Starting school is an exciting time. When your child is starting school in the UK, there are lots of things that you need to prepare. Within the United Kingdom, most schools have a school uniform. Part of your school preparations for your entering student is to buy school kit.
Lots of places sell school uniforms, so how do you choose where to buy them? I have a daughter in reception right now, so here are the best places that we have found based on both affordability and quality.
Marks & Spencer
Despite their advertising, M&S sometimes has a bit of a stigma of being a middle-aged shop, the kind of place that your parents shop at. However, I was pleasantly surprised by their school uniform range for younger children. All of their clothes in sizes for Infant School students have elasticised waists. This makes it much easier for reception students (most of whom are only four when they start school) to get dressed and use the toilet by themselves. Also, their trousers and skirts have adjustable waistbands so that you can get a good fit no matter what your child’s build is (and they fit longer as you can adjust them throughout the year). The clothes look good and are durable, with water and stain repellent treatments. They are also surprisingly affordable, with most items under £10. No, they’re not as cheap as the clothes you buy at Matalan, but they’ll last a lot longer.
To view Marks & Spencer’s online range of school uniforms, click here.
Although you can buy generic school uniforms at most clothing stores, you will also need school specific items. There are far fewer shops that sell the school specific uniform items that you will need for your reception student. Of all of the places that we’ve looked, we’ve had the most success at School Kit. They had by far the widest range of items (many other shops only had a few of the items we needed). The only downside to School Kit is that they get very crowded at the beginning of term, so I recommend shopping early or online.
To visit their website, click here.
Next is a popular choice for fashion for the whole family generally, and their range includes school uniforms. Their clothes are more tailored than most schoolwear, and so you can often get a better fit. Also, their clothes are very durable and will withstand the wear and tear of active four and five-year-olds. I really like the detailing on their autumn 2010 range of girls’ school skirts and pinafores. Their pinafores also include features like zips in the front that give the kids more independence and confidence and dressing (and undressing) themselves.
To find out more about Next’s range of school clothes, click here.