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The cost of School Uniforms

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gillybob Thu 08-Aug-19 12:39:31

Wasn't sure where to put this.

I try to help my DS and DDiL out with the children's clothes and shoes as its very expensive buying for 3 .

I have just ordered a few pieces of uniform for my 2 DGD's from the specialist embroidery shop that the school uses (not able to get them anywhere else).

I am angry that the school must be "on the make" from this.

School jumper for a tiny 11 year old £21.50 and I have had to buy 2 for her and 2 for her older sister. so 4 in all costing £86 !

Tie £5.95 (plus vat ?????)

PE kit x 1 (sit down for this one) £125.50 !

Un bloody believable ! angry

midgey Thu 08-Aug-19 12:43:29

I think it is truly immoral that schools are demanding that children wear these extortionate uniforms. Children are put in detention if they have clothing that doesn’t comply.

paddyann Thu 08-Aug-19 12:44:45

Our schools dont insist on their exclusive labels.My GC have uniform things from whichever shop I'm in when I get it.Sometimes it M &S sometimes its asda for school dresses.To be honest they dont wear the dresses that often so I wouldn't pay a lot for them.One thing they all have brought back recently is tartan skirts which are lovely ,the school has a scheme for taking back outgrown ones ,having them washed and selling(or giving) them to families who cant afford the new ones .Schools in our area have alot of deprived families ,thankfully they realise that /

gillybob Thu 08-Aug-19 12:45:26

Yes my DGD has just received a letter in the post saying just that midgey. Infact it goes one better and says that any child not wearing the correct school uniform will be sent home.

MissAdventure Thu 08-Aug-19 12:46:31

I'm facing the same kind of bills, and I think its disgusting.

I'm in favour of uniform, but I can't see why they can't be bought at a supermarket.

midgey Thu 08-Aug-19 12:49:05

Paddyann perhaps your grandchildren are still at primary school. Many Secondary schools have turned into Academies, so the government can opt out. God help any family that is already having to use a food bank.

MissAdventure Thu 08-Aug-19 12:52:29

My boy goes into seniors, so I have a list including rugby shirts, football kit, however many pairs of socks, as well as the uniform, blazer and kitchen sink; all with the school logo on.

I resent spending as much as I would on a week away in a caravan on ruddy uniform!

Alexa Thu 08-Aug-19 12:55:25

Gillybob, can you complain to the governors, or to your MP ? Is there a parents' association?

This is so wrong. I can imagine children and parents might go on strike or at least a demonstration about the injustice.

glammanana Thu 08-Aug-19 12:59:39

I just can't understand why the uniforms can't just be Navy or Grey across the board with just the badge being the identifying factor along with the tie.
This is the 1st year in many years that we don't have to help out with uniform for my 2 youngest DGCs as DGS is going into 6th form and as long as he is in smart trousers and jacket there is not a problem.

gillybob Thu 08-Aug-19 13:08:22

This is a much sought after oversubscribed school and basically if you don't like their rules (and boy do they love rules) then you know where the door is . I kid you not.

Some may recall how we tried desperately to get my eldest DGD into this school and only won a place on appeal, so I think we have no choice really.

gillybob Thu 08-Aug-19 13:10:57

Its the same at my 2 DGD's school MissA . Everything has to be embroidered with the school logo (only available from 1 place) .

The PE kit itself is really expensive ! I pity those living on the breadline, who don't have anyone to help out .

EllanVannin Thu 08-Aug-19 13:11:56

Between my D and myself, there are 6 to kit out and it's an arm and a leg for a pair of decent shoes for starters. No use getting cheap ones, they don't last and are usually uncomfortable so that way it's money down the drain. If I contribute toward the shoes it's something.

D and GD are taking the children for their clothes and shoes in the next couple of weeks. The final bill will be horrendous-----enough for a decent holiday, it's criminal.

paddyann Thu 08-Aug-19 13:13:29

We dont have that Academy system here in Scotland its either state schools or private schools .

Alexa Thu 08-Aug-19 13:13:43

My son is a school governor, Gillybob, and I will tell him what you say.

I live and learn.

Feelingmyage55 Thu 08-Aug-19 13:16:45

My children’s school ran a second hand sale - well attended and also a second hand cupboard for during the year. Recycling at its best. No stigma - parents from “all walks of life” attended. Many items were donated by leavers. Extra funds went into the school library and IT department. Why not start this at the June/July sports day or end of year picnic?

gillybob Thu 08-Aug-19 13:16:45

We are trying to source skirts and blouses from elsewhere but I am worried that the school will deliberately not approve them and we will be forced to pay extortionate amounts for these too. Its such a worry.

stella1949 Thu 08-Aug-19 13:20:35

Don't the schools sell uniforms second hand ? I buy all the GC uniforms but get them at the school second hand shop which has good donated uniforms at half price or less. The school gets them for free, and so any money they make is a profit.
The only things I buy new are the shoes.

gillybob Thu 08-Aug-19 13:26:51

I think the school must make a small fortune on the back of this.

Elegran Thu 08-Aug-19 14:13:13

If the school do make a commission on the sale of uniforms, Gillybob, it surely must appear somewhere in their accounts? Are these accounts available to parents/grandparents like yourself?

They damn well ought to be, if they are making a profit on something obligatory like uniform - fair enough if they had a fund-raising arm which was open about its aims and accounts, but not if it is a hidden expense.

gillybob Thu 08-Aug-19 14:17:04

I'm not sure where I would start to look Elegran they must make a profit though as the uniform providers website pretty much says so. To be honest I don't even think the school would try to hide the fact that they profited. They are a law unto themselves.

BlueBelle Thu 08-Aug-19 14:18:25

We have the same and the nearest stockist is about 40 miles away so you can add the fuel on, they won’t do it over the internet either you have to go in person
It not always easy to buy second hand stella I have a very tall granddaughter some people may have chubby short or skinny ones that don’t fit in with the rest of the class
I think all logo clothes apart from maybe the Blazer should be outlawed or you could buy the logo badge separately to sew on like brownie badges

Charleygirl5 Thu 08-Aug-19 14:22:44

I could not believe the cost of school clothes locally- over a tenner for a tie!

The person who was telling me the outrageous cost, not dissimilar to Gillybob's has two boys, one is about to start senior school next month and she cannot even save with sports tops because every year it is a different colour. Also they can only be bought in one shop.

gillybob Thu 08-Aug-19 14:23:18

Actually I take that back Elegran the bit where they told school they would benefit from each sale has disappeared and can only be accessed now via a log in. hmm

MissAdventure Thu 08-Aug-19 15:02:15

The shop had a stand taking orders in the school lobby when I went to attend the 'transition meeting' or whatever it was.

Which was a bit silly, as that was weeks ago, and if I'm spending hundreds on uniform he'll be wearing 5 sizes too big, not stuff that fitted him then. grin

Gymstagran Thu 08-Aug-19 15:51:36

My one set of grand children's school sell off all items in unclaimed lost property and additional items donated by parents at the end of term. They only have logo on cardigans. The other set have to buy from school shop and don't let any of the supermarkets have the logo for embroidering onto shorts/blouses. Different schools different locations , different rules.