Brighton and Hove Smarter Uniforms

 

Thanks for visiting the Smarter Uniforms webpage!  Smarter Uniforms is a social enterprise that fundraises for schools, saves parents money and protects our planet’s precious resources for our children’s future.  We also provide free vouchers for parents where needed.

What do we do and how can you get involved?

Information for Parents

We are offering schools a uniform collection box so that parents can drop in any outgrown uniforms that are no longer needed.  We’ll also provide schools with flyers to explain what we’re about!

Smarter Uniforms then collects and sorts the uniforms in order to resell good quality uniforms back to other parents at about a third of the price of a new uniform.

Why?  The average spend on each uniform across the country is over £150 per child which is a large cost for parents especially when they have more than one child.  As children grow so quickly many uniforms are still in good enough condition to be worn again.  We are parents ourselves and know it is difficult to access a good second hand uniform when your child has had a rapid growth spurt!  We also know other schemes exist but our aim is to develop EASILY ACCESSIBLE outlets to sell uniforms as and when they are needed at an affordable price.  We hate waste too and just love giving these uniforms good new homes!  300,000 tonnes (£140 million worth!) of clothing is still sent to landfill each year in the UK and we want that to stop.  Next time your child loses a piece of uniform too you will now have a more affordable option if you need to replace it.

How does Smarter Uniforms work?  Collection boxes for outgrown uniforms will be distributed across Brighton & Hove over the 2017/2018 school year.  Uniform donations will be sorted, cleaned, smartened up and made available to parents at a third of the original cost via the various citywide Smarter Uniforms selling outlets.

What type of uniforms do we take?

We accept ALL uniforms whether the pieces are embroidered specific to each school or plain non embroidered polo shirts, sweatshirts, cardigans, jumpers, dresses, trousers, skirts, socks, tights, PE kits, shoes, coats and football kits.  Basically anything your child wears to school!

Where can I buy uniforms?  

There is a sales outlet at the back of the FAIR shop that is open 7 days a week and during late October we will have a second outlet in Brighton Marina.  We will update you as soon as we have more information on the Marina outlet.

Currently we are still building up supplies but have an extensive quantity of the following from ages 4-11:

Grey Trousers/Black Trousers £3

Grey Skirts £3

Grey Dresses £4

Blue and White Gingham Dresses £4

White Polo Shirts £1.50

Navy Jumpers and Cardigans £3

Grey Socks and Tights 50p

You can drop off any outgrown uniforms at each sales outlet as well as your child’s school as soon as collection boxes are installed.  When you drop uniforms into the sales outlet any good re-saleable items will receive a 25p voucher per garment.  This will then reduce the prices of the uniforms in stock even further!  It makes it easy for you to declutter and get rid of your child’s old outgrown items, plus buy the nearly new items at an even lower price!  The money from sales is then put into a fund for local schools to use after running costs for Smarter Uniforms is deducted.

Families Requiring Free Uniforms

Vouchers for free uniforms will be made available via various organisations throughout the city for families that are eligible.  Any queries about this can be directed to us at bhsmarteruniforms@gmail.com.  Please ensure that you include the word VOUCHER in the subject of the e-mail.  The vouchers can then be redeemed at the Smarter Uniform shop at the back of the FAIR shop at 21 Queens Road.  We will have more information on other locations these will be available from over the next couple of months.

General Information about Second Hand Uniforms Across the City:

A wonderful student from Dorothy Stringer helped us to find out what schools across Brighton and Hove currently offer.  Please find details below for secondary schools only in regards to second hand uniform.

Dorothy Stringer – A wonderful extensively stocked second hand uniform pop up shop is available on the school site.  Please contact smd@dorothy-stringer.co.uk for more information.

Blatchington Mill – Uniforms can be sourced from any unclaimed lost property. Please contact the school on 01273 736244

Cardinal Newman – There is no current second hand uniform policy.  We are currently in discussions with the school. The school can be contacted on 01273 558551

Hove Park – Unwanted school uniform is invited to be donated.  Please call the school directly for more information on 01273 295 000

Varndean – Unwanted school uniform is invited to be donated.  Please call the school directly for more information on (01273) 561281

Information for Schools

All schools were contacted at the end of the last school year introducing Smarter Uniforms to all Headteachers.  We are offering each school a collection box for parents and flyers giving information about the initiative so that we can build up the supplies needed for redistribution of good quality uniforms

We will be providing guidance to schools on sourcing of uniforms and a uniform policy.

Please read more about our pilot program with St. Paul’s CoE last year here

Contact Information

Schools and parents can contact us for further information on (01273) 723215 and by e-mail on bhsmarteruniforms@gmail.com