The average cost of Primary school uniform is at £255 and Secondary school uniform at £340 – in London the averages are £452 for primary schools and £456 for secondary schools
According to the Department for Education nearly one-fifth of parents and carers reported that they had suffered financial hardship as a result of purchasing their child’s school uniform
That in 2013, the Department of Education advised schools that:
“…When considering how the school uniform should be sourced, governing bodies should give highest priority to the consideration of cost and value for money for parents. The school uniform should be easily available for parents to purchase and schools should seek to select items that can be purchased cheaply, for example in a supermarket or other good value shop. Schools should keep compulsory branded items to a minimum…”
If you would like this to change, please sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/the-department-for-education-stop-schools-using-branded-pe-kits
That seems high to me. My son (10) attends a Hampshire state primary. His uniform including 6 shirts, two sweaters, 2 trousers.sports kit, Clark’s shoes and Adidas trainers came to £160. There’s no uniform coat. Even if I add book bag and sports bag it’s £175.
which isn’t cheap but thanfully not £255.
There are two school specific items, the sweater and the PE t-shirt.
The figures come from the Department for Education and a report done by The Children’s Society called ‘The Wrong Blazer’. It does sound like your school does the minimum, Kathy, which is better than most. The higher costs come from the use of school branded items. My son’s school requires them to have a full branded PE kit – that’s everything from the shirt, jumper, jogging bottoms, shorts etc. Other schools do much worse – coats and jackets, bags, socks. It’s really getting out of hand and is on the increase. If anyone would like the links for either report please do let me know.