We have had the most fantastic news today-our eldest daughter has got into the local grammar school having sailed through her 11+!
However, I have just printed off the uniform list and we are looking at about £450 to kit her out-(that is four and half month's clothing allowance for the 5 of us all together!)
How have other people managed this?
Next September our second daughter will start, so we will be faced with the same issue (and she is a totally different size/shape/height, so hand-me-downs won't work!)
Our third daughter will start once the IVA is finished, so won't be quite such a challenge!
Well done for getting as far as you have and wonderful news on your daughter getting into grammar school - didn't realise they still did that! I failed mine![:D]
You can try and save something towards it from your allowances, but you can also request a payment break.
You can then either add extra to your monthly payments until it's paid off, or tag it on to the end.
Have a word with your IP.
I am not a fan of schools who insist on their own suppliers, as this can prejudice low earning families - and £450 is a large amount for uniform regrdless of parents incomes. Asda, Tesco and M&S do very reasonable school ranges in a number of common colours, and you have until September to purchase a few items bit by bit.
Try and look at all possibilities, including perhaps a mortgage holiday, before resorting to missed payments in the IVA.
I think a couple of things have to have be from their own supplier (blazer(£70) jumper(£42), most of the PE kit(£150ish)-but other things can be bought from supermarkets-
I shall obviously buy from Tesco/Asda wherever possible, but know that it will still be pretty expensive. For instance, her current school coat is an eBay pink spotty duffel coat-and they are definitely not allowed! So a new school coat is needed, and they have strict rules, so will be interesting!
Thanks as always for your support
I find that the uniform is the least of our problems to be honest, it's the expectation that you will pay for EVERYTHING. £25 for the bus to the games field, £25 for the ingredients for this term's cookery project, £20 for this day out and £200 for such and such a trip. I know that we do have an allowance for school expenses but it's never enough!!!
My children have to wear the school's own jumpers, cardigans, polo shirts etc (and this is the primary school) They do cost much more than getting plain ones from Asda-for instance, the polo shirts are £10.50 each and the jumpers £13. Again, I am lucky if things last a term due to them growing, or the clothes not lasting.
I constantly struggle with clothing and shoes for all of us-hubby and I have to be smart for work, and I take a 10 shoe and am 6' tall, so am limited as to what I can buy-not easy to get cheap supermarket clothes. Hubby needed a new suit a couple of months ago, and I needed new boots for work-we spent two months clothes allowance on getting sorted-and believe me, nothing extravagant (he is 6'6" and can't get things to fit off the peg either)
We have just had a variation to reduce our IVA payment, but that was due to a huge hike in childcare costs-so the clothing/footwear issue remains challenging!
Hey ho, nearly half way through, so we will keep going. We are determined that we will get through this!
Newitts sports online sometimes have good offers on football boots, we've had them from there before and they've been great.
Good luck with the rest of your IVA and in getting your uniform sorted.
A very strict uniform policy and behaviour policy is in place at her school to the point of if we're in a shop up town after school you should see her make sure her tie is straight if she sees a teacher!
She finished in May/June after her GCSE's and will go to 6th form but the uniform for that is a business suit, either a skirt suit or a trouser suit, you have more choice but they have to look very smart and the skirt length is dictated etc.,
Hope she enjoys her school and takes advantage of the education on offer, my daughter has taken full advantage, already got 4 GCSE's under her belt, first being achieved at 14!
When I was in 6th form we could wear anything we liked (other than jeans) but I think it is good that they get used to wearing smart clothes.
At least you can get reasonably priced suits from Tesco and Asda.
The only thing you do have to buy from them is the rugby shirt and shorts which comes to about £20, the tie is £2.
I remember the comprehensive I went to was extremely strict, skirts had to be a certain length, shoes a certain heel and us girls even had to wear burgundy knickers, which we were checked on. Couldn't see them getting away with that now [:D]
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