Annual school uniform costs reach £316 per secondary pupil

Governance and management
Campaigners call for a cap on ‘rip-off’ uniform costs as specialist suppliers, high prices and having to buy numerous garments mean thousands of families are struggling to keep up. Pete Henshaw reports.

Families with children at secondary school are paying an average of more than £300 per child, per year in “rip-off” uniform costs, campaigners have said.

Much of this cost is down to school uniform policies that force parents to buy specific items of clothing and accessories from specialist shops, instead of allowing badges and logos to be sewn onto cheaper garments.

A Children’s Society report published on Tuesday (February 24) also reveals that 95 per cent of parents – in a survey of more than 1,000 carried out for the report – believe the amount they have to pay for uniform is “unreasonable”.

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