We promote the benefits of school specific uniform

The Schoolwear Association represents all those involved in the supply of school specific uniform – retailers, direct to school suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, decorators, agents and schools. Together, our members clothe approximately three quarters of Britain’s school children. Our committee is made up of many people from across the whole industry who give their time voluntarily and share a passion for what we do. Established in 2006, we have over 200 members who subscribe to a Code of Conduct and work to drive up standards in our industry.


Make school uniform VAT exempt

Clothing for children aged 14 or older, or taller or larger than the average, is subject to a 20% VAT rate. This includes school uniforms. We are calling on the Government to abolish tax on school uniforms by scrapping VAT on all school-specific uniform items to bring down costs for families.

Each family would make significant savings in clothing their child in school uniform across the lifetime of their time at school, at what is a relatively limited cost to the taxpayer. The timing is now right too to abolish this tax, as Brexit has given the country new tax freedoms which the Government should take advantage of.


Member Benefits


Benefits for Schools


Established in 2006 We have over 200 members

The Schoolwear Association was formed in 2006 to provide the industry with a voice and to promote the benefits of school specific uniform to schools, students and parents. We believe that a distinctive uniform aids a sense of belonging and is good for security in and out of school. Students who wear school specific uniform are said to behave better, have better attendance and potentially achieve more academically.

Join the Schoolwear Association today

Discover the benefits of joining the Schoolwear Association

Strengthening and
growing our sector

The Schoolwear Association represents all those involved in the responsible supply of school specific uniform.

Driving higher
standards for all

Members sign up to a Code of Conduct.

Simple and affordable

A simple fee structure allows members access to all the benefits and information sheets that we produce.

Mark Stevenson

Co-Chair of the Schoolwear Association

“It is essential for our industry to have a collective voice so that we can continue to promote the benefits of school specific uniform. I believe school specific uniform is not only a practical and cost effective solution for schools and parents but also drives a sense of belonging and pride for pupils.”