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Parents spending over £200 preparing for new school term

Monday August 24 2015

PARENTS are spending an average of £240 per child preparing for the new school term.

The research by Santander reveals the cost of kitting out school kids with clothes, books, stationery and other items in preparation for the new school term.

It also shows parents roughly spend £50 per school child every week during term time on things such as packed lunches, bus fares, school trips and after-school activities.

WABers do you think this is a realistic figure? Is too much demand being put on parents financially these days?

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Reply Posted by Annieka on Monday August 24 2015 at 17:06
No it doesn't sound remotely right, £50 per week per child in term time. If they aren't having free school meals, what on earth are these children having for packed lunch and what after school activities are they having - a spa? A pedicure? It doesn't add up.

Reply Posted by Lola on Monday August 24 2015 at 17:13
Not realistic at all, are there lots of millionairs in Barnsley?

Reply Posted by Robdought on Monday August 24 2015 at 20:41
"Santander" might not be wrong if people's are using Santander's credit cards or pay for items

Reply Posted by Lanny on Tuesday August 25 2015 at 10:50
Wow! That's ridiculous! £240 PER CHILD? school uniform and some pencils etc does not cost that much (unless some parents dress their kids in Prada for school!) What a load of rubbish! I've got 3 kids, 2 at primary and one at high school. The high school uniform is a little pricy as u have to buy stuff with the school emblem on like blazers etc but I bet I still don't spend £240 in total on uniform for all 3 kids! And £50 a week per child too?? I doubt it! All our after school clubs are free, we walk to school and I only pay £20 a week for school lunches as my youngest qualifies for universal free school meals til end of year 2 even though I'm working! And I know they don't go on school trips every week either!

Reply Posted by Sarah on Tuesday August 25 2015 at 13:47
This week we have to pay for school blazers and p.e tops @£41 x 2 school bags probably around £25 each, school skirts/trousers £15 x2 and thats not including stationery. For a decent lunch £15 x2 per week.This time 2 years ago we did it x4. It does get expensive but theres not alot we can about it so its a case of save up over the hols and buy what you need at the end.