So what have you spent on secondary transfer uniform so far?

(72 Posts)
lljkk Sat 13-Jul-13 09:10:56

About £195 for us with another £100 to go, I reckon.
Been told I should have managed it all for about £50. confused
Anyone else want to share numbers?
I'm going to itemise it later, still have receipts, could take some back, in theory.
For a girl in my case.

Tiggles Sat 13-Jul-13 22:52:29

I've ordered
2 school jumpers
2 school PE shirts
2 pairs sports socks
2 school ties (I know DS will lose one so will need a hidden spare!)
That came to £50
Then already bought 5 shirts £15
5 pairs black socks £6
2 pairs trousers (Got holes in current ones [sigh]) £8
football boots £15
2 sport shorts £4
So thats just short of £100
I guess I didn't need to buy 2 sets of sports equipment (which would have saved about £12) but they do PE twice a week so I'm guessing especially in the winter term doing rugby and footy it's going to get muddy and may not be much time to wash it inbetween.
Also bought German and Welsh dictionaries £15ish

sydlexic Sat 13-Jul-13 22:57:16

Did it last year spent about £400. Shoes are the biggest problem every time they go up a size you need to buy everyday shoes , school shoes, cricket shoes, football boots, athletics trainers, indoor trainers, not cheap.

Fairdene Sat 13-Jul-13 23:02:20

I don't do it until after the August bank hol but anticipate about £100 to £150, no more (including Clarks shoes). State, obviously, but top state and beats most of the indies, so uniform costs clearly aren't all.

BackforGood Sat 13-Jul-13 23:16:47

2 jumpers with logos - £29
3 blouses - think that was £11 (haven't got receipt in front of me)
logo'd PE shirt - £8

She'll be wearing dd1's hand me down trousers, but they were 2 for £10 in M&S sale

We have shorts and joggers (for PE) already in the wardrobe
She'll carry on using the bag she had in Yr6 until it wears out or, if she specifically wants a different sort it will be a birthday or Christmas present.
She already has shoes, and football boots, and things like pencil cases

So, pretending we were buying the trousers for her (rather than buying the next size for dd1 last year) it would come in just under £60.

iheartdusty Sat 13-Jul-13 23:24:38

can anyone recommend girl's white shirt/blouses?

100% cotton preferred, but 'easy iron' finish would be ideal. It needs to take a tie, so no open necks.

and DD says no to elbow length sleeves, but so far they all have these (unless wrist length) so I think she will have to lump it.

Tommy Sat 13-Jul-13 23:26:32

£5 on a badge for a blazer......

errrr - that's it so far.
Am I missing something?!

iheartdusty Sat 13-Jul-13 23:27:08

spent £105 so far;

1 blazer
2 skirts
2 jumpers
2 ties.

iheartdusty Sat 13-Jul-13 23:27:43

do you actually have the blazer Tommy? smile

OK, once we have bought the footwear, I estimate that we will have spent £384 in total. Here is the breakdown:

Items with logo from uniform supplier: £180
Blazer: £32
Tie: £5
Tracksuit top: £36
Tracksuit trousers: £24
PE shorts: £14
PE shirt: £19
Rugby shirt: £28
Rugby shorts: £22
Rugby socks: £8

Uniform from other shops: £59
Trousers: £7
Shirts x3: £12
Jumper: £10
Shoes: £30

Sports kit from other shops: £97
PE socks x2: £2
Trainers: £25
Rugby boots: £25
Hockey stick: £20
Shin guards: £8
PE bag: £5
Base layer: £12

Other equipment: £48
Fountain pen: £10
Calculator: £7
Padlock: £3
Flash drive: £3
French dictionary: £4
English dictionary: £7
Atlas: £14

This doesn't include backpack, coat, other stationery, spare tie etc.

All of the above is compulsory apart from the base layer, and they play rugby outside throughout the winter in a thin short-sleeved rugby shirt, so it's not really that optional unless your child is a lot more hardy than mine.

