Your back to school shopping list

From school uniform and school shoes to stationery to student offers 

The back to school essentials checklist is looming. Making sure you and your kids are all prepped for the new school year is no simple task so we’ve made it much easier by creating your go-to back to school shopping list at Drake Circus.  

Take the stress out of shopping with our guide to best back to school shops and where to find student discounts and offers.  

From uniforms, polo shirts, blazers, gym bags and shoes at H&M, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Next, Primark, River Island and schuh to laptops, pens, pencil cases and calculators via swimming hats, lunch boxes and chargers, follow our helpful guide – then head to Drake Circus’ welcoming (and kid-friendly) cafes and restaurants for well-earned food and drinks.

 

Need-to-know offers and discounts for students and back to school 

schuh and Mountain Warehouse offer discounts for Blue Light card holders if you work in the NHS and social care while there are family tickets at Cineworld and student discounts galore. Go here to discover our latest incredible offers.  

 

Your back to school checklist 

School Uniform 

  • Blazer 
  • Jacket 
  • Shirts 
  • Polo shirts 
  • Dresses 
  • Trousers 
  • Skirts 
  • Tie

Head to H&M, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Next, Primark and River Island.  

A child wearing school uniform from M&S
Image provided by M&S

 

Underwear, accessories and swimwear  

  • Underwear 
  • Socks  
  • Tights 
  • Swimming costume 
  • Trunks 
  • Goggles 
  • Swimming hat 
  • Flip-flops 
  • Hair accessories 

Head to Accessorize, Boots, Claire’s, H&M, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Mountain Warehouse, New Look, Next, Primark and River Island.  

School Shoes 

  • Black school shoes 
  • Trainers 
  • Ballet shoes 

Head to Foot Locker, Footasylum, H&M, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Mountain Warehouse, New Look, Next, Primark, River Island, schuh and Shoeaholics.  

An image of a school girl. Text says Buy shoes and get £5 off a bag at schuh
Image provided by schuh

Gym and outdoor wear 

  • Shorts 
  • Jogging trousers 
  • T-shirts 
  • Outdoor trainers and walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Wellies 
  • Hat 
  • Scarf 
  • Gloves 

Head to Accessorize, Claire’s, Cotswold Outdoors, Foot Locker, Footasylum, H&M, JD Sports, Joules, Marks & Spencer, Mountain Warehouse, New Look, Next, Primark, River Island, schuh and Shoeaholics.  

Vans school bag leopard print
Image provided by schuh

School bag, lunch boxes and water bottles  

  • Backpacks 
  • String bag 
  • Lunch box 
  • Lunch bag 
  • Water bottle 
  • Coffee cup 

Head to Accessorize, Claire’s, Foot Locker, Footasylum, H&M, JD Sports, Joules, Marks & Spencer, Mountain Warehouse, New Look, Next, Paperchase, Primark, River Island, Smiggle, The Entertainer, Tiger and Waterstones.  

smiggle
Image provided by Smiggle

 

Stationery 

  • Pencil case 
  • Pens (black, blue and red) 
  • Pencils 
  • Maths geometry set (protractor, compass, set squares and ruler) 
  • Highlighters 
  • Rubber/eraser 
  • Post-it notes 
  • Notebooks 
  • Plastic wallets 
  • Lever-arch folder 
  • School art supplies (paint brushes, acrylic paints, sketchpads, charcoal pencils, glue, mounting spray and more) 

Head to Accessorize, Claire’s, H&M, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Paperchase, Primark, Smiggle, The Entertainer, Tiger and Waterstones.  


Image provided by Paperchase

 

Books 

  • Dictionary 
  • Thesaurus 
  • Key stage guides 
  • Story books for unwinding 

Head to Waterstones.  

 

School tech and chargers 

  • Calculator 
  • Laptop 
  • Charger 
  • Phone 
  • Tablet 
  • Headphones 
  • USB flash drive 

Head to Apple, iSmart, Paperchase, Tiger and Waterstones.  

 

Hand sanitiser, keyrings and more 

  • Hand sanitiser 
  • Key ring 
  • Hairbrush 
  • Deodorant 
  • Children’s vitamins and antihistamine 

Head to Accessorize, Boots, Holland and Barrett, Claire’s, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Paperchase, Primark, Smiggle and Tiger.  

 

Breakout time for the kids  

After all the shopping, let the kids enjoy some downtime with tickets to Cineworld or a trip to Paradise Island Adventure Golf plus there’s plenty of kid-friendly and welcoming cafes and restaurants at Drake Circus to discover.  


Image provided by Paradise Island Adventure Golf

 

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