Schools’ uniform exchange boosts environment and helps pay the bills

FOUR primary schools have introduced a uniform exchange scheme to help benefit the environment as well as support families during the cost-of-living crisis.

Maltby Manor Academy, Maltby Redwood Academy, Ravenfield Primary Academy and Maltby Lilly Hall Academy are involved in the initiative under which parents can pass on uniform that is outworn or no longer needed.

Under the banner “Exchange, Recycle and Save”, the scheme is helping to spread the important message of sustainability to parents, carers and children, but is also designed to money at a time when many families are under financial pressure.

The project is being run by staff from Maltby Learning Trust and families at each school can donate their unwanted uniform or request certain items they need.

David Horrigan, executive director of primary education at Maltby Learning Trust, said: “Uniforms are an important part of life at our schools, but we recognise children can grow quickly and many items can be re-worn and reused — not everything needs to be brand new.

“The feedback we have received from our parents has been really encouraging, not only from a recycling and environmental perspective but also from a reducing cost point of view at what is currently a difficult time for lots of families across the country.

“It’s been lovely to see our school communities really support the initiative and we hope it will expand and grow over time as more families make use of it.”


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