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F&F School Uniform feedback thread

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Jul-13 12:03:31

This thread is for the 100 MNers who have been trying out the new school uniform range from F&F.

Here's what they say about the range: "At F&F we're really proud of the value and quality of our products and have spent the last year really improving our schoolwear range. Our schoolwear offering, which is available online all year round, is designed to last. With features including Teflon® fabric protector across skirts, trousers and pinafores, we believe that we've made it easier to get those stains out. Also, we've included adjustable waistbands to ensure a more comfortable fit for your children that will also help the items last that little bit longer as they grow. Finally, we've helped reduce the ironing with our permanent pleats in skirts."

Below are a couple of questions for you to answer, but please also feel free to add any other comments you may also have.

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Thanks,

Michelle @ MNHQ

Picking my order up tonight, ds will be testing it tomorrow!

ShatnersBassoon Tue 16-Jul-13 12:40:52

First day of wearing shorts, short-sleeved shirts and socks. All have been washed yesterday evening and this morning.

Shorts were fine, but I'm glad I ordered the smaller of the sizes I was dithering over or they'd have been like something from It Ain't Half Hot, Mum! There is a polyester sheen to the fabric which I'm not keen on, it gives them a cheap look which I haven't found in the shorts they've worn previously (M&S cheap polyester jobs!).

Shirts were also fine, although thinner and rougher than their other shirts (M&S easy iron). Good value for money though as they are cheaper than the last M&S ones I bought.

Socks are excellent and don't seem to have shrunk up in the wash, so I didn't have to stretch them back into shape as I have with their usual school socks.

500internalerror Tue 16-Jul-13 12:42:58

We bought trousers, sweatshirts, polo tops, shirts, and v necked jumpers. I cant remember the exact cost - around £75 worth.

The sweatshirts are thinner than I expected, but they seem fine so far - they might be a bit shivery in outdoor PE once it gets colder though?

The trousers seem good quality, but tbh, they haven't tried them out because the sizing is HUGE, so I will have to keep them for the Sept 2014!!! The leg length was waaay over! I did see a slightly more 'trendy' lookinf pair of trousers (cant remember what they were called), but they didn't have them in ds's size, so he had to settle for normal ones. He likes to push the unifrom boundaries, & be a bit stylish whilst technically being within the rules!

The polo shirts are great value; we got some of the two-packs, and also a Value one (to take the total over £100! ). The latter is fab for 75p!

The v neck jumpers are also fine so far; they haven't shrunk exactly,but have definitely gone a bit stiffer since washing, as if the stitching has tightened up whilst remaining the same size (if that makes sense).

I have no idea if this stuff will last as long as other makes, but I suspect so. Everything is pretty like for like these days. We usually get Asda as its cheap, but have some M&S hand me downs that have lasted 3 kids! Shirts, though, don't need to wear well because they get covered in marker pen (thank you school for letting them have those...) and nothing will get it out, so they get thrown away for that reason before they have time to wear out.

Like I mentioned on the other thread, i really wish Tescos had a plain black school coat - that two tone one would be a no no for our school.

CaptainSweatPants Tue 16-Jul-13 12:47:02

Q1. I bought the polo shirts, one pleat trousers, PE shorts, school shorts, PE trousers & school socks

Q2. at the price I paid I was very impressed with the quality
So far I've washed the polo shirt & school shorts once & they came out of the wash very well

Q3 I didn't buy anything Teflon coated but need to double check

Q4 To be honest I need to use it more & wash it more before giving more detailed feedback . I expect longevity in good quality school uniform so a study such as this that asks for feedback after a week is a bit short sighted in my opinion

Q5 I would recommend to friends & family because the price is unbeatable

skyeskyeskye Tue 16-Jul-13 13:08:37

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought 2 x pinafore, 2 x summer dress and 2 x socks and 2 x polo shirts. The total cost was around £30 so far and I will be purchasing more items for September. The items are very good value for money

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I thought that the quality was good, thick material, well sewn seams etc. The summer dresses came with a scruncy hairband which my daughter loves

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

DD came home from school covered in yellow and green paint. Sadly these stains have not washed out, so I think I need to use a Stain Devil on them. The pinafores have washed well, so I think the Teflon coating has worked well on them if they have it

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

My daughter is aged 5. She is not overweight, but is quite tall, broad across the back and chunky in her arms and legs. I had previously bought age 5-6 dresses for her, but these were too short and struggled to get them over her head. I decided to buy age 7-8 summer dresses. These were a perfect knee length on her, however she really struggles to get her arm into the second sleeve. These dresses had a zip, but the problem is the same with buttons

It would be good if the zip/buttons could start slightly further down the dress, so that it is easier to put on. She screams every morning when trying to get her second arm in and for that reason, the dresses with buttons right down the whole dress are easier to wear, but the ones with half zips look much smarter and are easier for DD to dress herself

*She also had to have a bigger size in pinafores, for the length as I dont like sending her to school in a dress that barely covers her bottom!"

The socks are fantastic, white with a blue check frill/line/bow around the top. 5 pairs for £4 and they match the school uniform perfectly and come in two shades of blue which is great as we have bought dresses in both shades.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would definitely recommend the school uniform, although I would recommend to friends that they buy a size bigger than they think they will need. It is all very cheap and from past experience with polo shirts etc, they wash and wear repeatedly, very very well.

Tesco Clubcard vouchers can be used and when they are on double up exchange, it makes life very easy and cheap for parents who may not have a lot of money

The little touches like matching socks, hairbands etc are excellent and DD goes off to school each day looking very smart

puddock Tue 16-Jul-13 14:16:37

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

For my 5 year old DS I bought 6 polo shirts, 3 pairs grey pleat-front trousers, PE kit (2 navy shorts, 2 white T shirt and plimsolls), and some socks and pants. His school has logo jumpers and doesn't wear regular shirts, so this is a full rig, and came to about £50, which seems pretty good value to me - though as CaptainSweatPants says above, even with a very prompt order, this only gives us a week to try them out, so can't comment on how well anything stands up to repeated wearing and washing.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Everything looks acceptable. The polo shirt we've worn so far does the job, although if I was being very picky I'd say that the very tips of the collar could be better finished - slight fraying/loose thread effect right out of the packet.
The grey trousers are slightly darker than expected (darker than this years' M&S budget range ones), but they'll be fine. I was very pleased that they were available in shorter leg length - although I will still have to shorten them I think. The cut is high quality - deep pockets, proper button pocket at the back, zip fly properly aligned.
I was a bit surprised by the PE shorts - they're shiny and slippery and quite thin - football style - though if I'd noticed they were 100% polyester I would probably have guessed this. I would have liked to see an option of shorts in a thicker cotton.
The hugest hit from my son's point of view was the black socks with multicoloured days of the weeks on the sole.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Can't comment yet as trousers have not been washed. I will come back to the thread if I have anything to add on this point in the next few days! They look thinner and shinier than standard trousers - time will tell.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
Keep the various leg length on the trousers. Or better still, sell trousers that come very short with a large hem to let down, then there'd be less altering for parents of shortlegged boys to do.
Add cotton PE shorts to the range.

Website could be streamlined to help someone buying a whole load of uniform. Allow user to specify just once what their child(ren)'s age/size is, and what colours, then you could offer options to help fill the basket. e.g. if someone buys grey trousers, suggest grey shorts, socks. If this was done subtly so it didn't come over as pushy, it could make the process of ordering quicker and easier. You might also consider suggested quantities (helpful to parents whose child is starting in reception perhaps - the Mumsnet tip about getting 6 shirts so you have one for each day and a pristine one for the school photograph for instance), again, if not done pushily, this might appeal.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Bit early to say. So far, the trousers look promising, I'm not bowled over by the rest but it all seems adequate and well-priced. I would have been prepared to pay a little more for uniform made of cotton that is organic and fairly traded.

morethanpotatoprints Tue 16-Jul-13 14:52:54

Picking my order up tomorrow, there was a problem with ordering online for some reason it doesn't accept all the evouchers at once.

Hi I've had an email come through saying I've been selected for the product test and that I should have my product soon but no voucher has appeared. Has anyone else had this or have I been emailed in error? This email cam through today, v confused. TIA

firawla Tue 16-Jul-13 16:23:59

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I got some packs of polo shirts, school trousers and school shorts and a jumper and this all came to about 20 pounds and I will buy more nearer to sept. I think its great value tbh!

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Yes, good quality I saw no problem with it.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I'm not sure if the trousers are teflon or not I hadn't noticed

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Some of the jumper colours could be a bit more clearly labelled. Various shades of red all labelled red, if you could make it maroon etc it will be easier/clearer to find the rarer colours

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes - very good value. I find the official school jumpers from dc's school such bad quality and so expensive, I would really rather buy all tesco things but then dc moans about no logo but I feel the value and quality is better!

Lilyloo Tue 16-Jul-13 16:45:56

Q1 I bought 6 polo shirts, 2 trousers, school shoes for dd2 and d's, tights, socks, skirts and pe kit. I spent 75.00 and also got some trousers for work for myself. Yes I thought this was great value.

Q2 The quality seems fine but I thought the trousers seemed a little thin , dark (grey) and to shiny which makes them look cheap.

Q3Am yet to wash them so will come back to that.

Q4 I felt

tanfastic Tue 16-Jul-13 20:30:48

Hi

I received my order last week. I have one ds aged five and I bought 2 pairs of grey Teflon coated trousers in longer length age 5-6, 2 pairs of Teflon coated shorts, 8 polo shirts, leather shoes and PE shorts.

On first inspection I must say I was very impressed with the quality and price, the polo shirts are equal quality to the M&S and Asda ones he already has but for £1 each are an amazing price. My ds is tall for his age but I was glad to see the shirts are very roomy and nice and long. They wash well and retain their shape .

The shorts are fab. Well cut and a nice dark grey. The length are perfect for ds just touching the knee. The adjustible waist on one pair doesn't work on one side as the elastic has been stitched over but that is my only complaint. He got chocolate on one pair which washed out no problem.

I haven't had chance for him to wear the long trousers yet but he has tried them on and I'm very impressed. I struggle to get trousers long enough in the leg (whilst still being slim in the waist) for ds so decided to try the age 5-6 in longer length. They were perfect and ds looked very grown up in them as they have a tapered leg and proper fly and catch unlike the straight up and down pull up ones he presently wears.

The leather school shoes are great, a perfect fit and equal quality to the Clarks he presently wears.

With regard to the Teflon coating I noticed the sheen on the items I ordered which I assume is the Teflon coating. It's more noticeable than the Teflon items I have from M&S. I haven't noticed any difference in getting stains out to items I already have to be honest.

In a nutshell the quality of the items more than matched my expectations and were on an equal par to M&S but cheaper. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them.

morethanpotatoprints Tue 16-Jul-13 20:50:10

DrHarleen

I too had problems and had to do 4 separate orders as only one set of numbers, which I believe are the vouchers would fit in the box provided.
I think you just get numbers which look like MNY8K**** and there are 4 of them. I presumed each was worth £25.
Can anybody verify this and also how did you get it to accept more than one voucher in the order. confused

I thought I'd managed to collect my order this morning, but had a phone call this evening to say that there had been a mistake and they'd give me someone else's order. I have a double barrelled surname and am quite used to companies making up their own version, so thought nothing of getting a parcel with Mrs S Ponsonby on the label rather than Mrs M Ponsonby-Smythe.

Sadly Mrs S Ponsonby had actually ordered stuff which I now have grin.

However, in the interests of this feedback thread, I did go to the big Tescos near me tonight and had a proper look at the school uniform, ad I have to say, it did all look pretty good. Good quality, firm seams, nice styles. Will get DD to actually wear her stuff when I get my order tomorrow, and do some proper feedback then. Wonder how apologetic they'll be tomorrow morning wink?

Lilyloo Tue 16-Jul-13 21:25:46

Q4 I felt that the website would benefit from recommending uniform for each age group. The ages were confusing as they could be read as school years rather than ages. There was limited stock and I couldn't get quite. Few things in the sizes I wanted. Also why stop elasticated waist bands past the age of 10 - 11? My d's is small so I went for that size but if he was taller I would want an age 11- 12 but still need an elasticated waistband.

Q5 yes I would recommend it it all seems good value but still reserving judgement on the trousers. And want to see how the polo shirts / shoes fair. Maybe keep this going in September when they have a good run wearing them.

ISeeSmallPeople Tue 16-Jul-13 21:46:45

DrHarleen I've just had an odd email too, & no vouchers or other message. Mine said...

^Hi Mumsnetter,

Thank you for signing up for the F&F schoolwear product test. Hopefully you've received your items now and are in the process of testing them out. When you feel ready to add your feedback please do so on this feedback thread^

Does anyone know is this email a mistake or am I meant to have voucher hopeful smile? How did those who have vouchers receive them?

morethanpotatoprints Tue 16-Jul-13 21:53:13

I see

Mine said the same, but there were numbers if you scroll down to the bottom, or maybe they were cut off.
Perhaps return the email and ask for your numbers.

mycatoscar Tue 16-Jul-13 22:00:34

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought long and short sleeved white blouses, pleated skirts, summer dresses and a school coat for dd, spent around £60

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

All seems good quality, similar to M and S which I bought last year and better than some I have previously bought at various supermarkets. Particularly pleased with the summer dresses which button all down the front and have a tie waist - excellent features for the price.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I haven't had to get stains out of any of the uniform yet but the feel and wash of the skirts was good after washing, they were Teflon coated but I don't think anything else was.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

The school coat was really not very generously sized compared to the rest of the clothes. If it hadn't have been free I would be returning for a larger size as I can't see it lasting beyond Christmas.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would. For quality and value for money.

ISeeSmallPeople Tue 16-Jul-13 22:12:36

Thanks morethan
No numbers on the email I got today, I scrolled as far as it would go smile.
I've replied now, so wait to hear from tower HQ to see if I was indeed one of the chosen grin

shaztwins1 Tue 16-Jul-13 22:17:39

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

i bought quite a range of school items both for boys and girls, trousers, tshirts,skirts,blouses , socks, underwear, jogger pants plus i bought dd a winter coat which i cant test yet as its too nice grin im sure it will be fine. I spent £102 in total & bought dd some summer items too but spent most of it on uniform. Im pleased with the amount i got for the money.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I was a little disappointed with the school skirt as the pleats dont stay in very well after wear or washing (dont have this trouble with her next school skirts & next are cheaper ) im a lazy moo busy working mum so dont like to spend hours a long time ironinggrin pants were fab though both boys found them very comfy to wear (no holes in the knees) so withstood boyish play. dd's blouses wash very well and i found these very easy to iron bearly any creases after washing. material on all items felt nice and not cheap flimsy material so should last a good while yet.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I dont remember buying anything teflon coated but im pretty sure the school pants i bought both boys must have it as they were pristine when they came home and usually they are rotten after rolling all over the floor playing football. I think they will stay cleaner than normal and quite liked them to be honest.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

pleats that stay in the skirts after washing would be fantasticgrin more variety of skirts as well as this was the only skirt dd liked (fussy 8 yr old )

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes i would, i usually buy all schoolwear from next as it lasts well & washes/fits lovely but i have to admit tescos was just as good though not cheaper in many items & i was quite surprised in all honesty i didnt think it would be as good but it was.

thank you very much for choosing us for the test my monsters are all kitted out for the next school yr grin

MrsRochestersCat Tue 16-Jul-13 22:24:44

I spent just over £80 plus delivery. I have quite a lot to say!

Question 1, 2 and 3.

For DD2 (11 years old) I bought:
Knee high socks - pack of five
Crop-tops, white - pack of five
Vests, white - pack of three
Tights - 40 denier nylon tights - two pack
Polo tops, white with ruffle detail - sold separately
Plain polo tops, white - pack of two
A knitted scallop edged cardigan
A hooded, zip-up PE jumper
Pinafore - Jersey material
Pinafore - normal uniform fabric (cotton mix?)
Skirt - jersey material, no detail
Skirt - normal uniform fabric, elasticated waist two-pack
Skirt - 'buy one give one' (love this!) normal fabric
A blazer
A button-up summer dress with sash.

For DD1 (14) I ordered:
A value (75p) polo top
A jersey cardigan
A normal uniform skirt

My children are fairly stocky, both very well developed (womanly) for their age. DD2 is slightly tall for her age, but still buy age appropriate clothes (size 10-11 years). DD1 is adult size 8-10, short or 15-16 in child clothes - I bought according to the size I would usually purchase. Both go down a size for skirts due to tiny waist. It is unusual to find trousers to fit (due to tiny waist and large bum). In either option I will only look for adjustable waist to save messing about with returns.

There were no trousers either would wear, despite searching two stores I couldn't find a replacement skirt for DD1, they were all too wide or when width was okay, too short.

All the items were well priced, therefore by 'value' I am marking by poor quality; anything I had to throw away or replace - waste of time spent, waste of cloth, waste of money.

Poor value :

- Pack of vests. These were too thin (actually see-through) and twisted terribly in the first wash - they tangled around DD to an extent I had to throw them out. (I tried to pull them straight when wet and tried to iron the straight.) Further to this, the edging turned a horrible grey colour after just one wash (40 degrees, biological liquid).

- Jersey cardigan. Horrible design - imagine a wide and short school regulation PE sweatshirt with buttons. I haven't washed it because I aim to return it at some point.

- value polo top. Very thin (to the point of being see through), with a white bra/crop top it could be okay. However, it twisted and shrunk in the wash (40 degree wash, line dry). This was bad - the collar ended up two inches above the sleeves in hunch-back fashion, the arm holes were tiny, the fabric twisted terribly - as with the vests.

- All the dresses. These have been made with a huge amount of spare fabric and very little shape - Think potato bag! Even on DD1 the pinafores were too wide (although far too short). I understand the need to cater for all sizes and with the spare at least I could take the dresses in, but I don't have time for that sort of messing about. Perhaps a re-think is in order because my children are not thin.

...Tesco, children do not want to become tangled in their clothing, nor to I wish to spend twice as long on each item trying to iron the clothes in to straight order. There is such a simple solution - cut the cloth along the weave! I am skint, I would love to be able to spend 75p on a top, but these are just rude to those of us who are trying to keep a tight budget.

Good Value

- The ruffle polo tops. These are very very pretty. Surprisingly thick, they have kept a nice crisp white colour so far and keep their shape nicely in the wash. They are slightly long (which DD likes - I would prefer this length tucked in, DD would not - this is not a huge issue), otherwise these are a very good fit.

- The scalloped edge cardigan. This is also very pretty and well made, although too thin for colder months - it seems to be exactly the same make as in Sainsburys and Asda. I am yet to find a thicker cardigan anywhere else so I can't fault Tesco on it. (If you manage to make a thicker, pretty cardigan - that doesn't fall apart al la John Lewis - then you can guarantee I would return to you for uniform Tesco.)

- 'Buy One Give One' Skirt. The skirt is good value in it's self, but for each item sold in this range Tesco donate a whole uniform (not sure who to). I really like this idea!

- The blazer - this only just makes the 'good value' list - again it is far too wide, a little too long, and when DD lifts her arms the whole jacket lifts up and her elbows appear (wide girth, short arms, too low armpit holes). The fabric is a little too shiny for my liking. I haven't dare try to wash it because I hate ironing blazers. However, for the price (ten pounds! Rather than the usual £50 (£80 for DD1!), I would definitely purchase this again - giving DD strict instructions not to lift her arms ;) A grey option would be fab.

- The zip-up PE hoody. This is a little thin, so won't be suitable for winter, nor do I think it will hold it's colour for long - but it is a PE top. Otherwise very well made, a good fit.

