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Nottingham Secondary Academy

Code of Conduct / Uniform Expectations 2023-2024

Code of Conduct

It is important that pupils and parents are fully aware of the Nottingham Academy's high expectations for pupil conduct.  Below is the Code of Conduct for the Academy:

Pupils are to

  • Respect all other people, regardless of race, culture, gender and religion;
  • Behave in a quiet, polite and orderly manner;
  • Follow the instructions of the teaching and non-teaching staff;
  • Knock at classroom doors before entering;
  • Wear the full Academy uniform;
  • Be punctual for the Academy and for lessons;
  • WALK on corridors and stairways on the LEFT - follow the appropriate one-way system in place;
  • Line up for lessons where possible;
  • Remove outer clothing (scarves, coats, gloves) before entering classrooms;
  • Leave lessons only when directed by a member of staff;
  • Hand in all work on time;
  • Have a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber;
  • Have a bag in which to carry books and equipment;
  • Look after Academy property;
  • Be clean and tidy at all times;
  • Work to the best of their ability during lessons;
  • Bring in notes explaining absence from the Academy.

Pupils must not

  • Bring mobile phones, iPods or other electrical items to the Academy;
  • Use bad language or swear anywhere on the Academy sites;
  • Wear make-up or jewellery, except for one small, plain metal ear stud in the bottom of each ear lobe;
  • Smoke in or near the Academy sites
  • Write on desks, walls or the Academy fabric;
  • Show intimidating behaviour - physically, verbally or otherwise;
  • Leave classrooms without permission;
  • Eat or drink during lessons;
  • Run along the corridors or on the stairways;
  • Interfere with other pupils' work either physically or verbally;
  • Steal Academy property or that of other pupils;
  • Chew gum at any time;
  • Access other pupils' files on the Academy's computer network.


Uniform Standards and Expectations


Academy uniform

  • White shirt (regular fit, not fitted), with top button done up, Academy tie
  • Plain black trousers (off the leg- straight cut, not skinny style) or formal school skirt that’s down to the knees.
  • Plain black shoes with socks or plain black tights
  • Academy jumper (Years 7 & 8)
  • Academy blazer (Years 9-11)

                                                                                Academy PE Kit

  • Black short-sleeved/long sleeved sports polo shirt with purple panels and Academy logo
  • Black tracksuit bottoms, shorts, cycling shorts or sports leggings to be worn
  • Suitable trainers
  • Academy jumper (Years 7 & 8)
  • Academy blazer (Years 9-11)

Inappropriate uniform (what we will not accept)


  • Canvas shoes or trainers
  • Open front shoes



  • Skinny/tight fit

This is a particular issue for girls and these trousers cannot be skin-tight either
across the whole leg or at the thigh.

  • Elastic/legging/lycra based
  • Cropped/showing shins or ankles
    This is a particular issue for girls which, along with short socks, show ankles
  • Visible zips
  • Denim, rivets or studs


  • More than a credit card away from the knee
  • Skater skirts
  • Tight fit or lycra based skirts
  • Skirts with embroidery, patterns or ridges



  • Any kind of sock above calf length
  • Bright coloured tights


    Headscarves worn for religious reasons should be black or white.


  • Hoodies
  • Cardigans
  • Fleeces
  • Gilet
  • Sweatshirts, zipped fabric jackets or sport branded fabric jackets
  • Any top that is not included in our uniform


  • Any extreme hair colour (any unnatural hair colours) 

Make Up/Nails

  • Heavy make-up
  • Acrylic or gel nail extensions.
  • Bright eye shadow



Ear Piercings: Students CAN wear one pair of small studs

  • No multiple ear piercings
  • No hooped earrings
  • Hanging earrings
  • All other types of ear piercings
  • Ear stretchers/Ear Expanders

Nose Piercings: Students CAN wear a small stud in their nose

  • Nose rings
  • Septum Piercings

Facial Piercings:

  • Any existing unacceptable piercings need to be removed regardless of when the piercings have been done (Eyebrow, lip, tongue, or any other facial piercings are not permitted).


Please find the link to order Academy uniform from our suppliers Price and Buckland:

Failure to comply with Academy uniform expectations will result in the student being isolated until the matter is resolved. Please refer to Everyday Expectations – Smart and Sharp Uniform. This can be found in the Nottingham Academy Behaviour Expectations document attached below.