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Academy Uniform and Meals

Our uniform policy fosters a sense of equality, discipline, and community among students,  promoting a focused learning environment. Uniforms contribute to a positive school culture by eliminating socio-economic distinctions and helping students concentrate on academics. Additionally, our school meals play a crucial role in ensuring students receive balanced nutrition, supporting their physical and mental well-being, and enhancing their ability to focus and perform well in their studies. Both of these contribute to a conducive and nurturing school environment for optimal student growth and development.

Academy Uniform

Our uniform policy encourages a sense of pride, belonging and loyalty to the community of which all students are members. The policy also removes any visible manifestations of inequality. The policy is applied consistently and in a fair manner without exception.

Students must display exemplary behaviour at all times when wearing Academy uniform; they must not bring the Academy into disrepute. The Academy has the legal authority to discipline students in line with our behaviour policy for any misbehaviour that occurs both in and outside of school including whilst students are wearing our uniform outside of the Academy.

This policy should be read in its entirety. However, some of the key points include:

  • Banned Item List (including update on jewellery)
  • Uniform items and further requirements of presentation

Students are expected to adhere to the policy at all times, including on their journey to and from the Academy. When a student is not in full uniform or expected appearance, they will not be permitted to attend lessons. In such cases, students will, if parents can be contacted and informed, be sent home to change, or alternatively undertake supervised work within the “Reflection room” until the correct uniform is brought to them, or until the student is of correct appearance.

If in any doubt about the details of the uniform policy, and to save time and anguish, please contact the Academy.  It is better to check than to rely on assurances from students which could be incorrect.

Banned Items

The Academy is a place of learning and not a place to demonstrate or show off the latest fashion accessories, clothes or footwear. The Academy has the legal power to confiscate any items that it has banned. Any confiscated items can be destroyed. Banned items will be confiscated, regardless of to whom they belong. High value objects such as mobile phones and electronic devices will be kept in a secure place until the end of the confiscation period. Mobile phones will be confiscated until a parent / carer comes in to collect it. All other confiscated items will be kept until the end of the half term. The rules on confiscation are applied without exception.

  • Mobile phones* (if brought to school as a necessity it must be switched off and placed in bag or locker for duration of the day in school. Not to be seen or heard anywhere on school grounds including playground, field and between building and gates)
  • Large amounts of money
  • High value items and electronic items (MP3 players and similar)
  • All non-uniform items of clothing, including, Hoodies and non-Academy jumpers, Baseball caps & Jewellery (with the exception of a watch - smart watches are not permitted)*
  • Handbags (see bag item below)*
  • Fizzy drinks and ‘energy’ drinks
  • Glass bottles and containers
  • Aerosol sprays and spray body fragrances 
  • Pointed objects/blades (a compass in a maths set is permissible)
  • Chewing gum
  • Toys, laser pens and fidget spinners
  • Birthday accessories (e.g. large badges, sashes or balloons)
  • Any item that is deemed by the Leadership Team to disrupt learning
  • Any item/substance that is prohibited by law

The Academy will not accept any liability for any claim arising from theft, accidental loss or damage to personal effects, money, belongings or clothing whilst on the premises, even if lost after being confiscated by the Academy. Please do not wear them or bring them to the Academy if they are not allowed.

Uniform Items & further requirements of presentation 

Item Description Further requirements
Blazer Navy blazer with school logo as supplied by our uniform supplier
  • To be kept in a smart, clean appearance and worn during the day as well as to and from the academy unless directed otherwise by staff
  • Sleeves to be worn at full length, not rolled up
  • Only academy issued badges to be worn on blazer
Jumper (Optional) Navy V neck sleeved or sleeveless jumper 
  • No other jumpers may be worn (note banned items above regarding hoodies)
  • Blazers must still be worn on top of jumper
Skirt Grey box pleat 
  • Skirts must be knee length and not shortened by rolling them up around the waist
Shirt Plain white with collar
  • The shirt should be tucked in at all times, buttoned to the top, long or short sleeves
  • No designer shirts or fitted blouses
Trousers