- The summer dress with a sash. Again, this only just makes this list - it is too wide (pulled in with the tie-up sash), and the accompanying scrunchy was not very 'scrunchy' (there was no elasticity): not a problem for me, but DD found this very upsetting - the matching scrunchy was the thing she was most looking forward to. With the sash pulled in this dress looked lovely, DD loves wearing it - the button holes are well made, the fabric is thick enough to maintain modesty, without being too hot. There is a nice detail to the collar, the colour is good and looks like it would keep very well.

- The socks. Have kept their shape, are the correct length (stop just below the knee) and don't appear to be loosing colour in the wash. I particularly like that there is a pack of five - one for each day.

- The crop-tops. These are very well made, a great size (not too wide, not too tight), DD finds them comfy. They are white (so don't stand out under the polo tops - something DD dislikes), and have washed very well keeping their colour and shape. Again, I really like that there are five in the pack. The only addition I might make is the addition of a little support, perhaps with some darting?

Question 4

I found the selection for teenagers very poor. DD1 (14) actually turned everything down. For instance DD would only like to wear skater skirts now they have been approved at school - there was nothing fashionable. I did persuade her to test items in the house.

Only a small portion of the items delivered were listed on the delivery note, which suggests there should have been a second delivery note. There is definitely one item missing - but without the delivery note I can't be sure if this just failed to 'update' on the web page, or if it is on it's way in a later delivery.

I would like to suggest that Tesco put some serious work into their website - for such a large company, this website 'feels' incredibly cheap! It behaves very cheap too - it is slow to keep track of purchases, the total does not keep up a pace. It takes ages to load a new page or filter selections (tried two different computers). Shopping can not be done during lunch or whilst dinner is cooking - this is a crucial factor for me. It is very disappointing to have to put things back.

It is also very very frustration to think I had all the uniform sorted, only to have items cancelled just before delivery, due to being out of stock. I can't afford another £4/5 on postage for replacements, nor do I have time to go through the whole online shopping process only for goods to be cancelled again - I went searching through two local stores and found replacements for most, except a skirt for DD1. I wanted to find at least one outfit to test for DD1, and a good range for DD2 (easier to please) - if I wasn't product testing, I would have turned to Asda, M&S or John Lewis, because I know their online ordering and size systems work.

I think this shopping experience has unpleasantly 'flavoured' my purchases - they are not such shiny-fab new items. Having started out so excited, I feel a bit of an ungrateful sour puss. I hope at least this helps develop the site.

Question 5

If the website was up to scratch I would probably recommend F&F to friends - although there is nothing in particular that makes F&F stand out from Asda, or Sainsburys - the price puts F&F above M&S and John Lewis (fab polo tops and 'Buy One Give One' do not make up for the hassle'). With the website being so difficult, the cancelled items and poor sizing would put me off risking this again, as such I would not jump to recommend F&F.

androbbob Tue 16-Jul-13 23:12:07

Marking my place to update tomorrow - washing in machine for early morning wash and on line to dry before work.

Geniene Wed 17-Jul-13 12:15:42

I am really pleased with my uniform order smile

Q1
I ordered 5 Polo shirts, 4 trousers, 2 school sweatshirts and 2 school V Neck jumpers and a fleece lined reversable rain mac, some leather school shoes and school socks. Total cost around £80 which I think is great value for money.

Q2
The overall quality and feel of the uniform really impressed me. I usually buy all my kids clothes and uniforms from Next and am used to high quality so I was super happy when this arrived and I found the quality to be just as good. The jumpers have washed really well and altohugh it's early days show no signs of shrinking or fading. The shoes look very smart so hopefully they'll last. I was very pleasantly surprised by the overall quality.

Q3
The trousers I bought were Teflon fabric and I have to say that they look great, and the feel of the fabric is good. They don't seem to attract dirt which is brilliant, some fabrics seem to get very dirty and are hard to clean but my DS hasn't had a problem with these, they have also washed well and haven't held onto any stains or marks at all. To early to tell how durable they are but so far so good.
The rest of the uniform in general seems to be ok as far as keeping clean and stain free, the jumpers obviously haven't had alot of wear due to the weather but the couple of times they have been worn and washed, I have had no problems and there are no marks on them at all.

Q4
The main thing I would like to see changed is the fit of the trousers. My DS is quite a small build, tall but thin. I find with the trousers that although you can adjust the waist, the general fit, especially bottom and thigh area are way too big. I have in the past ordered school trousers from Next and they offer a standard fit, slim fit and plus fit. I have always found the slim fit a perfect fit for DS in the correct age group so they also fit him in the leg length.
Apart from that I think they have it pretty spot on.

Q5
I would happily recommend the F&F school uniform to family and friends, and have infact done so already.

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to test the uniform. I am really very happy with it all.

Place marking for tomorrow.

ceebeegeebies Wed 17-Jul-13 12:46:25

Hi, my thoughts below smile

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought some pale blue polo shirts, some Signature grey cargo shorts, grey trousers and a pair of boys shoes. I spent about £50 on these. Definitely good value for money, particularly the polo shirts which were £1 each! I would have liked to buy a lot more but there was limited choice in my DC's sizes

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I would say the quality was better than expected. For £1 I wasn't expecting much from the polo shirts but they are good quality, have been washed a couple of times now and still look better than others I have bought from other supermarkets. The shorts are also good quality. Unfortunately I haven't been able to test the trousers due to the weather (grin) and DS1 has only worn his new shoes 4 times so far so still too early to tell if they will last

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I am not sure if I did buy any of these - if I did it wasn't well advertised as I don't remember reading it

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

If you can produce a polo shirt that doesn't need ironing, that would be great - the only one I have found that so far doesn't need ironing is the expensive one from the specialist supplier with the school logo on. Have more in stock online as I would have liked to have ordered more items but couldn't

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Definitely - I have been very impressed with it. The polo shirts look smart (once I have ironed them wink) and feel to be good quality - cannot believe how cheap they were. I love the shorts aswell although I did go for the more expensive Signature ones as these were the only ones available in DS1's size. I would have liked to be able to test them over a longer period but the DC break up from school on Friday so the uniform will be going in a drawer and I hope it still fits in September - however, the first day DS1 wore his new shorts, shirts and shoes last week, he looked very smart - particularly as he was looking VERY scruffy previously as I was using old uniform that had seen better days

I haven't had my email with the codes, I had an email asking me to leave feedback but no codes received yet. Can someone please look at my email and get back to me.

thanks

muminthecity Wed 17-Jul-13 13:27:13

Marking my place - will leave feedback tonight after work.

trikken Wed 17-Jul-13 13:43:27

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought the 2 pack White Pique Polo Shirts, Basics Boys School Trousers in grey and also the Boys Pleat Front School Trousers so we could compare the two (bought two of each type). Unisex School sweatshirts in (bright) red, The 2 pack of Boys Easy Iron Short Sleeve School Shirts, The 2 Pack of Boys easy Iron Long Sleeve School Shirts. I spent around £50. I would say it is excellent value for money.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

The quality of the clothes exceeded my expectations. The sweatshirts I thought were particularly nice and a lovely colour. I thought that they and The pique polo shirts were both lovely materials and softer than I expected them to be. The sweatshirts are a decent thickness which we liked. Even the cheaper boys trousers (Basics) I was pleasantly surprise with and loved the grey colour and feel to these, they look very well made for the price. They do have a slight shine but I quite like it and think it adds to the smartness of the trousers. I wouldn't have thought they were basics to look at. The pleated trousers I like too. They are nice and long which is good with a tall ds but we did have to adjust the middle which is fine and liked that you could do this as most of the others I've bought in this size didn't have the elastic adjuster (8-9) Both long and sort sleeved shirts look good too. The sweatshirts did make the polo shirts very red and fluffy but I expected this of all the school type sweatshirts but everything has washed really well, and looks clean, even the chocolate sauce ds managed to get down the front of his polo shirt has come out so pleased with that. I did stick a colour run sheet in when I washed the sweatshirt as was was worried about the colour running and i'm glad I did.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I did buy the teflon coated trousers and thought they were well made and liked the look of them and they have washed very well so far. (ds did manage to get his trousers filthy the first day of testing so they did get a good test in whether they'd come out clean). I'm not sure about whether they are more durable than trousers of other ranges but I think they certainly would be just as durable. I do think it is a very good idea as my ds gets his clothes very messy in a short amount of time, so anything that helps keep the clothes looking nice is brilliant.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Sizing in trousers was a bit of an issue, everything else seemed fine but my ds is really skinny, so the basics trousers were too big around the middle and had no adjuster (but I cant complain for the price plus normally would try them on him before buying but didn't for this test.) Again second the website stating the colours a bit better for the sweatshirt as had to guess which one was the right red. Overall I thought the schoolwear range was excellent, did find it difficult to get the right size though as a lot of things I wanted was out of stock in his size.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I certainly would recommend them, brilliant value and everything looks really nice.

Generally delighted with my order. The click and collect service also makes it really easy for busy people to manage shopping for things like uniform, although obviously there is something of a risk when "buying blind" in terms of children's clothes.

I bought uniform items for my DS (an above average sized 9.5 year old) and my DD (also tall for age 7, will be 8 in September)

Here are my answers:

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

For DD I bought pique polo shirts, and a permanent pleat grey school pinafore dress. A 2 pack of polo shirts is £3.50 in age 9 - 10 which I think is excellent value for money. The dress was £6, again amazing value.

For DS I bought the pique polo shirts from the "buy one give one range", and bought for him in age 11 - 12. At £5 for a pack of 2, I do feel that this is good value. I also bought a 2 pack of grey flat front school shorts in age 10 - excellent value at £5.50, and a pair of pleat front school trousers in age 11 - 12 (cost of £6)

I didn't go for the "value" range, but am really impressed with the value for money on the uniform selection I made.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I really wasn't sure what to expect, especially as the prices were much lower than I would usually pay for brand new clothes (which is why we often buy from the second hand uniform sale at school)

I bought the age 9 - 10 for my daughter as I like to get as much wear as possible out of clothes, and err on the side of "too big" when it comes to both my children, especially as they are both so tall. The age I picked was perfect. There is room in the shirts, so they don't look over-big, but will see her comfortably through year 3. The pinafore dress lacks a little shape, but it is well made, and will be perfectly ok for school. I imagine we will actually get at least a year and a half wear from it, obviously depending on how well it washes and lasts.

For DS I bought age 11 - 12 polo shirts, and could probably have gone down to the 10 - 11 as it is certainly not a "stingy" range in terms of sizing. However they do not look over large, and we will get plenty of wear from them.

The polo shirts have a nice soft feel, and washed well. I am a person who DESPISES ironing, so for me, a real test is how well polo shirts dry without creases if line dried. I am delighted to say that these shirts really can get away with not being ironed if hung out to dry grin They kept their shape well, and I didn't notice any shrinkage. They also dried very quickly on the line, although the very un-UK like hot weather helped with this!

The trousers are definitely too big and I will need to hem these, so will be put to the test over the winter. However, the quality is great, and the adjustable waist band a bonus.

The shorts are perfect. A really light fabric, perfect for summer weather. Again, no ironing needed after being hung to dry on the line. The adjustable elastic waist band is brilliant, and will ensure a good fit, and that much longer wear.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I do like teflon coated fabric in general, although to be honest the worst items for staining are polo shirts (marker pens!) which is just something I think we have to deal with, but I hope that it will help in terms of playground tumbles.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Probably to ensure that clothes are better stocked across the age ranges. I did struggle to find some items as the sizes I wanted were not in stock.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I absolutely would, and have done already. The uniform items represent good value for money, and it is convenient to be able to click and collect, although it would be easier, really, to try on in store to be sure that the right size is selected.

I am very grateful for being given the opportunity to try out the range of uniforms, and will be using this range in years to come, provided that the items I bought stand the test of washing and playground wear and tear over the next school year.

lyndseyh78 Wed 17-Jul-13 16:42:01

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

8 short sleeved girls shirts
14 White polo shirts
4 Pairs boys trousers
2 pairs boys shorts
1 Culottes
5 Skirts
3 packs socks
2 sun hats
2 raincoats

I think for the amount of things i bought it was fantastic value for money i spent £104

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

The quality of the uniform is really great it has all washed and ironed well and considering how cheap some to the peaces are i can't moan at all about the quality! i will be buying uniform from Tesco's again when this load gets tatty!

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

My dd came home with mud, suntan lotion & paint on her Culottes and shirts they all washed out well so Teflon coated or not i had no problems

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

No i think Tesco has a great range of schoolwear, my only advice would be to get more stock as some of the things i wanted weren't available in the sizes that i wanted

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes i will be recommending to friends as i normally buy uniform from M&S but i feel the quality was just as good for less money so well worth it!

spongebunnyfatpants Wed 17-Jul-13 18:34:31

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

So far I have only spend £25, as my children are having a growth spurt and I wanted to buy most of it towards the end of the summer holidays.

I did buy some white polo shirts in the packs of two for £3.50 and £2 (as the ones they have are looking grubby from suntan lotion stains), some school shorts and a couple of pairs of the longer length trousers.

The polo shirts are excellent value for money, if the stains don't come out then is very cheap to replace them.

The shorts were 2 pairs for £5.50 again I think this is excellent value.

The trousers were a little more expensive that the other styles, but still good value (I think they were £5, but I can't quite remember)

I have picked out everything else they need including
four packs of 2 polo shirts.
two packs of 2 trousers.
two track suits.
two packs of 2 pe tops.
Two packs of 2 pe shorts.
two swimming trunks.
2 pe bags
1 book bag and it will come to around £75 which I will order later in the holidays and I think for the amount ordered it is excellent value.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I have bought f&f before and I do find it really good quality, it feels nice, washes well and the trousers stand up well to two active boys.

The polo shirts have really gone through it this week, they have been filthy when they have come home, covered in grass stains, suntan lotion and ice pop juice, I have washed them today with stain remover on a 40 wash and they have come out lovely. I was pleasantly surprised.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I have bought Teflon coated before (although not this time, I don't think!) and I have found it to be good, although it seems to make the clothes feel a little stiffer than the normal range.

The stains do seem to come out easier and I do always try to buy this type is it is available.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Some plain coloured t-shirts (red, blue, yellow, green) would be good, for pe instead of the polo shirts.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would because I think the quality and the fit are good and the price is great.
I especially like the longer and shorter ranges in trousers this year, because my sons are tall for their ages and very slim, so thy always end up with a lot of gathers in the trousers from the adjustable waist bands and with the longer length this wont happen.

Thanks again mumsnet and tesco.

500internalerror Wed 17-Jul-13 18:48:48

I didn't see the socks with days of the week on the soles hmm, I'm going back to look!

MonsterBookOfTyRexs Wed 17-Jul-13 20:14:39

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
I bought 8 polo shirts <white>, 4 5-6 shorts, 6 5-6 trousers, 4 6-7 trousers, 2x shoes, 1x school lightweight jacket, 2x sports shorts <black>
£100
Excellent value for money. Particularly in love with the jacket.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
They were better than expected, the polo shirts were excellent.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
I have not come across any stains in the short time I have had the uniform, the red paint stain did not come out of the polo shirt but that is the paint.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
A little smaller on the sports shorts, they are the only item too big.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, definitely! I will be buying all my school wear products from Tesco in the future.

ImNotCute Wed 17-Jul-13 21:21:06

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

5 x polo tops with embroidered school logo £15 (not yet received, will try to add feedback later)
2 x permanent pleat skirts £3 each
1 x scallop edge cardigan £3
7 pairs white 'fresh feel' socks £4
2 x white tshirts for PE £2
2 x black PE shorts £3

Definitely very good value. I would have liked to buy a coat and tights but didn't like the look of what was on offer (eg tights didn't look like they were properly shaped around the heel and toe and my daughter is v fussy!)

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Probably better than I expected eg I would have expected the skirt fabric to be cheaper looking at such a low price.  Really like the style of the scallop edged cardigan. The skirts are a good length and adjustable waist is great. 

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric? Socks are nice and soft, but 1 pair had a stain on where they'd been lying against the black plastic hanger.

I think the skirts are Teflon coated. I don't think I've had time to thoroughly test them yet, dd hasn't got particularly dirty when wearing. Quality of the fabric feels good. 

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

My dds feedback is that she'd like more pockets please! She likes places to tuck stickers she has been given, interesting (!) stones and leaves from the playground etc. As I have to rescue these items before washing I am happy without. 

I would like greater range of tights and coats.

I agree the website does not compare well with other major retailers eg not many options to refine results, so you can end up having to scroll through lots of pages. Several items I would have bought were not in stock in my dds size eg I really like the 'buy one, give one' idea but no stock in her size.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, prices are very good and quality better than I expected. I often buy at John Lewis/ m & s, and the tesco versions aren't noticeably poorer quality (so far- if they last). 

eteo Wed 17-Jul-13 21:30:18

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

Girl - 4 yr old
F&F Gingham School Dress with Hairband
F&F Girls Scallop Trim Cardigan
F&F 5 Pair Pack of Gingham Frill Trim Socks
F&F 2 Pack of Girls School Cycling Shorts
F&F 2 Pack of Girls Polo

Boy - 5 yr old
F&F 2 Pack of Boys Combat School Shorts
F&F 2 Pack of Boys Polo
F&F Leather Riptape School

I had spent over £50 and pick in store. Excellent value

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Overall is fine especially it is affordable.
I quite disappointed on the quality of the school dress. They are too thin otherwise they are brilliant.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Yes, they are great. We only had the shorts that are teflon. He didnt not dirty it. so I cant tell.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Make the gingham dress thicker.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, they are affordable and great.

I used the click and collect. it is very easy and quick to get the delivery. They send me a text to say it is ready. Also we had to exchange a bigger size shoe. No fuss at all.

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I spent pretty much all of it on uniform, but for that I managed to fill in all the "gaps" we still had in his current size (he's only just started wearing the size for his age, even though his birthday was 6 months ago) and pretty much completely kit him out for the next size up, including the embroidered school logo stuff. We got flat front shorts, pleated trousers, PE shorts and plain t-shirts, and embroidered polo shirts and sweatshirts from the Uniform Embroidery Service (though these haven't yet arrived, as take a while to prepare). Pretty good value I thought, especially for the embroidered stuff when compared to other providers!

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I'd say yes - most of it I found pretty similar to other shops (we've also used M&S and Sainsbury's in the past, and found them all fairly close).
So far we've only "thoroughly" tested the shorts and PE kit, which both seem pretty good - DS said the shorts were "soft and comfy and nice" and he liked them better than his old ones smile and they seem to wash fine, he was pretty happy with the PE stuff too after wearing it nearly all day today.

Can't test the embroidered tops/sweatshirts yet as they take longer to come, but we got some last year and were very pleased with them - it's a lot cheaper than the other providers we were offered, seems fine quality (the polos did fade a bit, but I think all brands do - bright colours) and we got it free in Clubcard voucher exchange last time, which was great!

We've not yet used the trousers due to the heat, but they look pretty good quality and similar to other brands. Will try them and update if/when it gets a bit cooler!

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

We've not tried the trousers properly yet (see above), but I am fairly neutral on this. I've never really had problems with stains in trousers and they are usually dark colours and relatively resistant fabrics anyway.
However, if something similar could be invented for polo shirts/sweatshirts it would be amazing, DS is terrible for covering his in food and I have to cover each one in stain remover before washing or they still come out covered in grease spots!

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Some of the items weren't quite as I expected from the website pictures. The shorts are noticeably darker than the usual school grey, which I was a bit surprised by, and also the PE shorts are the sort with shiny stripes (football style) which I didn't realize before, though it was fine. So better pictures/descriptions would be helpful.

I also found the sizing a tiny bit confusing, as someone already mentioned I briefly wondered whether it meant age or school year. Also some things came in 1-year sizes (e.g. age 7, age 8,...) while others only seemed to come in 2-year sizes (e.g. 7-8, 9-10), like some of the PE things. But DS's PE shorts don't look like they would fit him for that long (though they're fine at the moment)!

