Uniform and Equipment

Uniform and Equipment

Students must wear full Academy uniform at all times when they are within the Academy or on an Academy visit, unless otherwise stated.

Mobile phones must not be used in lessons or seen around the Academy at any time. This includes during break and lunch time periods. Parents or carers will be expected to collect any mobile phones confiscated at the end of the Academy day, from the reception.

Uniform update


It is compulsory for all female students wishing to wear a skirt to Kirk Balk to purchase the official Academy skirt from our uniform provider Vortex (details below). It is not permitted for students to wear any other skirt to Kirk Balk.

ALL skirts must be purchased from Vortex as they will be embroidered with the Academy logo.

PE Kit

The Academy PE kit is compulsory for all students from September 2016. The Kirk Balk PE kit can be purchased from our uniform provider Vortex (details below). It is not permitted for students to wear any other form of PE kit at Kirk Balk.

Uniform guidance

All Year groups

* Plain black tailored trousers or skirt only - Skirts must be purchased from the Academy supplier (no denim, canvas, cord, low rise, skinny or fashion trousers or skirts allowed)

* White shirt/blouse only.

* Academy blazer - with Kirk Balk logo.

* Academy House tie

Academy bag: Containing a minimum of a pen, pencil, ruler in a pencil case and the student planner.

Footwear: Plain black polishable, leather shoes only (no boots unless poor weather as indicated by Academy). No trainers.

Coats: Plain, single colour outer coat with no prominent logo. No other outer garments e.g. hooded tops or sweatshirts

Hair: Natural colours only and no inappropriate styles (we reserve the right to judge each individual case on merit).

Jewellery: No jewellery is allowed in the academy. This includes earrings. A watch may be worn if desired. (No smart watches)

Ties: Appropriately worn tie compulsory for all students (if not appropriate students will have to wear a clip on tie). As guidance the tie should cover all buttons down the front of a students shirt.

Tights: Tights must be black and must not be worn with socks.

Socks: Plain black ankle socks - no knee length socks

Trousers: Must not be tucked into socks; no leggings, footless tights or knee high socks for girls.

Make-Up: this must be subtle. Make up that is not subtle includes excessive foundation, lipstick/gloss, eye liner and contouring, false eyelashes, ‘HD Brows’ and overly long, false/coloured/acrylic nails. Nail polish is also not allowed. With concerns relating to make-up and nails, the Executive Principal and Principal reserve the right to determine if it is subtle or not.

Academy staff reserve the right to issue sanctions, in line with our behaviour policy, to any student not in correct uniform at any time. This includes students wearing uniform while journeying to and from the academy.

Ordering guidance

Academy uniform can be ordered from Vortex Clothing Co Ltd in Barnsley.

Vortex Clothing Co Ltd
Units 2-3 Grange Lane Ind Est
Carrwood Road
S71 5AS
Tel: 0800 195 4455
Email: [email protected]
Link to the Vortex Clothing Co Ltd | Facebook page