Paying for school uniforms

Helping to make school uniforms more affordable

While state school education is free, the cost of uniforms can be too much for many families, especially if items like blazers and ties have to be bought from a specified supplier.

Tips for reducing the cost of school uniforms

  • Ask your child’s school if they provide discretionary grants for school uniforms.
  • Some schools hold secondhand stock for sale, exchange or donation.
  • You can buy many of the basic, non-branded items, such as shirts, trousers, skirts and shoes at low cost from supermarkets and high street chain stores.

Local services providing support for school uniform costs

The charities and organisations below may be able to help with the cost of uniforms.

  • Stripey Stork– offer new or good condition secondhand children’s clothes up to age 16. Stripey Stork is not able to respond to requests from individual families but you can request a referral from a family support worker or a social worker.
  • The Mayor of Guildford’s Local Support Fund– helps local people facing financial problems, which includes dealing with the cost of school uniforms. The referral needs to be completed by a professional, such as a social worker, health visitor or doctor.

Financial assistance options

If you are finding it hard to pay for school uniforms, you might like to consider ways to increase or better manage your funds.


Rosebery Housing is a trading name of Town and Country Housing, which is a subsidiary within the Peabody Group and is a charitable Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority No. 30167R. Registered office: Town and Country Housing, Monson House, Monson Way, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1LQ. Rosebery Housing provides housing and repair services to customers in Surrey and West Sussex, supporting sustainable communities by forging strong partnerships, working closely with local customers and creating local jobs.

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