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has Clubcard vouchers to use, or when there are offers on, as these make it very good value. Otherwise, I would say it is equivalent to other places for the items we've tried, so it would depend what offers are on, what is most convenient etc.

I would also definitely recommend the uniform embroidery service, because it's very good value compared to other suppliers (especially when Clubcard vouchers can be used), and I think the quality is at least as good as others I've seen.

Oh yes forgot to say I like the click & collect service too, it's very convenient and nice not to have to pay for delivery or trek to a particular store!

On iPod so can't C&P questions.
Bought vests for both DCs, Socks for DS, a couple of pairs of trousers for DD. I'd bought F&F trousers and shirts for DS last month and DD shirts at Easter so felt they could legitimately fall within the remit of this test so I bought myself some socks and a cardy, and DH some boxers and chinos
Good prices, I've still only spent £75 of the vouchers (plus 50p of my own money).
As for Durability, DS takes about 3 months to make big-toe regions of socks threadbare, Tesco socks are average durability on this scale.
The trousers are a bit on the wide side for both DCs, but they are thin so it's ok. I like the button elastic for this.
The DCs have been wearing the vests to bed rather than to school, they have worn and washed well, though the girls' vests are very long, DD wears hers as nighties.
I got DDs trousers in 9-10 (she's 9.6) as this was the size indicated by the size charts, but they are about 6 inches too long so are going in the cupboard for September next year.
I've found uniforms to be much of a muchness, Tesco is convenient and the delivery was prompt so I'd probably recommend them if asked.
As an aside, my parcel was not "delivered" as such, I came home to a note that said "side passage" (I live in a semi-detached house with no side passage). The parcel had been thrown over my side gateshock. Nothing was damaged, but that's not really the point.

I'd second the request for a decent plain black school coat, ideally warm and waterproof, with a hood. Machine washable would be great too, as mud is a constant winter coating for my DCs.

babsmam Thu 18-Jul-13 11:52:00

I haven't read the whole thread but for those who are having issues inputting vouchers I had to click the add voucher box, input one code, click ok or whatever it is then repeat for each voucher. at the bottom where the order totals and other charges are you should see the total voucher discount appear

janji Thu 18-Jul-13 13:01:16

I bought sweatshirts, blouses, polo shirts, trousers and underwear.

Very very pleased with the quality and fit although I agree that the trousers do come up big and would recommend trying them on first. Sweatshirts are on the thin side and not sure how durable they might be? Will probably need to buy thicker as Winter nears. Was very disappointed that my sons school hadn't opted in to the Tesco school logo embroidery service to add their school logo; maybe Tesco could make this more high profile. With schools / parents (few parents know about this and might be a could say of putting forward this as a good idea to schools).

Teflon coating excellent!

Quality of underwear is great and my children love the various trendy patterns / styles. Socks especially good value as we always lose these so don't want to pay a lot. Quality and laundering very good.

Would definitely recommend to friends!

Yonilovesboni Thu 18-Jul-13 13:01:30

On iPad so can't c + p.
I spent around £85.
I bought:
School shorts x 2
School trousers x 2
2 x white polo shirts
4 x red cardigans
4 x red sweaters
2 x pe shorts (dd1)
2 x pe t shirt (dd1)
2 x pe shorts (ds1)
2 x pe t shirts (ds1)
2 x 3 pack camisole vests (dd1)
2 x 3 pack camisole vests (dd2)
Pack of underwear (dd1)
Pack of underwear (dd2)
2 x gingham summer dresses
Pack of red tights
Pack of gingham edge socks
Pack of grey ankle socks.
I'm pretty sure that was everything!
I've bought tesco uniform before and have always been reasonably pleased with the quality.
I do find with items such as:
Socks
Tights
Vests
Polo shirts
Pe shirts
These all need stretching back to shape before drying.
My children are all petite and I usually buy a size smaller.
I always find the trousers and shorts wash and dry well and can usually get away without ironing!!
I know this uniform will last my children the school year. I will top up with a couple of new tesco polo shirts around February.grin
Thanks for the opportunity to take part.smile

ChisteraWidow Thu 18-Jul-13 14:10:16

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
1x Easy Iron Short Sleeve Shirts (White)
1x Buy One Give One Polo Shirts (White)
1x Combat School Shorts (Grey)
1x Shorter Length School Trousers (Black)
1x Track Pants (Grey)
1x Sweatshirt (Red)
1x Ankle Socks (black)

This all came to £25.60 which I would say was excellent value for money even if they don't last that long.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
Of the clothes worn so far (short sleeve shirts, polo shirts, shorts and socks) they seem to be of good quality. The shorts in particular are of a good "weight" and the socks don't seem to move around or cause problems. The warmer clothes have not been worn by my DS due to the warm weather, but they seem to be OK, the sweatshirt is a bit thinner than I expected, but will probably be a good thing because my DS also likes wearing his school branded fleece.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
I love the idea of Teflon coated clothes and think, in general, that they are more durable. I did not, however, buy any this time. I will be buying more clothes later in the school year.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
I didn't like the pocket in the school shirt. It just encouraged my DS to put things in it and collected dirt. I would prefer for it to be left off.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend the clothes, but as has been mentioned a number of times up the thread I don't think a clothes test in the last couple of weeks of term will give a good indication of the durability and washability of the clothes. If this link is still available next term I will post feedback on the more "wintery" type clothes.

DearlyDepartedMrsFinch Thu 18-Jul-13 14:15:26

Marking my place so I can give feedback tomorrow.

I have to say I am a bit bemused as to why the uniform testing is taking place so near the end of term. I have only just spotted the email and hurriedly spent £28 on the Click and Collect service (which is great, BTW).

That said, tomorrow is a non-uniform day and we are going away for the w/e directly after school so feedback will be based on seeing the new, unworn items tomorrow morning. I admit that had I found the email sooner (sent 9th July, IIRC) I would have more time - but, seriously, 10 days before the end of term?

As someone said upthread, a couple of days wear and a few washes, is hardly going to give any idea of the durability of the items.

Any way, despite the general befuddlement, I am very excited about my order and thank you for letting me take part smile

1) what did I buy?
2 x 5-6 years piqué polo shirt
2 x 6-7 years basics polo shirt
2 x 6-7 Teflon pleat front trousers
2 x 7-8 Teflon pleat front trousers
2 pack 5-6 100% cotton tshirt
2 pack 7-8 100% cotton tshirt
2 pack 5-6 sports shorts
2 x 6-7 cargo shorts
2 x 7-8 cargo shorts

£62.50

I thought this was bloody good value for money! The 75p polo shirts were especially eye catching - DS1 has just finished reception and is currently wearing school polo shirts that have the odd paint/pen stain which just won't budge. One of them in particular I just can't get clean, but haven't been able to justify buying new ones as he would probably just roll in paint anyway

2) quality
On the whole, I thought the uniform was good quality-wise. I felt that he 75p shirts were actually much better than the piqué polo shirts, which had some loose threads around the neck. They weren't particularly thick, but this doesn't bother me. If I had an older girl who wore crop tops or bras I wouldn't buy them because I would worry she may feel a bit on display.

Really, the only things I disliked were the sports shorts, which were 100% polyester and a bit too shiny for my liking!

3) all of the trousers I bought were Teflon coated (this wasn't an active choice on my part; I didn't realise until the order came). They have washed well, but we haven't had any Stains Of Doom to really test them against yet.

4) no other real feedback. I found that on the second day of having the vouchers that the site ran very slowly - maybe because so many of us were accessing it, or just coincidence? Lots went out of stock too very quickly, and it was a nightmare getting my basket to update when this had happened. This would worry me if I were having to order last minute

5) I would definitely recommend to other parents - particularly for the cheaper polo shirts for new reception starters!

Fab41 Thu 18-Jul-13 14:25:21

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
I bought:
Leather boys shoes
Socks
Five pocket style boys trousers x 3
Polo shirts, buy 1 give 1, x 3 packs
Vests x 2 packs
Swim shorts

I spent around £70 and was pleased with that

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
The shoes were much better than I expected, and my son says they are very comfortable and good for playing football. The toe doesnt have any extra protection, so I am not sure how long they will look smart for, but good so far.

The trousers do have a slight sheen to them, but they fit quite well - my son is very slim so the adjustable waist is needed. The leg isn't too wide, but a specific slim fit trouser would be better.

The polo shorts are a good fit and have washed well. They have endured sun screen and baked beans and who know what else, but came up looking white after a 40 degree wash. I really liked the 'buy 1 give 1' scheme.

The vests are lovely and soft, not been worn yet, but happy with the
quality.

The socks are fine, soft and comfortable, wash well.

I am happy with the quality as I usually buy from M&S, and didn't have very high expectations as the clothes are much cheaper.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
The trousers do feel 'coated' and they have a slight sheen. They did wash well and didnt need much ironing. Not sure how well they will wear but time till tell.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
I was impressed with the website, I didnt know it was there and I much prefer being able to order online. There was also much more of a range of clothes than I expected.
I would like to see a slim fit trouser for boys.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, good value for the price.

HolidayArmadillo Thu 18-Jul-13 15:26:55

Ok first impressions on the order, it all looked decent stuff, I bought, polo shirts (2pack) girls trousers, boys shorts, PE shorts, girls shirts, long and short sleeved girls shirts plus a girls school coat. I was disappointed that the boys school shoes didn't come in sizes smaller than 9 as my wee nursery/reception boy is only a size 7 but its not a huge deal. I received the items quite quickly with the click and collect service and when we unpacked the the first thing we noticed was a weird fishy smell coming from some of the items. Not cool Tesco.

After a quick wash the smell went and the items all seemed to wash ok the first time. I'll come back to this tomorrow.

ChilliJo Thu 18-Jul-13 16:31:44

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought 2 x embroidered sweatshirts (my son’s school uses Tesco for their logo items, but they only changed from a local supplier after Christmas so I’ve not used Tesco for school uniform at all before now) in the right size for next year and 2 the next size up. I also bought the embroidered PE t-shirt. I will not receive these items until past the end of term as there is a 2 week lead time on embroidered items.

I also bought 12 x white polo shirts (the standard 2 packs, not the value ones); 6 in his current size and 6 in the next size up. They have worn and washed fine so far but then I’d expect them to after only one wash each! The polo-shirts I bought him in September from Sainsburys have just about lasted the year. A bit too small (that’s him growing, not them shrinking) and a lot less white but they’ve survived his first year at school which is no mean feat. I will be hoping for similar longevity from these ones! You should ask us for feedback in 6 months time.

I spent just under £50 on these items. I will use the remainder of the vouchers to buy embroidered cardigans for my daughter who starts school in September 2014 but will wait until just before the vouchers expire as she grows before your eyes and is already in aged 5-6 clothes.

I would say that these items are at a good price but I couldn’t say whether they were value for money until I see how they stand the test of time. Cheap prices mean nothing if the quality of the item is poor and needs replacing. However having looked at the sweatshirts and polo shirts in store, I have no reason to believe that they won’t be perfectly adequate and at least as good quality as the uniform I have purchased elsewhere previously.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I haven’t seen the sweatshirts yet to comment. Plus my son’s school wore woollen jumpers before now so I have nothing to compare it to. The polo shirts seem fine, if anything the collar and buttons sit a bit neater on him than his Sainsburys ones, although perhaps they did when they were still white and new!

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I didn’t buy my son any trousers from F&F. He is phenomenally skinny and having looked in store, I could tell that there wasn’t a hope in hell of your trousers fitting him – even with the elasticated waist. I used M&S Teflon coated slim fit trousers for this year and will return to them to get the next size up. They have been an excellent buy; good value and outstanding quality. They look brand new after a school year of being worn by a 5 year old boy. I only say this in case you get any negative feedback on your trousers and wish to compare them to others that have performed well.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

I think there should be more consideration for differing body shapes. It’s all fair and well having sizes based on height but I have a slightly shorter than average son who is as skinny as they come and an extremely tall and slender daughter. Can you not consider slim, normal and loose fit trousers/dresses/pinafores/skirts to cater for all shapes and sizes? And more available styles too; this is why I have chosen M&S before now as they have a very wide range of offerings at different price points.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I can’t honestly say yet. I would only recommend something that proved to be durable. Seeing as our school already use Tesco for their embroidery service, it would make life far simpler if I could source all my uniform from one shop; so here’s hoping the polo-shirts stand the test of time and that you introduce suitable slim-fit trousers!

Thanks very much for selecting me.

JambalayaCodfishPie Thu 18-Jul-13 20:17:44

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
2x permanent pleat skirts, 1xtrouser, 1xculottes, 4xshirt, 2xcardigan, pe polos and cycling shorts, socks and tights. Spent about £55 I think. I was impressed at how much was there once it was all unwrapped and hanging up - seemed like loads!

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
Quality of shirts, cardigans etc was brilliant - no shrinkage, didnt need ironing when hung straight from washer. She also wore the cycling shorts for a dance comp all day on Saturday and said they were lovely and comfy - not shiny and sweat-making like the others she has.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
Really didnt like it. So shiny - and DD seemed to create static. It just looked so cheap too. I found the shiny effect worse after washing too. DD1 is nearly 9 so doesnt get particularly messy but did spill yogurt one day - it washed out easily, but I would expect it to anyway.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
I really like the adjustable waist bands. DD1 is tall and thin, so we bought a bigger age than she is, then pulled the waistband right in - with the trousers especially, this made her look really smart, instead of having them flapping around her ankles. Skirt length was good too.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Would recommend it all, with a warning about the shininess of the teflon coated stuff.

DefiniteMaybe Thu 18-Jul-13 22:28:56

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
I bought 6 polo tops and 2 pairs of shorts as there wouldn't have been time for DS to wear any more than that before the end of term. It came to £10 thanks to the sale that was on. I think this is excellent value for money.
Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
Yes it was as expected. The polo shirts felt nice and soft, the shorts felt polyestery as do all school trousers. However, due to a mix up with my order, I have only been able to get DS to wear them twice. Washing once doesn't really give much information about the longevity of the uniform, which I think is a hugely important factor.
Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
I don't know if they were Teflon coated or not, but have heard that the Teflon coating washes off after a few washes, so it's not a particularly important thing I look at when choosing where to buy uniform from.
Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
DS isn't very good at remembering to do up his trouser buttons yet. He finds the buttons on Tesco school trousers to be very difficult to do up so generally ends up leaving them undone. Normal buttons or even no buttons at all would make the uniform more appealing. Also the polo tops had 3 buttons, which again makes getting the tops on and off more fiddly and take longer. The two buttons that are on the tops I have bought from elsewhere are sufficient. The blue polo tops are a good, bright shade which is much closer to the "official" logo tops that I refuse to buy, which is good.
Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes because the uniform is cheap. I couldn't make much more recommendation than that yet as 1 week isn't long enough to make a good judgement.

BlackeyedSusan Thu 18-Jul-13 23:32:43

we are not trialling the new school unifom, but ds is still wearing tesco gold polo shirts bought 3 years ago for dd and worn for a year by each. they are really tough on clothes. they are still in very good condition! (they have washed well, retained their colour)

coribells Fri 19-Jul-13 06:55:54

I picked up the package from local Tesco Direct outlet on Saturday so have had few days to test them now. I've also used Tesco Uniforms in the past so feel I can give an honest review.
Q1. I bought two pack of boys trousers in black for size 11-12 for £10.00-
2 x2 pack of boys short sleeved shirts £3.00-£5.00
1 pack of long sleeved shirts £3.00
white socks
Joggers x 2
Blazer £12.00
school swimmers
school bag £12.00
I spent £75.00 all together , so some left over for winter gear as an d when
Overall I think the Tesco uniform is excellent value for money

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
Yes the uniforms match my expectations . I have used Tesco uniforms in the past. The sizing is what I expected, though my DS are small for there age so I didn't expect a perfect fit. I did not buy any polo shirts this time round. That is purely because the Tesco shirts I bought for DS last summer still fit and are still in good condition even after a year of washing . Polo shirts need a fair bit of ironing compared to shirts I've bought from other retailers. However they do last a lot longer and kids are more likely to grow out of them before they wear out. The same is true for trousers.
I also bought a school bag online- is good quality , reasonable price and will probably last DS through 3 years of junior school

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
Did not buy them

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
I was disappointed that there were no black socks in the school range.I will now have to go an actual shop.shock

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would, and already have. The uniform is good quality and good value. Shopping for uniform online is a lot more stress free than trudging around the high street in the school holiday only to find that the sizes aren't available. Definitely recommend

First of all thank you MN and Tescos for choosing me for this product test.
Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I decided to apply when I saw a comment on the original thread about Tescos doing uniform right up to adult sizes. My children are older 15 and 17 but not standard sizes my 15 towers over the 17 . Several uniform items my boys wear can only be bought from the schools supplier so I am always looking out for reasonably priced bits like shirts to counter the horrendous cost of the items I have no choice about. I bought white shirts short and long sleeved polo shirts school trousers and sock though theses had to be bought from the Men's section as the school ones didn't go up high enough in sizes so I chose what looked like comparable ones from there, I also found the school style shoes not available in the larger sizes so again chose similar from the adult range.
I found there was little difference between the items purchased and those I had bought previously from a different high street store. Availability of some items was poor and whilst I presume Tescos have done extensive research into what colours to offer was unable to match certain items for example the grey jumpers were more charcoal so not suitable and the Navy trousers worn by one of my boys only went up to age 14.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
I was pleased with the quality of the shirts ,they washed well and were easy to iron. I bought the largest size available which fitted my boys well but as I mentioned above my oldest is tiny compared to many of his classmates and they certainly wouldn't have fitted any of the strapping 6 foot plus rugby players in his class! The same with socks I don't know many 16 year olds with feet smaller than a size 7, the similar men's socks I bought however were very good quality and washed very well. The trousers were smart and fitted well but again would not fit most of the 16 year olds I know.
Had I younger children I think I would have been very satisfied but for older kids felt the selection a bit poor though would say this is no different than any of the high street stores.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

The trousers I bought were Teflon coated I didn't particularly like the feel of them, but ds said they were comfortable and they washed well. I have purchased Teflon coated items in the past and always found they wash well and keep their new appearance for longer.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

As I have said above selection of items for older children is poor, if they are going to promote school uniform right up to adult sizes maybe a bit more research into what the older children wear is needed. Also on the website it would be helpful if as well as ages it stated chest/waist sizes etc so you didn't have to check on the size guide . Maybe clothes should be marked by measurements rather than ages, not all kids of a certain age are the same size. I am ancient now but as a very tiny for my age child can still remember being teased at 11 because by shirt said age 8!

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would certainly recommend it to people with younger children and to those with older children for the basics . The range is very reasonably priced and so far seems to be wearing well. Although not relevant to me I was interested to see there was such a wide variety of colours available for the younger ages. I also liked the idea of the buy one give one range,

blueberryupsidedown Fri 19-Jul-13 11:40:03

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I spent £95 on uniforms for two boys, aged 6 and 7. Included: PE shorts, PE t-shirts, pimsoles, track pants, swimming trunks. Socks (fresh feel ankle socks). Pants. 'Buy one give one' pique polos. Boys' shorter lenght trousers, and Boys' longer lenght trousers. Signature cargo shorts with fairtrade cotton. And a summer dress for me! Excellent value for money as I got so much, enough to see us through the rest of this school year and all of next year (apart from school jumpers as they have to be school jumpers, and school shoes as we didn't need them just now).

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Yes. All matched or are above my expectations. The shorter lenght/longer lenght trousers are brilliant fit, better than M&S, but just a little dark (more charcoal than grey). All the PE clothes are brilliant, and very cheap. I am not sure about the polo shirts - they feel thick and have the three buttons which is better than the basic two-button from Asda, and they are very soft, but the collar is a bit on the thin side.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

So far so good. Because of the heatwave the kids have been wearing the shorts everyday and regular stains come right off. I haven't really had to clean tough stains. Pasta sauce did come off easily!

