So what have you spent on secondary transfer uniform so far?(72 Posts)
About £195 for us with another £100 to go, I reckon.
Been told I should have managed it all for about £50.
Anyone else want to share numbers?
I'm going to itemise it later, still have receipts, could take some back, in theory.
For a girl in my case.
DD started at a Private school in September and the uniform was £350. Was estimatedto be £450 but the second hand shop saved £100
Starting saving now - some of those amounts are huge!
Yes, I was going to say consider £300 well spent on uniform - if it comes in under that then consider yourself very lucky....
I would advocate having a savings pot (unless you are wealthy) as it's easier to drip feed a uniform fund than to resent paying for it as a chunk out of one's bank account....
Just imagine if you have twins or triplets???
Blouses are two for £45 here . I think the blazer was £128 . We are pleased she hasn't really grown much since she started and everything will probably last until Y12.
We seem to be the real cheapskates around here:
apart from one logo-ed pullover (at £14.99), all ds needs is a couple of pairs of black trousers, 3 or 4 blue shirts, a pair of (unspecified) black shoes and an unspecified PE kit (trainers, shorts and T-shirt) and some kind of raincoat. ASDA and Primark can supply all our needs. They don't inspect socks so he just picks up whatever he can find. All working out at under £100, and probably considerably cheaper than a non-uniform school.
Well, I find all these accounts very modest. It is now more than four years ago that I priced up dd's uniform and sportswear, including sports bag. It came to £700+ then there were two pairs of trainers, hockey stick and odds and ends I have forgotten, oh and mouth guard. I also fork out each term for insurance and private dental work, just in case. It's not that I am well off but that I think education is too important to skimp on. In a year when there have been widespread accounts of fewer A* and A level passes my dd's "leading public school" as journalists are want to describe them has had its best ever results and dd has had her first A* for Divinity. Who would have thought it possible of any offspring of mine, being a heathen myself!
State academy introducing new uniform for this years Y7s so no second hand options available plus DS very, very tall, big feet so all the most expensive prices on blazers etc etc:
Shirts - 3 packs (for variety of short/long sleeves) - M&S in 20% offer so - £24.40
Logo Blazer - £36 (would have been £25 if he'd been average 11/12 year size)
Logo Jumper - £17
3 pairs trousers - £55.50
2 school ties (don't know the attrition rate) - £12
Logo PE kit (shorts, hoodie, shirt, socks) - £53
Shoes x 2 pairs from Clarks - £105
Rucksack - £24
Pencils/case, set square, compass, ruler, rubbers, calculator, Oxford Eng. dictionary, French dictionary etc - £70 or thereabouts
Still have lunch money to put on the Magic Finger + emergency mobile top up.
Over £550 and this is for a state academy (previously private school), but am happy as if we had gone private then I would have had to pay this and the fees too
I posted on another thread that with one at primary and three at secondary we have easily spent in excess of £1k and on top of that have DSS uni expenses
Hi The uniform does cost a fortune. However I did find out that the dentist will make your child a mouth guard for free. I thought it would be useful to share this information
I posted earlier but my post is invisible or floating around cyberspace, not sure which.
I'm in Ireland too and last year DS started state secondary and I forked out over 1300 euros for books, uniform, bus ticket and supplies. We could have had a week in Spain nearly for that.
His uniform is one of the cheapest apparently at 430 euros including shoes and PE gear. Luckily I only have to get trainers this year but his books are around 200 euros.
Maryz I feel your pain it's so wasteful having different editions of books that can't be passed on. I have loads of primary books we can't re use though at least thy didn't cost as much as the secondary books.
When DS went to state secondary last year I spent an eye watering 1300 euro but most of that was on his books, bus ticket and supplies which aren't free here in Ireland. I got away relatively lightly with his uniform which cost 430 euros. It's the cheapest uniform of all the others around seemingly but none can be bought in chain stores only in the uniform shops, well except for shirts at any rate. This year thankfully he needs no uniform extras except for PE trainers but his books were nearly 200 euros so far and I have more to get.
Ah nuts, forgot about new backpack (old one falling to bits) & I let her choose a new pencil case. So hopefully real final total = £273-ish.
MrsS: you know how MNers are obsessed with washing, one skirt only washed twice washed all term? No one would admit that now.
