About us

Welcome to the Schoolwear Association


Who we are..

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 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 250 members.

Message from the Chair..

“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. To make sure this message is heard, we need a strong industry association representing the many small and medium sized businesses, from manufacturers to wholesalers and independent retailers, who make up this sector.”

– David Burgess – Chair of the Schoolwear Association.

What we do..

We promote the benefits of school specific uniform to teachers, governors, students, parents, local authorities and national government..

We promote best practice among members and strengthen the links between schools, retailers, manufacturers and suppliers. Our members sign up to a Code of Practice outlining ethical and fair trading, and we regularly communicate with schools to encourage them to actively seek our members for their supply needs.

Hopwood PR presenting at the AGM, March 2014

Hopwood PR presenting at the AGM, March 2014

Drawing on our collective experience and knowledge in the industry, we provide advice and keep members up to date with current industry issues. We are in active discussion with a wide range of organisations including Government agencies, the Office of Fair Trading, the National Governors Association and teacher and parent organisations. We actively campaigned to have VAT reduced to 5% on badged school uniform and vigorously entered the debate when it looked likely that all children’s clothing would become liable for VAT. 

Our media team aim to get positive messages regarding school specific uniform into the national, regional and trade media, particularly around the back to school period. We monitor press coverage and circulate news to our members. We have conducted surveys to find out what parents and teachers want from school uniform. Click on the link to see the video..

Click here to see our video

We campaign on behalf of parents to make sure the uniform they purchase is the best value. We offer parents advice and support, such as our recent fact sheet on long life features.

8 Ways to get Best Value from School Uniform