn by all students whilst in attendance at the school, on the way to and from school.
A white shirt must be worn with a conventional collar and academy tie. Any clothing worn underneath the shirt must be plain white in order not to be visible. Students must wear either an academy jumper or an academy blazer, dependent upon their year group. Academy jumpers cannot be worn instead of the academy blazer, they are to be worn with the blazer in cold weather. School appropriate black trousers or a black skirt must be worn avoiding extremes of fashion and be of an appropriate length (Jeans, chino’s, cords, not tight to the skin, stretch fabric, split designs, unnecessary decoration such as zips/jewels/glitter etc, leggings or hipsters are not acceptable). Large ornamental, studded or coloured belts must not be worn. A black belt with a conventional buckle is acceptable. All students must wear plain black polishable school shoes. They must not be open-toed, high-heeled or ‘Ugg’ style footwear. Trainers or plimsolls are not acceptable. There is a separate requirement for PE uniform.
Jewellery is restricted to two small studs, one in each ear. Other forms of body piercing (face, tongue, etc) or tattoos are not permitted and extreme hairstyles are not appropriate. A watch is encouraged as this aids personal timekeeping. If worn, make-up must be discrete. Outdoor clothing must be smart and avoid extremes of fashion. No hats or caps to be worn indoors. Headscarves (e.g. hijabs) may be worn for religious reasons and must be plain black.
If any student does not have correct uniform they must have a temporary uniform pass from the Heads of House Office. Tutors must check uniform daily. Students may be asked to wear replacement uniform provided by the academy and, if their attire is particularly poor, may be asked to go home to change. All items of clothing and equipment should be named and be smart and clean. Kettering Buccleuch Academy cannot accept responsibility for lost items of equipment and clothing.
Sixth Form Consistency:
Sixth Form students have a key role to play in the academy as role models to younger students. The spirit of the whole document and the majority of the detail applies to the Sixth Form, but there are some situations where common sense variations are allowed respecting their greater maturity. Thus the Sixth Form Dress Code is modified to: smart casual. All clothing must be suitable for wear in a school environment, maintaining modesty. Shorts, sports wear, flip flops, crop or vest tops, short skirts, T shirts with inappropriate text or logos, excessive jewellery or make-up, etc. are examples that would not be suitable.
All students are encouraged to play an active part in the life of the community in which they live. Participation in community or voluntary based groups such as air cadets, sea cadets, army cadets, St John’s Ambulance Service or sporting clubs allows students the opportunity to become giving and positive contributors to their community.
All students at the academy are ambassadors for our values and ethos whether this be within school, on the way to or from school, on trips or visits and in interactions between members of our academy community, within the community. (The Principal does have the legal right to take action upon members of our academy community even when issues arise outside the academy or out of school hours, where this affects the reputation of our academy or the well-being of our students).
Students must have respect for the academy’s neighbours and be helpful and considerate in the local community. Students are accountable for their behaviour at all times and must conduct themselves as responsible citizens. Students should be aware that congregating in large groups can at times be intimidating for members of the public.
The guidance and rules that we enforce within the school community are appropriate guidance for how students conduct themselves in the wider community. Respect and consideration underpin all of our actions.
Kettering Buccleuch Academy works closely with the Police Community Support Officers and Safer Communities Team in order to deal with anti-social behaviour in a constructive and co-operative manner.