The start of a new academic year or school term means splashing out on new uniforms. These can be costly items, but with plenty of planning and a few hints and tips, it shouldn’t break the bank. 

According to The Children’s Society, on average British parents spend £4,000 on school uniforms throughout their child’s education.

Many are concerned about the costs of stringent school uniform policies that deprive them of the choice to shop around for prices they can afford.

At junior school level the bill for an entire set of basic back-to-school clothes, (assuming your school is flexible on where you buy them) can total over £170 per child.

In comparison, families with children at secondary school are paying an average of more than £300 per child.

Much of the high cost is because of school uniform policies that make parents buy specific items from specialist shops, even though it would be cheaper to pick up bargains from supermarkets and sew on a badge later.

The impact of high-cost uniforms means that an estimated 220,000 children have had their school chosen partly on account of bill for clothes.

Also, around 780,000 children have to wear uniforms that do not fit because their parents cannot afford new items which leaves many at risk of bullying or embarrassment at being sent home for not having the correct kit.

There are a few helpful hints to save money when buying school uniforms.

Shopping for uniforms at the local supermarket is the perfect choice if the school is flexible about where to buy them. If not then buy them over time rather than all at once.

Local social media selling groups is a great way to grab school bargains from parents parting with outgrown clothes.

Contact your local council or school directly to enquire about uniform grants if you’re the recipient of certain benefits.

We all know how easy it is for your child to lose items in school, so remember to label every piece!

Credit Unions offer a range of financial services to help you overcome the difficulties of paying for new school uniforms. Whether this is through a regular saving scheme or by applying for an affordable loan, we’re here to help.


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