School Uniform

At Brian Clarke we have extremely high expectations of our pupils in all aspects of behaviour. These expectations extend to our high standards around uniform.

Our students will look smart at all times both in and around the school grounds and when in the community recognising that they are our ambassadors and role models for the school.

Standard Items

Items marked with * are available from our uniform supplier. Other items may be purchased from any retailer. 

  • *Black blazer embroidered with the school badge. 
  • *Grey skirt in a 2 pleated back and front style (not straight).  The skirt must not be more than 6cm above the knee. No other designs are acceptable and skirts must not to be rolled up.  Whilst the style of the skirt is mandatory, the skirt as a uniform item is not: trousers are permitted for all students. 
  • Plain mid grey conventional trousers. No jean, leggings, skinny fit trousers, tight fitting trousers or tracksuit bottoms. Jeans are defined as trousers with patch pockets and rivets. Trousers should not trail on the floor. 
  • Skirts must be worn with white ankle socks or black tights. 
  • Trousers must be worn with plain dark grey, black or navy socks. 
  • *Thin stripe tie 52”. 
  • Plain black V-neck jumper. 
  • Plain white long or short sleeved shirt.  Shirts must be tucked into skirts or trousers at all times. 
  • Plain black shoes with no motifs (trainers, boots and pumps are not suitable). 
  • Hijabs, scarves, turbans, crowns and top knots, worn for religious reasons, must be plain black and well secured. 
  • Outdoor coat in predominantly blue, grey, black or similar dark colour. Discreet branding will be permitted however large motifs on coats are not acceptable. Denim, leather jackets or hoodies are not acceptable. 
  • Coats must be taken off before entering the school building. 
  • School bag for books and PE kit. 

PE Kit Girls and Boys

  • *Burgundy Brian Clarke Training t-shirt. 
  • *Black Brian Clarke training shorts. 
  • *Black Brian Clarke quarter zip training top. 
  • Football boots. 
  • Trainers. 

*Branded and bespoke items available from our uniform supplier. For 2022-23 this is Monkhouse (

Optional Items

A black long sleeved and/or legging style base layer may be worn under the regulation kit during the colder months.

Jewellery, hair, cosmetics and piercings 

Jewellery / Belts

  • Other than a wristwatch, no jewellery is permitted.  This means that we do not allow any piercings.  
  • Parents and young people should be aware that the law does not allow children under the age of 16 to give their consent for intimate piercings.  
  • Students will be asked to remove any non-permitted jewellery immediately. 
  • The school does not take responsibility for the loss or damage of any jewellery, including wristwatches, brought onto the school site. 
  • Belts worn with trousers must be black and have a small buckle. Branded buckles are not permitted. 


  • Hair should be smart and appropriate for school.  
  • For reasons of health and safety hair that meets the shoulder must be tied back. 
  • Extreme hairstyles are not permitted.  For the avoidance of doubt, anything under a grade three is unacceptable and there must be no patterns, tramlines or undercuts. 
  • Pupils’ hair must be within their natural colour range. 
  • No hair jewellery is permitted. 
  • Hairstyles linked to cultural heritage are permitted at the discretion of the Headteacher, where necessary in consultation with faith or cultural leaders.  


  • Body art and tattoos are not allowed throughout the school. The Tattooing of Minors Act 1969 makes it illegal for anyone to tattoo a young person under the age of 18. 
  • Pupils are not permitted to wear make-up. 
  • We do not permit false nails, nail varnish or false eyelashes. 
Special circumstances

In the case of severe weather when boots are worn for the journey to and from school a pair of shoes should be brought to change into when inside school

Enforcing high standards of dress

We expect our parents to support us at all times in relation to upholding our high standards in relation to behaviour and uniform.

Where it is deemed a young person is not in the correct uniform or where their general appearance does not fall in line with policy, this may be dealt with in a number of ways which may include:

  • Uniform card signing
  • Detention
  • Social exclusion
  • Uniform report
  • Parental contact
  • Internal exclusion
  • Substitute uniform

The Headteacher reserves the right to send any pupil home who is deemed as inappropriately dressed or presented for school. To ensure clarity around what is or is not acceptable for uniform at Brian Clarke please see the images in the uniform policy.

Further Information

Monkhouse,  27 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1XS.  Telephone: 0161 627 0417.

Email: [email protected]

Monkhouse, 51-53 Drake Street, Rochdale, OL16 1RX. Telephone: 01706 345257.
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Monkhouse – School Uniform Information for Parents

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Opening times for each store can be found on the above website.

For full details and further guidance in relation to school uniforms please see the Uniform Policy

The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust

Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