Free school uniform bank

Sutton Community Uniform Bank provides free school uniforms for 4 - 18s, to support families who may be experiencing difficulties buying school uniforms (please note: it does not supply footwear).

There is no criteria for the service - anyone with a child/young person who needs a uniform can contact the service regardless of income.

The Uniform Bank is based at the Sutton Children’s Centre in Tweeddale Road, Carshalton SM5 1SW. 

Open Day

The School Uniform Bank is holding an open day on Saturday 20 August, between 10am and 12pm, at the Children’s Centre in Tweeddale Road. No need to book.

If you require any item of school uniform, please submit a request.

Do you have an item to donate?

The Uniform Bank is always looking for items of branded school uniform clothing. If you have unwanted branded items, please email suttoncommunityuniform@sutton.gov.uk or call them on 020 8770 6000 to arrange a collection.

Alternatively, you can drop them off at one of the following children centres:

  • Green Oak, Cheam Resource Centre, 671 London Road, Worcester Park SM3 9DL

  • Tweeddale, Tweeddale Road, Carshalton SM5 1SW

  • Amy Johnson, 63 Brabazon Avenue, Wallington SM6 9ET

  • Thomas wall, 69 Western Road, Sutton, SM1 2TF

Help with school uniform costs

The Council does not provide school uniform grants, however, you may be able to get some financial support through your child’s school. Each school will have its own uniform policy that sets out what uniform is required, this is usually found on the school website or in the school prospectus.

Schools may specify a supplier for some items of school uniform, such as a school blazer, tie and/or jumpers. However, to reduce the cost of school uniforms, most schools often sell second-hand uniforms and many high street shops and supermarkets stock generic school uniforms such as skirts, trousers and shirts. Please get in touch with your child's school to find out what is support is available to reduce the cost of school uniform.

Financial help with uniform costs

You may be eligible to receive help with uniform costs if you receive certain benefits. To check that you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to, please use the benefits calculator on the gov.uk website or visit the turn2us website.

You may also be able to get an interest-free budgeting loan through GOV.UK to help with costs.

Your local Citizens Advice Bureau may also be aware of some local funding that could help towards school uniform costs.

Worried about the cost of living?

From money matters to mental health and wellbeing, Sutton Council, local charities, community groups and partners are working together to support you and those you care about with the rising cost of living.

To find out what support is available or to find out how you can help others, visit sutton.gov.uk/support