AIBU to think that school supplier is charging far too much for for uniform?

(84 Posts)
shelsco Sun 21-Jul-13 21:09:50

DS2 starts secondary in September and the school has changed its uniform to one with a blazer, jumper, tie etc. DS1 is at the same school but until now has had the old uniform. I've just been online to price up the cost of a blazer and tie for each of them, 3 jumpers each and a P.E. kit for DS2 and its come to £169. I haven't ordered trousers or shirts yet as I was going to get them from supermarkets and obviously they'll need coats and shoes. I also have 2 younger children who are at the primary school but as they don't have to have the logoed stuff their clothes should be cheaper.
Is it just me, or does the cost of the secondary school uniform seem extortionate? I'm sure it didn't cost anything like as much last year for the uniform for 4 of them!
What does everyone else pay?

meditrina Sun 28-Jul-13 09:11:12

If they have a blazer and have to wear it, then you don't actually need logoed jumpers. The logo simply won't show.

You can either buy a plain jumper in the right colour, or use a base layer that doesn't show through the shirt, when the weather is cold.

(DSes go to a school which has a logoed jumper, the only one mentioned on the uniform list, but which is easily avoided by methods above).

lljkk Sun 28-Jul-13 09:07:25

Bus fare for DD to attend this school will be > £500/yr so the uniform is seeming like a small issue to me.

trinitybleu Sat 27-Jul-13 23:14:36

25 years ago, my blazer cost £125, and we were supposed to have 2 ... god knows how much they are now.

shelsco Sat 27-Jul-13 22:49:48

Yeah I have checked the charity shops but had no luck, I think as the uniform has only just changed last year there hasn't been time for it to get into the shops. DS3 is the same size as DS2 so I won't be doing much handing down either!
Looked at the Teso logo service as a cheaper option but our school isn't registered so that looks like a job for next year.

meedja Fri 26-Jul-13 19:49:24

Have you tried the local charity shops? My 3 y/o starts nursery class in Sept, school charge £12 for logo-ed sweatshirt, Tesco charge £8 for the same, I picked up an identical, perfect one in the Sally Army shop for 25p.

Xihha Fri 26-Jul-13 18:18:58

Ah, yeah, fussy daughters would explain it. I'm horrible so I would just choose it for them, which is probably why my daughter always asks Grandma to take her clothes and shoe shopping.

xihha fussy daughter's that know what they want and are fussy about where I buy from as they don't like to have the same as everyone else.

3DCs, two the same size - no chance of hand me downs (even if DS didn't wreck everything within a week or two!) and younger DS chose to go to a different (better) school! - no chance for hand me down their either. £13 for poloshirts, £22 for school jumpers, £37 for rugby/ pe tops, etc, etc. I think that last year I spent about £900 on uniform, including rugby boots, trainers etc. I don't care if it's getting too small, they will be wearing it again this year! (well, maybe not the boots! grin)

marriedinwhiteagain Thu 25-Jul-13 19:42:32

In 1970 my grammar school uniform: two tunics, three blouses, two jumpers, blazer, raincoat, scarf, purse for belt, gym skirt, gym knickers, shoes, school bag (I had the whole lot, including gym knickers) came to more than 120. My mum still talks about it. The hat was £7

MegaClutterSlut Thu 25-Jul-13 11:55:22

*bag

MegaClutterSlut Thu 25-Jul-13 11:54:57

forgot to add that's just for uniform the £200. I managed to get him a brand new Reebok school for a £1 down the bootsale as well as new football boots for £5 with a £30 price tag still on. I have managed to save quite a bit this way so far as wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise tbh

MegaClutterSlut Thu 25-Jul-13 11:50:50

YANBU we worked out in all it will be around £200 for ds's uniform hmm but I asked on my local FB selling pages and got over £80's worth for £30 so not bad, perhaps do the same? smile

WellThatsLife Thu 25-Jul-13 10:54:01

I've got my family on alert to check the local charity shops. Dreading dd1 going as v absent minded(poss aspergers, waiting for appt), i can see her losing her sports socks(£7.50)on a regular basis. Am going to make sure that I know where all the lost property bins are in the school as I feel i will be checking them on a regular basis

Beastofburden Thu 25-Jul-13 09:44:21

bloody hell. DS1 uniform was: any black trousers, any black blazer, any black or grey jumper, any white or blue shirt. Get it from Asda, M&S, whatever. All washable and non-iron, of course. School tie was a tenner. You could buy a school crest for another tenner, sew it on and move it over to each blazer as they grew.

I used to send DS1 in on the first Thursday of term with £20 to buy all his sports gear at the school second hand shop and donate all his old gear.

This was a fee paying school that was top of all the league tables. The kids looked fine. There is no excuse at all for making profits out of school uniforms.

Become a governor and run a campaign against this. Totally unfair on you and everyone else. What do they think they are doing?

