Uniform & Equipment

Uniform and Equipment Expectations & Ready to Learn Contract

Following an extensive consultation with our students, parent groups and trustees, a new Beacon Academy uniform will be in place from September 2017.

Students joining Beacon Academy in 2017 will be required to wear the uniform from September 2017

Students moving into Years 8, 9 and 10 in September 2017 are permitted to continue to wear the existing Beacon Academy uniform until items wear out, or are outgrown. Any new items of uniform will need to be replaced with the new items of uniform. They can of course opt to wear the new uniform in full or in part from September 2017.

Students moving into Year 11 in September 2017 are permitted to continue to wear the existing uniform until they finish Year 11, however there is the option to purchase any of the new uniform items, including the new Year 11 jumper, skirt, blazer and badge if they wish to do so. They can of course opt to wear the new uniform in full or in part from September 2017.

From September 2018 it will be compulsory for all students in Year 7-11 to wear the new items of Beacon Academy uniform only.

The new uniform is based heavily on student preference and addresses some of the most pertinent points raised during the consultation process. It also reflects our high standards, expectations, motto and core values and is designed with both boys and girls in mind and is smart, comfortable and economical.

Uniform is one of the outward signs by which the local community recognises and makes judgements about our students and it is important that our students present themselves in a positive, professional way that conveys a disciplined and well-ordered learning environment. Smart uniform ensures that all students are prepared for work both in school and beyond. Students arriving at school without the correct uniform will be refused entrance and returned home at parents’ expense. It is parents’ responsibility to ensure that their child changes into appropriate school uniform so that they can be readmitted to school.

We expect parents to endorse these principles and support the school to ensure the uniform code applies to every student in Years 7 to 11. All students are required to wear full school uniform whilst journeying to and from school, and whilst inside and outside the school buildings. The uniform should be neat and clean, communicating that our students take pride in belonging to Beacon.

Students in Year 11 have the option to wear a black jumper under their school blazer. The Sixth Form have a separate dress code, which is explained in our Sixth Form prospectus.

Specialist subjects such as the Sciences, Art and Technology may require protective clothing, about which staff will advise students. If a student does not wear the recommended protective clothing, the school cannot accept responsibility for any damage to other clothing.

Our uniform can be purchased locally from Phillips Mans Shops however a number of items can also be purchased from high street retailers who specialise in school uniform.

Beacon has a fund set aside for the purchase of uniform where a family suffers financial hardship. There is no bureaucracy attached to this - a request to the Student Support Manager is all that is necessary.

Uniform Policy and Expectations 2018 / 2019

The “Ready to Learn” Contract

Beacon expects all students to punctually arrive every day from 8.30am.

All students are expected to arrive each day correctly equipped for all lessons and ready to learn.

• Student Planner – out on desk and open on correct page • Exercise books and text books for the day • 3 Pens (1x black, 1x blue, 1x red), pencil, sharpener and eraser • Ruler • Glue stick • Scientific calculator (Casio fx-83GT PLUS) • Math’s set, including a protractor and compass • White board pen • Highlighter • USB memory stick • Reading book • A pocket French / German dictionary • Headphones • PE Kit (even if injured)

A printable version of the Beacon equipment list is available here.

Beacon expects all students to be polite, co-operative and to show respect for all members of the Beacon community.

At the end of the day we all help others by leaving rooms tidy with chairs on desks.