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School Uniform Advice

In the UK most schools have a strict uniform policy. This results in all students having suitable, high quality, and smart clothing and accessories. However, it can also cause problems for parents

In the UK most schools have a strict uniform policy. This results in all students having suitable, high quality, and smart clothing and accessories. However, it can also cause problems for parents who have to purchase all the items of uniform. At LPO, we provide comprehensive support in helping ensure parents purchase the correct items of uniform for their child. However, if you are not already with us, please view this article to understand more about the how you can choose the correct uniform for your child to avoid any issues when they commence their studies.

 

What uniform does my child need?

Specific uniform requirements vary from school to school and your child’s new school will provide you with a list of all the items of uniform you need to buy. The usual list for school uniform you need to purchase consists of the following:

Schoolwear

School blazer – school’s chosen design with school badge

Jumper/V-neck (x2) – school’s chosen design with school badge

Shirts/Blouses (x4/5) – usually plain white

Trousers/Skirts (x3) – usually black/navy trouser, skirts may be other plain colours

Socks/tights (x10) – usually black/navy

School tie – school’s chosen design (sometimes house specific)

Coat – school’s chosen design with school badge, or a coat which matches the school’s uniform guidelines

School bag – school’s chosen design with school badge, or one which matches the school’s uniform guidelines

Hat – school’s chosen design with school badge, or one which matches the school’s uniform guidelines

Scarf – school’s chosen design with school badge, or one which matches the school’s uniform guidelines

Gloves – school’s chosen design with school badge, or one which matches the school’s uniform guidelines

 

Sportswear

Jacket – school’s chosen design with school badge, or one which matches the school’s uniform guidelines

Hooded top – school’s chosen design with school badge

Polo shirt – school’s chosen design with school badge

Shorts – school’s chosen design with school badge

Tracksuit bottoms – school’s chosen design with school badge

Swimming costume – school’s chosen design with school badge, or one which matches the school’s uniform guidelines

Swimming cap – one which matches the school’s uniform guidelines

Sports bag – school’s chosen design with school badge, or one which matches the school’s uniform guidelines

 

Where can I purchase the uniform?

Most schools either sell their uniform directly, or have a partner who provides it on a school’s behalf. The best way to buy the uniform is to visit the school or partner shop and order in person. However, flying over from China just to purchase uniform might not be worth the 12,000+ mile round trip. Fortunately, purchasing uniform can also usually be done while you are in China online through a website or through an order form. In most cases the website will be in English so if you don’t understand English well then it is the perfect opportunity to get your child to practise his/hers by making the order together.

If you end up ordering the wrong size, it is usually not an issue as the sizes can be changed provided they haven’t been worn. However, some items offer the option to have initials printed or sown onto them. Usually, if you opt to have initials added then you cannot get a refund or exchange the item. Therefore, for the first purchase of uniform I recommend not choosing to get initials until you are certain you know the correct size.

 

School Uniform Measuring Guide

You will need to use British measurements when ordering uniform for your child. Below is a measuring guide to help you choose which size is right for your child. Please note that this is only for reference purposes and actual sizes produced by different manufacturers may differ.

1   Chest. Take the tape through the underarms and measure the chest at the fullest point. This measurement will be used for blazers, blouses, knitwear and certain PE tops.

2   Collar. Measure around the base of the neck, inserting two fingers between the neck and the tape to allow for growth. This measurement will be used for shirts.

3   Waist. Measure around the natural waistline. This measurement will be used for skirts, trousers and shorts.

4   Inside leg. Measure with shoes on, to approximately 5cm above the ground. This measurement will be used for trousers.

5   Dress and tunic length. Measure from the nape of the neck to the length required. This measurement will be used for tunics/pinafores, skirts and summer dresses.

6   Skirt length. Measure from the middle of the waist to the length required.

 

School Uniform Size Guide

Note: " = inch = 2.54cm

These are the sizes based the age of a student. The actual size a student requires may differ from their age.

Boys' Schoolwear
 

Age

3 years

4 years

5 years

6 years

7 years

8 years

9 years

10 years

Chest

22"

24"

26"

26"

28"

28"

30"

30-32"

Waist

21"

21"

22"

22"

23"

24"

25"

26"

Collar Size (")

11"

11"

11½"

11½"

12"

12"

12½"

13"

Collar Size (cm)

28cm

28cm

29cm

29cm

30cm

30cm

32cm

33cm


 

Age

11 years

12 years

13 years

14 years

15 years

16 years

Chest Size (")

32"

33"

34"

36"

38"

40"

Chest Size (cm)

81cm

84cm

86cm

91cm

96cm

101cm

Waist

26"

27"

28"

29"

30"

32"

Collar Size (")

13"

13½"

14"

14½"

15"

15½"

Collar Size (cm)

33cm

34cm

36cm

37cm

38cm

39cm



Girls' Schoolwear
 

Age

3 years

4 years

5 years

6 years

7 years

8 years

9 years

10 years

Chest Size (")

22"

22"

24"

24"

26"

28"

28"

30"

Chest Size (cm)

56cm

56cm

61cm

61cm

66cm

71cm

71cm

76cm

Skirt Length

 

12"

13"

14"

15"

16"

17"

18"

Skirt Waist 
(to fit)

 

20½"

21"

21½"

22"

22½"

23"

24"

Pinafore
Length

 

20"

22"

24"

26"

28"

30"

32"


 

Age

11 years

12 years

13 years

14 years

15 years

16 years

Chest Size (")

30"

32"

34"

36"

38"

38"

Chest Size (cm)

76cm

81cm

86cm

91cm

97cm

97cm

Waist Size (")

22"

24"

26"

28"

30"

32"

Waist Size (cm)

56cm

61cm

66cm

71cm

76cm

81cm

 

Further Advice

Labelling clothes

One of the biggest issues with having school uniform is identifying whose uniform is whose from the hundreds of identical shirts, skirts, and trousers used by pupils. This is an especially problematic issue for a school’s housekeeping staff. Therefore, schools strongly recommend that all items of clothing and labelled with a student’s name.

Labelling can be done in a number of ways

·       Order the clothes with initials or name already on them (see the earlier point about choosing the correct size).

·       Ordering cloth labels and sewing them on the clothes.

·       Label clothes using a permanent marker pen.

 

Order the correct amount of each item for your child’s needs

While a student will only be required to have one of many of the items of uniform, the are some items such as shirts, trousers, jumpers, and socks where he/she will need multiple items. If your child has a particular interest that he/she may wish to pursue that will require them to wear an item more often, consider purchasing one or two more than the recommended amount e.g. if a boy plays football often he should have multiple pairs of shorts and at an extra polo/sports shirt.

 

Final Thoughts

While purchasing uniform may seem a like daunting task it is easier than you think, especially if your agent or child’s education guardian can help you. Schools are understanding and helpful. They assist pupils if they have issues with their uniform when they first join. After a year studying at his/her school, your child will be an expert on their uniform so when/if they out grow their current clothes, they will easily be able to do the next order for you.

 

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