Uniform Expectations – a reminder for September

Posted on: 24th July 2018

Uniform examples
The summer holiday has arrived and we hope that all our staff, students, parents, carers and families will enjoy a healthy and happy break before the new term is suddenly upon us again in September.
 
As is often the case, many of our students are suffering from rapid growth spurts with all the sunshine we are having and before parents find they need to go out and buy new items of uniform for them, we would like to take this final opportunity to remind you of a few basics with regards the uniform expectations here at OSA.
 
Guidelines with regards to uniform are regularly reiterated to students – and have appeared in student planners for a number of years – however fashion trends and individual likes/dislikes often generate a difference of opinion between what the Academy, parents/carers and students feel is ‘appropriate’ to wear! We have found that issuing the same guidelines to students and parents/carers can cut down on the amount of resistance parents/carers encounter when trying to persuade their offspring that a particular item really is not suitable!
 
Information is available on our website, but as a general rule, we expect students to dress smartly, as they would if they were dressed for the world of work (when they will find similar expectations placed upon them); this means, in addition to the required Academy blazer:
• Black ‘smart’ trousers (not ‘skinny’, jeans, ‘studded’ or leggings) or skirts (knee-length, not clingy and/or short and no long splits, zips or studs.
• Plain white shirt/blouse (long or short sleeved) – no polo shirts.
• ‘Smart’ black shoes – of a kind which can be ‘polished’ (no trainers, boots, strappy sandals, flip flops, canvass shoes or plimsolls)
• Plain white or black socks or plain black/skintone tights
 
Our clip-on tie and blazer, along with other items of uniform carrying the OSA logo and suitable styles of trousers/skirts, may be purchased from ‘Needlepoint Designs’ in Gaol Lane, Sudbury, but trousers/skirts/shoes may be purchased from any retailer, provided they meet the standards set by the Academy (the picture on our website illustrates this).
 
We hope that this overview will ensure we are not faced with parents/carers having spent large amounts of money on items of clothing which are then found to be unsuitable on their child’s return to the Academy in September – and offer our grateful thanks to parents/carers for their perseverence with their offspring, and support of our uniform expectations.
 
We look forward to working with you all again next term.

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