Uniform and related costs costs vary widely by school type

The Independent is reporting that parents will spend £236 on average to send a child to school this coming term.

A study of 2,000 adults commissioned by the bank Santander, reveals the total cost of preparing a child for the new school year adds up to £2.9bn. The amount covers school uniform, shoes, jackets, gym clothes, books and e-books, stationery and school bags and is worked out between state and privately funded schools…

The beginning of term cost is higher in church foundation or trust schools – £375 compared to £371 in private schools.

The cheapest schools are community schools that have remained in the care of the local authority, where kitting out for school costs £226 and weekly costs average £49 a week. By contrast, parents who send their children to academies face a £262 bill for start-up costs and £56 per week thereafter.

Selective state grammar schools are more expensive, with an average £329 spent on getting a child ready for schools and £76 paid out on a weekly basis…

More at: Church schools top the league as study reveals cost of kitting out a child for the school year


I’m not sure how robust this study was, but if valid, what do you think about the apparent differences in costs between different types of schools?

Is there any obvious reason, for example, why academies should cost more than local authority schools both in terms of initial costs and then also for ongoing costs?


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove We’ve already spent around £200 on our daughter’s uniform & none of it is over-priced in my view, it’s just the volume of it

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The trend of moving back to blazers and more formal uniforms in state schools must have had an impact on costs…

  3. lennyvalentino

    SchoolsImprove Uniform requirements becoming ever more prescriptive, stretching to bags, coats, shoes etc. School SLT need to be more

  4. lennyvalentino

    SchoolsImprove understanding of family budgets and get out of the mindset that everyone is the same as them.

  5. andylutwyche

    “brighton118: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove – Don’t forget those tartan skirts that seem to be very in now ????” Indeed

  6. lennyvalentino SchoolsImprove DfE guidance (non-statutory) to schools re devising a school uniform policy says cost should be considered ‘to ensure it is providing best value for money for parents’.  This includes compulsory PE uniform.  The Schools Admission Code 2014 (statutory) decrees that parents shouldn’t be deterred from applying for a place because of uniform policies.

    It’s clear some schools (often academies) ignore this.  Grey Coat Hospital, for example, which educates Gove’s daughter and will accept Cameron’s daughter in September, have blazers costing £60+.  Other schools have an official supplier which prevents parents buying less-expensive high street uniforms.  Others insist on bags, PE shirts etc having the school logo.  These requirements increase costs.



  7. KhalidLouise

    andylutwyche brighton118 SchoolsImprove Popular with schools as it is difficult to get a longer/shorter version than official one

  8. brighton118

    KhalidLouise andylutwyche SchoolsImprove – Yes understand that but so unflattering unless you are very slim. Would have hated it U0001f62c

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