Classic style, full length, grey

  • Trousers should not be boot cut or tight fitting
  • No jeans, washed black, corduroy, jean-like material, high fashion trousers, leggings or shorts
  • Trousers should be worn with a secure fit around the waist
  • Belts should be plain black,  not oversized buckles or clasps
Tie School tie only
  • Ties must be worn with a neat knot covering the top button and with the Haberdashers’ crest clearly visible below the knot
Socks Plain black or white
  • No patterns, logos or accessories (ribbons, bows etc)
  • Length of socks may vary from top of ankle to below knee
Tights Plain black tights only (not leggings)
  • No patterns, fishnet or accessorised tights
Shoes Plain black leather only
  • Not suede or casual style
  • No boots (covering ankles) or trainers
  • Shoes must fully cover toes
  • Shoes to be worn to and from the academy for entire journey – trainers not permitted.
PE Kit

Navy jogging bottoms 

Navy sweatshirt

Navy Shorts

White polo shirt

Plain black or white trainers

  • No patterns or logos are allowed apart from the school crest
  • Plain items without the school crest are acceptable 
  • From year 8, students will require a royal blue rugby shirt will be required
  • Students participating in extra curricular sporting activities will also require studded boots, gum shield and shin pads
  • Shorts should not be tight fitting unless under other clothing
Coat Plain navy or plain black only
  • Not to be worn inside building
  • No denim, leather, patterns or other colours.  Rain hoods on coats may be attached but only worn up in wet weather
  • Safety stripes allowed but no other patterns
Bag Sturdy rucksack style bag
  • Must be deemed appropriate and large enough to hold all school books (normally A4 size) and folders. 
Scarf Plain navy or black only
  • No pashminas
Hat Plain navy or black only
  • Baseball caps are not allowed
  • Winter pull-on woolly hats plain navy or black permitted to and from the academy but not worn in the building
  • No other headwear is permitted to be worn in the Academy unless it is for religious reasons or because of medical conditions.  In these cases written confirmation is required from the parent / carer which will be kept on the pupils’ file.
Head Scarf Plain navy or Black only (if worn for religious reasons)
  • Please discuss further with leadership team for individual cases not covered here in this policy
Make-up Not permitted
  • No make-up or fake tan should be worn (including false eyelashes)
  • No long / false / acrylic nails or nail polish should be worn.
  • No visible lip-gloss, Vaseline, eyeliner etc.
  • No Non-prescription contact lenses 
Jewellery Only a watch is permitted
  • No studs or jewellery are permitted at all
  • No other accessories are to be worn or attached to clothing
Hairstyles
  • Hair ribbons, slides or bands to be plain navy or black only
  • Shaved eyebrows are not permitted
  • Any facial hair to be well kept / well-trimmed
Religious Dress Some families may wish their children to wear amended uniform for reason of religious conviction. In these cases, a student may wear a Shalwar Kameez with appropriate academy trouser and with the academy blazer also worn. Alternatively, a student may wear an Abaya (hoodless only) which should be one piece and have full academy uniform worn with it (academy trousers/skirt underneath and academy blazer also worn). You should discuss these requirements with your head of year if you have further concerns. Should these options be taken, they should be plain black.

 Equipment 

Pupils will need to be fully prepared for each school day and bring with them:

  • 2 pens (rollerball/biro or fountain pen) in black or blue
  • Pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Rubber
  • 30cm ruler
  • Coloured pencils and a basic set of felt tip pens
  • A clear plastic angle measure or protractor and compass
  • A scientific calculator
  • A reading book 

Eraser pens may be used but correction fluid in bottles and pens are not permitted.

All items of personal property should be marked with the owners name.

Pupils are currently not permitted to borrow other pupils property due to Covid-19.

Please note that we expect pupils to treat their own possessions and also school equipment with equal care and respect. Books and items of school equipment are provided on the understanding that pupils take care of them. Pupils who damage or lose school property are required to meet the cost of the replacement. 