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

For boys, I would have a more 'fancy' option for polo - with a thicker collar and a trim on the collar, with stainaway of some kind? even if it's a bit more expensive at least we would have that option.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would, especially the longer lenght/shorter lenght trousers. I have two boys one is tall and slim, the other one is short and a bit fat around the middle, so I have the option and they are good quality. The PE clothes are excellent value for money.

ISeeSmallPeople Fri 19-Jul-13 13:49:42

Thanks for choosing me.

I've just picked up my uniform, it's just a shame that I only got my vouchers on Wednesday and school finishes for the summer in 1 hour. I'm afraid no amount of bribery will get my 3 back into school uniform to try it on and properly test it, even for the mumsnet cause smile

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

In such a rush to buy stuff before the end of term (I was hoping to collect it yesterday evening) & limited stock on the website, I only managed to spend £27.50 so far. Will try again later when hopefully there is more in stock.

I bought;
2 pack f&f boys short sleeve easy iron shirt £4
2 pack boys dirt defence shorts £7
Teflon pleat front boys standard length trousers £5
red scalloped girls cardigan £3
Blue girls hoodie £4
Blue standard length girls jogging bottoms £3
Girls Teflon permanent pleat skirt £3

I have no idea where the 50p came from! I think maybe the shorts were on sale, but my receipt/order summary doesn't say the price I paid.

Seems good value, especially the shirts, as they ruin them with pen so quickly.

I would have bought more, but stock very limited. There was nothing for my oldest DS. He needed shorts & trousers in age 11-12, but nothing was left.

Both DSs also needed a navy track suit,but the bottoms for boys were only available in black, & with gathered elasticated leg cuffs. Why not navy straight leg like the girls?

Also the only girls red dress had buttons, no good for a new recepetion pupil, she needs easy access zipped dresses.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

From what littl I was able to buy it looks good.

The shirts are 'easy iron'. Not, 'I hate the iron, and don't ever want to turn it on, no bloody ironing ever', which is what I'd prefer. We'll see if they can be treated the same way as M&S and sainsburys non iron, and be tumbled & hung warm.

The track suit, bought as girls' hoodie & jogging bottoms are huge and DD won't fit in them for atleast another year. The hoodie is 3 inches longer than the same age red cardigan. The bottoms will trail by a good 6 inches. Maybe the tumble drier will help them to fit better smile

Cardigan & trousers, skirt and shorts all seem very nice, latter in a good shades of mid grey, adjustable waistbands. Very similar quality to other uniform I've bought. it's just a shame that some items say standard length, when there was no indication that different lengths were offered on the website.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Teflon trousers. Seem good. I wish you'd hurry up and invent the Teflon white shirts & polos.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

More stock. More choice. Please. And different lengths for trousers.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes. Particularly if stock improves and I've bought what I need first!

Will come back once I've washed & dried everything.

Puppypoppet Fri 19-Jul-13 17:14:21

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not? I bought a winter coat, couple of white blouses, black pleated skirt, 2 cardies, 2 shorts, hoody, pair of trousers and some socks. All for just over £50. Very good value for money. Will spend the rest on some more uniform now familiar with sizes.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not? Yes very impressed - didn't get the cheapest in any product. For all the items very good value for money.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
Don't think any of the items are teflon but found they are all easy to look after / clean.
Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year? Possibly more choice of styles in the woolen type cardies like Asda do. Also more choice of short sleeve white tops - different styles would be nice. Also found the sizing to be quite big on the skirts and trousers - waist sizes are huge even when adjusted. Possibly like bhs and do slimmer, standard and larger fit.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes would definitely recommend as good prices and quality and so far do not seem to be fading ( like asda clothes sometimes do ).

MoonHare Fri 19-Jul-13 18:55:57

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
With my £100 I was able to buy an amazing amount of stuff, so much that I bought a range of sizes to fit DD next year too.
4xcotton knit cardigan (blue)
4xpinafore dress Teflon (grey)
4x pleated skirts (grey)
6xpolo shirts white
1xpack 6 long socks
1xpack 6 ankle socks
1xpack 7 knickers
1xpack 7 vests

I think it represents excellent value for money.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
Yes, for the money I wasn't expecting top quality cut and fabric but for hard wear at school for a 5/6 year old it's great.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
The fabric seems nice enough quality, not cheap looking, shiny or thin. Compared to a Sainsbury's pinafore we had last year the fabric appears it will be durable. But unfortunately with this very hot weather DD hasn't been able to wear the pinafores.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year? I considered buying checked summer dresses for DD but the material on the ones available in my local store (I went in to check the fabrics before ordering) was horrible, scratchy and very cheap feeling.

The style of the pinafores I ordered is exactly the same as last years, I think this is good - when DD turns up in a pinafore with a star zipper no-one will comment that she's wearing old stuff/hand me down stuff.

I bought cotton knit cardigans in spite of the ones I have from last year having faded really badly in the wash, I decided to get more anyway because although they fade they did keep their shape and didn't shrink. It took many washes for the fading to happen - probably about a dozen so no time to wash the new ones so often that they would fade. Hoping this batch will have stronger dye!

The polo shirts DD had last year came up very small. She is a tiny 5 year old and the age 4/5 ones I bought a few months ago are too small for her already, so I sized up with the 3x2 pack polo shirts I bought with my vouchers and got 6/7 - they are massive on her though. The sizing does seem to be all over the place.

I tried last winter to buy age 4/5 tights. You don't make them. Why not? The 3/4 were too small and the 5/6 too big.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not
Definitely would.

Maggietess Fri 19-Jul-13 19:50:10

I wasn't selected for the product test but my kids do wear the Tesco uniforms and I totally agree with a couple of the earlier comments on the length of the pinafores and summer dress - my daughter is 5 1/2 and 110cm which according to all the height charts is perfectly average for her age. But shes in age 7 dresses and pinafores to get the length even though they are a bit wide.
Also I agree with the person who commented about arms getting stuck going in and out of the sleeves, they seem unduly tight getting the arms in, even though the rest of it is more than wide enough.

CamperWidow Fri 19-Jul-13 22:06:51

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I have bought a range of shirts, polo shirts, pinafore dresses, bootcut trousers, the 75p skirt, the scallop edge cardigan, the red checked dress and a pack of 5 pairs of white socks. I managed to get all that for just £35 so I was very impressed with the value.
I am saving one voucher to purchase anything else she may need come Christmas.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

So far the quality seems to match the value. She hasn't had a great amount of wear but I have let her run around it them abit longer than I would normally to get some more wear.
They have certainly stood up to everything she has thrown at them so far!

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Yes, the trousers and I think the pinafores. There didn't seem to be too much difference in the material, but there are certainly no stains on them!

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Yep, sort the website out!!! So frustrating, not helped by only being able to use one voucher at a time. Also, slightly off topic, but some of the things I ordered were cancelled and I am still waiting for a refund of the money which leaves a bitter taste.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes. The clothes appear to be good quality, if only in the short time she has worn them, and are certainly cheap enough to replace.

cocoplops Fri 19-Jul-13 22:31:18

So far I've bought some shorts, socks, trousers and polo's. will be getting some more stuff for my youngest in a bit.

Not tried trousers yet but rest has been.

Shorts - not sure if Teflon coated. Assume not as its obvious on the trousers with a label. But anyway....usually buy m&s for school. Was thinner material than m&s but not necessarily a bad thing for shorts. Style was good for my skinny minny DS. Looked smart in them. Wore well through the day. Washed well - although had more smatter of dust and general dirt rather than any specific stains. Not toooo creased after wash n dry (slattern mother that I am, I sent him to school in them without ironing - creases still could be seen but not crisp). Very reasonable, especualky as they were in the sale!! Overall would recommend ad would buy again. My DS wished they had a little safe place pocket for his 20p (feedback straight from horses mouth!)

Socks - got size slightly up from my eldest DS and they were fine. Seemed good quality. M&s ones always seem a little snug especially after repeated washes. Would like a little area to put a name on like m&s do. Washed well. Good value, would recommend.

Polo's - ok quality. Basic design (prefer the teeny bit more detail in stitching on the m&s ones). Liked the fact it was buy one give one- nice touch. Difficult to know what the difference was between those on website that were buy one give one and those that weren't. Website not very clear. Got 8/9 for my small 8 yo. Tad large, have bought smaller size too which will probably be better

. Ds uses the bottom of his top as a napkin most days, and seems to roll round in dirt and drop gravy or custard down himself. Also neck tends to get mucky with suntan lotion. I soaked it in anti stain overnight as I couldn't bear that after one wear its pristine whiteness was no more. 60c wash later and all but neck suntan lotion was gone. If you could find a fabric protector that prevented suntan lotion transfer (or marketed fabric wash for suntan lotion removal) you would be quids in!!!! I have found that the m&s stain repellent polo's stay looking more reasonable for longer than asda's. only time will tell with these ones. I'd recommend in do far as they're fine and reasonably priced but no better or much worse than others.

Teflon coating not all that noticeable on the website. Only noticed from reading this thread and from shopping in store. But definitely a selling point so maybe extra highlighting??!

cocoplops Fri 19-Jul-13 22:34:34

Another suggestion - slim fit trousers!!! I guess flat front ones would be slimmer than pleat front but im not sure?? That is one of the prime reasons I tend to buy my school wear at m&s as they have slim fit trousers which my DS really needs.

skyeskyeskye Fri 19-Jul-13 23:36:55

I would add as well that I have bought uniform from Tesco, Asda and Ssinsburys in the past year and the Tesco uniform seems to wash and wear better than the others. When I bought summer dresses a couple if months ago they were 2 for £7 which is great value. I find that DD needs at least 4 of everything as I only get time to do a wash at the weekend.

The time span for testing here was very short but speaking from experience with past purchases, the dresses wash and wear very well. They will still be in excellent condition to pass to a friend.

I bought shirts, polo shirts and tights. Would have bought trousers for DD2 but it was very hard to see on the website what they actually looked like, and there were none in the store we visited (teenagers are very particular about what is acceptable wink, plus she's a slightly awkward shape in school clothing I've found). Spent £25.70, and will go back for jogging bottoms, PE shorts and possibly trainers.

I've had school shirts before which have lasted about 18 months (bought big, just getting on the small side now), so value for money has been brilliant in the past. The items in the store we looked at (but didn't buy as not school colours) had decent seams, buttons securely sewn on. Polo shorts seem good quality material. Shirts are a bit thin, so for older girls in particular, don't really work without a jumper/cardigan.

No idea bout Teflon coated, but the DDs don't tend to get covered in mess, so it's not an issue for me.

Bigger sizes/older ages. Range is Not Good. Biggish store (by Gatwick) didn't have any girls trousers at all when we went. If you want me to buy trousers without trying them on, then I need inside leg measurements in your size charts.

But, Tesco were one of the few places I managed to get school shirts in November the other year when DD3 had a massive growth spurt overnight and had no school shirts to wear.

I would recommend F&F school stuff to people - it's very good value, and decent quality. And stuff which isn't being worn all the time (like PE jogging bottoms) lasts well enough to be handed on. DD3 will be starting secondary with a pair of joggers which are approx 8 years old which were DD1s when she was about the same age.

pussinwellyboots Sat 20-Jul-13 15:09:57

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
Socks, pack a macs, polo shirts, shorts, trousers, pe shorts and sweatshirts. Spent about £50 on uniform. appears to be good value for money.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If ,not, why not?
Polo shirts are a good thickness, (got both regular and value) both types appear to wash well, but do need to be ironed. Was glad sweatshirt doesn't need ironing (hasn't been worn because of the heat but did wash it) as I have an M and S sweatshirt that needs ironing which is irritating in a sweatshirt. Sports shorts are huge - most items are extremely large around the waist. My DS is skinny but not overly so, obviously there is a market for large waist sizes but skinny fit items would be useful. I got some trousers for a friend to test as well and she was going to have to exchange them as there were no waist adjusters. This is not clear on the website.
Am very happy with pac a macks, socks and shorts, Although the shorts are very long.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
The school trousers are Teflon but have not been worn due to the heat, but look fine. The school shorts I think are Teflon and have washed well.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
The website is quite hard to use. For example with school trousers if all the colours could be grouped under one option, as when the clothes came there appears to be light grey and dark grey but these are all listed as grey. It is unclear which trousers have adjustable waists and there are lots of different options for trousers but it is hard to see what is different about each type - but it would be really good if you could introuduce some different fittings eg skinny fit.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Happy to recommend, but not sure i'd recommend the website or customer service. I rang up to see if a friend could collect my order as the nearest store is 20 miles away, but was told that there was no way to do this, and they couldn't let me speak to my local store to discuss this or to heck my order was in store.

EeTraceyluv Sat 20-Jul-13 17:24:48

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

2 pinafores, 2 kilt skirts, 2 pairs of trousers for 13 year old ds, a girls winter coat and some shoes for ds, and 2 cardigans

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

They did, especially the pinafores

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I'm not sure that I did!

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Not really. The coat was age 9-10 but tiny on 7 year old (who is big for her age) dd so we had to take it back, apart from that no problems

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I probably would. Cheap, cheerful and durable - she has worn her pinafores and they wash beautifully, AND no ironing needed!

ipanicked Sat 20-Jul-13 20:14:10

Q1. I bought polo shirts, vests (2 lots of 2 different sizes), socks, jumpers, trousers and track suit bottoms and even managed to get some character PJs for the DCs and spent exactly £50. I thought this was excellent value for money as I almost got enough to last DS through next year. Now I know what size fits best, I'll get more trousers and polo shirts.

Q2. I thought it was better quality than I expected for the price. The jumper was nice and soft, the trousers didn't look as shiny as I was expecting and the polo shirts were better quality than I expected. Sizing was a bit tricky - DS is on the small side for a 4 yo, but all tops and jogging bottoms came up small (and shrank a tiny bit in the wash) while the trousers were WAY too big.

Q3. Unfortunately as the trousers were enormous (and I made sure I'd got the adjustable waist ones!) we weren't able to test out the Teflon coated stuff. Everything else after washing didn't need ironing which I was pleased about. The white polo shirts and vests unfortunately looked just as filthy coming out of a 40 degree wash (bio liquid) as they had going in but I've not tried washing them hotter or with stain remover (but as it was only apple juice and chocolate, I'd not really expected to need to). I would have been pretty amazed if they had come up white, as DS is a dirt magnet, but seeing the feedback earlier in the thread I did have high hopes so that's a shame.

Q3. I wish I'd had a bit more time to test the clothes properly - despite ordering online straight away, we only got a couple of days wear. I thought the school embroidery service looked fab but wasn't really sure how much extra this would cost. The website took a bit of time to navigate and felt a bit clunky but I was pleased with the free delivery for over £50 orders as there is no click and collect that's particularly easy to get to round here.

Q4. Yes, definitely, I will definitely be buying more and recommending to others.

Thanks for choosing me, I can't quite believe I have all the school uniform I now need for ages grin

androbbob Sat 20-Jul-13 20:45:17

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

Bought polo shirts and short sleeved shirts in blue, grey combat shorts, grey trousers in two different styles and socks for DS. All good value at under £60 and got 6 of each top. I did try to get DD some blue shirts for high school but wasnt available, only in white. Wasnt too impressed in the older girls range. I did get her some 40 and 60 denier tights for school.
I wasnt able to get jumpers as their school colour is burgandy which M &S only seem to stock.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I have previously had summer dresses and polo shirts and shorts and they have always washed well. However I thought the grey was a very dark shade this year. I did get another style of trousers that was too pale, but I will keep them. Fit was good, if a little long in the body. Polo shirts washed well but are thinner than the usual M & S ones I get. Collars are flimsy too and appear to wear after washing. At half the M&S price though I can live with that!

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I do prefer the teflon coated uniform as it seems stiffer and seems to hang better. This is more apparent on girls pleated skirts which can be a bugger to keep neat. I would generally go for teflon but dont seem to recall this being well promoted on the website. All the trousers and shorts I got are teflon and have a tag on to say so. This would be more prominent when buying in store. I do agree teflon makes he uniform look better for longer.
I have previously had boys shoes for school from tesco and they have been as good as that other well known brand!

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

More on line size guide info as it is a pain to have to return items. Website is shocking to use as basket takes ages to update. Compared to the online grocery website, this clothing one is antiquated.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend as uniform is good value for money. I usually go to M & S when have deals on, but Tesco is almost as good, as long as go for the dearer priced items rather than the budget value lines. It is aldo helpful to stick a bit if uniform in trolley over a few weeks shopping as you dont notice the cost as one big outlay.

Thanks for the opportunity to partake in this trial. I am saving my final voucher for his shoes in August!

MyLifeIsStillChaotic Sun 21-Jul-13 10:48:40

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
4 polo shirts, four pairs of trousers, a 7-pair pack of socks, an autumn/winter coat, two pairs of joggers and two pairs of shorts. this came to £40 and I intend on spending the rest nearer September - I didn't want to get stuff 'for the sake of it'. I thought I got a lot for £40, especially considering I bought a coat.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
The uniform looks great to me. Smart, well made and good quality - definitely comparable with the M&S uniform I normally buy.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
Unfortunately by the time I got the voucher codes (Thursday evening)and picked up the uniform (that weekend) DS only had a week to wear it for school. What he did wear washed well and I was pleased, although it is hard to say at the moment how well they will last after numerous washes. I am confident that the trousers will hold up but will have to assess the polo shirts down the line as that is what I find goes scruffy quickly from other shops.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
I thought there was a good choice and was pleased with the website. I have to say I was less pleased with some other items I bought (two t-shirts and some socks also all for DS) as they were in stock when I placed the order then weren't in stock 2 hours later - I don't think that's particularly great.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would - the click and collect service is really easy to use and the products seem good quality and good value for money - so far anyway!

SparkyTGD Sun 21-Jul-13 12:06:47

Thanks for picking me, is there a date we need to give feedback by?

I ordered on the generous side (what I usually do, DS is tall) but way too big so have ordered some smaller & will update when I get these (obviously won't be wearing to school now but can try on for size etc).

Squeegle Sun 21-Jul-13 12:23:36

1) I bought boys front pleat trousers, boys 5 pocket trousers, 2 x polo shirts, 5 x fresh feel socks, 5 x black knee high socks, 1 x unisex v neck jumper. Also two pairs of baseball boots.
All came to less than £50, was impressed with that price. I also would have ordered more ,but there were no black pleated skirts available.
2) Impressed by quality - overall very high, and particularly for the price.
3)Yes, I did buy the trousers with teflon; they seem fine - I washed all of them and they've come out fine - but to be honest there were no major stains to worry about at this stage.
4)I think that they're great. Love the adjustable waists, that makes a big difference for me as both children are tall but thin. Generally, excellent quality, and am very happy. But could do with more online availability.
5) Yes, would definitely recommend. I am very impressed.

muminthecity Sun 21-Jul-13 18:44:19

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought the following:

1 Pack long sleeved white shirts
2 Packs of short sleeved white shirts
2 Blue checked summer dresses
2 Pair Pack of 40 Denier Microfibre Tights
3 Pair Pack of Super Soft Tights
Jersey School Pinafore
Kilt School Skirt
Permanent Pleat School Pinafore
Single Pleat School Skirt

I also bought a dress, swimming costume and some pyjamas and spent £100 in total. Excellent value for money in my opinion.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

So far they have exceeded my expectations, they all seem really good quality, the summer dresses have been worn and washed twice this week and still look brand new. The material is light and soft, DD is loving wearing them in this heat as they keep her so cool.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I didn't buy any Teflon products as far as I am aware.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

I am impressed with it all so far, but would say that when conducting product tests in future it would make far more sense to do it in September/October. Whilst I have washed some of the uniform more than once, I haven't had much time to give it a proper test. I will be interested to see how it fares in the new school year after lots more wearing/washing.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

At present, yes I would recommend, mainly because it is so much cheaper than anywhere else I have bought school uniform from and so far seems very good value. However, as mentioned above we have had very little time to try it all out properly.

