Uniform

Academy Uniform (EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4)

Our gender-neutral dress code allows students to gain a sense of community and maintain a high standard in their personal appearance and conduct:

  • White polo shirt with academy logo or a plain white polo shirt or a plain navy blue polo shirt
  • Navy blue sweatshirt/V-neck jumper/fleece with academy logo
  • Navy blue V-neck cardigan
  • Navy blue, black or charcoal grey trousers
  • Navy blue, black or charcoal grey knee-length skirt
  • Optional: Black or charcoal grey tailored shorts
  • Optional: Blue check summer dress
  • White/black/navy blue socks or black/navy blue tights
  • All Black shoes, flat-heeled shoes (no coloured flashes or logos)
 
All students will require the following for PE
  • PE bag with academy logo or Plain Navy PE Bag
  • Royal blue t-shirt with academy logo
  • Navy or black shorts / PE skirt
  • Plimsolls or trainers (Plimsolls must not have black soles)
  • Plain navy or black tracksuit
  • White socks
 
Please also be aware of the following:
  • Coats may be worn but are to be removed once inside classrooms/study areas
  • A single piercing in each ear is permitted
  • Hair should be of a natural colour
  • Where religious dress is worn such as a hijab, turban, abaya, etc., it should be worn in conjunction with the dress code and maintain its spirit

Please assume that anything not specifically listed above is not allowed.

Visual Examples of the Academy Uniform

Academy uniform embroidered with the academy logo is available from either:

School Time, 23 Railway Street, Chatham ME4 4HU

Telephone: 01634 831684 Website: www.schooltime.co.uk

S. Simmonds & Son Ltd. Dockside Shopping Centre, Chatham or Newnham Court Shopping Village, Maidstone

Customer Services: 01892 837202

Website: www.simmonds-ltd.com

Items of uniform which do not require the academy logo can be purchased from any high-street retailer at a low cost for example Asda, Tesco, and M&S.

Second-hand uniform is available to purchase/exchange at termly Coffee Mornings & Afternoon Teas. Uniform suppliers will be reviewed on a bi-annual basis.

The Gillingham Street Angels also run a School uniform bank. For more information, please email Gina: recycling@thestreet-angels.org

Limiting the cost of the academy uniform

We understand that items with distinctive characteristics (such as branded items, or items that have to have an academy logo or a unique fabric/colour/design) cannot be purchased from a wide range of retailers and that requiring many such items limits parents’ ability to ‘shop around’ for a low price.

We will make sure our uniform:

  • Is available at a reasonable cost
  • Provides the best value for money for parents/carers

We will do this by:

  • Carefully considering whether any items with distinctive characteristics such as the academy logo are necessary
  • Limiting any items with distinctive characteristics where possible for example, by only asking that the jumper/fleece/sweatshirt, and PE T-Shirt features the academy logo so that the academy’s uniform can act as a social leveller
  • Ensuring the items with distinctive characteristics are long-lasting items and also providing an option to purchase a second-hand uniform at a low cost
  • Avoiding specific requirements for items students could wear on non-academy days, such as coats, bags and shoes
  • Avoiding different uniform requirements for different year/ community groups
  • Avoiding different uniform requirements for extra-curricular activities
  • Considering alternative methods for signalling differences in groups for inter-academy competitions, such as creating posters or labels
  • Making sure that arrangements are in place for parents to acquire second-hand uniform items
  • Avoiding frequent changes to uniform specifications and minimising the financial impact on parents of any changes
  • Consulting with parents and students on any proposed significant changes to the uniform policy and carefully considering any complaints about the policy

Average Cost of Uniform Per Primary/Secondary Student (Based on September 2022 Prices)

Note costs are based on averages from a comparison between School Time Ltd, Simonds& Sons Ltd, ASDA, Morrison and M&S.

 Uniform Item*Branded?Cost Per Item (£)Number of Items Per PupilTotal Cost (£)
Note: Only one style requiredWhite polo shirt with academy logoYes£10.502£21
 White or plain navy blue polo shirtNo£2.502£5
 Navy blue sweatshirt with academy logoYes£152£60
 Navy blue sweatshirt plainNo£3.502£7
Note: Only one style requiredNavy blue V–neck jumper with academy logoYes£252£50
 Navy blue fleece with academy logoYes£18.501£18.50
 Navy blue V-neck cardigan plainNo£4.502£9
 Navy blue V-neck jumper plainNo£4.502£9
Note: Only one style requiredNavy blue, black or charcoal grey trousersNo£42£8
 Navy blue, black or charcoal grey knee length skirtNo£3.502£7
Optional:Optional: Black or charcoal grey tailored shortsNo£82£16
 Optional: Blue check summer dressNo£4.502£9
 White/black/navy socks or black/navy tightsNo£15£5
 All Black shoes, flat-heeled shoes (no coloured flashes or logos)No£251£25
 Royal blue t-shirt with academy logoYes£7.501£7.50
 Navy or black shorts PE skirtNo£5.501£5.50
 Navy or black PE skirtNo£131£13
 Plimsolls (trainers are optional)No£4.501£4.50
 Plain navy or black track suitNo£101£10
 White sports socksNo£12£2
Note: Choice of either with or without logo.PE bag with academy logoYes£71£7
 Plain Navy PE BagYes£61£6

