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Dyke Primary School opens eco-shop offering free uniforms

By Garry McCartney

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House and vice captains from Dyke Primary School proudly showing off their new uniform store.
House and vice captains from Dyke Primary School proudly showing off their new uniform store.

A UNIFORM swap shop is a big hit at a local village school.

Dyke Primary has opened an eco-uniform outlet where people can donate and access pre-loved uniforms, free of charge.

Chairwoman of the school’s parent council, Emma Matthias, explained the project encourages people to reduce, re-use and recycle.

She said: “It’s great to see the eco-shop being used. It was a long time coming as it got delayed by the pandemic but now complete, it’s popular.”

The shop has been set up in an old outbuilding at the school which was transformed by former pupils, now the parents of current pupils. The project was funded via a Covid-19 grant offered through Dyke Community Council via SSE and Tesco Groundcare. Keith Builders also donated £150 toward the cost of materials.

Emma said: “Two parents who used to attend and now run their own trades-based businesses offered to carry out the bulk of the conversion and repair work. They don’t wish to be named, but we are grateful for their support. We are also grateful to those who keep the shop neat and tidy, and take the time to wash and label donations of school uniform. It’s these people who keep the project going.”

P6 pupil’s mum, Claire Rhind, thinks the shop is a great addition.

She said: “I have used the shop to replace uniform when it has been either outgrown or has been ‘misplaced’!

“I’ve also donated uniform. Kids grow so quickly, and we also had an abundance of new unforms that never got used because we were all home learning, so many of the items in the shop are practically brand news. It’s a great concept.”

Head teacher, Stephen Simpson, added that the shop supports the school’s eco work and is a big part of the strategy to reduce the cost of the school day to zero for all families.

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