Get ready for back to school at Whiteley

The end of school holidays will come around in no time, so ensure you get ahead of the back to school rush with all of the essentials for the kids returning to the classroom in September.

From affordable uniforms, PE kits, and school shoes to school bags, lunch boxes, pens, stationery, and more, we’ve put together your ultimate back to school shopping checklist.

With a huge selection of family-friendly food and drink spots, useful opening times, and car parking spaces, we’re here to get you ready for returning to school stress-free.

A girl wearing M&S School uniform.

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  1. Buying your school uniform

Ready for your ultimate checklist? Print this off and head to Next and Marks & Spencer to pick up everything you need.

  • School blazer and jackets
  • Cardigans and jumpers
  • Gingham dresses
  • Pinafores and dresses
  • Polo shirts
  • Shirts and blouses
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • PE kits and sportswear
  • Trousers
  • Underwear, socks and tights

It’s always great 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.

Also don’t forget H&M and Claire’s are brilliant choices for hairbands, underwear, socks and tights. 

Two schoolgirls holding Smiggle stationery.

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  1. Where to find school shoes that fit

Panicking about school shoes and trainers that actually fit? Wondering which shops are the best to buy shoes for the new term? The shops at Whiteley have solutions for kids of all ages and all sizes.

Clarks school shoes are always popular as they know about caring for growing feet to provide unbeatable all-day comfort and their school shoes pass up to 60 tough tests, meaning they’re built to last.

Clarks also offer an in-store measure and fit service where their experts will be able to help you find the perfect shoe fit and style. Better yet, you can book an appointment at a specific time and not have to worry about little ones getting impatient.

A group of school children wearing Schuh shoes.

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Schuh has everything: 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.

  1. Get the best school bags in town

JD Sports, schuh and Sports Direct are must-visits for their range of back to school backpacks. With great designs for teens including Hype, Nike, and Adidas school bags.

For younger children, Smiggle is back to school heaven with newly designed school bundles (backpack, lunchbox, drink bottle and pencil case) and a huge array of multibuy offers of pens, earphones, art sets and wallets.

A schoolboy wearing smiggle bag and holding a water bottle.

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  1. 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, WH Smith have brilliant shelves filled with novels, comics and reference books for all ages.

 It’s also great for secondary school essentials such as a dictionary, a thesaurus and foreign language dictionaries. 

A variety of pastel coloured paperchase stationery

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  1. Pens, pencil cases, notebooks – all the good stationery stuff

Working out what back to school stationery you need? Check out our handy checklist below:

  • Pens (black or blue) 
  • Pencil case
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Rubbers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Correction fluid
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Maths supplies (compass, protractor, set square, calculator)
  • Memory stick
  • Earphones
  • Notebooks


Head to Paperchase, Flying Tiger or Poundland to browse a range of stationery, from spiral-bound notebooks, highlighters, biros, to Post-Its and pencil cases.

To find our full list of stores on offer at Whiteley, visit our Eat Drink Shop page.

* Please note that all products mentioned are subject to availability.


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