At The Holgate Academy, we expect all students to take pride in their appearance and to wear the correct uniform every day.

Please see our uniform policy below:

Uniform Policy 2023

Our academy uniform consists of:

  • Grey blazer with The Holgate Academy badge.
  • Black trousers (these are to be formal black bootleg or straight leg).
    The following styles are not permitted:
    – leggings
    – jeggings
    – jeans
    – cropped trousers
    – additional zips or other embellishments
  • Black skirt (should be of a formal style). Additional zips or other embellishments are not permitted. Please note: the academy has the discretion to determine whether a skirt is too short for a formal, educational setting.
  • White shirt (plain white shirt with a formal collar should be worn. All shirts should be able to fasten the top button. V-necked blouses are not acceptable. No coloured T shirts should be worn underneath the white shirt or be visible at the neck and waist).
  • Holgate tie – a clip on school tie should be worn correctly up to the top button and under the collar.
  • School jumper (optional) – a plain black jumper with the school badge (available from Hucknall Sports). Students can also wear a plain black V-neck jumper rather than the branded jumper.
  • Footwear – plain black formal shoes (shoes should have no coloured logos, patterns or coloured laces. Toeless, backless, trainers, canvas footwear, fashion boots, high heels or plimsolls are not acceptable).
  • Plain black socks or tights should be worn.
  • Coats – suitable outdoor coats will be required. Sports tops, hoodies, track suit tops or cardigans are not acceptable.
  • Head Scarf – The Holgate Academy respects the right of students to wear a head scarf on religious grounds. However, in keeping with a uniform code, we restrict the colours to black, grey or white. The scarf must be of a single colour: no logos or patterns.

If students do not comply with uniform requirements, items will be loaned until the end of the academy day. Students who present in items that are deemed to be not part of the uniform code will be sent to student services. Parent/carers will be contacted to request that the correct item to be brought to the academy. Students will be expected to borrow items from student services whilst the situation is resolved in order to minimise missed learning. Failure to comply will result in loss of social time and other sanctions as deemed necessary.

PE kit

Outdoor green and black shirtIndoor green and black shirt
Indoor green and black shirtBlack sweatshirt
Green football socksBlack shorts
Black shortsPlain black tracksuit bottoms
Black plain tracksuit bottomsTrainers
TrainersFootball boots (when necessary)
Football boots (when necesary)


To complement our uniform, we wish to promote a business‐like approach. The following are NOT allowed:

  • Shaved patterns, lines or sculptured hairstyles.
  • Bright hair dyes (subtle and natural hair colourings only).

The academy will notify students and parents of any breaches in regulations.

Nails and nail varnish

We want to cultivate pride in appearance by wearing uniform correctly and being suitably formal. However, to recognise the growing maturity of secondary school students, they will be permitted to wear a single plain nail varnish colour.

We strongly recommend that false nails and/or nail extensions are not worn, specifically because they can pose a risk during practical activities. The academy has the discretion to to isolate students or restrict their access to certain practical subjects where such items are deemed a risk.


We understand the importance of developing self‐esteem and self‐image for our students, therefore:

  • Subtle make‐up can be worn by students.
  • Foundation/blusher, if worn, should be of the natural skin colour range and lightly applied.
  • Eye makeup and lipstick must be in the natural muted, nude range of shades.

If the academy deems the makeup too obvious, then students will be expected to remove it.


In the interests of safety and security, we strongly recommend that jewellery is not worn at the academy.

Piercings must be limited to small stud earrings and a single, small nose stud. All jewellery must be removed for PE. The academy accepts no responsibility for loss, damage or injury caused should our recommendations not be followed.

Should the academy deem any jewellery inappropriate, excessive or dangerous, students will be asked to remove items and these may be confiscated. The academy also has the discretion to isolate students or restrict their access to certain practical subjects where such items are deemed a risk.

Pre-loved uniform

We have a selection of pre-loved uniform and PE kit available at the academy ‘swap shop’. Should a student or parents/carers wish to access this, they should contact the academy via Weduc or by email at info@holgate-ac.org.uk .

Please note, we do not charge for these items.

There is also a group on Facebook called Hucknall Uniforms Buy/Sell/Swap.

If you would like to donate any laundered pre-loved items, then please drop off at the main reception.