School uniform is compulsory. We feel that the recommendations indicate an outfit which is smart and appropriate for everyday wear, and encourages the students to identify with Astley Community High

School by wearing its colours.

The list of essential items of school uniform has been kept as short as possible so that no undue strain should be put on any family’s finances. If the uniform is used only for school, and students change out of it during out-of-school hours, it will help to keep the uniform neat and tidy and reduce the need for replacement items.

Boys' Uniform

  • Royal blue jumper
  • Black trousers, standard length (not jeans or or in jean style or cords)
  • No fashion belts
  • White shirt and school tie (not polo shirt)
  • Black shoes (not trainers)
  • Clip on tie

Girls' Uniform

  • Royal blue jumper
  • Black skirt (standard length - no mini-skirts) or black trousers (straight legged and not hipsters, no jeans or in a jean style, no fitted/tight legged trousers or leggings)
  • No fashion belts
  • White blouse or shirt and school tie (not polo shirt)
  • Black Shoes (not trainers)
  • Clip on tie

Black shoes should be plain and formal. The following will not be accepted:

  • designer trainers with velcro fastening
  • canvas plimsolls
  • UGG-style boots and sand shoes or without laces

Example Shoes

It is strongly recommended that all clothing should be clearly named.

The use of make-up and nail varnish is not to be encouraged but when used discreetly, it will be acceptable. Eyelash extensions are not allowed in school and nail extensions of extreme length are not allowed due to significant health and safety issues particularly in PE.

Non-regulation jumpers/tops, if worn as coats, should be removed before entering the school building and put back on when leaving at the end of the school day. In particular, black cardigans are not allowed.

Uniform Ordering

Our uniform supplier is Emblematic, and uniform & PE kit orders can be placed using the following methods:

  • online via the Astley Community High School webpage on Emblematic’s website, which includes the option to have your child’s name embroidered onto school jumpers and PE polo shirts; orders will be delivered to your home (a charge for postage will be made)
  • in person at Emblematic’s Longbenton shop at Unit 26, North Tyne Industrial Estate, Whitley Road, Benton NE12 9SZ (near Asda); pupil names cannot be embroidered if you buy in person

Please note that uniform and PE kit orders cannot be placed at the school, although a small stock of ties for is available for purchase from the school finance office priced at £4.00 each.


The following guidelines apply. Please ensure that your son/daughter conforms with our expectations - if in any doubt, please telephone the school before you agree to a proposed change of hairstyle. We will accept:

  • short hair which is neat and tidy - number 2 cut or above on top
  • subdued, modified hair colouring which moderately changes the colour of hair shade
  • highlights used moderately to enhance the natural hair colour and tone
  • ethnic/cultural variations by agreement with a parent/carer

We will not accept:

  • hair cut extremely short and close to the scalp - number 1 cut or below
  • coloured or natural hair extensions
  • tight plaited hairstyles or plaited hairstyles using differently coloured plaits or adorned with coloured beads or other ornamentation
  • bleached or dyed hair
  • any form of red, purple, blue, green hair etc
  • extreme highlights which completely change the colour and tone of the hair
  • extremes such as spiky, ‘mohican’ or punk style - either natural or coloured

Piercing, tattoos and jewellery

Please note:

  • maximum of one small stud earring in each ear
  • no student will be allowed to attend with rings, bars or studs in the nose, lips, tongue, eyebrows, tummy etc.
  • no visible tattoos

Students are permitted to wear a wrist watch, one ring and one necklace; all other jewellery (including bracelets) is forbidden

All jewellery must be removed for PE. This is a requirement of Sports Associations and Local Authority regulations.

It is essential for food technology that students do not have nail extensions and nail varnish; if they have these on during Food Technology lessons they may be asked to wear gloves due to hygiene regulations regarding food handling OR may not be able to take part in the practical activity.

To help us maintain our high standards, in the event of a student breaching uniform, hairstyle or jewellery guidelines, parents/carers will be contacted and the Inclusion Room may be used until the situation is resolved.

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