Academy Uniform Suppliers

Boffins 

37 Pickford Lane

Bexleyheath DA7 4QU

Tel: 0208 298 9085

Email: enquiries@boffinsschoolwear.com

 

TFS School & Dancewear Ltd 

45 Spital Street

Dartford DA1 2DX

Tel: 01322 291838

email: enquiries@tfsclothing.co.uk

Academy Meals

Haberdashers' Academies Trust South has teamed up with Harrison Catering to provide a nutritionally balanced meal that is exciting for our pupils. 

About Harrison Catering

Since its founding in 1994, Harrison has always been about quality fresh food prepared on-site and served by people who love what they do. 

Harrison understands that what students eat affects their health and their ability to learn and perform in the classroom and on the field. Our catering team provides nutritious, balanced meals, and we work to educate the students on how to make healthier food choices. Our goal is to instil a love and understanding of fresh, healthy food at a young age that will positively influence them throughout life. 

All Harrison staff receive training on how to prepare and serve healthier food through the company’s bespoke Eat Well Live Well© training programme and complete Smile accredited customer service training to ensure the best experience for customers. They are also encouraged and supported to develop professionally throughout their career and the company provides many opportunities to achieve formal qualifications.

The Harrison team works closely with us to tailor menus to the tastes and preferences of the students. It introduces further interest and excitement to menus through themed lunches and dinners ranging from holidays like Easter and Christmas to cuisines from around the world, tying these into the school curriculum whenever possible in a fun and stimulating way.

Harrison have a comprehensive food allergen and intolerance process and the Catering Team work closely with students and their families to address individual dietary needs.

3 Week Rolling Lunch Menus

HCA Revised Menu - Week 1 September 23 - February 24

HCA Revised Menu - Week 2 September 23 - February 24

HCA Revised Menu - Week 3 September 23 - February 24

How To Pay

A meal deal costs £2.65 and consists of the meal of the day, pudding and a drink.  We ask that parents use ParentPay, which allows you to pay for school meals in advance. Parents and carers will be able to view all transactions made by students within the Academy, and should you wish to place dietary restrictions or spend limits on your child's account please do contact us to arrange this.

If you have not yet activated your ParentPay account and require some guidance to do this, please use the link below. 

https://support.parentpaygroup.com/hc/en-gb/articles/4409658059153-Payer-guidance-How-to-activate-your-account 

 Login details  are sent during the Summer break for new students, however if you no longer have these please contact the school and we can resend them to you. 

Breakfast and Mid Morning Offer

Crayford Breakfast Tariff - September 2021

Crayford Morning Break Tariff - September_2021

Our caterers also provide students with the option to purchase a light breakfast between 8.00 to 8.30am.  A mid-morning snack can be purchased between 10.20am to 10.40am.  

Packed Lunches

We encourage our students to eat a balanced and healthy diet. Our canteen offers a range of healthy, delicious meals. However, should your child prefer to bring a packed lunch, here are some guidelines we would appreciate you following:

Packed lunches should include:

  • At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables.
  • A carbohydrate food such as wholemeal or granary bread, pasta, potato salad.
  • Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yogurt or custard.
  • Meat, fish or other source of non- dairy protein.
  • Drinks should be water, still or sparkling, fruit juice, semi skimmed milk, yogurt or milk drinks or smoothies.

An example of a  healthy packed lunch may look like this: tuna or ham salad sandwich, bread sticks with a hummus dip, cucumber or carrot batons, apple, yogurt and a bottle of flavoured water.

Healthy guidance for packed lunches:

  • An alternative to snacks such as crisps could be seeds, vegetables and fruit. Savoury crackers or bread sticks served with fruit or vegetables are also a good choice. 
  • Confectionery such as chocolate bars and sweets should be avoided if possible. Cakes and biscuits should only be eaten as part of a balanced meal. 
  • Try to avoid processed meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausage / chipolatas where possible 
  • Fizzy drinks or energy drinks are not allowed in School at all.

Allergies & Special Diets

  • Please be aware that some students suffer from severe nut allergies. Please do not put items in your child's packed lunch containing nuts.
  • We also recognise that some students may require special diets that do not exactly comply with Health In Education standards. In this case we urge you to be responsible in ensuring that packed lunches are as healthy as possible.

For the reasons above,  we ask that students do not swap food items.