Final numbers in, at least until her feet grow or stuff gets lost!: £250 because I got some 2nd hand items and cheap trainers & Brogues. It helps that DD is small so can still buy primary-size trousers in supermarket. Spent an hour last night getting names on everything. I find that PE kit is the worst for going missing so several name tags on each item of that.
I have spent over 500 pounds....and I think another 100 pounds to go...
btw does anyone know what type of one inch heeled black school shoes are the norm for Priorsfield???
How are we all doing?
I have tried to be clever and use mail order so as to spread the cost of transfer to secondary over two months (Hah!). So far I have spent about £200.
2 blouses (plan to get 2 more at 2nd hand sale)
1 school logo cardi (too small, DD has clearly been growing)
1 blazer (fine)
school shoes, need to get trainers and astroturfs (DD's right foot has had a growth spurt since July, may wait for the other one to catch up...)
hair elastic thingies in new uniform colour
PE skort (...far too small)
gum shield same size as old one but not chewed (cheapo boil in the bag so... OK)
have only found 1 shin pad, will presumably need to buy a new pair.
Still to buy: 1 regulation length "must be measured" school skirt, 1 new-this-year school coat, 1 school logo track top and trousers (more expensive than the skirt and blazer).
total cost anticipated: probably getting on for £300.
Can be recycled from Y6: swimsuit , scarf, hat, gloves, pencil case. have just put an old rucksack through washing machine .
Still must be a rough school Hulababy for your dd if she needs a gun shield
It's interesting to see how much stuff kids have these days (neither of mine have school uniform). When I was at school I had three school shirts (I would wear them each for two days), one school jumper (washed every weekend, if I got something down it, I sponged it off myself), one school skirt (dry cleaned at half term), one wool blazer (ditto). PE kit was aertex shirt (one, washed every weekend) and one pair of stretchy shorts (ditto). We had skirts and socks provided for hockey matches. No track suits, if you were cold, you just put your school jumper over the top.
Too much! School insists on a certain brand of sports kit. So one skort, one PE top, one pair track suit trousers and track top nearly £100. I kid you not. This doesn't include the optional waterproof at nearly £50!
Or the rest of the 'daily' school uniform. One jumper nearly £40, a school shirt £12 and plain skirt £18. Secondhand uniform shop is the way to go...
4 shirts, 2 trousers, pe shorts £42
blazer, 2 ties, 2 summer polos, rugby shirt, socks, pe shirt £70
still to get, gum shield and shin pads, will be less than £10
socks, shoes and trainers don't need replacing.
£150 so far. 3 school jumpers, 1 raincoat, 6 tshirts, 2 pe shirts, shin pads and football socks.
Still got 2 tracksuits, pe short, swimming trunks, 6 trousers, outdoor waterproof gear, clothes suitable for hiking/outdoor activites and trainers, shoes and walking boots to get.
Thank god Toad is going to a Sn secondary school that does not insist on everything being branded!!
Mine have an annoying tendency to have huge growth spurts in the first half of the Autumn term, which is why I've only bought one of each thing this time (apart from shirts). At least there's a younger brother it can be passed on to.
The other time they have a massive growth spurt is June, which is equally annoying.
£299.40 so far!!
£198.00 in John Lewis/M&S for blazer, five pairs of trousers, seven white shirts, two black pullovers, black rucksack and new kit bag
Remainder spent in school shop on items with school logo, but PE kit was changed for new school year, so have bought in two sizes in the belief that I will save money as price likely to go up not down in future years.
Still need to buy school shoes, trainers and football boots, pencil case contents and a sketch book for art.
Yes I guess my son may grow in the next 6 weeks, but as he is only just 11, the age 11-12 school stuff (smallest size) comes over his hands as it is, the likelihood of him needing age 13-14 by September is definitely nil.
We are also away for 3 of the next 6 weeks so really needs sorting out.
you can buy the blazer anywhere and sew the badge on
That would still be merely £20 if blazer bought new for us. And only if school sells badge separately (ours doesn't, school in a posh town I fear); also the way it looks is different from the embroidered ones. So the kids KNOW by how it looks, you know how teenagers hate to be different. Fine if most the parents have that option & are doing it so not an issue among the kids themselves.
My top advice to anyone in future will be to ask around about 2nd hand suppliers, though, I could have saved £40-£70 if I had know about them.
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