SachaF Mon 22-Jul-13 11:44:58

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
F&F Leather Riptape School Shoes, £15, F&F 5 Pair Pack of Gingham Frill Trim Socks, £4.00, F&F Signature Boys cargo shorts with Fairtrade cotton, £7, F&F Permair® Coated Leather Flower School Shoes, £12.50, F&F Permanent Pleat School Pinafore, £5, F&F Girls Embroidered Sleeve School Shirt, £3, £75 in total including 2 cardigans for me and boys underwear. Normally I would spend this on 2 pairs of school shoes alone!

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
The uniforms appear to be of a good quality so far. The material is a good thickness. I was impressed with the shoes for that price. Time will tell.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
The pinafore dress is Teflon coated. It has been down the allotment and had food spilled on it and has washed clean without specifically needing to treat the spills. I would happily buy clothes with this treatment again. I think it is likely to be more durable as it is less likely to stain.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
The girls shoes have been incredibly easy for my 4 year old to put on. She really likes the flowers and finds them comfortable. The boys shoes - the Velcro that is not covered by the fastening (as he doesn't like them too tight) picked up lots of dried grass on day 1 and I haven't been able to remove it all, which makes the shoes look a tad messy, but he thinks they are very comfortable, as comfortable as his old Hush Puppies. Also, after 6 days of wearing he hasn't scuffed them so far.... The cargo shorts are not quite as smart looking as the similar shorts he had from Bhs, but do the job. I really like the small detail on the embroidered sleeve school shirt. The socks pilled on day 1 of wearing with the school shoes, across where the fastening goes and around the top of the heel, and the black from the shoes leaked onto the white socks. The pinafore was quite wide across the shoulders (age 4-5 on my 4 3/4 year old girl).

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, good price, decent quality so far.

lougle Mon 22-Jul-13 12:24:07

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I got 6 polo shirts 9 skirts 6 pinafores, 2 dresses 2 pairs of jogging bottoms 2 zip through hoodies and 9 vests. Total £104.50, so just £4.50 to pay and free delivery. Very good value for money.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
Yes, they did. Very smart and nice.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

It's great! In fact, I only washed the skirts because they'd worn them; they didn't seem dirty at all and my girls roll around in mud.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

The waist band of the dresses seems a little low. I'd like the zip to extend further down because it makes it tight on the shoulders when dressing, although the actual fit is good.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes.

Thank you Tesco and MNHQ!

dietstartstmoz Mon 22-Jul-13 12:58:09

We have had ;

2 x unisex sweatshirts age 5-6 £3/age 8-9 £4
3 x easy iron short sleeve school shirt age 5-6 £3/age 8-9 £4
2 x teflon coated school trousers £5
2 x riptape leather school shoes size 2 £16/ size 12 £15
1 x sun hat - £1.50
pants and socks £5

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

See above, have spent £56.50 so far. Will be getting further items once I have sorted out the existing uniform to see what else needs replacing.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Very good quality, all items appear to be made well, and wearing and washing so far has gone well. They do not appear to be any 'cheaper' looking or poorer quality than any other high street store, including M&S where we usually get our uniforms from.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Yes I bought some Teflon coated trousers, they look great and appear sturdy which will be a good thing with 2 boisterous boys to clothe.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

The boys wear range is more limited I feel than the girls wear. There were only 5 coat options for boys, 2 blazers and 3 waterproof jackets, no winter coats as yet. For girls there are 5 coat options, including what look like 2 winter coats. I didn't like any of the boys options and was disappointed there were not any winter coat options as yet, but maybe they will be available later in the year. We get through winter quickly as my boys tend to break zips, even high quality branded ones.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, good quality and value for money.

PolyesterBride Mon 22-Jul-13 13:46:06

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought a 2 pack of girls polo shirts; a five pack of gingham frill socks; 2 different summer dresses; a scallop trim cardigan. This came to £25 exactly. I would have bought much more but for each item I wanted, they were out of stock in my daughter's size - even the next couple of sizes up, which I would have tried.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Yes, overall they matched my expectations. I was expecting basic type supermarket quality and it seems to be fine. I have washed some of the dresses and the socks and they have washed fine. I haven't used the cardigan yet because of the weather or the polo shirts because of the season (they are only wearing dresses now).

My daughter likes the zip up dresses and the socks with the gingham in. I only saw one blue colour though - I needed the light and the dark blue.

My daughter is very slim but I still bought the size up for the dresses so that they weren't tight and that was good - they would have been too small in her proper size.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I didn't buy any of this because it was all out of stock. I would have liked to though.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Make sure all sizes are available! AND - if you want to do this kind of product test again, don't do it one week before the end of term! My daughter's school broke up on Friday and last week there were THREE non-uniform days, so it was really hard for me to test the uniform thoroughly.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes - the service (free delivery to store next day) is really convenient. The uniform seems to be just as good as any other supermarket. I will probably buy more winter uniform there with the other vouchers once the stock levels improve!

mintyneb Mon 22-Jul-13 14:10:41

1. I bought 3 packs of girls polo shirts age 6-7 and 1 pack of polo shirts age 7-8; 1 pair girls jersey trousers; 2 x jersey skirt and 1 x kilt skirt. I also bought a Regatta raincoat (for walking to school in) for £20, which is obviously not own brand clothing but was great to be able to buy alongside school uniform.

I would have spent much more if there was a wider choice of clothes. My DD has her heart set on a traditional style duffel coat for this winter but there wasn't one on offer. I wanted to get her some woolly black tights but the only black ones available were thick dernier more like grown up tights. There were woolly grey tights available though? I wanted to try the Fairtrade polo shirts but there weren't any in the right size. I do think it was good value for money though.

2. the quality was as I expected. there did appear to be some sizing issues though. The pack of age 7-8 polo shirts I got were different sizes (comes as a two pack). One polo shirt was exactly the same size as the age 6-7 polo shirts and the other was actually smaller! the waistbands on the two styles of skirt I bought (both being for the same age 6 -7) were completely different. The jersey one fits beautifully on my 6.4 yo DD and will expand further. the kilt skirt is far too big round the waist but when you draw in the adjustment so its the right size, because the material is quite stiff the waistband is really badly gathered up and the pleats don't work. I will have to put it aside until next year when she gets bigger.

3. I didn't buy any Teflon coated clothes.

4. I would like to see all the skirts offered in all colours. My DDs school has black skirts or trousers but you only have a limited choice of black skirts - which is different to the choice if I had to buy blue. doesn't make sense? if you make grey woolly tights, why can't you make them in black? Also, you seem to have most colours of summer dresses (which can be worn at DDs school up to the Oct half term) but not yellow which is what I need. I would also like to see more variety of winter coats. I would like the waistbands of the skirts to be similar across the range, the diameter of the two sorts I bought were massively different. Make sure the full range of sizes is available at peak times!

5. I would recommend the Tesco range but with the proviso that where possible they check out the goods in store first. I do think they are value for money - what has been worn so far has washed well - and are certainly no worse than other supermarket branded uniform. but the sizing is a little erratic

dontmeanto Mon 22-Jul-13 15:19:33

Q1

I bought jumpers, polos, trousers, shorts, and pants. All excellent value for money!

Q2

The quality is great! Definitely on par with other uniform stuff bought elsewhere. The red jumpers and polos have kept their colour nicely and nothing has shrunk.

Q3

I bought trousers coated in Teflon and yes, they are easier to clean and get stains out. Sometimes you can just sponge off a stain without having to throw them in the wash, which saves on bills.

Q4

Only that they should have more online stock as previous posters have said. It's quite a lengthy process to go through all the way to the confirmation page just to be told some items aren't available.

Q5

Would definitely recommend to friends and have done, as someone at school asked me where I had bought DS' v-neck jumper!

TallyGrenshall Mon 22-Jul-13 15:23:51

Q1- I bought 2 packs of polo shirts, 2 pairs of trousers and 2 pairs of shorts which came to £25. I think it is great value for money.

Q2- The quality overall is good, the hems on the trouser legs are a little loose. I bought uniform from Tesco last year and I would say it's about the same, can't see any obvious improvements. The fit is really good for DS because he is a skinny thing and I usually have trouble getting trousers long enough but still fit a tiny waist and the shirts are a good length.

Q3- The teflon coating on the shorts is a bit horrible tbh. They feel really plastic and quite stiff but DS wasn't bothered by them and some spag bol sauce came out in a normal wash as well so it does it's job.

Q4- Apart from the teflon on the shorts, I think it's a good range and great value for money.

Q5- I would recommend the range because it is well priced, I'm hoping it lasts well because although it has had a few washes, it's too early to comment on that.

HeySoulSister Mon 22-Jul-13 16:17:11

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

bought school shirts,school polo tops,socks,trousers,shorts and sweatshirts. all in sizes 6-7,11-12 and 15-16. absolutely great value for money!!

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

yes! washed well and kept shape with no shrinking. good material quality and good waist adjusters...not every supplier has these

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

didn't buy Teflon coated items

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

the only comment I have here is why stop at age 15-16? kids these days are bigger (my son is 14 and fits your largest size) and they are also now required to stay on an extra year. is it fair we have to shop in an adult range for young teens?

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes,and I already have done. its affordable and has a good range.

jenni75 Mon 22-Jul-13 18:37:35

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

Boys 2 pack easy iron short sleeve shirts x 3
Girls 2 pack easy iron short sleeve shirts x1
2 pack of boys front pleat trousers x 2
Girls bootleg trousers x 2
7 pack of girls pants

Used 2 vouchers so far, spent £50.50, am going to spend the rest on more uniform, now I have an idea of sizes.
I would say yes, good value for money.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Yes, very pleased with the quality, especially the shirts, have hung the shirts up to dry on a hanger after washing them, they have washed well.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Bought teflon coated trousers, I liked them, they didn't seem to attract stains and have washed well.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Yes, would like to see girls school shorts in their range (not PE ones), girls cullottes, more range of socks - especially black ones, maybe tank tops.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would recommend the F & F range, affordable and washes well.

Queen0fFeckingEverything Mon 22-Jul-13 19:03:41

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought... 2 navy polo shirts, 3 different pairs of school trousers (2 of the longer leg length and one standard because DD wanted some with a star charm on!), 1 scallop neck cardigan, 1 normal cardigan, 1 school jumper, 1 pair of school shoes, 1 pair of PE trousers, 1 PE zip up hoodie, and some socks. Will have to check the receipt to see exactly what it came to but it was everything we needed for next year and competitively priced.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

The quality seems very good so far - everything has been washed, nothing has run or shrunk - which is a good sign! Not yet sure how well it will stand uo to repeated wear and washing though as we've only had it a week.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I didn't buy anything Teflon coated - I try to go for natural fibres without special coatings wherever possible.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

I'd really like to see a lot more Fairtrade marked stuff in the range. It makes me quite uneasy to think of how its manufactured in order that it can be sold so cheaply, and that would give me confidence that it was more ethical than other brands. If there was a competitively priced and easily accessible Fairtrade cotton uniform range then I'd buy it without a doubt even if it was a couple of pounds more per item than non Fairtrade ranges.

Otherwise I was realy pleased with everything - the sizing seemed fine, especially the long length trousers which were great, I usually end up taking in the waist of all DD's school trousers!

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would if it came up. The long length trousers are something I've already mentioned to someone I know who has a tall skinny DD smile

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 22-Jul-13 19:04:34

Q1
Bought 2x boys shirts
2x girls blouses
2x pleat front grey trousers
Grey 60 denier opaque tights
Grey microfibres tights
I couldn't get any skirts as they have to come from the school
I spent £26.50. I've ordered more stuff but it hasn't come yet. I would have expected that amount if items to come to much more.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I thought everything seemed very thin, the shirts were very thin and the trousers looked like they were faded already.
Dd didn't like the blouses, she said the necks felt funny, & got sweaty easily she's used to the quite formal style M&S ones and she struggled to get her tie neat with the shape of the collar. Ds's shirts were far too big and they didn't have any in the size down. The grey opaque tights which were ladies were nice & comfy but the microfibres ones were way to small and dd is a smallish 11 year old in only a size 1.5 foot. In general it was very cheap but it felt cheap & I'd prefer to pay more for better quality. It no where near matched the quality of the M&S uniform they usually wear but also wasn't as good quality as Asda which is cheaper.

Q3 Didn't notice any difference

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Better quality material

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
No I wouldn't unless it was an emergency eg they needed something cheap at the end if term before they were changing schools for example.

UniS Mon 22-Jul-13 20:22:13

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

Polo shirts- 2 pack blue
Shorts - cargo with fairtrade cotton - 2 of
Trousers, pleat front - 2 of
Zip up hoody - 1 of
Cost in the region of 25 quid, but I'm not exactly sure as customer services had to help after much of my order was cancelled, items were substituted with things of a different price. Resulting in same number of items but less fair trade cotton, more long trousers, fewer shorts & neither the shorts or trousers DS liked the look of.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
Quality was much as I expected for supermarket prices I forgot the navy hoody might leak dye and sadly it stained a multi colour top in the same wash load. The fair trade cotton items come out of the wash looking more creased than more poly polycotton shorts do, but I think that is to be expected from the fabric. The polo shirts looked very bright before they were washed and line dried, they are now the same pale blue as his older blue polo shirts and I can't tell which are which with out looking at labels.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
Yes, but the weather has been warm to wear the long trousers so performance is unknown. The fairtrade cotton shorts get grubby very quickly. The weather may be a factor in this too as the boy will have been on the field for a hour at lunch and in eth park for 30 mins on the way home .

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
Improve that website. For an online shop it was slow and clunky.
Cargo style trousers were a look that my son really liked, he was disappointed that they had sold out and he was unable to have some.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, the prices were reasonable and the clothes fit well. The boy finds them comfortable and likes the styles shown on website.

beanandspud Mon 22-Jul-13 21:45:54

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought long-sleeved shirts, shorts, trousers, socks, vests, a cagoule. Spent approximately £100 and it felt like very good value.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

The shirts are great, they wash well and don't look any different from M&S or Next. The sizing is quite generous. Socks also washed well although it remains to be seen how white the sports socks are after a term. Grey socks good value and so far have kept their shape. Haven't really worn the vests as it's too hot, they've washed ok the first time but don't look like they'll keep their shape very long. Shorts and trousers both seem good quality although they are a much darker grey than I expected.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Shorts and trousers were Teflon. They feel ok but I hope they will soften a little after a couple of washes. TBH it's not the stains that are a problem on school trousers, more the fact that DS goes through the knees.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

As another poster said, a plain winter coat would have been a good addition to the range. And trousers with reinforced knees!

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would recommend on the basis of this short test - ask me again at Christmas when the clothes have had a proper battering. It's good value and the service was very good.

IsotopeMe Mon 22-Jul-13 23:36:50

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

We bought six boys shirts for each dc, so twelve in all. Very good vale for money, I thought. We will buy the rest f the uniform closer to September as older dc is currently going through a growth spurt and likely to grow out of any trousers bought now!

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Yes, very good quality and look quite smart. No noticeable difference to more expensive brands. All shirts washed well, apart form some residual sun cream staining, which is not a problem for most of the school year tbh!

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Not applicable.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Maybe adjustable waists? My boys don't need it but I know friends have trouble finding them for older dc who are skinny but tall or any other combination!

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, we already have! I told everyone the boys were wearing new shirts and asked what they thought of the look and feel etc. all were very positive in their responses. smile

Thank you so much for this opportunity!

GladbagsGold Tue 23-Jul-13 00:15:46

Hello, thank you Mumsnet and Tesco for running this test.

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

permanent pleat school pinafore
3 pack of temp control super soft tights
7 pack of boys fresh feel socks
5 pair white ankle socks
boys easy iron short sleeve shirt
girls easy iron revere collar short sleeve shirt
girls plaited waistband trousers
fairtrade signature cargo shorts
cuffed school joggers
boys 5 pocket school trousers
zip through hoodie
boys pleat front school trousers
boys longer length pleat front school trousers

I also bought a dress for me and a shirt for DH in the sale and spent exactly £100 - good value for money.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

permanent pleat school pinafore: YES
Nice style, nice fabric, DD has worn it and loves it

3 pack of temp control super soft tights: YES
very soft

7 pack of boys fresh feel socks: YES
great having size inside

5 pair white ankle socks: YES
perfect length, most socks too long for DD's liking

boys easy iron short sleeve shirt: NO
The sleeves are really short (or the body is really long) - they look really odd when DS is wearing them. They haven't washed well and one wasn't properly stitched on the shoulder.

girls easy iron revere collar short sleeve shirt: NO
DD got her shirt mucky and it won't wash clean despite vanish etc, when her previous shirts have had the same muck and same washing and have come out clean. The collars are a pain to iron - somehow they are baggy like one side has more fabric than the other.

girls plaited waistband trousers: NO
Very soft, and bought because they are the only girls trousers with real (not pointless 'mock') pockets. But the material is really thin; they are not going to be warm enough. Plus the thick waistband detail means they will take longer to dry on radiator in emergency! Not very practical.

fairtrade signature cargo shorts: NO
Unfortunately these are ridiculously baggy on DS.

cuffed school joggers: NO
They are not the same navy colour/fabric as the navy hoodie.

boys 5 pocket school trousers: YES
Bought these for DD as girls trouser range a bit limited. These are really smart and comfortable and practical - we both love them.

zip through hoodie: NO
I bought this for DS to grow into. Well the arms fit him perfectly now but the body is like a dress!

boys pleat front school trousers: YES
They are ok - not great as fairly baggy.

boys longer length pleat front school trousers: YES
Very nice shade of grey and not too baggy for once!

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Yes - my iron squirted limescale on some of the uniform and it just wiped off the Teflon items. Brilliant!

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

1. Do a range for slim boys with normal length arms?!
2. Everything already said about improving the website. I'd have gone elsewhere if I was a normal shopper rather than doing this test.
3. Better trousers for girls. Girls need pockets too!

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Some particular items, yes, but as an overall range, no. The fit is just too unpredictable.

vincenta Tue 23-Jul-13 05:01:46

Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought white and grey socks, combat boys shorts, polo shirts, white tshirt,black and grey trousers, leather school shoes.I spend 100.25 £ All clothes mostly 3-4 years and 4-5 years.
Yes, definitely this is good value for money, especially shoes,they cost 15 £ and it is half of price Clarks shoes.
I loved shorts, they looked so smart, was just right lenght and right colour, not too dark or too light.Polo shirts with 3 buttons looked also good. My son especially liked those three button thing as his previous polo shirts got only 2 buttons.Also 5 white cost price was 1,50 £ which is very cheap,as socks washes well.I should add that after wash with eco washing powder they didn't looked so white and clean but after my usual laundry detergent they come out white and clean as new.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
Overall I am very impressed with quality and prices,especially I liked
school socks.Fantastic price and great quality, washes well.
My boy is slim that's why adjustable waist was very handy in most trousers and shorts.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I bought Teflon coated trousers, I washed them,as I usually wash all new clothes but didn't have chance to check out how good they are for messy boys.It was very hot and my son was wearing shorts all the time. However trousers look good, washes well and I think they will last.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their school wear again next year?

