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Study reveals cost of kitting a child out for the school year

Parents will spend an average of £236 to send their children to school this term


A study of 2000 adults commissioned by the bank Santander found that this cost is slightly less than last year’s average of £240.

The amount covers school uniform, shoes, jackets, gym clothes, books and e-books, stationery and school bags and is worked out between state and privately funded schools.

Even after a child is fully kitted out for school, parents will still have to pay £52 on average for extracurricular activities each week.

The beginning of term cost is higher in church foundation or trust schools where it is £375 compared to £371 in private schools.

The cheapest schools are community schools that have remained in the care of the local authority, where kitting out costs are around £226. Parents who send their children  to academy schools face a £262 bill.

Selective state grammar schools are more expensive, with an average of £329 spent on getting a child ready.

Not every parent has to pay for every item. Some schools have hardship funds and exempt parents in disadvantaged homes from having to pay for things like school outings. 

Many schools have decided not to insist that parents purchase school uniforms in order to keep costs down. However, a number of local authorities offering grants for items like clothing has dwindled with the Government’s spending squeeze.


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