So what have you spent on secondary transfer uniform so far?

(72 Posts)
lljkk Sat 13-Jul-13 09:10:56

About £195 for us with another £100 to go, I reckon.
Been told I should have managed it all for about £50. confused
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.

About £200 on uniform and a further £100 on equipment.

Still to buy: school shoes, rugby boots, AstroTurf trainers.

Boy starting at state secondary.

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 13-Jul-13 09:24:33

Dd starting an independent vocational school. Spent just over £200 which includes everything except a pair of tap shoes she would have needed anyway & a pair of converse which she's been asking for for 12 months.

I just need to get a couple of plain white blouses now.

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 13-Jul-13 09:27:33

Checked receipt. We've got:

1 skirt
1 blazer
Pack of grey socks
Track suit
Official coat
Science apron
Tie
2 leotards
Ballet socks

Not included in figures:
New ballet shoes
New tap shoes
Converse
School shoes

Bumply Sat 13-Jul-13 09:41:35

So far £22 on four white shirts. First tie is supplied - replacements cost £6. Will use primary school grey trousers til he grows out of them. He'll probably need new shoes and I've promised him a Superdry jacket - he's been plaguing me for one for months, and he'll need something waterproof for the longer walk to secondary school.

Bit different from my grammar school that had a posh looking uniform with blazer/gabardine/beret/boater and a hook specific skirt/blouse/jumper.

NoComet Sat 13-Jul-13 09:48:28

List I did for this question when DD2 started last year
State secondary

Skirt £12
Blouse £5
Jumper £18
Trousers £12-£25 (next kids DD2, M&S ladies for much taller DD1)
Shoes £40
Socks/tights £10
Ties £5
=£103-126

PE
Skort £14
Polo shirt £7
Socks £6
Trainers £25
Tracksuit £28 (ok you don't have to have £18 named hoody)
=£80
Also Summer polo £7

That's £190 for uniform and in reality you need two packs of blouses (£20), three summer polo shirts (£21) and two jumpers (£36) and Sports mad DD3 could do with a second set of games kit (£21)
So that's plus 15, 14, 18, 21 =£68

£258 plus I got her a hockey stick and bag for Christmas.

It's a lot of money and if she was a boy it would be plus sports boots.

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 13-Jul-13 09:51:16

I forgot two jumpers are also in my list of purchases

lljkk Sat 13-Jul-13 10:18:20

Hmmm... I wonder what someone who only spends £50 does!! I still need to buy footie boots, a navy swimsuit, school shoes, tights, trousers and white socks.

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 13-Jul-13 10:37:37

It's possible to only spend £50 for a non logo primary school - but for secondary? A blazer alone is between £30-70 depending on the school/type.

Dd is very happy she can wear converse instead of trainers with her track suit smile.

Hulababy Sat 13-Jul-13 10:41:28

£220 so far:

2 skirts
3 blouses
1 jumper
1 track suit
1 shorts
1 skort
1 PE top
1 house top
1 science coat
5 pairs tights
5 pairs sock
2 hair bobbles
1 school hymn book
1 house badge

Still to get:
1 base layer for PE (forget it somehow last week)
Blazer (wasnt in stock)
Coat (any black or navy one)
Sports bag
White trainers
School shoes
Gun shield
School bag
Pencil case, pens, etc

Already had:
hockey stick
tennis racket
shin pads, etc#

Arisbottle Sat 13-Jul-13 10:51:14

One dd going up to state comp/secondary modern

Blazer £30
Blouse £17 each bought 3 so £51
Skirt £15 bought 3 so £45
Tie £5 bought 2 as she is quite scatty so £10
PE shorts £7
PE top £10 bought 2 so £20
PE fleece £15
PE socks £5 bought 2 £10
Skorts £15
Rugby shirt £19
Trainers £30
Football trainers £30
School shoes about £30

So just over £300, she still has to get school bag, stationary and equipment.

Arisbottle Sat 13-Jul-13 10:52:29

But we have five children to pay for, so it is an expensive time of year. Although dss is off to uni so expense of a different kind.