First of all I would advice to introduce smaller size of polo shirts too. Now the smallest size is for 104 cm it is 3-4 years,It would be great if there would be 2-3 years for 98 cm Now of course polo shirts 3-4 years are okey for my son but in September when I bought school uniform, this age gap was so huge and I choose Sainsbury's because they have polo shirts for 2-3 years.My son is 4 now but he is little bit shorter and very slim for his age.
Also I wasn't impressed ith value range, my husband suggested to try value range and see difference.
I bought 3 pairs of value range trousers and 3 polo shirts.
Trousers and polo are thinner than non value school trousers and polos which isn't bad. Especially when weather is warn but still not so hot for shorts.
However I was dissapointed with sizing.Value polo shirt and trousers were bigger and longer than non value trousers and polo shirts.Looked very baggy and is not best buy for slim kids.Also there wasn't adjustable waist band and trousers just fall of my son's bottom. Would not buy value range because sizing is very generous.
Also I loved hooks on my sons' combat shorts,they are the same one which we have in our school trousers from Debenhams, very easy to close and open.I didn't liked some of hooks from school trousers, little bit tricky to close
Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes ,I definitely would reccomend Tesco clothing to friends and family, because clothes looks good, washes well and price is affordable. I would not reccomend value range clothes for parents with slim kids as those are wider and longer than no value ones.
Also I want to add that last September we bought embroided jumpers.Fantastic service, great quality, washed well. Looked nearly new at the end of school.Price was much cheaper than in other unifrom shop. Was very impressed! It is a pity that this year we ca order our new school Jumpers from Tesco.
Also I bought myself multiway bra (6 £) It is fantastic,even without straps it stay in place and looks awesome. I tried lot of multiway bras before and thought that I will end up splashing over 30 £ to buy wonderbra,But no. It was fantastic purchase,for that price quality is great!
I din't have any problems with website, all my ordered items were in stock and was delivered to store.Very easy to use and convenient!
Thank's again Mumsnet and Tesco for fantastic opportunity to try school clothes!

squirkle Tue 23-Jul-13 13:41:21

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

3x 2 pack of white polo shirts (2boys, 1 girls) grey shorts, blue gingham (zip up) summer dresses, 5 pack of white socks with blue edging, 5 pack of grey socks, 2x navy blue PE jogging bottoms (1boys, 1 girls)

Spent £53, could of spent more but many items were out of stock in the correct sizes as were the correct coloured PE shorts. will be spending the remainder of the vouchers on winter uniform (trousers and pinafores) when the sizes are available again.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Yes the quality of the items I bought was good. All items that were worn have been washed several times and are still in good condition although they have only had just over 1 weeks wear, due to the end of term. I was particularly impressed with the thickness of the fabric on the summer dresses as often girl's clothes are made to be less hard wearing than boy's.
the socks also have so far not shrunk or become 'tight feeling' which is a common problem but these also have not been washed very many times as yet.

Unfortunately my daughter refused to wear the polo shirts as they 'felt too scratchy' (sensory processing disorder) but I will try them again next term when she can wear a vest underneath. My son wore his however with no problems except for a small hole in one shirt due to a scissor accident!

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I don't remember specifically choosing any Teflon coated uniform, but I did notice that the shorts appeared to stay cleaner and could actually be worn 2 days in a row before washing. I will definitely look out for some trousers like this in future.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

I am always surprised that no one stocks shirts, especially in the smaller sizes, that have an alternative to buttons as fasteners. I know several parents with children who are unable to do up buttons and some have had to adapt shirts (e.g adding Velcro) If you were to sell products like this, I think many people would buy them as it would fill an existing gap in the market.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would recommend it to friends and family as I found it good value for money and it appears to be quite durable so far. I was quite interested in the School logo embroidery service offered on your website as my children's school wear only jumpers/cardigans and also PE tops with school logo on. I think I may suggest that they sign up for this service at the next parent forum meeting as I think it is a very good option to have available.

SylviaDaisyPouncer Tue 23-Jul-13 14:03:57

Q1. I bought the packs of long sleeved white easy iron shirts, 2 packs of Teflon front pleat black trousers and a black unisex v neck jumper. Total £35. I felt this was good value.

Q2. The products were better quality than I expected, the trousers and shirts were thicker than I expected. The jumper looked very smart, though it came out of the wash very creased. I think this was due to it being 100% cotton (a positive as usually for this price they are acrylic). A quick iron sorted it. The items were easy to iron and washed easily.

Q3. Yes I bought the trousers. The fabric felt very thick (as opposed to being flimsy). Any stains have come out in a normal wash. I am hopeful they will last through the school year.

Q4. I had to go a size up for my son (a tall 12 year old), but this was fine as the adjustable waistband allowed for his long legs and small waist. I felt there was a good choice of uniform across the board and nice to see the sizes going up to 16 years at a low cost. I didn't look for blazers as I don't need to get a new one this year, but if Tesco don't currently stock perhaps this could be looked into.

Q5. Yes I would recommend. The wide range of uniform covers all school ages and is very well priced. The quality is good and hopefully it will last. I would also recommend ordering online, very quick and easy, plus a missed pair of shorts were delivered the following day. Very impressed.

Thank you Tesco and MN for letting me take part!

ksld Tue 23-Jul-13 14:37:59

Firstly thank you so much Mumsnet and Tesco for letting me try the school uniform.

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

3 packs of white polo shirts. 2 trousers, 4 shorts, school shoes, trainer liners.
Spent £53. Rest is saved for Winter coats come September - I would have bought them now but nothing in stock.
Very good value for money.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I did not have very high expectations to be honest as some of the items were so cheap. Polo shirts are very thin fine for summer season, not much warmth in them for winter. The trousers and shorts are a bit shiny which I don't like much. The shoes are surprisingly sturdy for £10 and comparable to Clarks £40 ones which were worn out. Obviously only been worn 7 days now so can't comment on how long lasting they are. Trainer liners are very thin fabric too and 2 already have holes in.

The shorts and trousers still look as new after being worn every school day since I got them (7 or 8 days I think?) so not really a very long test.
The polo shirts have all shrunk in the wash - not by much and think it was only in the first wash they shrunk.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Trousers are in Teflon coated fabric, not sure about shorts. Just been to look and no idea as nothing on label. If the shorts are as well then that could be the reason for the shiny fabric in which case I don't like it as it looks cheap. However anything that helps with keeping muddy/grassy knees clean is a bonus. I have previously had Marks and Spencer uniform with their stain protection and that has been very good.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

The size difference in the polo shirts was very very small. I ordered 7-8 and 8-9 for my small 8 year old. The bigger size was only 1cm longer and 1cm wider so if the smaller ones had been tight the bigger ones would have been as well. Luckily the sizes are generous and 7-8 fits him with room to spare.

I bought uniform on line as my nearest Tesco that stocks uniform is 15 miles away. When I looked there were about 5 lots of 'Boys pleat front school trousers' with no discernible difference between them. Looking now there is even more choice. The ones I bought - I went for cheapest are exactly the same but although both 'grey' one is shiny and one almost black. Some sort of streamlining of the different sorts of trousers would be helpful, or some description of what makes them different. And if all the 'grey' trousers could be the same colour that would help. If I wanted to order another of the grey coloured ones now I wouldn't know which ones to order.

It's probably not very helpful to put this but I really prefer to buy uniform/all clothes when I can see and feel the fabric. Over the previous years I have bought uniform as and when needed with my supermarket shopping from my most local supermarket. I can't see myself making a special trip to Tesco just for school uniform so if you can expand the number of stores that stock uniform that would be great - I prefer if it is available all year round.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would completely recommend purely for the price. I have previously bought uniform from M&S and Tesco prices are loads cheaper. However I would add the proviso that Tesco uniform is not of comparable quality. Lots of my previous uniform is now being worn daily by a third boy and is still perfectly good. If Tesco lasts that long I will be back in 4 years or so to let you know!

imawigglyworm Tue 23-Jul-13 14:53:43

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I brought pique polo shirts, trousers, socks and leather shoes for my older 2 DS's and some polo shirts for my youngest DS, this all came to about £85 which I thought was good value for money.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

They all looked good quality, made with thick durable materials used. They washed well (All had about 1 cm of shrinkage after a couple of washes which I think is very good - nothing worse than buying new school clothes for them to shrink after the first few washes!). They all wash & ironed well.
The shoes looked very good quality too. They were a bit stiff when they put them on but most new shoes are. Im hoping that they will last my boys a good few months.

The only issue I have with the trousers is they are quite narrow around the ankle but that's just my preference.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I always try and buy Teflon coated clothes for my boys as I believe they last longer and stay cleaner for longer.
DS2 is very rough and tumble and by far the messiest out of my boys, his Teflon trousers were changed and washed daily as they were usually covered in dirt by the end of the day. Every time they were washed they came out as clean as when we brought them.
Its hard to tell if all the stains came out as they are dark grey trousers but I don't have any complaints smile

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

When going through the ordering process it let me place the order but then I received an email to say items weren't in stock. This is a bit disappointing as being a busy mum you want it done quickly with as little fuss as possible and its a bit annoying when you think you've finally ordered everything to then be told items are no longer in stock. I know a few other mumsnetters had a similar problem. But maybe the high usage was the reason for this.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend F&F as I feel that the clothes I ordered were good quality and at a good price. They arrived quickly. I love the 'buy one donate one' offer on the polo shirts where every pack brought one gets donated to a child in a needing country.
BUT I probably would mention the stock issues too and hope that it probably was a one off.

notso Tue 23-Jul-13 15:27:54

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought 2 packs of short sleeved shirts and a pair of trousers for DD and PE shorts, 2 packs of buy 1 donate 1 polo tops, 2 value polo tops, a pair of trousers, a 2 pack of school shorts and a pack of socks for DS1. I spent £50.25 I would have spent more but was unsure about sizes, if we could exchange and lots of items I wanted were out of stock. It seemed a lot for £50.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
I have had bad experience with Tesco uniform before so my expectations were very low.
I was impressed with the buy 1 donate 1 polo tops, they have washed well and he says they are nice and soft inside. He already had Asda ones and Next ones already and they are much better quality than the Asda, comparable to the Next ones which are much higher in price.
I thought the shorts were good quality for the money, they washed well and stains sponged off well. I didn't like the feel or look of them though, they had a strange shiny look which made them look cheap.
The boys trousers were again, cheap looking. They didn't fit as well as the more expensive brands I usually buy. I would have preferred to try the signature trousers.
Was disappointed with the PE shorts they were very thin and I can't understand why they are in packs of 2 (not just Tesco though) My son only brings his PE kit home in school holidays and never needs more than 1 pair of cheap nasty shorts!
Value polos seemed good but were as I expected too good to be true, very thin and went shapeless pretty quickly. I will be saving these to use in the cold weather when his jumper is always on.
The short sleeved school shirts for DD were a bit thin again and she felt they were shapeless. She liked the pockets but still would rather M&S shirts.
Disappointed with the trousers for DD they looked so slim on the picture and in reality they were huge. The fabric felt nice though.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

The trousers and shorts I bought for my son were teflon coated I found they could be sponged clean, after a yogurt spillage in the morning. Grass and mud washed off easily. They did feel thick so I would imagine they would be hard wearing.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
More choice for older children. The trousers 13 year old DD wanted didn't go to her size. There seemed to be plenty of choice for young girls, pretty tops, cardigans, flowery features on skirts and trousers etc but just bog standard boring shirts and trousers for older girls. Fitted shirts and trousers suitable for secondary age girls please.
It was great to see different leg lengths but, not available for my childrens sizes. I would like to see different fits for skinny and larger children too, adjustable waistbands are great but usually seem to cater better for larger children rather than skinny ones. DD had to gather the trousers so much they just looked ridiculous from the back.
The sizes are big in comparison to other stores. DS1 is currently wearing age 11 in every other store we have used except Tesco.
I didn't feel some of the pictures on the website matched the look of the product. I really wish we had gone to try items on in-store before ordering online as items were so much bigger than I expected.
Single items for PE or packs with two different sizes to grow into as the year goes on.
It was a real shame that so much stock was sold out on the website. There didn't seem to be a facility for exchanging items ordered online which so many other online shops offer.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would definitely recommend the buy 1 donate 1 polo tops. I would be more inclined to recommend F&F to the parents of my sons friends, I feel the quality compared to other supermarket brands is good.
I wouldn't recommend for secondary aged children, I really feel they are not catered for by the F&F range.

loubielou31 Tue 23-Jul-13 17:16:37

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

We bought a complete winter school uniform, skirts, polo shirts, jumpers, tights, PE kit. I spent £50, there are a few things we still need but they were out of stock. I would say that the uniform is fairly priced and offers good value for money. Some of the items I wanted were out of stock, especially summer uniform. The Gingham skirt and blouse which we've had before is one of my DD's favourite items of school wear and the summer dresses really do come out of the dryer looking fine, no ironing needed there which is always a bonus. The summer dresses with a jersey collar are much harder to keep looking smart, the collar quickly goes quite grey looking,

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

The fit of many of the items needs to be improved. My DD is very tall and skinny. The knitted cardigans are lovely and the culottes are excellent, (but not sure the pleats will be very easy to keep in) The skirts fit nicely because of the adjustable waist but not the PE jogging bottoms. These just fall down. Why not put adjustable waist or a drawstring on these? The Jersey Jumpers are boxy and not a flattering cut at all (I think they just need to be a bit longer and slimmer actually) and the unisex polo shirts, (the only option in sky blue) are also much too baggy. A range of cuts needed to cater for this a little bit

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I haven't bought any of these. My DD is not too harsh on her clothes and I find that grey hides the worst of the dirt anyway.
I have found that most things, sweaters especially but also polo shirts and knitwear shrink after their first wash and tumble dry, make sure you buy things long enough. They also always shrink lengthways but not widthways which makes them worse for DD.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
Do polo shirts in a range of fits and colours not just white.
Put adjustable waists into PE clothes

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend some of their products, their summer uniform is lovely, but the fit on others is much too large.

The longevity of these clothes is the true test. If the jumpers and skirts are in a fit state by the end of the year to be handed down to younger siblings then I will judge the uniform to be excellent. Some of last years clothes are looking much too faded but have kept their shape well, (bought from a competitor) Time will tell if Tesco's are up to the job.

loubielou31 Tue 23-Jul-13 17:19:42

Would there be an option to update this thread, maybe at Christmas? A fortnight of testing is just not enough to really say if the product is good enough, especially since the weather has been so hot meaning items like jumpers, long trousers and pinafore dresses have not been worn at school and therefore not really put through their paces.

Know I'm a bit late to the party, but here we go....

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I brought Trousers, shorts (both PE and normal), Polo shirts, Coat, underwear, shoes, socks and PE tracksuit. Due to our schools uniform code, I didn't buy any jumpers. I spent about £79 and brought some trousers for myself.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I was quite impressed. The trousers and shorts seemed quite tough and hardwearing which is great. I also noticed they had buttons on the waistband so it was possible to adjust them. As DS1 is lanky with a skinny waist, this was excellent. I also thought the PE tracksuit and polo shirts seemed quite thick and better quality than ones I have brought previously.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I didn't buy anything which was Teflon coated but thought the products I did buy were quite durable and washed really well.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

I would like to see a better selection of coats as there wasn't many to choose from. I've seen in previous years they have done some lovely winter coats for boys which were a wool mix, and, if one like this was available when I brought my uniform, I would have definitely paid extra for one.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would, from what I've seen of the uniform I've purchased it is of a better quality than stuff I've purchased from other retailers and I liked the fact I could order the stuff and then pick it up in store the next day (fitted in well with picking up the DS's from childminder). Although it was something I didn't use this time, I also like the fact F&F have a uniform embroidery service and would definitely take advantage of this should my school sign up to it.

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

We got: Unisex navy V-neck jumper 11-12
Boys school trousers 8-9 (3 pairs)
Boys school combat shorts 10-11 (2 pack)
Girls embroidered sleeve shirts 6-7 (2 shirts)
Girls button waistband trousers 6-7 and 4-5
Girls plait waistband trousers 4-5
Girls pencil skirt 6-7

Not adding this up! I think it is good value for money when comparing the prices to M&S which is where some of the uniform has come from before due to the ease of their click and collect service, and the range for wide bottoms and short legs! We are veterans of tesco uniform and it has been interesting to try out items that I've not bought from Tesco before, ie the jumper. We've kept a voucher back to get ds a winter coat.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

V-neck: good value for money, however on the first wash some of the seams began to pucker which was disappointing. It looked ok once on, although it came off soon after! It has also survived being a goal post and being screwed up in a bag quite well. I will find it interesting to see if it shrinks over time, as that is the biggest problem I have with the M&S ones. If it doesn't I will be buying again! Regardless, despite the puckering this is a good basic staple, which is good value for money.

Boys trousers: These are a staple, ds is always wrecking the knees. Sizing was an issue, I know from experience that I need to get the smaller end of their ages, as ds is a beanpole: age 9 with a 20 inch waist. I dithered over going down a size and getting the longer length however it was a difficult call when the size guide didn't have any leg measurements- Tesco, please take note! waist and chest isn't enough, children are different shapes, and longer length means nothing if we have nothing to compare it to. These are good value for money, and hang well, even if ds has a baggy bottom after gathering the waist! adjustable waist is good :-)

Boys shorts: Another good value for money staple. My only problem is Dss has a very round bottom and short legs, and although I got the largest size possible they came below his knees and were tight around his bum. adjustable waist was needed and appreciated due to his shape!

Girls shirts: Again, went down a size, dd1 is 7.5, but very skinny. Fit was nice, she like the embroidery and shape of the shirts, she refuses to wear plain ones! They washed well, and I will be recommending/ buying again.

Button front trousers: Went down a size for both dds. Very grateful for the adjustable waist, the waist was massive on both girls, but legs perfect. Was quite grateful that the bums were not as baggy as I had expected, we've had bad experiences with 'skinny' jeans before! The fabric had a robust feel, which is good because dd2 is hard on her knees. Both girls like the button trim, and fit.

Plait front trousers: dd2 liked the trim, I liked the fit! No baggy bum here either. Fabric feels much lighter/thinner than the ones above, and it will be interesting to see how they wear.

Pencil skirt: dd1 chose this from the webpage. Pleats look really naff on her once I've pulled the waist in, and she liked this style. Once on her only disappointment was the lack of a kick pleat at the back, her fave pinny has one, and she found she can't do cartwheels without hoicking it right up. A kick pleat would be a really useful addition, a girl needs to be able to cartwheel/handstand/play football/run!

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

The difference in feel is obvious. We found it easy to sponge the stains off trousers ready for Badgers after school, but I'm not sure how much it would improve the longevity of a garment as opposed to a quality fabric to begin with. Especially not the knees- only reinforcing would do that! Create reinforced knees in boys trousers and you'll gain many parents approval.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

I like that they have bought in short/long legs, but they really need to give inside leg/arm measurements on their size guide, it's a must for me given my children are so skinny/round of bottom.

I'd really like to see shorts go up another size.

More trousers/skirts in grey please. And decent pockets in girls trousers.

Ds would like to see more lace up shoes for younger boys, as he kills velcro, and is rightly proud of his lace tying skills (9yo, size 13.5)

I'd like to see a thicker jumper/cardigan available, ds feels the cold and so wears knitted jumpersgrin and in the winter the cotton ones are just too thin for the girls too. Dss runs hot, and is fine.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would for the trousers/shirts. They are durable and the adjustable waists are a big selling point for me. The girly touches on the shirts, and the trousers pleased the girls.
Jumpers- I'll wait and see. Probably, as it's ok for the cost.

<didn't see socks with days of the week on the soles- anything to get ds wearing them, he has sensory issues, refuses to wear socks and then his shoes stink!!!!!>

Thank you very much Mumsnet and Tesco, we've really appreciated the new uniform

MadameJosephine Tue 23-Jul-13 21:27:34

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought some of the longer length trousers, polo shirts, socks and shoes. Spent about £25 which I thought was great value. Will buy more later in the year as my son has a habit of growing in the holidays!

