My teacher stole my cardigan and a dinosaur tore my trousers! Some of the hilarious excuses children come up with for losing 187million worth of school uniforms each year
Children lose an astounding 187 million worth of school uniform each year
One in five lose items in first week back
13:39 GMT, 4 September 2012
As children head back to school, mothers have forked out on brand spanking new uniforms to ensure that their precious offspring look the part.
But according to new research British children lose an astounding 187 million worth of school uniform each year- this is the equivalent of paying for over 7,300 children to attend university or covering annual childcare costs for a staggering 37,000 kids.
School jumpers (71%) were the most common item of clothing to go missing, followed by P.E. kit (47%) then trainers (23%) and socks (19%).
British children lose an astounding 187 million worth of school uniform each year
John Carolan, Head of Childrenswear for TU at Sainsbury’s, who carried out the research, said: 'With today’s uniforms so vulnerable to loss and damage, as well as the ongoing squeeze on finances, parents tell us that purchasing uniforms with low price points alongside durability and quality is more important than ever before.'
The research unveiled that two thirds of parents state that their children had lost uniform which had never been found with one in five reporting this happening within the very first week back.
But the children are refusing to accept blame for missing goods with mothers hearing incredible excuses as to the loss of these uniforms.
Children are refusing to accept blame for missing goods with mothers hearing incredible excuses as to the loss of these uniforms
Unable to defend themselves, animals were the most common scapegoats, ranging from the family dog to the far more exotic zebras and tigers.
Specifically, hamsters were accused of stealing bags, dinosaurs tore trousers, ghosts borrowed jumpers and even teachers were accused of stealing garments just 'because they liked them'.
Art class is the most high-risk environment for ‘missing’ uniforms, with paint and glue irreparably ruining the majority of garments (75%) leading to their abandonment whilst an unfortunate 2% of school clothing really does end up discarded after being destroyed by over-excited pets and/or friends.
With due care and attention and thanks to the low cost of uniforms and vast improvements in garment technology, a child’s school uniform is one of the most cost-effective piece of clothing they will ever own – with parents spending on average just 137 a year on a child’s school uniform.
When it comes to time spent taking care of school uniforms, 44% of parents spend two hours a week cleaning, ironing and mending the garments.
Unsurprisingly, 75% of parents buy uniforms based on their time-saving qualities such as stain-resistant finishings, permanent pleats and creases and non-iron shirts.