Arisbottle Sat 13-Jul-13 10:54:14

I am considering buying a second blazer as ours are a bit cheaper. Am a little concerned about her wearing the same one every day and am not sure how easy they are to clean and dry.

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 13-Jul-13 11:35:37

Everything of dds is machine washable as the boarders have it all put through the school laundry.

Hulababy Sat 13-Jul-13 11:38:03

Only get one blazer too. Not sure if washable, all I know is its made of recycled bottles!

Arisbottle Sat 13-Jul-13 11:41:23

I will see how she does with one. I just can't imagine wearing the same suit jacket every day.

Needtostopbuyingcrap Sat 13-Jul-13 11:41:52

So far about £200 and i haven't finished yet.
We could only buy the uniform from the school. The skirt with the school badge cost £25 alone.

I could cry at the amount of money i will need to spend.

lljkk Sat 13-Jul-13 12:57:17

Blazers are usually synthetic materials so dry very quickly, we are getting by fine with just one for 13yo DS. Don't forget they outgrow them, too. I spent:

£34, Blazer &
£26, 2x jumpers*
£22.40, 4 x white shirts &
£17, PE skorts in approved style &
£16.49, Gray skirt right length &
£11, 2x tie &
£8.20, PE blue jumper &
£6, school approved calculator
£5.50, one white polo ?&
£5 PE blue shorts
£5, hockey socks
£4, gumshield (DD is sporty)
£4, gym bag
£2.75, swim hat

* I know I could buy cheaper, but so nice they are 100% cotton
& I probably could have bought much cheaper, esp. 2nd hand, I'll know when she outgrows them!

cece Sat 13-Jul-13 13:13:04

DD has just finished Year 7 at a state secondary. Can't remember prices but this is what she has used this year.

General uniform
1 skirt
1 pair of trousers (however, she grew so much this year I have had to replace them twice)
pack of white ankle socks
boxes of skin tone tights for warmer days
thicker tights for colder days
1 pair of school shoes
5 blouses
3 summer term polo shirts
1 blazer

PE kit
school logo polo shirt
black shorts
black trackie bottoms
school logo hoody
trainers
black football socks
white sports socks

Not too bad, however, she is on her fifth bag.... and that one now needs replacing too.

cece Sat 13-Jul-13 13:13:31

sorry forgot the school logo cardigan

Maryz Sat 13-Jul-13 13:16:00

Try coming to Ireland.

ds2's first year books cost over 400 euro. And we couldn't even pass any down from dd as they are three year books and she was only two years ahead.

So we ended up with two sets of books, that we now can't sell as they have released new editions angry.

At least ds2 is using second hand uniform.

Ruprekt Sat 13-Jul-13 13:19:00

Ds is going up to secondary.......

So far........

A blazer for £25
House tie £4

Not had a list for equipment yet....just uniform!

derektheladyhamster Sat 13-Jul-13 13:26:33

Ds is going into yr 9, and I'm having to do it all again due the the blighter growing (and he hasn't started his growth spurt yet!)

Ha £108 got me trousers and a blazer.

I have spent around £500 so far, but think he has what he needs to start with, except shoes. We need to get them in September, his current ones will be regarded "too scruffy".

Arisbottle Sat 13-Jul-13 13:30:48

That must be private though quintessential so par for the course.

Tiggles Sat 13-Jul-13 22:52:29

I've ordered
2 school jumpers
2 school PE shirts
2 pairs sports socks
2 school ties (I know DS will lose one so will need a hidden spare!)
That came to £50
Then already bought 5 shirts £15
5 pairs black socks £6
2 pairs trousers (Got holes in current ones [sigh]) £8
football boots £15
2 sport shorts £4
So thats just short of £100
I guess I didn't need to buy 2 sets of sports equipment (which would have saved about £12) but they do PE twice a week so I'm guessing especially in the winter term doing rugby and footy it's going to get muddy and may not be much time to wash it inbetween.
Also bought German and Welsh dictionaries £15ish

sydlexic Sat 13-Jul-13 22:57:16

Did it last year spent about £400. Shoes are the biggest problem every time they go up a size you need to buy everyday shoes , school shoes, cricket shoes, football boots, athletics trainers, indoor trainers, not cheap.