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I generally buy school uniform from supermarkets and felt the quality was comparable and as expected

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I bought Teflon coated trousers, didn't notice any difference but I'm pretty sure the trousers I bought this year were all Teflon coated. I like the idea and think it does help keep them clean and easier to iron

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Loved the fact that trousers were available in different lengths and with adjustable waists as my son is very tall and skinny so we often have trouble with trousers ai definitely keep those. Do you offer similar in skirt lengths? Don't have a school age daughter so i didn't chevk. Often shirts are very baggy for the same reason so perhaps a 'slim fit' shirt might be an idea?

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would recommend

OnTheNingNangNong Tue 23-Jul-13 21:37:41

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought navy sweatshirts, navy polo shirts, white polos, black long length trousers, waterproof jacket, shoes. I spent about £50 in total, which is extremely good value for the amount of clothing I bought.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

The quality overall was good especially versus cost. Unfortunately the sizing on the jumpers and shoes are very off.

The polo shirts and shorts have coped well so far, the white shirts have quite scruffy buttonholes but it is mainly seen on the wrong side. The navy shirts have washed well with very minimal fading.
Unfortunately I couldn't try anything else due to the weather conditions.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I don't know if anything I bought was Teflon coated.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Make sure the sizing is the same across all items. It is annoying buying uniform from one store where some fit and some doesn't.
I would also recommend stocking more items for boys as a lot in my sons size was out of stock.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would definitely recommend buying uniform as so far it is washing and wearing well, looks smart and is very good value.

Being able to buy navy polo shirts is great as our large primary school has a navy option and only a rival supermarket has stocked them before now.

I would say that they need to try on in store as returns are returns only which is a pain.

mrslurkalot Tue 23-Jul-13 22:35:10

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

For my DS (age 8) I bought 2 x trousers, 1 jumper, 6 polo shirts, 7 pairs of socks. For DD (age 5) I bought 2 x skirts, 2 x pinafore dresses, 2x summer blouses, 1 checked summer skirt, 2 x summer dresses, 3 x cardigans, 5 pairs of white socks, 6 pairs of tights. I spent £93 and feel this to be exceptional value for money.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

So far, I have to say I am very impressed with the quality, everything has washed well (at least once, DDs summer dresses many times).

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I haven't been able to test the teflon coated items to any great extent. The weather has been way too hot for the DCs to wear them. However, I have washed them all and have been impressed.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

The buttons on DDs summer dress are tricky for a 5 year old. She can do and undo buttons on her other clothes but she has to ask me to help with the buttons on these dresses. They may 'ease' with wear but it may be something to look at. I wouldn't, for instance send her in them on a PE or swimming day, as I know someone would have to help her.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

From my experience for far, I would absolutely recommend F&F schoolwear, and will definitely buy from the range again.

Sorry I'm on my iPad so can't cut and paste or click back to get all the questions so I'll just give the best review I can without them if that's ok.

Firstly I'd like to say thank you to Tesco and Mumsnet for allowing us to trial the uniform, Tesco customer services were great with a few problems I had so I'd happily use Tesco again for online clothes order.

I brought, 2 pairs of cargo shorts for both boys (6&8) also 6 polo shirts and 6 button shirts, 2 pairs of shorter length trousers for both boys and 3 jumpers each. I spent £70.

The uniform looks great and feels like good quality, it's all a great price so I don't have to worry about replacing it every few months when they ruin it with pen, paint, grass stains rips or tears.

The jumpers have come up big but I prefer them that way.
The shorts have been worn everyday by the DSs the adjustable wait is great for giving a nice comfortable fit and the Teflon coating has meant they've stayed a lot cleaner than normal.

They've washed well and even the shirts have all come up brilliantly white after a few washes.
The jumpers have held a great shape and the trousers/shorts are still like new.

I would (and have) recommended Tesco uniform to other parents.

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
F&F 2 Pack of Unisex School Pique Polo Shirts x 5 packs
F&F Girls Jersey School Cardigan x 4
F&F Unisex School Sweatshirt x 3
F&F Gingham Belted School Dress with Hairband
F&F 5 Pair Pack of Gingham Frill Trim Socks
F&F Single Pleat School Skirt x 3
F&F Pleated School Culottes x 2
F&F Permanent Pleat School Skirt x 2
F&F 2 Pack of Pleated School Skirts x 2
F&F Jersey School Pinafore
F&F 2 Pack of Boys School Shorts
F&F 5 Pair Pack of Knee High Socks
F&F 5 Pair pack of broderie lace school socks
F&F 2 Pair Pack of 40 Denier Microfibre Tights x 2
F&F Basics Boys School Pique Polo Shirt x 2
I spent £110. I was amazed how much I got. We have uniform for the next 3 years!

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
I was mostly very surprised at the quality and detail of the items. Some skirts came heavy while others were very lightweight, which I hadn't expected. The t-shirts are quite thin. I expected the seams to have missed and extra thread etc on the cheaper items but they were equal to the others.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
I dont like teflon children's clothes so avoid it. I think the two pack skirts have it and they feel rigid and harsh. DD hasn't warn them yet as they are two thick for this weather.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
Include a weight/thickness or state "ideal for summer' 'warm for winter' etc to give online customers an idea. Also sort out the colours, some stated purple, red, burgundy but all came exactly the same. I really liked the website and how easy it was to select the school colours and then view from there. I couldn't find any plimsoles.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes definitely so far all have washed well and are great value for money.

Mandz07 Wed 24-Jul-13 14:40:16

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

So far I have bought 4 cardigans, 8 shirts, 4 skirts. Costing £40

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Yes they are great quality, kids are fussy and won't wear clothes if they don't like the feel of them but no complaints at all. Easy to iron to.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

Yes the skirts at Teflon sauce stain come out with no hassle.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year? A more varied range of school blazers would be great. We need burgundy and I couldn't find any online.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes great value for money, have already told friends to shop there for their kids

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 24-Jul-13 17:24:27

Hi loudbielou31, although we appreciate that it is a short product test, we are just looking to get initial feedback from testers at this point. The prize draw will take place in a couple of weeks, at which point we'll close the thread - in the sense that we will post 'NOW CLOSED' in the title, indicating that the prize draw has been carried out. However, testers will still be able to comment on the thread at a later date if they wish to give an update on the uniform.

MisForMumNotMaid Wed 24-Jul-13 19:28:53

F&F 2 Pack of Boys School Pique Polo Shirts
Product code: 5052909222941
Colour: White
Size: years 08 - 09
F&F Basics Boys School Pique Polo Shirt
Product code: 5052909223108
Colour: White
Size: years 11 - 12
F&F Basics Boys School Pique Polo Shirt
Product code: 5052909223061
Colour: White
Size: years 07 - 08
F&F Boys Longer Length Pleat Front School Trousers
Product code: 5053947012730
Colour: Grey
Size: years 08 - 09
F&F Boys Longer Length Pleat Front School Trousers
Product code: 5053947012754
Colour: Grey
Size: years 10 - 11
F&F Permair® Riptape Fastening Shoe Shoes
Product code: 5052910193070
Colour: Black
Size: Adult 04
F&F Triple Strap School Shoes
Product code: 5052910825506
Colour: Black
Size: Adult 02
F&F Boys School Joggers
Product code: 5052910871879
Colour: Black
Size: years 11 - 12
F&F 2 Pack of Boys School Trousers
Product code: 5052910929754
Colour: Grey
Size: years 08 - 09
F&F Unisex School Sweatshirt
Product code: 5052909592372
Colour: Green
Size: years 10 - 11
F&F 7 Pair Pack of Fresh Feel Ankle Socks
Product code: 5052320639526
Colour: Grey
Size: shoe Child 12 1/2 - 03 1/2

School DFES ID: All School Uniform

Total spend £75.25 so far.
It was reasonable value for money. I found it hard to compare the price of various items that were in stock in the relevant sizes. I found the website particularly difficult to use and my order took me 1.5 hours. I was buying for both my sons and trying to kit them out in all their uniform but due to stock issues and sheer frustration once the total hit £75 I decided to call it a day and save the other £25 for another day, once I’d worked out which bits are worth buying. This, once we’ve added the bits outstanding, is what I’d expect a complete re-kitting to cost. I don’t completely rekit all at once. I tend to buy as needed and spread the cost.

Q2.
I was very impressed initially with all of the uniform. It survived packaging and didn’t need re-ironing before wearing which is a great bonus.
The basics polo shirts where very impressive when first worn. One needed washing after a day and after three machine washes and a soak in steralising solution (mild bleach) still hasn’t come clean.
My other son used a standard polo shirt for the same meal/ school day combination and that washed out, same wash at 40 fine. When the shirts were wet you could clearly feel the difference in fabric thickness and quality. So I’d say that the standard shirts are value but the basic are not.
In the interests of testing we tested a value one again over breakfast and again after one wash it’s not come clean.
The trousers have all been very impressive. They’ve washed twice and line dried. I ironed one pair but the others were worn off the line. The material is thicker/ a less prominent weave than the George ones we’ve had and it feels like it would last longer.
The triple strap shoes are okay, slightly scuffed after a few days in – par for the course with a fairly cheap school shoe.
The permair shoes are standing up quite well. I did a sniff test and considering the incredible heat we’ve had, after a week of wearing they don’t smell like wet dog.
The joggers, as often happens, have sheded slightly. It’s been a little warm to thoroughly test these.
Sweatshirt is okay. Its not been worn due to the weather. The quality on first inspection appears good.
The ankle socks I’m impressed with. They have a good degree of elasticity, are reasonably thick and washed well.
Other than the value polo shirts my order met my expectations. The trousers and socks exceeded them.

Q3.
The trousers were Teflon coated. I hadn’t actually registered this when purchasing them – I had to check it out to answer the question. It does explain why they’ve washed so well with the same food/ paint/ dough spills on them that haven’t come out of the value polo’s. I like/ was impressed with the trousers and the fabric does feel like it will last. The material appears a little thicker and the fabric weave is less prominent than the boys other school trousers.

Q4.
I found the website very frustrating. I was only shopping for two of my three but it took me 1.5 hours and I didn’t get all I wanted.
I’d like to be able to sort by availability/ size/ colour/ price. It’s nice to see what is out of stock at the end of the list in the variables but it’s really frustrating to have to go into each item to check stock.
I popped to Tesco around lunchtime to collect my order having received the email to say its been dispatched. After I queued at customer services I discovered that orders are never in till 4pm. Fair enough we all have our systems but had this information been included in my dispatch email it would have saved me a journey. I couldn’t leave a mobile number because mobiles don’t work in my rural Welsh valley. Tesco customer services Ruthin were very good and called me at home to confirm the order was in, so I could collect after the school run. The kids appreciated the big parcel and it cost me a packet of ice-creams stopping on the way back from school on a hot day!

My experience of the basics polos is they taint the brand. I’m all for shopping around and finding the best deal/ downshifting but my conclusion is these are just poor quality after one use/ wash.
The trousers I was impressed with. The waist elastic is a little thin and feels like it’s not going to stand the test of time very well. My boys are bean poles and the stretched waist elastic over the buttons feels like its towards its elastic limit so I don’t think it will last as long as the fabric of the trousers. The loops of excess elastic are very large – I guess a very large range of child sizes are being catered for. I intend to run these through the machine over the summer before this becomes an issue and remove the loops.

I think the extra length trousers are a great idea especially to save all that extra material at the rear when over gathered but there is a lack of information available on what the new length is.
I had a thought about tacked up bottoms that can be un-stitched over the year to grow with your child, without having to be re-hemmed. Trousers that really last a year.

I like full zip jackets in a bag that the children can keep on their pegs at school. These would be nice to see in the FF range.

Q5.
I would/ have recommended the trousers. I would recommend the socks. The standard polo’s, sweatshirt and joggers are of a reasonable quality but not something I’d go out of my way to recommend. I would actively discourage people from buying the value polo’s.

Thank you for allowing me to partake in the trial. The boys have just started wearing their uniforms to school in England this week after finishing school term in Wales last week and moving over the border at the weekend It’s nice to see them smart in the new colours. New top to toe uniform wasn’t something we’d budgeted for and this trial gave a bit of pressure relief whilst our cash flow shortage due to moving house slowly unwinds itself over the coming months.

HenriettaPye Thu 25-Jul-13 10:54:45

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
I spent £50. This got DS 2 pairs of joggers, pants, vests, socks, 2 packs of polo shirts, pe shorts and t shirts.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
I think they are great quality- however the polo t shirts colour (yellow) isnt quite so bright after being washed, and a paint stain didnt come out (however i think thats more to do wth the type of paint used)
The 2 pack of pe shorts are fab- hes been wearing them everyday in this weather and they still look like new after all the washes! Grey joggers were fab, however the navy ones from the school range were very baggy.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
no teflon coated things

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
The only thing i didnt like was the bagginess of the navy joggers.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes definately- great quality and great price.

Thank you so much for picking me smile

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I chose a multitude of polo shirts for both children as they both will need them next year. They were £2 for a pack of 2 for DD (white with scalloped edge collar) and £3.50 for each pack of 2 for DS. I bought 4x white and 2x red for DS. I had ordered another £20 in other uniform items etc but they were unavailable so we didn't get to try them yet. Spent about £20-30 on uniform so far in total and plan to buy some more trousers and pinafores when they are available. I have to say I was frustrated at some of my order being unavailable and concerned I would have lost the value of the vouchers but Tesco customer service were very helpful when I emailed them and they refunded the remaining value of my vouchers onto my Tesco account for use next time. However, this is something to bear in mind for anyone ordering online in future (this has happened to me at M & S online too). However, I did think this was excellent value for money.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I found the polo shirts to be good quality - nice and substantial and the collars a good size and shape. I get the feeling that they won't wear through and get holes by Christmas (like the ones I bought last year at M & S) and the colour of the red was nice and bright. I washed the red ones with DS's other red clothes and they came out fine both on the line and after tumble drying. He commented that the buttons were a bit easier to undo than his old ones when he had PE one day, so all good.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

N/A as none of the Teflon coated items I bought were available so that part of my order had been cancelled.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

I think the prices and the quality that I saw were fantastic and compared very favourably to other brands. I would possibly say that the clothes turned up a little creased though.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, but I would warn them to buy in store or in good time for the new term in case the items were cancelled.

Thank you so much for choosing me! It made my day/week/month!!

Charleymouse Thu 25-Jul-13 14:42:28

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

F&F 2 Pack of Boys Combat School Shorts Product code: 5052910412379
Colour: Grey Size: years 06 - 07 £4.50
F&F Gingham School Dress with Hairband Product code: 5052910303998
Colour: Green Size: years 09 - 10 £4.00
F&F Jersey School Pinafore Product code: 5052910883209
Colour: Black Size: years 09 - 10 £7.00
F&F Jersey School Pinafore Product code: 5052909219880
Colour: Grey Size: years 09 - 10 School DFES ID: Dresses £7.00
F&F 2 Pack of Girls School Cycling Shorts Product code: 5052909220060
Colour: Black Size: years 09 - 10 School DFES ID: PE Kits £4.00
F&F 2 Pack of Boys School Trousers Product code: 5052910930095
Colour: Black Size: years 06 - 07 £5.00
F&F 2 Pack of Boys Pleat Front School Trousers Product code: 5053947017384
Colour: Blue Size: years 06 - 07 £6.00
Initial order
Total spent on items above £50
Excellent value for money, was pleasantly surprised how many items I got as many were 2 items in a pack. I will be spending the remaining vouchers on the shorts and new PE it items now I know the sizing for my children.
DS is 6.3 and DD is 8.8, bought sizes 6-7 and 9-10. DS slim built tall and DD chunky and tall.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

To be honest the items exceeded my expectations and were of higher quality than I expected. Even though I have bought uniform from Tesco in the past and have been pleased with the quality previously. I chose some cheaper items in this order and they are lovely feel and quality. My DD and DS have both worn multiple items and they have been washed and tumble dried, they have washed well and come out of the drier crease free.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I can't feel a difference to the material and have not noticed any difference in trying to remove stains as unfortunately for Tesco my DS managed to keep them relatively clean whilst he wore them. I think he was so proud to be wearing lovely new school uniform at the end of term when most parents (myself included) would not normally let them out in new uniform keeping it clean/wait for September.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

The only slight problem I have is the adjustable waist as DS is so skinny the excess material bunches up a little, DD however has a chunkier middle and this is never an issue, the style of the pinafores is very flattering for a rounder tummy. The length is good overall as well as she has a long body and short legs and often dresses/pinafores come up short on her. The cuffs on the gingham dresses are a little tight and there is not much give in the material. I bought 2 hoping to get use out of them now and in September and I know already DD will not wear them again as the cuffs are too tight and have no give and she hates being restricted. I love the girls cycling shorts and would market them for under pinafores/dresses as the girls at DDs school like to wear dresses and skirts but don't want the boys looking up their dresses. These shorts are ideal and in fact DD is wearing them this holiday as she finds them so versatile and comfortable. I would like to see girls shorts or culottes due to the issue I have just mentioned and could not seem to find them on the website although I did not visit a store to make my purchases/choices.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Would definitely recommend F&F school uniform and the click and deliver to store service.
I have also sent the details to school about the embroidered school uniform service to try and purchase school t-shirts/jumpers with the school logo via Tesco. Hopefully this is being processed and I can use some of the remaining vouchers on logo items.
My favourite thing is the adjustable waistband in the boys trousers/shorts as he is tall and skinny.

Charleymouse Thu 25-Jul-13 14:44:23

Oops forget to say how grateful I am and how pleased the kids were to be allowed new school unifrom near the end of term. Thanks a lot Tesco and Mumsnet.
grin thanks

Charleymouse Thu 25-Jul-13 15:03:37

Aaaaaaaagh just started to read the other feedback and spotted there are some culottes, DOH, will deffo give them a try for September, especially as they are adjustable waist in the size I would buy them.

I'm sure they werent there when I looked or maybe I didnt look under skirts as I knew DD would not wear skirts. Can you put all the same items together eg culottes with shorts with PE kit shorts etc.

TimrousBeastie Thu 25-Jul-13 20:33:06

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

2 pack boys sports shirts- great quality thick material than what i was expecting
6 packs girls and boys polo shirts-good quality washes well
unisex school t shirts great for the price
2 pack boys school trousers forgot to check if the were adjustable waist which they aren't but aren't too big and perfect length
single pleat school skirt for 1.75 was impressed with quality-def better than i was expecting
basic boys school trousers same as the basic skirt better than expected
fresh feel ankle socks
girls school joggers actually fitted dd- she has very long legs and usually struggle to find trousers that fit
2 permanent pleat school skirt-great length, good quality
pleated school culottes- dd hates culottes but she likes these
boys cargo shorts- bit thinner and lighter than i was expecting but still good quality

spent 65 and for the amount i received, I would consider it good value for money

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

like the teflon coat, the muddy knees washed of easily, I presume it would be more durable than other fabric

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

would be good if all grey items were the same shade of grey but its not that important

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes would recommend to anyone

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought a selection of the white polo shirts. They do 3 types, a basics at 75p, and 2 different 2 packs at £2. I only spent £25 on this first lot but now I know they fit I am going to buy an absolute ton of them for next year as ds goes through them like there's no tomorrow. We also went for pants and socks. I thought these were all really good value, since he is only 5 and they are white they don't last long before they are filthy beyond redemption.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Yes. DS only started reception in September so I only have this year to go by where we have had white polo shirts from M&S and John Lewis. These seem to be just as good. The sizing seemed to come up larger than the others we have but this is a good thing in my opinion. DS is skinny but tall so this worked well (and kept him a little bit cooler in this heat). The quality of the material and sewing is much the same as the others I have so no issues from me there.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

He gets to wear jeans/ jean shorts to school so we didn't test these. If they manage to make white polo shirts that stay clean then let me know!

