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Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Uniform and Appearance

Uniform and Appearance

We believe it is vital we encourage all our students to wear our uniform with pride. We do this because:

  • it is a visible sign of our school identity
  • it promotes safety: we need to know you are part of BSCA
  • students gain a sense of belonging to the school community as equals
  • we look smart when taking pride in our appearance
  • it provides the self-discipline needed in life when young people go out into the world of work.

September 2022

Each year group has a different colour striped tie and they will keep the same tie colour for their journey throughout BSCA until they leave:

  • Green - Year 7 - will be given a tie on their first day
  • Silver – Year 8
  • Orange – Year 9
  • Red – Year 10
  • Blue – Year 11

 All student mandatory items of uniform

Branded black blazer with logo

White ironed shirt

BSCA tie (there is a different tie for each year group that they will keep through to Year 11)

Plain black shoes

Boys additional mandatory items of uniform                 

Black tailored trousers        

Black or grey socks                         

Girls additional mandatory items of uniform

Black tailored trousers

or knee length pleated skirt with plain black opaque tights

Other school rules

  • Earrings are limited to one pair of plain studs in earlobes only.
  • No other jewellery, including rings or facial piercings.
  • No makeup, including false eyelashes, nail varnish and false nails.
  • Hair should be appropriately styled, including no unnatural hair colours.

Please support your child to comply with this policy. Non-compliance will have consequences.

If there are any circumstances preventing your child from wearing full uniform you MUST advise us via a written note as soon as possible. We wish to see all students in full uniform. We are able to consider assistance in cases of genuine hardship.

PE Kit

All students PE kit

Branded blue top with logo

Branded black bottoms with logo

Branded black leggings with logo




Where to buy

Uniforms and PE kits

Stockists of BSCA branded items:

  • Whittakers Schoolwear on Deansgate in Bolton town centre -

  • Smart Schoolwear at Bolton Market Complex –

Examples of places to buy white shirt, trousers and skirts:

  • Supermarkets.
  • Other retail outlets that stock uniform.



Footwear can be bought from any shoe shop. Please keep to the school rules: plain black shoes, just because a retail shop say it is a school shoe it doesn’t necessarily mean that it complies with our plain black shoe policy.

 Examples of places to buy:

Need help with school uniform?

Bolton Council provide help towards the cost of school uniforms and sports kit if you meet the two criteria below:

1. Your child is in:

  • Year 7 or
  • Year 9

2. You receive any of the benefits below :

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit - as long as your letter shows you have an income of less than £16,190 and do not get Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - your earned income must be less than £7,400 a year
Applying for help with school uniform
  • if you already receive housing benefit or council tax support, your help towards school uniform will be given automatically and you don’t need to apply
  • if you have already applied for free school meals, we will look at the help with school uniform at the same time and you don’t need to apply separately
  • if you don't receive housing benefit or council tax support, you need to apply for help with school uniform

Click here to apply -


BSCA can support individual requests for assistance. Please contact your child's Head of Year.