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calendar icon01 Sep 2023

Get your hands on free school uniform

Figures published by the Children’s Society earlier this year show parents are spending an average of £287 a year on primary school uniform and £422 on secondary

With the cost-of-living crisis putting the squeeze on families up and down the country, this is simply unaffordable for many people. So, what do you do if you can’t afford school uniform?

Uniform swap shops

Uniform swap shops are an initiative that’s growing in popularity across the UK. Whether you’re struggling to find the money to pay for new items of school clothing or you’re making the effort to be as green as possible, they’re worth checking out.

Simply take in school uniform your child has grown out of and swap it for items in the right size.  

We’ve made a list of swap shops (and other events/organisations offering free school uniform) up and down the country. Or just search online to find one in your area.

South East


From Wednesday 20 August until 2 September, 10am – 5pm, you can get new and high-quality second-hand school uniform for free at an event at Whitehawk Library, Brighton.

Colchester and surrounding areas

Essex Free School Uniform


The Community School Uniform Exchange based in the Harvey Shopping Centre


Luton uniform exchange

South West

Bath and North East Somerset

The Uniform Cupboard


Bristol Uniform Exchange


School Swap West Somerset



Rossington Uniform Swap Shop 


YMCA Free School Uniform Scheme

Huddersfield and surrounding areas

Kirklees Uniform Exchange 


Leeds School Uniform Exchange


Pontefract Uniform Exchange


Selby Uniform Swap Shop


Small Steps Uniform Bank



Rubery Schools Community Swop Shop 


Generations Church Uniform Bank


School Uniform Swop Shop


School Uniform Swap Shop 

North East


Preloved School Uniform Bank

Newcastle and surrounding areas

Uniform Swap Shop 


Fulwell Community School Uniform Scheme

North West


Hyndburn Uniform Swap Shop


Wirral FUSS


Smart Start


Winsford Uniform Exchange



Caerphilly Uniform Exchange


A Better Fit


Llandrindod Uniform Exchange


Uniform Swap Shop Maesteg

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Rebecca Routledge

A qualified journalist for over 15 years with a background in financial services. Rebecca is Money Wellness’s consumer champion, helping you improve your financial wellbeing by providing information on everything from income maximisation to budgeting and saving tips.

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