The best school uniform basics that won’t break the bank

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Best school uniform basics

by Jade Moscrop |
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Whether it’s their first time at primary school or just one step closer to secondary, you need to invest in everything children need to make the most of their experience, such as back-to-school stationery, lunch boxes and other school essentials.

School uniform is one of the most important parts of school life. Every establishment will have different requirements that need to be met, but you can save some money by stocking up on the basics.

Before you buy, make sure you take the time to get to know the school uniform guidelines. If you’re already familiar with what they can and can’t have, keep on reading or save this page for later.

SHOP: The best school uniform basics

John Lewis & Partners currently has 25% off a large range of school uniform, with the sale ending on 3rd September. This two-pack of shirts is available in white, grey or blue and in sizes 4 years right up to a 16.5" collar measurement.

This skirt is available in grey, black, navy or green and the sizes should cover most school years.

Available in six different colours and sizes 3-13 years, these jumpers are hard-wearing and long-lasting.

Argos has some brilliant multipacks of everything from shirts to pinafore dresses. These are ideal to save you having to use your washing machine constantly during the week.

Available from 3-16 years and in black or navy, these joggers are perfect for PE during the colder months.

These white polo shirts from Fruit of the Loom are ideal for the summer months and come in a range of sizes for all ages.

There are multiple colours of tights and socks available on Matalan's website – and all for around £5.

A comfortable shoe option that adheres to school uniform rules, these should last at least the whole school year (growth spurts aside!).

Available in grey, black, charcoal and navy, these trousers should last longer thanks to their adjustable waist.

Feel super organised by buying uniforms for the spring and summer months while they're still in stock.

These loafers are available in sizes 2-11 and are less than £30.

These shirts are high quality and available in three different colours.

With a selection of colours for whatever your child's school's dress code is, this unisex sweater is a uniform staple.

There are six different colours of this multipack available.

These PE shorts are super affordable, starting at just £3.

These gender-neutral school shoes are incredibly affordable and hard-wearing to boot.

New Look Girls Black Slim Fit Adjustable Waist School Trousers
Price: £11.19 (was £13.99)

This handy adjustable waist means you won't (hopefully) need to replace these too soon.

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