Fairdene Sat 13-Jul-13 23:02:20

I don't do it until after the August bank hol but anticipate about £100 to £150, no more (including Clarks shoes). State, obviously, but top state and beats most of the indies, so uniform costs clearly aren't all.

BackforGood Sat 13-Jul-13 23:16:47

2 jumpers with logos - £29
3 blouses - think that was £11 (haven't got receipt in front of me)
logo'd PE shirt - £8

She'll be wearing dd1's hand me down trousers, but they were 2 for £10 in M&S sale

We have shorts and joggers (for PE) already in the wardrobe
She'll carry on using the bag she had in Yr6 until it wears out or, if she specifically wants a different sort it will be a birthday or Christmas present.
She already has shoes, and football boots, and things like pencil cases

So, pretending we were buying the trousers for her (rather than buying the next size for dd1 last year) it would come in just under £60.

iheartdusty Sat 13-Jul-13 23:24:38

can anyone recommend girl's white shirt/blouses?

100% cotton preferred, but 'easy iron' finish would be ideal. It needs to take a tie, so no open necks.

and DD says no to elbow length sleeves, but so far they all have these (unless wrist length) so I think she will have to lump it.

Tommy Sat 13-Jul-13 23:26:32

£5 on a badge for a blazer......

errrr - that's it so far.
Am I missing something?!

iheartdusty Sat 13-Jul-13 23:27:08

spent £105 so far;

1 blazer
2 skirts
2 jumpers
2 ties.

iheartdusty Sat 13-Jul-13 23:27:43

do you actually have the blazer Tommy? smile

OK, once we have bought the footwear, I estimate that we will have spent £384 in total. Here is the breakdown:

Items with logo from uniform supplier: £180
Blazer: £32
Tie: £5
Tracksuit top: £36
Tracksuit trousers: £24
PE shorts: £14
PE shirt: £19
Rugby shirt: £28
Rugby shorts: £22
Rugby socks: £8

Uniform from other shops: £59
Trousers: £7
Shirts x3: £12
Jumper: £10
Shoes: £30

Sports kit from other shops: £97
PE socks x2: £2
Trainers: £25
Rugby boots: £25
Hockey stick: £20
Shin guards: £8
PE bag: £5
Base layer: £12

Other equipment: £48
Fountain pen: £10
Calculator: £7
Padlock: £3
Flash drive: £3
French dictionary: £4
English dictionary: £7
Atlas: £14

This doesn't include backpack, coat, other stationery, spare tie etc.

All of the above is compulsory apart from the base layer, and they play rugby outside throughout the winter in a thin short-sleeved rugby shirt, so it's not really that optional unless your child is a lot more hardy than mine.

I think my mental arithmetic wasn't too accurate in the first section! grin

Can I blame the heat?

Tommy Sun 14-Jul-13 12:52:12

you can buy the blazer anywhere and sew the badge on smile

whendidyoulast Sun 14-Jul-13 22:51:03

Why the bloody hell would you need a school hymn book? Surely there is no school that expects you to practise at home? confused

whendidyoulast Sun 14-Jul-13 22:52:31

And why are you all buying school uniform for September now? Don't you know your children will grow?

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 14-Jul-13 23:23:19

Because the school outfitters is 40 miles away. Also lots of friends told me that last year unless they ordered before the schools broke up they didn't get the stuff in time.

BackforGood Sun 14-Jul-13 23:29:15

Oddly enough when - parents take that into consideration, and all Yr7s I know have a good 2 years growing room in their first uniforms ~ surely it's the law that all Yr7s start at their new schools with sleeves down over their hands, etc ?

The 2 Uniform shops anywhere near accessible from here are manic once you get into the 2nd half of August, it really makes a lot of sense to get the stuff on the evening they come into school, and you are only sharing them with the other 150ish new starters, not the thousands and thousands across the city.

