Standards at North Durham Academy are extremely high and this starts with the way your child looks.  Academy uniform is compulsory and exceptions cannot be made if your child attends school not dressed in full Academy uniform. 

Key Stage 3 & 4

Key Stage 5 - NDA16+

Outdoor clothing

Outdoor footwear

Storage of outdoor clothing and footwear

Ordering academy uniform

Online uniform shop

In order to mark their final year of compulsory schooling and to give them a new ‘senior’ identity we have decided to change the current Year 11 tie so we are asking that all current Year 10 students have the Year 11 tie ready for September 2019. Again, details about this can be found on the Price & Buckland website.

Sizing your child 

Please see links below for help to size your child when ordering uniform.

Key Stage 3 & 4

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  • A grey blazer with academy logo.

  • A grey knitted v-neck jumper with academy logo (optional).

  • An Academy tie.

  • A white shirt – short or long sleeved with collar.

  • Black trousers or black skirt worn with plain black tights (skirt to be worn no shorter than mid thigh length).

    Black formal style trousers - straight leg or bootcut style only. Trousers must be full length and the hem should rest on the top of the shoes.

    Skirts should be loose fitting and made out the same material as school trousers, no woollen or lycra.  The length must be no shorter than mid thigh length. A minimum of 60 denier tights should also be worn.

    Trousers and Skirts - Please note that chain stores may sell items as school uniform, which are not acceptable at North Durham Academy.  We DO NOT ALLOW tight or stretchy skirts, leggings, jeans or trousers which look like them.  Below are examples of acceptable trousers and skirts.

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  • Footwear - All shoes should be polishable  No canvas/cloth/suede shoes are permitted.  In order to clarify our expectations, below are examples of acceptable footwear. 


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Jewellery - We are always conscious of health and safety risks both to the owner and others in the wearing of jewellery.  Therefore the only jewellery allowed is a wrist watch. 

Earrings and all other piercings, facial or bodily, are not allowed due to Health and Safety considerations.

In the Academy's programme of Personal and Social Education we ask students to consider their appearance and the impression it makes on others.  This is particularly important when on interview or representing the Academy for instance.

Make-up - if worn at all, should be discreetly used and not be excessive. Nail varnish and nail decoration, including false nails are not allowed.

Hair styles - should be practical, clean and suitable for a working environment. Hairstyles representing various current trends such as mohicans, hair shaved in bands, stripes, initials or dyed in bright, unnatural colours are unacceptable. Eyebrows shaved in stripes are also unacceptable. If you are in any doubt, please check with your Year Manager.

PE Kit

  • An Academy PE shirt.
  • Academy PE tracksuit bottoms.

  • Academy PE shorts.

Year 11 Ties -

In order to mark their final year of compulsory schooling and to give them a new ‘senior’ identity Year 11 students wear a different tie. Again, details about this can be found on the Price & Buckland website.

Key Stage 5 - NDA16+

NDA16+ Students at North Durham Academy are not required to wear a uniform like students in Years 7 to 11. We do, however, have a dress code as you would expect in any adult place of work or study.

We believe all NDA16+ students should take pride in themselves and their appearance, just as our Academy is proud of them and their achievements. Also, being smart and presentable shows a positive attitude and demonstrates a genuine commitment to your studies. Our 16+ students are role models for the younger students in the Academy and are therefore expected to set a good example in everything they do.

In discussion with North Durham Academy students, we have therefore agreed the following dress code:

  • Photographic ID should be worn on a lanyard and be visible at all times.
  • Clothing that is too revealing or likely to cause embarrassment must not be worn.
  • Students should not wear clothing with offensive pictures / writing or football shirts.
  • 16+ students are allowed to wear jewellery that is minimal and discreet. Excessive facial piercings make up and hair styles/colours should not be worn in the Academy.
  • The wearing of hats, scarves and outdoor coats inside the Academy and in lessons is not allowed to help with safeguarding the building.
  • 16+ students are permitted to wear sixth form hoodies inside the Academy.

The list above is not exhaustive and is intended to show what our students believe is acceptable for 16+ study. Where a student is concerned about the appropriateness of their clothing choices, they should consult one of the NDA16+ Team for guidance.

Students who do not meet these requirements may be sent home to change and persistent failure to follow the NDA16+ dress code will result in disciplinary action.

Outdoor clothing

We want students to travel to and from the academy ensuring they are safe and warm. Students are encouraged to wear appropriate outdoor clothing during inclement weather to get to/from the academy such as coats, hats and gloves, however, it is expected that students will still wear their full academy uniform.

The Academy has some outdoor clothing for sale at Main Reception:

Academy Fleece £15.00

Academy black outdoor coat with grey fleece lining £20.00

Windcheater blue £10.00

Outdoor footwear

Students who wear alternative suitable winter footwear, such as, wellington boots, are expected to either bring their plain black shoes, with no visible markings, to change into or to borrow a pair of black plimsoles which are held in the Year Offices.  This will help to ensure corridors and other areas are kept dry so students and staff do not slip.

Storage of outdoor footwear and clothing

Students should, where possible, store their belongings in their bag or their locker.  If it is too big to fit or wet they can leave it in their Year Office.  However, students must be aware that any clothing or footwear left remains their responsibility.

Ordering academy uniform

You can order the academy uniform either by using the link on the academy website which takes you to Price & Buckland’s ordering service or by visiting www.pbparentsonline.co.uk/northdurhamacademy .You will need to register your name and password and then you are ready to order.

Online uniform shop

Using the online service, you can either choose to have delivery made to the academy, which is free of charge, or you can have delivery made within 5 working days to a personal address for a charge £3.95.  If you choose to have uniform delivered to the academy please note that deliveries are only made on the second and fourth Monday of each month, between 8am and 5pm. It is therefore best to collect items on a Tuesday, to avoid a wasted trip.

If you do not have access to a computer, or prefer not to use the online service, then you can pick up an order form from main reception and order by post directly to Price & Buckland, paying by cheque or credit card. With this service you can either choose to have delivery made to the academy, which is free of charge or you can have delivery made within 5 working days to a personal address for a charge £3.95.