Radford family show off hectic back-to-school life with ‘dreaded’ shoe bill

Getting ready for school can be a task for parents, now imagine doing it for 22 kids…

The Radford family certainly have their work cut up for them when it comes to school runs.

Not only is it mayhem in the mornings for parents Sue and Noel, the couple are often faced with a huge uniform bill.

Luckily you can find out more about the family as it aired on Channel 5's new documentary 22 Kids & Counting on Monday evening.

In the episode, the parents prepare their brood to return to school after five months in lockdown.

The couple have eight children in school and two of them in college, while Max just started secondary in September.

In addition, a new Radford has started primary school as last year was Phoebe's turn.

There are four different schools the parents have to send their kids to and as you can imagine it's not going to be a cheap uniform bill.

Speaking on the show, Sue said: "We've got the uniforms to sort out which we get once a year (and) the dreaded shoe bill.

"Sometimes you can reuse a PE kit because it still fits from the year before but definitely not the uniforms, they just get a bit shabby."

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But the parents won't ever give their kids hand-me-downs as it's something dad Noel feels strongly about.

He added: "Sue is conscious that we've got lots of kids and because they're from a big family they should be handed down clothes."

However new uniforms every year aren't exactly cheap as the bill comes in around £418.

As for their school runs, Sue and Noel have to split up the morning task every day.

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And despite the chaos, the mum is eager to get her little ones back behind theirs desks.

She revealed: "I think it's nice for them to get the normality back into their lives.

"They need their friends and their schooling, they need their routine back."

Noel added: "Six or seven weeks for summer is hard enough but we're getting on to six months now. It's just a nightmare."

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