How many items from each school uniform are you required to purchase from the ‘official supplier’?
Primary schools – A sweatshirt or cardigan with logo, a tie if part of the uniform.
Logo’d polo shirts are mostly an option, a school preferred option but still an option.
For a handful of secondary schools a custom or logo’d blazer is required, some schools have a kilt, some with a logo’d pullovers or sweatshirt and all that have a tie are required.
Many secondary schools in recent years have forgone a traditional shirt/tie/pullover/blazer combo instead opting for a much more economic – and some degrees more comfortable – polo and sweatshirt.
- Polo shirts
- Summer dresses
- Short trousers
- Socks, tights
- PE bags, Back Packs
- PE Shorts
- Football Socks
- Sweatshirts and Joggers, (Often recommended in primary age for cold weather PE)
All can be bought anywhere you want.
Most schools have some bags, a combination of PE bag, book bag and backpack – sometimes two or three from that list – with the school logo. Preferred by the school but not required.
We mainly hear from schools that book bags have practical purposes – aside from the obvious of transportation of letters, books and work – as a practical use of space in school for children’s storage of the above mentioned pieces and made to easily fit in school drawers.
These bags have practical aspects that the schools who recommend them strongly favour. High visibility aspects and details for safety to and from school. Shoulder straps, as well as related ergonomic features and back or posture support. Toughened corners for the constant dragging along the playground floor and fastenings – honed by manufacturers over time – for heavily repeated use.
But again, these items aren’t compulsory.
Jackets / fleeces, popular options but just that. Options.
Some schools suggest a fleece as an alternative to a sweatshirt or cardigan in colder seasons. Jackets are often showerproof, lightweight and warm, with essential high visibility trim, pack-away hoods, zip pockets and are made from rip-stop fabric. All aspects squarely aimed at school children. Rarely will a fashion or supermarket jacket tick all these boxes as they’re not concerned with garments solely for school use. All these features as well as being customised with a school logo sells for just £17.50.
Summer hats, drinks bottles. Low cost OPTIONAL items, both with a strong practical health aspect. Children often wear other head wear and use other drinks bottles but these items are chosen by schools for their practicality and suitability for the job at hand.
Our bottles are hands free, leak proof, BPA free, have identification areas and are often clear to enable schools to monitor types of drink within. Caps are well fitted, some with detachable rear flaps to protect the neck for the sun, and on school trips they are a great identifier and so a strong safety aspect.
In recent years a number of secondary schools have added a specified style of skirt and trouser to the required purchases list, with a small logo. The logo itself adds zero extra cost, so this doesn’t cause an expected price hike. The garments themselves are some of the best selling school trousers and skirts in the UK from some of the biggest brands, including Trutex and David Luke. These are garments we’ve sold in store for a number of years.
The schools have selected these garments for quality, value and smartness.
The reason schools have gone down this route are purely to steer away from extreme recent fashion styles.
All in all, despite what the red tops will tell you pre ‘Back to School’ season, you’re being ‘forced’ to buy a lot less then they tell you!