I think my mental arithmetic wasn't too accurate in the first section! grin

Can I blame the heat?

Tommy Sun 14-Jul-13 12:52:12

you can buy the blazer anywhere and sew the badge on smile

whendidyoulast Sun 14-Jul-13 22:51:03

Why the bloody hell would you need a school hymn book? Surely there is no school that expects you to practise at home? confused

whendidyoulast Sun 14-Jul-13 22:52:31

And why are you all buying school uniform for September now? Don't you know your children will grow?

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 14-Jul-13 23:23:19

Because the school outfitters is 40 miles away. Also lots of friends told me that last year unless they ordered before the schools broke up they didn't get the stuff in time.

BackforGood Sun 14-Jul-13 23:29:15

Oddly enough when - parents take that into consideration, and all Yr7s I know have a good 2 years growing room in their first uniforms ~ surely it's the law that all Yr7s start at their new schools with sleeves down over their hands, etc ?

The 2 Uniform shops anywhere near accessible from here are manic once you get into the 2nd half of August, it really makes a lot of sense to get the stuff on the evening they come into school, and you are only sharing them with the other 150ish new starters, not the thousands and thousands across the city.

Hulababy Mon 15-Jul-13 07:01:21

I've taken into account growth. We needed to make an appointment at the school shop and we are away for latter half of the holidays anyway.

Hulababy Mon 15-Jul-13 07:02:45

School hymn book is on the list. Who knows why. But it was about £5 so least of the costs so not an issue. It's not state so can do what it likes I guess.

£212 - mainly on sports kit

Still need to get calculator, trousers, shirts & four - yes four- pairs of shoes (school shoes, astro turf trainers, indoor trainers, football boots).

State grammar.

We were given an appointment day at the school to go and get the logo'd uniform. It's all huge - I'll be stunned if he's grown into it by year 9 tbh - it may do him his whole secondary career grin

LadyIsabellaWrotham Mon 15-Jul-13 07:21:07

50 quid in the second hand sale. Still got lab coat, shoes and white trainers to get, which will push it well over 100. No blazers thank heavens.

lljkk Mon 15-Jul-13 08:46:50

why are you all buying school uniform for September now? Don't you know your children will grow?

Mine don't,, they specialise in not growing I think. DC don't do growth spurts. Actually, I tell a small fib. The teenager is going thru a "Must Eat Food Franticness" at the moment; I think that might be a growth spurt, so am holding off on buying his next pair of shoes until as late as possible.

lljkk Mon 15-Jul-13 08:51:29

you can buy the blazer anywhere and sew the badge on

That would still be merely £20 if blazer bought new for us. And only if school sells badge separately (ours doesn't, school in a posh town I fear); also the way it looks is different from the embroidered ones. So the kids KNOW by how it looks, you know how teenagers hate to be different. Fine if most the parents have that option & are doing it so not an issue among the kids themselves.

My top advice to anyone in future will be to ask around about 2nd hand suppliers, though, I could have saved £40-£70 if I had know about them.

Tiggles Mon 15-Jul-13 09:44:16

Yes I guess my son may grow in the next 6 weeks, but as he is only just 11, the age 11-12 school stuff (smallest size) comes over his hands as it is, the likelihood of him needing age 13-14 by September is definitely nil.
We are also away for 3 of the next 6 weeks so really needs sorting out.

Sunnymeg Fri 19-Jul-13 11:34:12

£299.40 so far!!

£198.00 in John Lewis/M&S for blazer, five pairs of trousers, seven white shirts, two black pullovers, black rucksack and new kit bag

Remainder spent in school shop on items with school logo, but PE kit was changed for new school year, so have bought in two sizes in the belief that I will save money as price likely to go up not down in future years. grin

Still need to buy school shoes, trainers and football boots, pencil case contents and a sketch book for art.

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