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A smart appearance reflects the right attitude to learning within and beyond Essa Academy

Academy Uniform:

Our uniform creates Essa Academy's identity and establishes a sense of pride amongst the students. As an inclusive and ‘rights respecting’ school we have made every attempt to ensure our uniform is gender neutral. It is expected that all students will come to Essa Academy every day in full, neat, clean uniform, giving the message that our students take pride in belonging to Essa Academy. This will continue to be the case until the student leaves the Academy and will also apply to the public examination period for all students. Staff are required to ensure these standards are maintained at all times. We believe that uniform sends a strong message about standards and self-worth. Admission to our Academy implies acceptance of the uniform code.

All students are expected to have the correct uniform, which can be purchased from the following retailers:


Whittakers Schoolwear

106 Deansgate, Bolton BL1 1BD

Smart Schoolwear

Units 5,6 & 7, Black Horse St, Bolton BL1 1SY


All students must be in full uniform which consists of:



ESSA Blazer

ESSA Jumper

Black trousers or skirt

Black formal shoes (no logos or trainer style ‘shoes’)

Only one small stud in each ear is permitted with no other jewellery


All students must have the following equipment.


School Bag large enough to carry all kit and equipment

Learning Key

Full PE Kit on the days of their PE lessons

Reading book (from home or chosen from ESSA’s Library)

Lanyards and ID badge


The ESSA lanyards are colour coded and help identify which year group our students are in:


Red: Yr7

Yellow: yr8

Green: Yr9


Black: Yr11


ESSA will provide all students with a Learning Key at the start of the new academic year.


All students must have their Learning Key with them every day. The Learning Key consists of black pen, purple pen, ruler and Student Learning Key booklet all of which must be carried within the plastic folders provided.


If any of the Learning Key is lost, defaced, or damaged it must be replaced at the student’s own cost.

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PE Kit

  • Boys compulsory kit - Essa Top, Essa Shorts and Essa Socks

  • Girls compulsory kit - Essa PE Top, Essa Jogging pants or Essa leggings and Essa socks. Girls have the option to buy shorts if they wish too.

  • Optional for both - 1/4 zip jumper

  • If you opt for a subject in our faculty, you have the option to purchase an Essa Academy hoodie with your initials on

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