School uniforms

Help paying for school uniforms

East Sussex County Council no longer has a uniform grant.

Speak to your school about your options. Most schools keep a supply of quality, second-hand uniforms. Some schools agree to sell uniforms on a repayment plan.

Contact Citizens Advice if you’re forced to buy uniforms from an expensive supplier.

Why does my child have to wear a school uniform?

Perhaps most importantly, a uniform means students don’t have to worry about peer pressure when it comes to their clothes. When everyone is dressed the same, worrying about what you look like isn’t so important.

Each school has its own uniform policy or dress code. It’s usually in the school’s handbook. Schools can decide if girls can wear trousers, or if religious dress is allowed.

The school’s governors decide the uniform policy. They consider the impact this may have on parents and pupils, including cost. The head teacher makes sure pupils follow the clothing rules.

Complaints and requests for uniform changes

Send uniform complaints to the school’s governing body.

If you’d like changes to the school uniform, talk to the head teacher, school governors or parent-teacher association (PTA).

Local school uniform banks


The HARC (Hastings Advice and Representation Centre) charity shop sells second-hand uniform for local schools. Supplies of uniform are seasonal and subject to availability.

HARC is at 186 Queens Road, Hastings TN34 1RG.

01424 722164


The Newhaven Uniform Bank collects and distributes clean, good quality uniform for Newhaven primary schools.

See the Newhaven Uniform Bank website for more on how to request or donate uniforms.