Your back to school shopping list

From shoes and 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 Whiteley.  

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 Next, Clarks, Florence + Fred at Tesco, H&M, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer and River Island to laptops, pens, pencil cases and calculators via swimming hats, lunch boxes and chargers, follow our helpful guide. 

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

 

Whiteley special offers 

From schuh’s Blue Light card discounts for NHS workers and Paperchase 25% discounts to those who work in social care to student offers at Frankie and Benny’s, visit here to find incredible offers at Whiteley.  

Frankie & Benny's
Image provided by Frankie & Benny's

 

Your back to school checklist 

Uniform

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

Head to Next, Florence + Fred at Tesco, H&M, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer and River Island.  

M&S School uniform
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, Florence + Fred at Tesco, H&M, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Mountain Warehouse, Next and River Island.  

 

Shoes 

  • Black school shoes 
  • Trainers 
  • Ballet shoes 

Head to Clarks, Florence + Fred at Tesco, H&M, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Next, River Island, schuh and SportsDirect.com.  

 

Shoe measuring and fitting at Whiteley 

You can also book shoe fitting appointments and beat the queues for Clarks here.  

Clarks school shoes
Image provided by Clarks

 

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, Clarks, Florence + Fred at Tesco, H&M, JD Sports, Joules, Marks & Spencer, Mountain Warehouse, Next, River Island, schuh, SportsDirect.com and Trespass.  

 

School bag, lunch boxes and water bottles  

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

Head to Accessorize, Boots, Claire’s, Florence + Fred at Tesco, H&M, JD Sports, Joules, Marks & Spencer, Mountain Warehouse, Next, Paperchase, Poundland, River Island, Smiggle, SportsDirect.com, Tiger and WH Smith.  
 
smiggle pencil case
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, Paperchase, Poundland, Smiggle, Tesco, The Entertainer, Tiger and WH Smith.  


Image provided by Paperchase

 

Books 

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

Head to The Entertainer and WH Smith.  

 

School tech and chargers 

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

Head to Accessorize, Paperchase, Poundland, Smiggle, Tiger and WH Smith.  

 

Hand sanitiser, keyrings and more 

  • Hand sanitiser 
  • Key ring 
  • Hairbrush 
  • Deodorant  

Head to Accessorize, Boots, Claire’s, H&M, Paperchase, Poundland, Smiggle, Superdrug, Tiger and The Body Shop.  

 

Back to school extras 

Head to Specsavers and Vision Express for optician check-ups and pick up kids’ vitamins, antihistamines and more from Boots, Holland and Barrett and Superdrug

 

Breakout time  

After all the shopping, let the kids enjoy some downtime with tickets to Cineworld and Rock Up or discover Whiteley’s welcoming (and kid-friendly) cafes and restaurants for well-earned food and drinks.

rock up climbing walls
Image provided by Rock Up

 

Discover the best places to eat, drink and shop at Whiteley and follow us @whiteleyshopping  

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