Marie Ibbetson & Jean Ellwood

Marie Ibbetson & Jean Ellwood Founders The School Outfit

Championed by 

Sharon Hodgson MP for Washington & Sunderland West

The School outfit design, manufacture, retail & supply all types of school uniform across the North East. Set up by sisters Marie and Jean, this independent local family run business had humble beginnings.

Over 30 years ago the two sisters borrowed their dads old estate car, filled it up with clothing and set up a market stall. The School Outfit is now the largest school uniform supplier in the North East and employs 25 people.

Marie and Jean have also set up an innovative savings club so parents can spread the cost of buying school uniforms.