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Not so far!

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I think so, the price is good and the quality is ok too.

loubielou31 Thu 25-Jul-13 21:49:50

I've just noticed I did buy some teflon coated stuff. I didn't realise at first so it obviously isn't noticeable in a bad way. The items feel a bit stiffer that the other things. It washed and ironed really easily and it's the permapleat skirts which did stay in and were easy to iron so I guess it's doing it's job.

And having complained in my previous post about the fit of the Jersey Cardigans DD really likes them, I still wish they were a little longer in the body though.

mimitwo Fri 26-Jul-13 22:52:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SandWitch Sat 27-Jul-13 10:19:50

Sorry for the delay in getting this written - my laptop went 'bang'.

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
Items purchased were:
F&F 2 pack of boys easy iron short sleeve school shirts - good value. The fabric is much thiner than the M&S shirst that I usually buy, but ds seems happy with them. They are a good fit around the collar area, but rather large in the body.

F&F Boys 5 pocket school trousers - Great value - ds loves these trousers. They are smart, but are a little more trendy than normal school trousers. They need a lot of taking in at the waist though, so will be interested to see how the elastic lasts.
If these trousers were available in a slimmer fit, they would be perfect.

F&F Boys pleat front school trousers - Much too large for slim ds. I could probably fit two of him into one pair.

F&F 2 pack of unisex school pique polo shits - bought the largest age for my nephew who is a large almost 16 year old. They were just a little too small, so will be returned I'm afraid. The quality looks good though. He goes through clothes really quickly, so I would not be worried if they did not last too long.

F&F 7 pair pack of fresh feel ankle socks - great value and would highly reccommend.

I also got ds some boxer shorts to make up to £25 voucher.
The rest of the vouchers will be used over the coming weeks - I think I need to experiment a bit with various school trousers to find the perfect fit. I am also hoping that there will be a larger selection of school coats soon.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
If I'm really honest, I don't think that I had high expectations. Perhaps unfairly I was not really convinced that the quality would be all that great.

I have been surprised and would definately buy again. Even though it has been too warm for ds to wear the trousers, I have washed them twice and they are looking good. The shirts are thinner, but not so thin that I would avoid in the future, will stock up on more of these before term starts.

Underwear - well you can't really go wrong with Tesco - ds loves his Monsters Inc boxershorts!

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

The trousers were Teflon coated and look good. As I said, the weather has been too warm to wear, so can't coment on stain removal. I think the real test is going to be how the knees hold up and if they go a lighter colour after only a few wears (which is what happened with last two pairs of M&S trousers)

The shirts are not Teflon coated and I have had a bit of a problem with staining from suntan cream, particualy around the collar, but this has happened on other shirts too, so can't blame Tesco.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
What I would really like to see is slim fit trousers. I think it's great that you have longer lenght trousers, but a slim fit product would really add to the range.
I am planning to experiment a bit with buying some longer length in a younger age.
I am really hoping that you will soon have some more school coats.

The website is fine to browse, but actually adding items into my basket took forever and was really frustrating.

The shirts that I wanted to get for DD were out of stock, but these will be purchased very soon.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I would recommend, and have already spoken to several friends about the products we have tried.

On another note, I am a school governor (with responsiblity for things such as uniform) and the shade of grey in the trousers is exactly right for our boys, at a fraction of the cost of the official school uniform shop ones. I would feel very comfortable reccommending to our parents.

Thank you MN and Tesco for picking me to try out the uniform, I look forward to spending the rest of the vouchers very soon.

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I brought uniform for two children, 2 packs of long sleeve white shirts, 2 packs of white polos, one pleated skirt, 2 pleated pinafores, a gingham summer dress, girls ankle socks, boys grey ankle socks, 2 pairs of boys trousers, 2 v neck jumpers, and 2 pairs of sandals for myself!
I spent exactly £100
Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

overall I was impressed with the quality of the uniform, the materials had more manmade fibres than I would normally buy but otherwise exceeded expectations.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

the Teflon coated items felt stiffer than other items but that could be my imagination. I haven't noticed any real difference in terms of stains coming out etc, but then the children didn't really have time to get stains before school broke up for summer.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Id like to see more natural materials used, lots of cotton, less focus on Teflon and non iron as that's not of a concern to me.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised by the products. I would recommend them and would buy from Tesco again. The prices are good and the quality appears to be there too.

perhaps it would be an idea for a follow up at the end of next term to see how the uniform has coped with a full term of washing and activities.

bunjies Mon 29-Jul-13 13:50:38

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought F&F 2 Pack of Boys Easy Iron Short Sleeve School Shirts for £5 and F&F 7 Pair Pack of Fresh Feel Ankle Socks £4.
I will be buying skirts & possibly shoes and jumpers towards the end of the holidays as well.
I think this very good value for money, especially the shirts.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
The quality was fine although the socks did shrink a bit after washing. They still felt soft even though I don't use fabric softener. The shirts came out of the wash ok and had an expected amount of creasing for an easy iron item.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
No, didn't buy Teflon coated items this time.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
Please do trousers for children with different body shapes/leg lengths. My ds & dd2 are very skinny so normal leg trousers just fall off them. On the other hand dd1 is chubbier around the tummy so we have to go up an age band in order to find her something that fits her waist but then the leg is too long.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
So far I would be happy to recommend the items I bought but I would still go to M&S for trousers as they do different leg lengths.

Mummynotmum Mon 29-Jul-13 17:37:48

Sorry for the delay!
Q1 I bought 6 basic polo shirts for DS who is 5, 4 pairs of flat fronted trousers, 6 red sweatshirts, 1 waterproof grey jacket, 7 pairs grey socks, 2 pairs grey shorts. Fr DD who is 3 I bought 4 grey pinafores, 4 red sweatshirts, 6 white polo tops and 4 pairs grey tights. Brilliant value for money! I've Lways bought uniform from John Lewis or marks and spencer before and didn't realise how cheap it could be,

Q2 the quality did match my expectations. I was worried that because it was so cheap, the quality would be less good but everything has washed really well and kept its shape and colour. Especially the polo shirts which is often a problem. Impressed.

Q3 I didn't buy anything Teflon so I can't comment.

Q4 the trousers seemed to be a perfect length but I had to take them in loads at the waist with the elastic, which made them bunch up a bit, but no real problem. DS is really skinny, so prob his fault!

Q5 I would definitely recommend F&F school uniform to my friends, and have done already! Thanks for the opportunity to try them out!

babsmam Mon 29-Jul-13 20:33:58

I spent half of the money due to lack of stock in clothes in my children's sizes. I got 6 polo shirts, 3 skirt, socks, pants, tights, a pe bag. Thought they were on a par with other supermarket lines for value.

The quality was fine. Although the sizing is a bit random the gingham dresses are really big fitting yet the skirts are just right. The polo shirts I have to take bak and get age 8 for my rather tall 5 year old. The royal blue was not the right shade of blue it seemed a bit of a washed out blue rather than royal.

The Teflon skirts seem fine but a bit shines as others have commented on

I have not had chance to give them a good test as by the time I got the uniform we were breaking up and the dresses were too huge to wear this year.

So far nothing to make them stand out over other supermarket brands

Maybe when I manage to get the rest of the goods it might be different

prakattack Tue 30-Jul-13 10:17:19

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
I have spent half the money so far and will spend the rest before September now I've had chance to wash and test everything. I bought 4 pairs of shorts (unintentionally!), 2 pairs of trousers, 4 polo shirts, socks and plimsolls.
Before September, I will buy more trousers, maybe school shoes and coat, and some gym kit.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?
Yes it did, and exceeded in some cases. Was really pleased with the quality of the shorts - they were so cheap I accidentally bought 4 as I thought the price (£4) was for one pair when actually it was for a 2-pack. But they're lovely, fit really well (though have had to cinch the waist in quite a long way)
The polo shirts seem fine too, a nice bright red, but I'll be interested to see how the colour lasts. I only had chance to wash them a couple of times before the term ended.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
I didn't consciously buy any Teflon-coated items so I can't comment

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
I HATED the online experience I'm afraid. i found it difficult to differentiate the different types of trousers or shorts - they didn't seem to appear in any logical order - and the search function wasn't great. The systems also kept emptying my basket before i was ready to checkout, maybe every 15 minutes or so, which was really frustrating! I then had to try and work out what had gone and restart the whole process, this happened 3 or 4 times and if I hadn't had the vouchers, I'd have given up and gone back to M&S.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would, I think it's amazing value! I would recommend they went in-store rather than online though. Partly because the online process was so horrendous but also because there are so many variations of trousers/ shorts, it was hard to tell what the differences were and it would be much easier to see them before buying. Unless the online shop could make these differences much clearer somehow?

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?
I bought 5 red jumpers, 3 2-packs of white polo shirts, 2-pack of white t-shirts, 2-pack of sport shorts, socks and 5 pairs of grey longer length school trousers. I spent around £50, I thought this was very good value.
Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?I was pleased with the quality.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?
I don't think any if the products I bought were Teflon coated.
Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?
The polo shirts are a bit thin. Also a size 4-5 in the sport shorts/ trousers would be good!

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, its very good value and good quality.

DearlyDepartedMrsFinch Tue 30-Jul-13 20:43:00

Gosh, so sorry, I completely forgot to come and give feedback. Hope it's not too late. I bought the uniform for DD1, aged 5.10.

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

Excellent value for money. I spent £28 and bought the following:

Girls scallop edge cardigan, blue, age 7-8
Buy One Give One pleated skirt, grey, age 6-7
Buy One Give One pleated skirt, grey, age 7-8
Buy One Give One 2 pack girls scallop collar Fairtrade polo shirts, white, 7-8
Gingham school dress with hairband, blue, 8-9
5 pair pack gingham frill trim socks, blue, 12.5-3.5
2 pair pack 40 denier microfibre tights, grey, 7-8
2 pair pack 40 denier microfibre tights, grey, 9-10

I bought this in a hurry as we were about to leave on holiday. I'll be spending the rest of the vouchers over the summer.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Yes. I'd say the quality exactly met my expectation. Although, to be honest, the quality was probably better than the extremely low price tag suggests.

The only issue I had was the tights. I was expecting woolly school tights, but these were finer than that - this is probably obvious by the '40 denier' description, but I was in a rush and probably didn't read the description properly. My daughter suffers from an unfortunate lack of bum, and I find it a nightmare to find tights that will stay up. Hence buying the large sizes (hoping to hoick them up to her armpits grin ).

DD is tall for her age so I bought the majority of items in larger sizes, with some to keep in storage for next year too. However, she will wear the age 6-7 skirt when she starts Year 1 in September, when she will be nearly 6. And I do expect the polo shirts and cardigans to wash up slightly so will start her in the size up. This is no reflection on Tesco, it is just the experience I have had from all of DD's supermarket polos/cardigans from the last year (mainly Sainsburys, a few Asda). Obviously I'll be able to report on how the items wash when the new school year starts (if this thread is still open).

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I'm not sure whether I bought any Teflon coated things, sorry. The skirts had permanent pleats, I think, and the fabric seemed okay (not too stiff). Obviously none of the uniform has been worn, due to the trial being right before the end of the school year (see my previous post for further discombobulation!).

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

The hairband that comes with the gingham dress is a big hit with DD. However, she does struggle with the buttons on the dress. I think this is due to them being fabric-covered.

If Tesco could invent white polo shirts that stay white and readily give up their stains of tomato sauce, chocolate cake, felt pen, random grime etc then I would pay a fortune <<wishful thinker>>. However, as this is currently not the case, then I am quite happy to pay as little as possible for shirts that will be trashed and binned by the end of the year. So hurrah for supermarket school uniform. But, the 'Buy One Give One' scheme would definitely make me choose Tesco over its competitors.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, because it is cheap and good quality. This is based on seeing the items unwashed and unworn, but I can't see any reason why my opinion would change to be honest.

Thanks!

Just adding an update to say our embroidered tops have now also arrived (sweatshirts & polo necks), I was quite impressed at how quickly they arrived given they are done specially and the last set I ordered took a lot longer. (I already reviewed the other things we got above).

We haven't used the tops properly as it was already holidays by the time they arrived, but they look good and the embroidered logos look very smart, no loose threads visible or anything. We've had Tesco ones in the past too and they seemed to last well, only the polos faded a bit over time but it seems to me that they always do if you have bright colours (the sweatshirts didn't seem to though).

JustCallMeBaldrick Fri 02-Aug-13 11:19:57

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought trousers and white polo shirts, as I wanted to try them out before buying loads!

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

I am very impressed with the trousers, and DTS2 loved the pleated fronts, as they are "like Daddy's work trousers" smile
The polo shirts have come clean after a normal 40 wash and drying on the line, even though they were covered in paint and food.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

No Teflon tried, but I will look out for some nearer September.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

The website could be so much better! And please can we have forest/bottle green jumpers and polo shirts? Nowhere does dark green polo shirts, and white is really not very practical for 7-year old boys...

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend it (and already have when I mentioned the trial to a couple of friends)

Thank you for letting us test it, we will definitely be buying more, based on the recommendations on this thread!

LottienHuw Sat 03-Aug-13 21:52:38

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought shirts for my son, blouses and cardigan for my daughter and PE shorts and t-shirts for both children.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

No, the shirts are very thin, my daughter is very conscious about her body and being able to see through her shirt was embarrassing. I had to purchase another brand. They go grey very quickly too, after only 2 or 3 washes. The cardigans are very thin which is ok for summer but not winter when walking to school. Also after washing several times the colour fades significantly and the shape becomes twisted. After just 2 weeks use I felt I would need to replace the entire uniform in time for September. As a plus point the PE kits are great value and they seem to be good quality but I feel thats because the t-shirts are a lot thicker than blouses/shirts in the uniform

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I have previously purchased the trousers/skirts with teflon. I did not find them any easier to clean. I also didnt like the sheen on the fabric

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Use higher cotton weave psi in the shirts so they are not see through and try and get rid of the shiny finish on the trousers/skirts. Better colour fasting on the knitwear too and perhaps pre-rinsed knitwear so it doesnt twist in the wash would be ideal.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

No, I would not recommend. For me the quality just wasnt there. Thin flimsy shirts/blouses and cardigans and shiny trousers/skirts just dont look as smart as other brands available. I do need to watch how much I spend but I feel they are a false economy if I have to replace them every term. Items such as shirts and cardigans should last 2 terms at least.

SparkyTGD Mon 05-Aug-13 11:37:51

Checking I can still post on thread.

Hope I'm not too late for feedback, sizes were on the large side so had to wait for smaller items to come.

SparkyTGD Mon 05-Aug-13 11:51:42

Think I am too late but have been on hols & didn't realise thread would close so soon (plus waiting for the rest of my order)

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

I bought various sizes of 2 packs boys school trousers (8-9) (9-10) (10-11)

Unisex V-neck school jumper

Boys school track pants (still need to buy more sizes, too big)

1 pair of sandals for myself

I spent £50 so far, good value for money, usually buy M&S so definitely cheaper.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

Quality seems good, didn't shrink at all in wash. But sizes came up very big (DS is tall so usually have to take older sizes). Was disappointed there were no flat front trousers because they are less bulky than the pleat front ones.

An added note, my sandals came with a broken strap so that was very poor sad

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

I did buy Teflon coated trousers but think its too early to say if this will help with stain resistance (he won't wear them in the holidays!). They seemed fine though and not excessively hard. The stiffness should hopefully help them last longer.

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

Flat fronted trousers needed. Ordering on website was difficult when using in-private browsing but fine on normal (must be to do with cookies, I think).

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, good price, quality seems fine.

Will be able to give better feedback after a longer product test, not really long enough to assess how well the clothes last.

SparkyTGD Mon 05-Aug-13 11:53:20

ps it would have been useful to have a date that feedback was needed by.

Sparky, I think they said 24th on the original thread. I was a day or so late myself I believe because in my head the 24th was a Friday blush.

Lilyloo Mon 05-Aug-13 21:47:32

Anyone else have problems with the white frill ankle socks. They seemed ok when worn once at school, even then she didn't wear all of them. But they seem to be falling apart, the frills are all coming away from the sock?

vincenta Mon 12-Aug-13 19:55:42

I just wanted to add that boys white socks and grey socks washes well and looks great for that price it is fantastic value for money! I like when my son weras white socks and every mum knows that boys are so messysmile
Even at 40 degree wash white socks are white again! Well done Tesco! Will definitely buy more socks in future!
By the way school trousers washes well and ironing is very easy! we attended relatives wedding and my son wear school trousers as they looked so smart!

DearlyDepartedMrsFinch Sun 01-Sep-13 22:27:27

Having bought another few things from Tesco I feel compelled to add more feedback.

Two main points:

1. online stock was dreadful. I struggled to get a few things for my first order at the end of July and really struggled last week. In fact, there was so little stock available that I ended up spending £30 at Asda instead. This experience really affects my opinions on internet shopping at Tesco in the future.

2. I ordered girls size 7-8 yrs pique polo shirts in white (2 pack; buy one give one), stated height is 128cm. I also ordered unisex size 7-8 yrs polo shirts in blue, stated height 128cm. However, the discrepancy in size was OUTRAGEOUS - at least 4 cm longer length in the unisex, about 3 cm either side of the chest wider, and much longer sleeves. Simply ridiculous. And really, really, really, really annoying.

Why would the unisex be so much bigger? Are boys taller at this age? No. Are they wider at this age? No. Do they have much longer arms? No. Utterly frustrating. I will NOT buy any more polo shirts from Tesco for precisely this reason.

LovesBeingHereAgain Tue 26-Nov-13 18:20:19

Has anyone else had a problem with tge Teflon washing off? Tge pleats are no longer staying and am having to triton them everyday.

Peaches66 Fri 29-Nov-13 21:39:07

Q1 Which items from the range did you buy and how much did you spend? Would you say this was good value for money or not?

- I bought the embroidery service cardigan, polo shirts and book bag. I think the cardio and polo shirts are good value, however the book bag is not. This is the 3rd book bag I've bought, and I don't believe it to be the last and my dd is only in year 1.

Q2 Did the overall quality of the school uniforms match your expectations? If so, how? If not, why not?

- initially the feel and quality of the garments are fine. After a few washes, the deep colours fade. I have to buy burgundy. The book bag however disintegrates very quickly! The coating flakes off and holes appear in the corners of the bag. Coating material probably degrades because of the material used.... They need to look into a more stable material as the book bag needs to be hard wearing. I don't think it's fit for purpose.

Q3 If you bought any Teflon® coated fabric, did you like or dislike it? Did you notice any difference to the uniform staying clean at all? Did the fabric help when trying to get stains out? Do you think the fabric is likely to be more or less durable than other school uniform fabric?

- I think that the Teflon coated is a good thing. Stains do release. And I think that the garments are more durable. Can the Teflon coat white polo shirts?

Q4 Do you have any other feedback that could help F&F improve their schoolwear again next year?

- put reinforcements not the lower corners of the book bags! I have no choice where I buy my embroidered items from, so I'd like my comments to be noted. I don't need to buy two or more bags a year... That's just poor quality.

Q5 Finally, if it came up in conversation would you recommend F&F schoolwear range to friends or family? If so, why? If not, why not?

- for the majority of the range I would. Price and quality is good. For the products that I can't get anywhere else I wouldn't. I wish I had more choice. Then retailers would be fighting for customer share by improving customer experience of quality.

skyeskyeskye Thu 12-Dec-13 21:09:54

I was recently given a second hand school pinafore for DD from Next. It has a zip under the arm on one side which makes getting the pinafore on, so much easier. My comment was that DD struggles to get on pinafores that are even 2 sizes bigger.

Perhaps that is something that Tesco could consider? a zip under the arm?

Other than that, the uniform is washing and wearing very well and the pinafores never need ironing.

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