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.

Personal Appearance

We are always conscious of health and safety risks both to the owner and others in the wearing of jewellery. The only jewellery allowed is a wrist watch. Piercings, facial or bodily, are not allowed due to health and safety considerations.

Jewellery is not permitted as it holds the virus and for other health and safety reasons. New piercings will not be accepted as an excuse and immediate removal will be expected.

False nails are not permitted as the effectiveness of hand washing and sanitisation is compromised. Painted nails are also not allowed and students will be told to remove nail polish. If it is gel or acrylic polish, student will be given 24 hours to comply before a sanction is imposed.

Make-up, if worn at all, should be discreetly used and not be excessive. Children will be expected to remove it if we deem it excessive.

Hair styles should be practical, clean and suitable for a working environment. In this Academy, hairstyles representing various cults e.g. punk, Mohican, hair shaved in bands, stripes, initials or dyed in unnatural colours are unacceptable. Eyebrows shaved in stripes are also unacceptable.

There is scope within the policy to consider requests to vary the uniform policy in the following circumstances:

  • to meet the needs of any individual student to accommodate their religion or belief;
  • to meet the needs of an individual student because of temporary or permanent medical conditions.

All Students

  • A grey blazer with academy logo (separate male and female fit).
  • A grey knitted v-neck jumper with academy logo (optional).
  • An Academy Tie: Year 7-10, purple and grey striped clip on tie. Year 11, grey and purple striped tie.
  • A white shirt – short or long sleeved with collar.
  • Black loose fitting trousers that skim the top of the shoe. No leggings. Trousers must have a button and zip fastening.
  • Black skirt that must be knee length – straight or pleated with a button and zip fastening.
  • Black tights no less than 60 denier. Bare legs are not acceptable.
  • Black socks where possible.
  • Plain black belt that must fit into the belt loop of the trouser or skirt if required.

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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.


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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PE Kit

  • An Academy PE shirt.
  • Academy PE tracksuit bottoms. Leggings are NOT ALLOWED.
  • Academy PE shorts.
  • Black plain sweatshirt. No logo acceptable except the NDA logo.
  • Suitable training shoes.

    Due to COVID-19 students are asked to attend the Academy in their PE kit when they have PE allocated on their timetable. It is essential that they follow the PE uniform expectations as inappropriate PE wear will be dealt with in the same way as uniform.

Outdoor Footwear & Clothing

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.

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. Please ensure all outside wear has your child’s name in it.

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.

Uniform Supplier - Price & Buckland

You can order your childs Academy uniform direct with https://www.pbuniform-online.co.uk/northdurhamacademy. You will need to register your name and password and then you are ready to order.

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.

Sizing your child

Please see links below for help to size your child when ordering uniform. https://price-buckland.co.uk/parent-zone/how-to-measure-your-child/

Key Stage 5

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 SixthForm 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.