We are all on the lookout for school uniform at the right prices. With the high street stores and supermarkets competing for our hard earned cash, where is the best place to buy those 'Back To School' items? This guide will help you find the hardest wearing school uniform for the lowest prices.
Best School Uniform Deals
If you're on a budget you need to check out these deals. We'll post all the best current offers on school uniform and school shoes here as they pop up.
- Buy One Get One Half Price on selected school uniform @ Debenhams*
- Buy One Get One Half Price on school shoes @ Deichmann*
- 2 for £5 on school plimsolls and PE bags @ Shoe Zone*
Asda George School Uniform
Asda George are one of the more popular places to buy school uniform* from. With their 100 Day Satisfaction Guarantee*and prices from just £2, it's a no-brainer. Plus they literally cater for everyone, including college and sixth form*.
Sainsbury's Tu Clothing
Tu Clothing at Sainsbury's sell a wide range of school clothes*, and as well as available in store, you'll find it online too at both Tu Clothing and Argos. They are at a slightly higher price point than the other supermarkets, but often hold 25% off all clothing events which make them as cheap, if not cheaper for some 'Back to School' items.
We're expecting a 25% off event to be on the way soon, probably mid-August in most of the UK, though it's usually slightly earlier in Scotland due to the earlier school summer holidays. We'll confirm the date soon.
It's handy picking up school uniform* when you are doing your weekly shop (in store or online), in fact it's a great way to spread the cost. At Morrisons, you can pick up Nutmeg School Clothes from £2 and don't even worry about the quality, as you're covered with the 200 Day No Quibble Quality Guarantee.
This means that if you are unhappy with your purchase of Nutmeg School Clothing, you have up to 200 days to return it to a Morrisons store and receive a replacement or refund.
Aldi £4.50 School Uniform
For the past few years Aldi have sold a School Uniform Package for under £5*. It's back for 2019 and includes a full school uniform for £4.50. It went on sale in stores on 11th July, so although most online items have sold out now you may find some in stores if you're lucky.
Next Girls School Uniform
Next aren't known to be the cheapest for school uniform, but they are renowned for their trendy styles and good quality. They cater for new starters, all the way through to teens in their final year. The Girls School Uniform* starts from just £3.50.
We know Next is popular with you guys when it comes to clothes for the kids. However, judging by your votes, and personal experiences of the PlayPennies team, it's school uniform falls down on value for money, when compared to the supermarkets.
Next Boys School Uniform
H&M Kids School Uniform
This year you can buy school uniform at H&M, and as you'd expect it's priced very reasonably, though not quite on a level with supermarket multipacks. Prices are from £3.99 for items like polo shirts, trousers and cardigans from £7.99, school dresses from £9.99, plus a good selection of sports kit, shoes and lots more. Most of their school uniform items are online only, so you need to hit their website instead of heading to a store.
Marks and Spencer (M&S) School Uniform
Marks and Spencer are surprisingly one of the more affordable places on the high street to get school uniform* from. Not only does their school clothes* range start from just £2, but they run 20% off events too.
Matalan School Uniform
The Matalan School Shop* is the place to be for school uniform on a budget. Items start from £3, and you can purchase their school clothing range online, as well as in store.
Debenhams School Uniform
Debenhams are one of the more expensive school uniforms* on the high street, but they frequently do sales events which mean you can enjoy savings of up to 20% (sometimes even more if they have a 'Blue Cross Event' on). Currently they have an offer for Buy One Get One Half Price on selected school uniform*.
Very School Uniform
You may not have thought about Very for school uniform*, but they have a large selection to choose from. If you have an account with them, you could even "try before you buy". If you like to buy multiples of school clothes, then Very do multipacks on most of their uniform items.
Your School Uniform
If your School insists on Uniform with their emblem, badge or logo on, then Your School Uniform is the place to look. Simply search your Child's School and see what specialist School Clothing they sell.
Check out the Your School Uniform £1 Sale for Shirts, Sweatshirts, Trousers and more!
Compare Supermarket Uniform
In the Summer of 2017, PlayPennies ran a poll to see just where you parents like to spend your money, when it comes to school clothing. The results pretty much correlated with the personal opinions of the PlayPennies team as well.
Marks and Spencer* came out tops when we ran the poll, and we weren't surprised. Their school clothes are not only affordable, but wash well and are hard wearing.
Asda George School Uniform* is a firm favourite with you guys in second place, and with prices from just £2 and that 100 Day Satisfaction we can see why.
School Uniform from TU Clothing*, ranked third in our Best School Uniform poll. The quality is great, but their prices tend to be a little more than those of their school uniform selling competitors.
Morrisons' Nutmeg* didn't fare so well in our School Uniform Poll, but the fact it's so cheap and they offer that 200 Day No Quibble Quality Guarantee means it's a win-win situation buying from them.
Aldi* didn't feature in our poll, but we are sure if they had done, they would have come somewhere near the top. After all, you'll struggle to find cheaper than £4.50 for the full uniform.
Very* wasn't featured in the poll, but was highly rated by a couple of PlayPennies team members, for good quality, although more expensive than other places.
Debenhams* was almost on par with Morrisons near the bottom of the results, and whilst we know their quality isn't bad, it's value for money that lets it down. One of the more pricey places to pick up school clothes.
Where can I buy School Uniform on Sale?
Many retailers run discount events through the Summer, so it's easy to pick up discounted school uniform. Marks and Spencer* do 20% off School Clothing, Debenhams* have frequent Sales, as do Very*. It's also worth noting that TU Clothing* at Sainsbury's do 25% off ALL Clothing including schoolwear now and then too.
Can I benefit from a School Uniform Grant?
It is your local council that offers school uniform grants, therefore you must apply via them.
The eligibility criteria for the school uniform grant varies from council to council and the form you receive it in may be in cash (paid into your bank account) or vouchers for shops.
The clothing grant is to assist with the purchasing of school uniform, P.E kit and shoes.
Eligible criteria varies, so it's best to check with your local council if you think you may be entitled to assistance.
If you claim any of below, then the chances of you receiving the grant is higher...
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit and where your income is less than £16,105
- Working Tax Credit, and where your income is less than £16,105 (this only applies to the clothing grant
- Support provided under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610
- Pupils who receive any of these benefits in their own right may also claim free school meals.
If your local council is unable to assist you with the cost of buying school uniform, then it's worth contacting the school your child will attend. They may have their own uniform fund, or pre-owned uniform that they can give your child.
When is the Marks & Spencer School Uniform Sale?
The 20% off M&S School Uniform Sale* is now ended, as it ran in June 2019. If previous years are anything to go by, there will be another sale by the end of August.
Main mage: Debenhams. Additional images: Asda, Tu Clothing, Marks and Spencer, Aldi, Very, Next, Morrisons.