The cost of going to school

Costs associated with a child's school year go well beyond the back to school period, it's important to plan for the whole year, not just the initial expenditure.

Each child will incur slightly different costs throughout the school year, but to point you in the right direction and help you manage your money we’ve estimated the cost based on gender.

Here’s a rough financial guide to the school year.

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Uniform

School uniform goes through a lot during a school year. Send your children to school looking smart with new uniform and make sure you get that first day photo to remember the moment.

The exact cost of uniform will vary slightly depending upon the age and gender of your child, also be aware of any customised uniform the school may require.

Girls

Item Description Quantity Price
Skirt Pack of 2 1 £12.00
Jumper Pack of 2 1 £13.00
Blouse Pack of 3 3 £12.00
Gingham Dress Pack of 2 1 £14.00
Blazer Single 1 £23.00
Tie Single 1 £4.00
Pinafore Pack of 2 1 £14.00
Socks 5 Pairs 1 £6.00
Coat Single 1 £36.00
Shoes Pair 1 £20.00

Boys

Item Description Quantity Price
Trousers Pack of 2 1 £13.00
Jumper Pack of 2 1 £13.00
Shirt Pack of 2 3 £27.00
Polo Shirt Pack of 2 1 £27.00
Blazer Single 1 £23.00
Tie Single 1 £4.00
Shorts Single 1 £16.00
Socks 5 Pairs 1 £6.00
Coat Single 1 £34.00
Shoes Pair 1 £20.00
Total for girls
£154.00
Total for boys
£183.00
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Sport

Sport is an important part of the school curriculum, keeping your kids active and teaching valuable skills along the way. Sending them to school with new sports kit will give them the confidence to perform and more importantly enjoy the activities. Ask the school about the range of sports practised and whether specialist equipment will be needed as this could affect the cost.

Girls

Item Description Quantity Price
Trainers Pair 1 £16.00
P.E. Shorts Single 1 £9.00
P.E. Trousers Single 1 £16.00
P.E. T-shirt Pack of 2 1 £7.00
Sports Bag Single 1 £20.00
Swimsuit Single 1 £13.00
Goggles Single 1 £3.99

Boys

Item Description Quantity Price
Trainers Pair 1 £16.00
P.E. Shorts Single 1 £9.00
P.E. Trousers Single 1 £16.00
P.E. T-shirt Pack of 2 1 £7.00
Sports Bag Single 1 £20.00
Swimsuit Single 1 £10.99
Goggles Single 1 £3.99
Total for girls
£84.99
Total for boys
£82.98
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Meals

If your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 you can benefit from the government's School Food Plan, which provides funding for primary schools in England to offer free school lunches. From year 3 and above you can either pay for your child to have a school lunch or send them with a packed lunch. Schools offer a two-course meal, you can generally view their menu online to make sure it meets any specific dietary requirements. Depending on the location of your child's school the lunch will cost between £2.20 - £2.30 a day. Alternatively you can make a packed lunch, which will enable to you buy in bulk to reduce costs.

 
Item Description Quantity Price
Lunch 5 days a week
over 39 weeks
195 meals £2.30 each
Total
£448.50
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General

All uniform looks the same, make it easy for your child to find theirs by using a laundry pen to write their name on all items

Text books and lesson journals can be a heavy burden. Purchase a durable school bag that will last the year

 
Item Description Quantity Price
Laundry Pen Single 1 £6
School Bag Single 1 £28
Total
£34.00
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Stationery

Stationery, the essential purchase in any to school planning. Moving into secondary school could require more technical mathematical equipment to be purchased alongside the usual pens and pencils.

 
Item Description Quantity Price
Pencil Case Single 1 £1.49
Pencils Single 1 £2.99
Colouring Pencils Single 1 £5.99
Pens Single 1 £3.99
Maths Set Single 1 £1.59
Calculator Single 1 £4.99
Glue Single 1 £0.99
Ruler Single 1 £0.99
Highlighters Single 1 £3.99
Rubber Single 1 £0.99
Total
£28.00
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