To: School bodies.

School uniform costs are out of control.

School uniform costs are out of control.

Stop forcing parents to buy uniforms from school shops or dedicated suppliers that charge up to 4 times the amount similar uniforms cost in the supermarkets.

Why is this important?

Not everyone has the money to buy even one school uniform at the inflated price the school charges. Examples of the overpricing for example, trousers at supermarket are priced between £3-£4. School suppliers often charge £15-£18 for the same. Typically, children need at least 3 pairs of trousers and 5 shirts/blousers.

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Reasons for signing

  • The cost of our school's PE kit has quadrupled. Instead of being able to buy a school logo polo shirt at around £12 plus generic shorts, we now have to buy a full sports team kit costing £92. That doesn't even include shin pads, football socks, trainers and football boots. The head teacher said that they changed this because she'd had feedback about how good the football teams looked in their team kit. It's about time schools thought more about affordability rather than appearance.
  • I think the use of details and logos prevents economies of scale and pushes prices up. I think uniform should be plain and available from several suppliers than can compete on cost. I don't think having a logo on the waistband of a girls skirt improves education. It just makes the cost go up.
  • I signed this because I believe that parents should be allowed to shop for uniforms in the places they can afford to purchase from. It is unfair to penalise children for not wearing the uniform items the schools are selling at rediculous prices. The children are at school to learn and whether they wear an expensive uniforn or a budget one does not affect their education .The schools are asking for bullying occur with less well off children taking the brunt.

Updates

2017-11-10 16:58:54 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-11-08 00:11:13 +0000

Interview with Stray FM on the 7th November

https://www.strayfm.com/news/local-news/2422670/ripon-man-calls-for-uniform-costs-to-change/

2017-10-27 21:08:37 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-09-17 22:39:58 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-09-16 22:07:19 +0100

10 signatures reached