Back to school shopping list 2020

From backpacks to books, everything you need is at Whiteley

Thinking about back to school shopping? With a huge selection of family-friendly food and drink spots, useful opening times, distanced shopping and car parking spaces, Whiteley takes the stress out of new term shopping for parents too.

From shoes and uniforms to books, backpacks, water bottles and more* at Clarks, Next, Marks & Spencer, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Smiggle, WH Smith and more, here is your easy guide to buying everything in one place (and avoiding the returns counter). 

Find out more about planning your safe and welcoming visit here.

Print out this page for a handy checklist to tick off as you shop for everything you need then see below for the best places to find them at Whiteley. 

  1. Shoes
  2. Blazer and jacket 
  3. Cardigans and jumpers 
  4. Gingham dresses 
  5. Pinafores and dresses 
  6. Polo shirts 
  7. Shirts and blouses 
  8. Shorts 
  9. Skirts 
  10. Trousers
  11. PE kits and sportswear 
  12. Underwear, socks and tights 
  13. Hairbands and bobbles 
  14. Textbooks
  15. Pens (black or blue) 
  16. Pencil case
  17. Pencils
  18. Highlighters
  19. Rubbers
  20. Pencil sharpener
  21. Ruler
  22. Correction fluid
  23. Glue stick
  24. Scissors
  25. Maths supplies (compass, protractor, set square, calculator)
  26. Memory stick
  27. Earphones
  28. Notebooks
  29. Backpack
  30. Lunch box
  31. Drink bottle 


  1. The best back to school shoe offers

Back to school shoes from Clarks

Book your appointment at Clarks and jump the queues

This autumn, Clarks are celebrating kids’ return to school. With 200 years of expert shoemaking, Clarks know about caring for growing feet to provide unbeatable all-day comfort. Their school shoes pass up to 60 tough tests, from flexing leather 500,000 times to pulling laces to destruction. The result? The best school shoes ever, keeping feet happy from playtime to home time and every step in between. It’s a collection that has everything from bright colours and easy fastening to growing room built in.

Plus, buy Clarks school shoes now and they guarantee they'll fit until 28th February 2021**. If they don't, they’ll exchange for a new pair. Which is amazing.

And, to make things even easier, you can now book your 15-minute shoe fitting appointments in advance so their expert fitters will ensure your kids start the new school term in comfort and style. Click here to organise your visit. 

child's Vans shoes from schuh


schuh has everything for 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 Dr. Martens school shoes – they totally have you covered. Plus, they have a 10% discount for students all year round. 


  1. Where to buy your back to school uniform

Next back to school uniform for girls

Next back to school uniform for boys

Next and Marks & Spencer at Whiteley have a range of uniforms ready to go. Next have everything covered when it comes to uniforms: from an insider’s guide to getting the best fit to velcro-fastening shirts and polos for smaller fingers, you’ll be able to get organised in no time.  

M&S back to school uniform for kids

Marks & Spencer are also currently offering 25% off uniforms with designs that are made to last with dirt-repellent finishes for added durability, crease-resistant fabrics – including non-iron shirts – and scuff-resistant shoes to save you time and stress. 

Also, don’t forget H&M is a useful spot for hairbands, PE kits, underwear, socks and tights while Topshop and Topman are good for sixth form essentials. 

  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 the essentials such as a dictionary, a thesaurus and foreign language dictionaries. 

  1. Get the best backpacks in town

Back to school pack from Smiggle in green camouflageBack to school pack from Smiggle in green camouflage

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, Smiggle is back to school heaven. 

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

Flying Tiger Copenhagen

Filled to the brim with handy notebooks, desk organisers, paints, pens, whiteboards and folders, Flying Tiger Copenhagen is the perfect spot to get them excited about the new school term without breaking your bank balance. Plus, for older students, there are handy everyday items that’ll keep them on-track and organised. 


An essential shop for the basics such as pens and pencils (stock up on them as they’ll all have disappeared by half-term), paper, paints and more, they also have useful selections of pencils case and bags. 

The Entertainer

For pens, paints, crayons and colour your own backpacks, The Entertainer is a must- visit for those with pre-schoolers and Key Stage One kids. And, even for older children, there is a whole host of crafting, interactive and science kits to get their brains working for the new term. 

For more information about back to school shopping at Whiteley for autumn 2020, click here

*Availability dependent on stock. 

**Subject to size. T&Cs apply .

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