 

 With branded itemsWith plain items from high street retailers e.g. ASDA, Primark, M&S, etc. (but incudes branded PE T-Shirt)
TOTAL Average cost for a full set of uniform including school shoes
(without optional extra uniform included )
£163£93
ADDITIONAL COSTS
(DUE TO RELIGIOUS BELIEFS)
N/A£10

 

*Branded –– this means it has the Bradfields Academy logo

Sixth Form Dress Code

When students transition into Sixth Form they are no longer required to wear a uniform; although we recognise that some young adults may prefer to continue to do so because of their sensory needs.

The expectation is for Sixth Formers to dress in appropriate business attire that reflects their standing of young adults preparing for the world of work. The tutor team, Engagement Support Leaders, Senior Leadership Team and Principal reserve the right to interpret what is, and is not, appropriate wherever there is doubt about particular details, or where appearance is considered extreme, offensive or completely inappropriate. We base our expectations on the type of clothes and appearance that would be acceptable in the workplace. Our gender-neutral dress code allows members of the Sixth Form to set a high standard in their personal appearance and conduct. All items on the list below may be worn by Sixth Form students in an appropriate colour suitable for an office environment.

 

  • Smart, tailored style suit in a plain fabric or with a simple pattern (skin-tight clothing of any kind is not acceptable)
  • Smart trousers
  • Smart dress
  • Smart jacket or blazer
  • Smart plain shirt
  • Smart blouse with sleeves and a neckline not below the collarbone
  • Smart jumper
  • Smart cardigan
  • Smart shoes (Polished black or brown shoes, heels no higher than 2 inches)
  • Smart, plain, matching socks or tights in a dark colour
  • Formal items, such as waistcoats and ties are optional

Visual Examples of the Sixth Form Dress

Please also be aware of the following:

  • Coats may be worn but are to be removed once inside classrooms/study areas
  • A single piercing in each ear is permitted.
  • Hair should be of a natural colour
  • Where religious dress is worn such as a hijab, turban, abaya, etc., it should be worn in conjunction with the dress code and maintain its spirit.

Sixth Form PE Kit

For PE, Sixth Formers should wear:

  • A plain t-shirt/polo shirt (coloured Navy blue/black/grey/white)
  • A choice of shorts/tracksuit bottoms (coloured Navy blue/black/grey)
  • Suitable non-marking footwear

Sixth Form students can also choose to wear the black t-shirt with the academy logo if they would prefer. Students who represent the Academy at sporting fixtures will be asked to ensure they have the appropriate kit.

All items of clothing should be clearly labelled with the name of the young adult – labelled lost property can be returned to its owner.

Please also be aware of the following:

  • Coats may be worn but are to be removed once inside classrooms/study areas
  • A single piercing in each ear is permitted.
  • Hair should be of a natural colour
  • Where religious dress is worn such as a hijab, turban, abaya, etc., it should be worn in conjunction with the dress code and maintain its spirit.

Please assume that anything not specifically listed above is not allowed, for example, leggings, leather, pleather, hoodies, denim, vest tops, crop tops, visible tattoos and facial piercings are not included on the list, so are not permitted. Any clothing with rips, holes or large logos/slogans will not be deemed as being smart and the judgement of the Academy Leadership Team will be final on all matters relating to the Sixth Form Dress Code.

Jewellery, Make-up and Hairstyles

Whilst it is recognised that jewellery, make-up and hairstyles are expressions of an individual, it is also the fact that young adults are being prepared for their learning and their next steps towards employment. They are also in a setting where health and safety needs to be considered.

With this in mind, sixth formers are allowed to wear one pair of small stud earrings with a single stud in each ear lobe. This minimises the chance of it being caught or pulled and causing damage. Facial piercings are not allowed.

Natural-looking make-up is acceptable and short fingernails must be maintained.

Students on work placements also need to consider the employers’ codes as a breach of these could impact on these placements.

Finally, please remember that the dress code in the Sixth Form is a privilege not enjoyed by younger members of the academy community. It reflects the level of maturity and independence we expect from our Sixth Form students and any student failing to comply with it may be sent home to change.

Please note that the Assistant Principal for the community will make decisions in respect of all the items listed above should there be a dispute.

The full Uniform Policy can be found on our Policies Page.