Hulababy Mon 15-Jul-13 07:01:21

I've taken into account growth. We needed to make an appointment at the school shop and we are away for latter half of the holidays anyway.

Hulababy Mon 15-Jul-13 07:02:45

School hymn book is on the list. Who knows why. But it was about £5 so least of the costs so not an issue. It's not state so can do what it likes I guess.

£212 - mainly on sports kit

Still need to get calculator, trousers, shirts & four - yes four- pairs of shoes (school shoes, astro turf trainers, indoor trainers, football boots).

State grammar.

We were given an appointment day at the school to go and get the logo'd uniform. It's all huge - I'll be stunned if he's grown into it by year 9 tbh - it may do him his whole secondary career grin

LadyIsabellaWrotham Mon 15-Jul-13 07:21:07

50 quid in the second hand sale. Still got lab coat, shoes and white trainers to get, which will push it well over 100. No blazers thank heavens.

lljkk Mon 15-Jul-13 08:46:50

why are you all buying school uniform for September now? Don't you know your children will grow?

Mine don't,, they specialise in not growing I think. DC don't do growth spurts. Actually, I tell a small fib. The teenager is going thru a "Must Eat Food Franticness" at the moment; I think that might be a growth spurt, so am holding off on buying his next pair of shoes until as late as possible.

lljkk Mon 15-Jul-13 08:51:29

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.

Tiggles Mon 15-Jul-13 09:44:16

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.

Sunnymeg Fri 19-Jul-13 11:34:12

£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. grin

Still need to buy school shoes, trainers and football boots, pencil case contents and a sketch book for art.

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.

£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!!

crunchbag Fri 19-Jul-13 14:18:37

non badged:
4 shirts, 2 trousers, pe shorts £42

badged
blazer, 2 ties, 2 summer polos, rugby shirt, socks, pe shirt £70

total £112

still to get, gum shield and shin pads, will be less than £10

socks, shoes and trainers don't need replacing.

Schmedz Fri 19-Jul-13 17:01:51

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...

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 20-Jul-13 23:20:23

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.

Loshad Sat 20-Jul-13 23:58:14

Still must be a rough school Hulababy for your dd if she needs a gun shield grin

Pragmatica Sat 17-Aug-13 19:44:28

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...)
hockey socks
knee-high socks
hair elastic thingies in new uniform colour
PE skort (...far too small)
PE top
leotard
cycle shorts
gum shield same size as old one but not chewed (cheapo boil in the bag so... OK)
swimbag
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 smile, scarf, hat, gloves, pencil case. have just put an old rucksack through washing machine grin.

Kenlee Sun 18-Aug-13 03:35:27

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???

lljkk Sat 24-Aug-13 07:18:11

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.

lljkk Sat 24-Aug-13 07:22:02

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.

microcosmia Sat 24-Aug-13 23:18:06

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.

microcosmia Sat 24-Aug-13 23:34:43

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.

mumtwo3 Mon 26-Aug-13 10:50:39

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

Arisbottle Mon 26-Aug-13 11:14:00

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

Marmitelover55 Mon 26-Aug-13 17:22:04

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 grin

mimbleandlittlemy Tue 27-Aug-13 17:03:35

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

Oooh, £396.90.

Still have lunch money to put on the Magic Finger + emergency mobile top up.

Nicky898 Sat 07-Sep-13 14:10:19

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!

cory Sun 08-Sep-13 12:34:40

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.

marriedinwhiteisback Fri 20-Sep-13 22:57:58

Blouses are two for £45 here shock. I think the blazer was £128 shock shock. We are pleased she hasn't really grown much since she started and everything will probably last until Y12.

gazzalw Sun 22-Sep-13 14:45:16

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???

BlackberrySeason Mon 23-Sep-13 11:14:19

Starting saving now - some of those amounts are huge!

HermioneGranger38 Fri 25-Apr-14 16:55:25

DD started at a Private school in September and the uniform was £350. Was estimatedto be £450 but the second hand shop saved £100 grin

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