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Thistley Hough Academy Expectations

Academy Uniform:

All students must adhere to the academy uniform policy at all times without exception.  Please note that parents/carers requiring support in this matter should contact their child’s Head of Year.

Main school uniform consists of:

  • Purple blazer with school badge
  • Plain white shirt with stiff collar and a top button
  • School tie – this must be clean and free of graffiti
  • Grey school trousers (not leggings, tight fitted trousers or jeans)
  • Grey ‘A’ line school skirt – knee length (tight fitted skirts are not acceptable). Skirts must not be rolled up at the waist.
  • A plain grey or purple Dupatta may be worn (tassels and embroidery are not acceptable). Headscarves must be plain grey.
  • Plain black tights or black or white ankle socks.
  • Plain black leather/leather looking shoes (not platforms, boots, trainers or any sports/fashion branded footwear. Canvas shoes or pumps are not allowed). Ankle boots may be worn under trousers, but are not allowed with a skirt.

All students are expected to wear the correct Thistley Hough PE kit, no football tops are allowed.

PE Kit consists of:


  • Rugby Jerseys
  • Black Polo Shirt
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Socks
  • Plain black tracksuit bottoms


  • Sweatshirt
  • Black Polo Shirt
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Socks
  • Plain black tracksuit bottoms (no leggings)

Please note: Thistley Hough uniform is only available from Clive Mark School Wear Limited, 25 High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Telephone: 01782 621721.

In addition we would like to draw your attention to the following:

  • Students are required to attend school with a hairstyle appropriate to the uniform policy. Hair colour should look a natural colour, so there should be no noticeably dyed hair or extreme styles.
  • Facial piercings and tattoos are not allowed.
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
  • Hooded tops and fashion jumpers are not permitted.
  • Blazers must be worn at all times unless permission is given in lesson by the class teacher.
  • Coats are not to be worn inside the main building. Each student will be issued with a locker free of charge to store their belongings.

All students will now have a uniform card in their planners to monitor uniform expectations.  This will be closely monitored by staff and failure to comply will result in a sanction.  Repeated offences will be sanctioned more seriously.

As outlined in our Exclusion Policy, the law allows the Academy to send a student home to change his/her clothes to comply with uniform rules without recording an exclusion as long as parents/carers are notified in advance. The time allowed will be no longer than is necessary for clothes to be changed and the absence from the Academy recorded as authorised. However, if the student continues to breach uniform rules to avoid school, the student’s absence may be recorded as unauthorised.

Mobile Phones:

The use of mobile phones by students is strictly prohibited at the Academy and as such, students are not permitted to use mobile phones during the school day.  Any mobile phones brought onto Academy premises are brought in at the student’s own risk and the Academy will not accept responsibility or liability for loss of or damage to mobile phones brought onto the site.

Mobile phones brought into the Academy must be switched off and out of sight in bags or lockers.  Any student seen with, or seen using a mobile phone whilst on the Academy premises will have their phone confiscated. This will then be booked in at the main office, where it will be recorded and retained in a secure place for a confiscation period of up to 7 days. The parent/carer of the student will then be required to collect the phone from the Academy main reception, following this period, at a given time. 

Any student requiring the use of a phone during the school day can visit the Multi-Agency Centre where they will be allowed to use the Academy phone, dependent upon the circumstances. Likewise, should you wish to contact your child in an emergency, please use the Academy main contact number.

Persistent infringement of this policy by a student will constitute a disciplinary offence which the Principal may take action against in accordance with the Academy’s Behaviour Policy.

Basic Equipment:

Students need to be prepared for learning by attending the Academy with the correct basic equipment. This ensures that lessons can begin swiftly and without delay. As such, students are required to bring the following equipment:

  1. Black or blue ballpoint pen
  2. Pencil
  3. Ruler
  4. Rubber
  5. Pencil sharpener
  6. Reading book

Students will also be supplied with a Thistley Hough planner/homework diary. It is compulsory that each student has both their planner and basic equipment with them at all times. Parents/Carers are asked to read planners regularly and to sign them once a week.  Similarly, planners will be checked in school by the Form Tutor and signed.  We look upon this as a vital means of communication between home and school.

Student Attendance and Absence Procedures:

Students must arrive on time for school ahead of the first bell at 8.40am.  Form Time takes place at the start of each day when students will be registered.  Students are also registered at the start of each lesson using SIMS Lesson Monitor and incidences of truancy are identified and sanctioned accordingly with Parents/Carers always informed.

We have a 24 hour Absence Answer Phone and ask that Parents/Carers dial this number to leave the details of students who are absent from school:

24 Hour Absence Answer Phone:  01782 883507

Parents/carers must leave the following information:

  • Name of student
  • Name of Form Tutor
  • Name of person leaving the message
  • Reason for absence
  • Date and day of absence

If we do not receive a reason for absence, the Attendance Officer will contact home on the first day of absence to identify a reason for the absence.  Please note that if a student does not attend Registration but is still in school, Parents/Carers will still be contacted.

Progress in education depends on good attendance at school.  It is the responsibility of Parents/Carers to ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time.  Students should only be absent from school if they themselves are so ill that they are unable to attend.

A letter of explanation must be sent in after any period of absence on the first day back and handed to the Form Tutor.  If the absence is expected to be longer than two days the parents should contact the Attendance Officer to discuss this.

The school has the support of an Inclusion Manager with responsibility for Attendance who is able to assist where students may be experiencing difficulties with attendance.  We would like to advise Parents/Carers that persistent absenteeism could result in prosecution.

Holidays will not be approved during term time.