Head back to school 'classroom ready' with the latest inspiration and trends, as well as the basic essentials, they will need for the end of summer.
From affordable school uniforms, PE kits, and school shoes to school bags, as well as lunch boxes, pens, stationery, and more, we’ve put together the ultimate back to school shopping checklist.
Plus, with lots of parking, and great places to eat and drink, Drake Circus is the perfect place to get organised and make sure your kids are looking forward to going back to school in style.
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Buying your school uniform
Ready for your ultimate checklist? Print this off and tick off what you need then head to Next and Marks & Spencer to browse their range of school-wear.
- School blazer and jackets
- Cardigans and jumpers
- Gingham dresses
- Pinafores and dresses
- Polo shirts
- Shirts and blouses
- PE kits and sportswear
- Underwear, socks and tights
It’s always good to pick up some spare tops and bottoms if you can to avoid any last-minute stresses with washing during the week if your little one’s clothes are hard to keep clean.
Where to find school shoes that fit
Wondering which shops are the best to buy school shoes for the new term? The shops at Drake Circus have solutions for kids of all ages and all sizes, and the teams will be more than happy to help you find the perfect size to last.
Schuh has all sorts, from shoes for toddlers to teenagers, including classic black school shoes, Mary-Jane designs, and premium leather school buys, alongside trainers and plimsolls from Adidas and Vans. Featuring brands such as Kickers, Lelli Kelly, Nike and Doc Martens school shoes – they totally have you covered.
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Books to get them inspired
From boosting their at-home learning in preparation for the new term or just inspiring them to discover books they’ll love reading, Waterstones has brilliant shelves filled with novels, comics and reference books for all ages.
It also has a range of preschool picture books to help little ones prepare for the new term, plus guides to key stages alongside resources for parents.
It’s also great for secondary school essentials such as a dictionary, a thesaurus and foreign language dictionaries.
Get the best school bags in town
For younger children, Smiggle is back to school heaven and they also offer specifically designed school bundles with all you’ll need for a new year at school (a backpack, lunchbox, drink bottle and pencil case). Check out its huge array of multibuy offers for pens, earphones, art sets and wallets.
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Pens, pencil cases, notebooks – all the good stationery stuff
Working out what back to school stationery you need? Check out our handy checklist below to make sure you’ve got all basis covered.
- Pencils or pens (black or blue)
- Pencil case
- Pencil sharpener
- Correction fluid
- Glue stick
- Maths supplies (compass, protractor, set square, calculator)
- Memory stick
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To find our full list of stores on offer at Drake Circus, visit our Eat Drink Shop page.
* Please note that all products mentioned are subject to availability.