Parents forced to pay ‘extra’ school costs 

PARENTS in Britain say they will pay an average of £323 to cover extra costs over the course of the new school year, according to new research.

Mums and dads already struggling with the back-to-school bill say the pain continues as they shell out for school trips, replacement uniforms and items for projects.

The vast majority (85 per cent) of parents say they will be hit with extra school costs between now and the next summer holidays, according to a survey by Coinstar.

Parents in the East Midlands are worst hit when it comes to paying school extras, stumping up an average of £380.

Mums and dads in the east of England say they shell out another £360, while those in the south-east pay an extra £330 during the academic year.

 Parents of pupils working towards their GCSEs pay up the most, with an average of £400 extra during the year.

Nick Harris, vice president of European operations, Coinstar Limited, said: ‘School shopping can put stress on household finances, especially as costs rise.

‘The Coinstar survey revealed that British parents are extremely resourceful and are finding a number of  ways to meet this new budget challenge for the year ahead.’