We will be updating this page with more information throughout the summer. If you are aware of any school uniform sales, please let us know!
We've had many queries from proactive parents who are preparing to sort out uniforms. So we thought we'd prepare a post to assist those with queries about where to find cheaper/second-hand uniforms.
Cornwall Council does not provide a grant for school uniforms.
Try contacting your local school; they should have a second-hand uniform for sale at a discounted cost, usually from the office. Many local schools also host second-hand uniform sales throughout the year.
Check Uniformd to see if your school has a shop for second-hand uniforms.
Facebook Marketplace can also be a useful tool when searching for cheaper uniforms, we have collated a few groups below which may be of use.
- Second hand uniform for sale UK
- Second Hand School Uniform And Costumes
- School Uniform/items Cornwall buy, sell, swap, reuse!
- Baby and Children's Nearly New Sales in Cornwall
Keep an eye on eBay - It is a fantastic place to go when it comes to finding high-quality, second-hand uniforms.
Supermarkets have great summer deals on school uniform basics, like socks, trousers and skirts. Supermarkets such as LIDL and ALDI often have ‘Special Buys’ at cheaper prices than most other stores.
Look out for 'Nearly New' sales happening regularly throughout Cornwall.
Penwith Kids Clothesline is a Facebook group you can join, linked up with the YMCA Cornwall in Alverton, The Centre Newlyn, The Lescudjack Centre on Treneere, PZ Playzone and the local community. The idea is that local children will never go without proper clothing. The community often donate lots of uniform for local schools, available for collection from above, or one of the members.
St Ives and Surrounding Free Clothing Community Group follow a similar community feel to Penwith clothesline and is a community clothes bank scheme for the surrounding area.
Camborne Science & International Academy - CSIA launched its Online Second Hand Uniform Shop on the 28 February 2022, providing the opportunity for families to donate items of high-quality uniforms and enable items of uniforms to be purchased at a lower than retail price; encouraging a culture of re-use and keep perfectly usable items out of the landfill.
Hayle Academy - Please get in touch with the school, you may be able to get a second-hand uniform.
St Ives School - Second hand uniform items are available on request from the School. Parents wishing to request second hand uniform should contact their child’s Year Leader.
The Clothes Horse, Cornwall may have free second-hand uniforms available depending on donations. The Clothes Horse can offer any type of clothing needed from school uniform items, casual clothing, coats and warm clothing for the winter months. You can call on 07866615219
Truro, Probus, Grampound, Roseland School uniform swap and sell is a Facebook group you can join.
Falmouth Baby and Children's Nearly New Sales is a Facebook group you can join.
DISC Newquay might be able to help you with primary school uniforms depending on donations.
Newquay School Uniforms is a Facebook group you can join. Why throw good items away when someone can make good use of it.
Newquay Free School Uniform Forum is a Facebook group that has been set up to source completely free school uniforms for local families. All school clothing advertised is for free or for swap only, helping to limit the cost of school uniforms for the local area
Recycle, Reuse, Resale CIC has been known to have uniforms for surrounding schools: Tywardreath, Biscovey and Fowey.
START Clothing Bank might be able to help you with local primary school uniforms depending on donations. "You can now contact us via mobile phone please send a message to 07882973254 for any clothing you may need, or you can still email us at email@example.com we will make up a parcel for you and arrange collection, observing social distancing."
School and Club Uniforms St Austell Area is a Facebook group you can join. You can buy, swap, or sell primary and secondary school uniforms/club uniforms in the St Austell area. St Austell
St Austell Revival Together Clothing Bank- aims to support people in need by providing at no charge good, clean clothing donated by the community, supplying as wide a range of clothes as possible- from babies’, maternity and children’s clothes, school uniforms, and shoes to adult clothing, hats and gloves. We also supply bedding, towels and toiletries.
Foxhole Learning Academy - please contact Stephanie Wright who is kindly coordinating a 'uniform swap' for families. Stephanie can be contacted on 07598844862 or via Facebook messenger.
Cape Cornwall School - Second-hand uniform items are available on request from the school. Parents wishing to request second-hand uniforms should contact their child’s Head of Upper or Lower School.
Falmouth School - Second-hand uniforms available from www.georgiasvoice.co.uk
Penrice Academy - has allocated funding available to support families in hardship to purchase uniforms – please get in contact with firstname.lastname@example.org
The Children’s Hospice South West Charity Shop often has second-hand uniforms for Wadebridge School. You can call ahead to check on 01208 895513.
Wadebridge and Surrounding Areas School Uniform Buy & Sell is a Facebook group that has been set up to source completely free school uniforms for local families. All school clothing advertised is for free or for swap only, helping to limit the cost of school uniforms for the local area.
Launceston uk free & donated school uniforms is a Facebook group that has been set up to source completely free school uniforms for local families. All school clothing advertised is for free or for swap only, helping to limit the cost of school uniforms for the local area.
Bodmin College - If you are struggling to purchase any uniform items please get in touch with your child’s Head of Year and they will be able to help.
Callington Community College - second uniform shop here; Uniformd. It has a host of items, all arranged by size, and the number of items available is clearly indicated, along with the price.
Saltash Community School - We appreciate that for some families, the cost of uniform and equipment can be expensive. We are always willing to subsidise the cost of these essentials for your child. If you would like financial assistance with the above, please contact Sarah Moss by emailing email@example.com or your child’s Head of Year.