School Uniform Details

Principles

Right from the first proposal meetings for Becket Keys, the message from parents has been clear: the uniform should be distinctive, high quality, smart and stylish and able to be put through a washing machine and tumble drier on a regular basis without losing its shape or colour. All at an affordable price! With these principles in mind we looked at various suppliers and designs to try and get the balance right. We knew we needed a uniform that everyone could be proud of. Something bold and confident - like our school!

                                          

Details

We believe that good standards of dress promote a positive attitude to work and behaviour and identify students to local residents and future employers. We have worked hard to create a uniform that is distinctive and smart. The co-operation of all parents/carers is requested to ensure that students are in correct uniform to and from school as well as during normal school hours.

Please note that Becket Keys makes the final decision as to what is or is not acceptable in all aspects of a student's appearance.

Boys

Girls

Daywear
Blazer: Black blazer from SmartyPants with Becket Keys Logo. Blazer: Black blazer from SmartyPants with Becket Keys Logo.
Trousers: Charcoal grey – not black or grey. Straight leg.

Skirt: Becket Keys Purple 'Warrior' Tartan must be purchased from SmartyPants. 

Trousers: Black trousers must be purchased from SmartyPants

Shirt: Plain white with stiff collar for wearing with a tie (short or long sleeved) – top button done up and shirt always tucked in. No polo or open necked shirts. Blouse: plain white revere collar. No polo shirts. No stiff collared shirts designed to be worn with ties. 
Socks: Plain grey or black. Socks: Plain white.

Tights: Plain/neutral or black tights, neutral trainer socks or no socks/tights at all.
Shoes: Traditional flat, black sensible leather shoes – lace up shoes to have black laces. No trainers or boots, no white or coloured laces. Lace up shoes preferable to Velcro. No sandals. Shoes: Traditional flat, black sensible leather shoes – lace up shoes to have black laces, no trainers or boots. Lace up shoes preferable to Velcro. No kitten heels, sandals, platform shoes, ballet pumps, white or coloured laces.
Jumper or slipover: Grey with purple stripes - available from SmartyPants. Jumper or slipover: grey with purple stripes - available from SmartyPants.
Tie: From SmartyPants, worn to top of trousers.  
PE Kit

Shorts: Becket Keys exclusive design from SmartyPants.

From September 2021:

Jogging bottoms (optional):

Y7-Y10 Becket Keys exclusive design from SmartyPants.

Y11 Plain black (no logos or stripes) or Becket Keys exclusive design from SmartyPants.

Shorts or Skort: Becket Keys exclusive design from SmartyPants.

From September 2021:

Jogging bottoms/Leggings (optional):

Y7-Y10 Becket Keys exclusive design from SmartyPants.

Y11 Plain black (no logos or stripes) or Becket Keys exclusive design from SmartyPants.

 

T-Shirt: Plain purple round neck with Becket Keys logo from SmartyPants.
Hoodie: Plain purple with Becket Keys logo and name from SmartyPants.
Reversible black and purple rugby top from SmartyPants (Compulsory for Year 7& 8 boys only).
Socks: White ankle length for indoor sport and black long football socks (for outdoor use).

Shoes: Indoor trainers with non marking soles (school colours preferred).

Optional: Outdoor footwear suitable for astroturf and/or multi use games areas. Rounded dimple studs are ideal for our astroturf. Shoes designed expressly for astroturf will be very suitable but any flat outdoor trainer will suffice (school colours preferred).

Rugby/Football boots – 

All students (girls and boys) require either football or rugby boots. If they want to be selected for the school teams they will require the specific type (school colours preferred).

Shin Pads: Shin pads must be worn for appropriate contact sports.
A gum shield is highly recommended but not compulsory.
Other specialist PE kit as required.
 
Hair

Hairstyle is an important aspect of the image central to the individual and the image the individual creates for Becket Keys.

No extreme hairstyles i.e. not less than grade 2 in length, hair must not be dyed (not even natural colours!), no shapes cut into the hair e.g. stripes, undercuts.Long hair must be tied back at all times. Older students (Years 10,11) can have it partially tied up. Younger students (Years 7,8,9) must have it fully tied up. 

Any hairbands, clips or ribbons should be neutral, black or purple.

Any headscarf worn for religious/cultural reasons should be black or purple.

Jewellery

Watch

Note: No internet smart watches capable of sending or receiving messages are allowed                   e.g. Apple Watch, Fitbit Blaze and so on. These would be banned in any public examination.

Medic alert chain, if necessary.
Students may wear one small silver or gold stud in the lobe of each ear, but they must be removed for all PE lessons. It is not acceptable to put tape over the ears. Any student thinking of getting ears pierced must do so on the first day of the summer holiday to be compliant with the school expectations of being able to remove them during PE lessons. 
No other jewellery or body piercing is acceptable.
Make up
Discreet concealer/foundation is permitted to cover blemishes/spots.
No nail varnish, lip stick, eye shadow or heavy black lines etc. No false nails. 
Coat

Plain black without coloured flashes, logos or slogans.

Students are encouraged to wear the school winter coat purchased from SmartyPants.

Other

Aprons: One plain cotton (various subjects), one blue (food) available from SmartyPants.

(NB Key Stage 4 Food Students also wear Chef Whites available from Smarty Pants).

Scarf: Becket Keys scarf available from SmartyPants or any other Black or Grey Scarf.

Hat: Plain black or grey hats may be worn - no colour or logos.

Gloves: Plain black or grey gloves may be worn - no colour or logos.

Bags

Sports Bag: Becket Keys logo bag available from SmartyPants.

Rucksack and/or messenger bag: Plain black - no commercial logos bigger than 7cm width; prefer Becket Keys logo. 

Year 7 and 8 must use the school bags purchased from SmartyPants.

All clothing should be named. We expect students and parents to apply common sense to any items that they might bring to school, and we publish a list of banned items

We list our uniform for boys and girls in the same way that shops organise their clothes into menswear and womenswear. This is to support students in choosing clothing items that are best suited to the physical attributes of their sex. However, students may, in consultation with their parents, choose to wear uniform from the opposite sex. Families may contact us to discuss uniform at any time or speak to our supplier. 

We regularly run nearly new uniform shops which help families with the cost of uniform. We also have a Governor's Hardship Fund which families can access. They can simply write to Mr Scott-Evans who will confidentially deal with their request for assistance. Please include as much detail as possible in the request, Mr Scott-Evans will then sensitively support families (anonymously) with the Governors. 

Supplier

SmartyPants Schoolwear, Unit 1 Chancerygate, 33 Tallon Road, Brentwood CM13 1TE, 01277 363275, office@smartypantsschoolwear.com 

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