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Why have a uniform?

Here at Bedlington Academy we are proud to have a uniform that is practical and smart. We believe that school uniform is important because it:

• instils pride in the students and the wider community

• encourages identity with, and support for, our school ethos

• protects children from social pressures to dress in a particular way

• nurtures cohesion and promotes good relations between different groups of students

• supports effective teaching and learning.

We hope you will support us in ensuring your child wears full uniform.

The Academy uniform

Ties, shirts and jumpers 
  • Plain white school shirt buttoned to the neck
  • School tie (green and gold in Year 7, 8 & 9 and green and silver in Year 10 & 11)
  • Grey v-neck jumper or grey cardigan with the school badge
Trousers and skirts

While we are more than happy for parents and students to purchase school uniform from a wide variety of sources, we have worked closely with Emblematic to create trousers and skirts with the academy logo, which meet our uniform rules. Should parents choose to purchase items from other suppliers then the style and cut of the trousers/skirt should be the same as those provided by Emblematic.

• Plain black, formal full-length straight cut trousers. ‘Regular’ or ‘straight’ fit acceptable. Must be at least 7.5inches/18cm wide at the bottom and cover the ankle (cropped styles not acceptable). No denim, stretch fabric or superslim / skinny style.

• Pleated or straight pencil skirt - not tight fitting or stretch material and must be no more than one inch above the knee.

• Black ankle socks must be worn with trousers.

• Black opaque tights must be worn with skirts.


Plain black, formal, leather or leather style shoes which can be polished. No trainers, plimsolls or boots. An information leaflet is enclosed with appropriate shoe styles.

  • Students should wear an appropriate coat to school (any colour permitted). • Outside coats must be removed when entering the school building. • Caps are not to be worn on the school premises. Woollen hats may be worn between the autumn and spring half terms but must be removed when entering the school building.

PE kit

All items are available from Emblematic

Students should wear PE kit in line with expectations below. All items are available from Emblematic:

• PE polo shirt – compulsory item

• Black shorts/tracksuit bottoms/leggings – compulsory item

• Mid layer top – optional item

• Hoodie – optional item

• Rain Jacket – optional item

• Skort – optional item

• Sports sock – optional item

• A black base layer may be worn underneath the PE polo shirt during colder months.

PE footwear
  • Indoor trainers with non-marking soles are to be worn in the sports hall (compulsory). Plimsolls, Converse, or canvas type shoes are not suitable.
  • Outdoor footwear: Moulded boots or ‘Astro’ trainers -compulsory item. These are the only suitable footwear accepted on the 3G Sports Pitch. Metal studs, blades and flat sole trainers are not accepted.
  • Students are required to wear studded boots when participating in certain activities on the grass. Students will be advised by PE staff if they need this footwear (applies to those students taking part in specific extra-curricular activities/sports teams).
General appearance

• Jumpers or cardigans should be worn at all times, unless specific permission is given by a member of staff to remove them.

• Shirts should be tucked in.

• Students must wear their jumper or cardigan over their trousers or skirt (not tucked in).

• Belts (if worn) should be plain and should not be visible. Large fashion belts are not acceptable or part of the school uniform.

• The Academy reserves the right to decide that the cut and colour of a student’s hairstyle is inappropriate. Extreme styles e.g. tramlines, mohicans, extreme short / shaved sides with longer on top are not permitted.

• Hair should be a natural colour (one colour only).

• Hair bands should be plain dark colours, thin and not overly decorative e.g. no large flowers.

• No necklaces, bracelets or rings should be worn. • Students may wear one single metal stud in each earlobe – no other visible piercings are allowed.

• Visible body piercings are not allowed e.g. nose, tongue, top of the ear.

• Parents are advised that if a child is to have a piercing it must take place at the start of the six weeks’ holiday and it must be removed on the first day of term. Students will not be allowed to cover piercings with an elastoplast.

• No false, gel or acrylic nails and no brightly coloured varnish. • For health and safety reasons, nails need to be of a sensible length. • No false eyelashes.

• No make-up except in Years 9, 10 and 11 where discreet, natural make-up can be worn. Excessive makeup is not acceptable.

• No tattoos.

• No fake tan.

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