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The quality of the uniform is fantastic, my 3 year old son wears the trousers, he is very active, always climbing, falling over and getting himself filthy, the trousers are still as good as new. They wash brilliantly even on a 15 degree wash.

Leighanne, Mum of three

All our fabrics are subject to rigorous durability and strength testing as part of the manufacturing process.  Below are just a few of the more commonly used ones across the range. The test applied does vary depending on what’s appropriate for the fabric:

  • Tensile strength: This test is to calculate the strength of the cloth with no seams.
  • Seam slippage: This tests how strong the fabric is at holding together at a stitched seam before the seam starts to grin.
  • Seam strength: This tests how strong the fabric is at holding together at a stitched seam before completely bursting.
  • Colour fastness to washing: Ensure the cloth keeps a required amount of colour after washing. This is tested along side various other cloths to see if the colour runs from the main cloth to the others.
  • Colour fastness to rubbing wet/ dry: The fabric is rubbed, in both wet and dry conditions against another white cloth to test for colour transfer.
  • Abrasion: This tests for the breakdown point of the cloth with continuous rubbing.
  • Pilling: Tests for the rate at which the cloth pills.

Please note: The above is just an example of the tests we carry out, additional tests will be carried out when appropriate.

“We take pride in ensuring all our products meet the high standards set and are fit for the wear and tear of today’s school children.”

Merchandise Department, David Luke.

It feels nice and soft, I’d like to wear it.

Pupil, aged 8