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Academy Uniform: Charcoal Grey Trousers

The academy uniform requires that students wear charcoal grey trousers, which are dark grey in colour.  Often, we are told by parents/carers that it is not always easy to find a shop to purchase trousers in this colour. We also continue to face the challenge that some students wear trousers that are skinny fit and too tight. Having visited a range of shops and websites, it is clear that retailers can be misleading when they sell school trousers. They advertise ‘school trousers’, when it is clear that the style is not appropriate for school wear.

We are keen to standardise the trousers that students wear so they are more uniform across the academy. Currently, we spend a lot of time dealing with trousers that are the wrong colour, the wrong type of material or are too tight. This is predominately an issue with girls, although some boys have ill-fitting trousers. Some academies have addressed this issue by standardising the trousers students wear, insisting that they are bought from the same supplier for all students. We are not keen to do this because this approach will increase the financial burden on some parents. We have therefore decided to give parents/carers more guidance on where they can purchase suitable school trousers, from a range of retailers. 

If you are ever unsure whether you are purchasing suitable trousers, always ask, to avoid a wasted purchase.

If you choose to purchase your child’s school trousers from a different supplier, please ensure that the side hem at the bottom of the leg is at least 18cm wide on each side and the fabric is cotton/polyester.

Mr G Trott - Principal


Style of Trousers

Bottom hem  side width

Cost £

Coe’s Ipswich

Regular school trousers

Girls 20cm

Boy 21.5cm

1 pair £20

1 pair £24/£25

Price & Buckland


Regular school trousers

Girls 18.5 cm

Boys 21.5 cm

From £13.95

Marks & Spencer’s

shop and website

Regular trousers, not skinny leg or slim fit

Girls 18 cm

Boys 19cm

1 pair £8- £12

2 pairs for £17


Not a good selection

Asda shop and website.

Regular trousers, not slim or skinny fit

Unisex 19cm

2 pairs from £11