Cheap school uniform deals

With schools about to re-open, here's our rundown on the cheapest school uniform items, whether you're after something last minute or just need a few spares. However, stock is extremely limited, so see these as places to try and not a guarantee.

Sadly, some schools won't allow generic uniform, which we're not happy about, but we hope the below is still of some use.

    • On a low income? You could get as much as £200 a year towards the cost of your child's school uniform. It's available via local authorities throughout Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and in some parts of England. For full info and to check if you're eligible, see our school uniform grant guide.

    • Look out for uniform in the sales. M&S is currently offering 20% off its uniform range. We've seen Sainsbury's Tu offer 25% off several times a year. In addition, M&S tends to run 20% off school uniform in June, and its big summer clearance has been known to include the odd school item too.
    • Get it second-hand for free or under a fiver. Check Facebook for groups dedicated to selling or giving away uniform that's been outgrown; your child's school might even have its own group. Your Parent Teacher Association (PTA) may be open to setting up a 'swap shop', if it doesn't already run one. If all else fails, there's Freecycle, Facebook Marketplace, eBay and charity shops.
    • Check outlet stores. Clarks Outlet* has many pairs at 30% off online and in store, with some as much as 60% off. M&S Outlet consists of hundreds of stores offering 30% off or more.
    • Help uniform last longer. Add name tags so items don't get lost. Learn to sew hems and make small repairs. Get your kids to change out of their uniform as soon as they get home to reduce wear 'n' tear.

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