Xihha Thu 25-Jul-13 09:35:54

ThreesyDoesIt, how is it costing that much if theres no logo's? surely you could get it all from tesco/asda/morrisons which are pretty cheap?

My school uniform when i was at secondary school was black trousers/skirt, white shirt, school tie (£4 from the school office) and school jumper (£8, also from the school office), PE kit was whatever trainers, top and trousers/shorts we felt like wearing. The only rules on shoes was no stiletto heels and we could wear whatever coat we liked and they kept the uniform the same til about 3 years ago.

Sounds reasonable to me. Dd 1&2 are still in primary and their school does noy require their logo on uniform. Weve already spent over £300 and still have qiote a bit to buy has been.the same every year. No idea how some claim to do it as cheap.

shelsco Wed 24-Jul-13 08:42:26

Well I haven't included shoes, shirts, trousers in the total because I'm getting them from other shops rather than official supplier so that will bump up the cost as well. I'm amazed at what some people have to pay as I can't afford what we have to ay now let alone any more!

Posted too soon!!

I'm guessing I'll be lucky to have change from £400/£500 sad

Dd starts year 8 in September. Today we spent over £160 & still haven't got everything.

Tie £3.95
2 school blouses £16.99
Blazer £69.99
1 skirt £19.99 (need another)
Tights £6.95 (could probably have gotten these cheaper but school specifies a denier & I just got them in uniform shop)
Shoes £49.99

Still to buy jumper £25
Pe gear (ordered through school & compulsory: skort, polo shirt, logoed socks, school track suit, a hockey stick & laced trainers.

That doesn't count the school bag, pe bag etc, or coat.

It's so expensive & very unfair on families with a lot of children at school. In fact I said to dd today I couldn't understand how my mum afforded to have do many of us (8) and 6 of us were all st school at the same time. Madness.

I'm guessing I'll be l

shelsco Tue 23-Jul-13 20:11:16

I know I would still have to kit my kids out without the official uniform but its so much more expensive now its been changed. It isn't good quality and already the blazers look really tatty. It is completely pointless if they aren't making them wear it but they have to have it in their bag!
I think I will look at the Tesco embroidery service. The school does sell uniform but its exactly the same price as the shop. No second hand sales either! I don't think the stuff is decent enough quality to last a second person to be honest!
Can't believe that some people are paying £500 per child. I would have to take out a loan to buy it if ours cost that much. sad

chickensaladagain Tue 23-Jul-13 07:17:23

High school uniforms are nothing new

When I started state high school in 1989 I had to have

Blazer
Jumper
Tie
Regulation skirt
Shirt
Lab coat
CDT apron
Cookery apron
Polo shirt
Pe skirt
Pe sweatshirt
Regulation track pants
Running knickers
Hockey boots
Football boots
Hockey stick
Tennis racquet

And I'm a twin!

I then upset my parents by growing 5 inches in my first year

Certain items of uniform changed at the start of yr 10 to identify the older pupils

No second hand sales but lots of girls wearing boys blazers so I'm guessing there was a lot of handing down going on

Runningchick123 Tue 23-Jul-13 07:11:29

I think £169 for two children is very cheap - it's only an average of £84.50 per child.
My boys both started at new schools last year (one primary and one secondary) and I spent just over £550 and only bought the necessary essentials and had to replace some trousers and shirts through the year.
The primary uniform was the most expensive one, costing over £300 because it included a logo blazer, tie, 2 logo jumpers, logo coat, PE kit and swim kit.
The secondary aged child didn't need a blazer but did need logo shirts (bought five as they get sweaty at this age), logo jumpers, logo coat and a PE kit.
Thinking about it, I also had to buy them both a pair of school shoes and sports trainers which must have been another £120.
Fortunately a lot of the stuff still fits them and can be used again this year so I will only need to spend around £200 for new shoes and the items that need replacing.
I wish I could have kitted them out for £170 combined last year.

TeamGilbert1 Tue 23-Jul-13 06:41:39

I know some schools where the uniform is
Black jumper
Black skirt/trousers
White shirt
School tie £6
And whatever shoes they want.
Pe kit is supposed to be black and white but they wear whatever and teachers arn't fussed.

Half the student wear black shorts, black denims or not black school skirts but just normal black skirts. Teachers aren't really strict on that at that school half of the kids were coloured/black hoodies. The teachers generally dont mind as long as they follow the general outline of uniform. TBH there more fussed about ties :/

possum18 Tue 23-Jul-13 01:50:00

If money is tight most schools offer a service where you can request discount buying direct through the school? If you can get similar uniform (without logos) cheaper elsewhere you could print off school logo from internet and take it to a cheap embroidery store smile

piprabbit Tue 23-Jul-13 01:45:47

Lobby your school to sign up with the Tesco school uniform embroidery service. Blazers with logos are about £16, knitted cardigan with logo for £6.50.

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