It’s clear that the cost of school uniforms here in Barnsley can often be far too high. Constituents often raise this with me, including one family who had to pay £200 for one child’s school uniform and PE kit. This is something I hear all too often, and it’s a problem worsened by the fact that this clothing is often out-grown within a year or even a few months.

That’s why I’ve launched my school uniform exchange in partnership with Barnsley Council?. Donation boxes have been placed in libraries across Barnsley East, and in my office in Hoyland, so that parents can drop off unneeded or unwanted items of uniform, for other families and students to use.

We’re asking for uniform to be dropped off up to 16th August, and this will then be distributed in the run up to the new school year. Addresses, opening hours and contact details for the drop off points can be found below.

I think school uniform prices should be reduced and parents should be able to purchase uniform from a range of shops without expensive logos. It’s something I have raised in the House of Commons and locally with schools. I will keep doing that but I wanted to do something practical to help.

If anyone has specific requests for items of school uniform, or if anyone has any questions regarding the exchange, you can email me [email protected] or call my office on 01226 743483.

Drop off points:

Cudworth Library: Cudworth Centre of Excellence, Robert Street, Cudworth, S72 8UQ; open Monday-Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9:30-12; 01226 717531

Darfield Library: Church Street, Darfield, S73 9LG; open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10-1 and 2-5, Friday 10-1 and Saturday 9:30-12:30; 01226 773555

Grimethorpe Library: The Acorn Centre, 51 High Street, Grimethorpe, S72 7BB; open Monday-Thursday 9-5 and Friday 9-4:30; 01226 712575

Wombwell Library: Station Road, Wombwell, S73 0BA; open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9-5, Thursday 9-7 and Saturday 9:30-12:30; 01226 773555

Worsbrough Library: Elm House Estate, Queensway, Worsbrough, S70 5EN; open Monday, Thursday and Friday 10-1 and 2-5, Tuesday 10-1 and Saturday 9:30-12:30; 01226 773555

My office: West Bank House Community Association, 236 West Street, Hoyland, S74 9EE; open Monday-Friday 10-4; 01226 743483


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