students science
School Uniform

The school uniform at BFS is designed to be smart as well as practical. Students are expected to wear school uniform while at school and adhere to the dress code.

We know that our students take pride in their uniform and that feeling good about what they wear to school helps them be at their best. You can find full details of our uniform and sportswear policies below and in our Parent Handbook. 

Items with our school logo are readily available online and in store at Monkhouse Schoolwear. 



Compulsory (unless shown as optional). * indicates branded items (with school logo or colours)

  1. *Blazer: Navy blue blazer with Bristol Free School badge on the pocket (fitted and straight-cut available).
  2. Shirt: Pale blue, long or short sleeved with a stiff collar and top button done up, worn with a Bristol Free School tie. They must always be tucked in.
  3. *Tie: Bristol Free School striped tie, must be worn with shirt, must be long enough to reach the top of trousers.
  4. *Jumper (optional): Navy blue V-neck long sleeve with Bristol Free School logo. Or navy blue jumper with no other logos allowed.
  5. School trousers: Charcoal straight leg school trousers (not light grey or black). 
  6. Skirt (optional): Pleated charcoal skirt. The skirt should be worn no higher than 5cm above the knee with either tights or socks. No skinny trousers or tight skirts, tracksuit bottoms, leggings, jeans or jean-type trousers.

  7. Socks: Black or charcoal with no patterns with trousers. Short white or knee length charcoal with skirts. 
  8. Tights: When tights are worn with skirts, they should be opaque black or navy, without patterns.
  9. Shoes: Must be; black, leather and polishable – lace up shoes to have black laces. No trainer, boots, sandals, heels, platform shoes or ballet pumps. No white or coloured laces.
  10. Headscarf (optional): Navy blue.

  • Coat: Sensible winter coat in plain colour without overt logos. No denim or leather. No extreme commercial logos. No hooded tops. Coats are not a replacement for blazers and should only be worn outside, not inside the buildings.
  • School bag: Rucksacks only. Should be able to carry a minimum equivalent of 2 A4 ring-binder files, pencil case and water bottle. 


PE Kit

  1. Polo shirt*: Short sleeve, navy/red with BFS logo.
  2. Shorts and/or skort: Plain navy blue.
  3. Base layer top (optional): Plain navy, black or white for extra warmth
  4. Tracksuit bottoms (optional): Plain navy blue

  5. Jumper (optional): navy/red with BFS logo
  6. Socks (1 pair): White or black ankle socks for indoor sport. Plain navy blue, knee length football socks.
  7. Trainers: Sports trainers with non-marking sole.

As an alternative, smart, plain navy PE kit is also allowed as follows: 

  • Plain navy-blue short sleeve sports top

  • Plan navy-blue crew neck sweatshirt, or ¼ zip sweatshirt
  • Plain navy-blue sports leggings
  • Non-branded PE kit must NOT include hoodies or any garments with full-length zips

Other items which students will be advised to purchase when on curriculum rotation or for extra-curricular provision:

  • Football boots with moulded studs

  • Shin pads
  • Gum shield

Note: Students in Years 10 and 11 will require all compulsory items of PE kit, regardless of whether they take GCSE PE. They may also require additional kit but will be advised of the details in good time.

Hair, Jewellery and Make-up
  • Hair: Standard school style. Colour must be natural shade. No extremes in hair dye or style.
  • Jewellery: Watch (optional). Maximum of one plain silver or gold stud (of no more than 5mm diameter) per earlobe.  No rings, necklaces, chains or bracelets, including charity bands.  No other forms of body piercing.
  • Make-up: Discreet foundation is permitted. No nail varnish, lip stick, artificial nails, eye shadow, mascara or heavy black lines etc.

Students will need the following basic equipment each day:

  1. Blue/black pen.
  2. Red pen. 
  3. A spare pen (or spare cartridges if you have a fountain pen)
  4. Pencil case.
  5. 2 Pencils and a sharpener.
  6. Eraser.
  7. 30cm ruler.
  8. A pair of compasses.
  9. A protractor.
  10. A set of coloured pencils.
  11. A glue stick.
  12. Calculator (preferably Casio 83GTX or 85GTX).

All items of uniform should be clearly named. 

The school acknowledges that parents may from time-to-time request variations to the school’s dress code on grounds of religion or belief, race, disability, or other special considerations. Any such requests will be carefully considered on a case-by-case basis. The school may relax uniform requirements from time-to-time, for example in particularly hot weather.

Buying Uniform and Sportswear

BFS branded uniform and sportswear is available to buy from Monkhouse. Some unbranded elements of our school uniform can be bought from Monkhouse or other retailers, such as Marks and Spencer's/Asda etc. These are clearly marked on our uniform list.

Monkhouse.com hosts key information including:

  • Our school uniform and prices
  • How to order online or in store
  • How to book a personalised 1:1 store appointment
  • Offers and promotions on essential and accessory items
  • Click and collect information
  • Parent newsletter sign-up
  • Extended free returns
  • Weekend shopping times

There is lots of useful information including sizing guides on the Monkhouse parent hub

Please make sure you place your order with Monkhouse in plenty of time. They suggest June/July for the new school year.

You can also buy good quality, second-hand uniform at sales held regularly at school. Please look out for details in our newsletters.