5 must-have back to school supplies & top tips

The summer’s almost gone and the new school year is just around the corner! That’s okay, If you haven’t got all the back to school essentials ready. It’s still not too late to shop now.

Here we put together a list with some advice for your last minute back to school shopping.

Stationery & Art Supplies

Don’t know what your kids need? This checklist includes all the stationery to get them started depending on what year they’re going in to.

For 5-7 yrs / Key stage 1

– Plain paper – exercise books – pencil case – pencil set – colouring pencils – colouring pens – glue stick – ruler – scissors – rubber

For 7-14 yrs / Key stage 2 & 3

– Plain paper – exercise Book – pencil case – pencil set – colouring pencils – colouring pens – glue stick – ruler – scissors – rubber – pencil sharpener – handwriting pen – calculator – basic maths set – highlighter -post-it notes – ring binder – plastic wallets – USB stick – tipp-ex – dictionary – thesaurus

Get money back for your kids on all stationery from retailers like WHSmith, The Works and Paperchase.

School Shoes

There’s so many styles out there it can difficult to find a pair that not only will last but are also comfortable, here’s some recommendations from our years of back to school shopping


Easy on easy off style shoes can reduce the morning madness when school starts until your little one is comfortable tying their own laces


If the shoes you’re buying are discounted buy one in the size your child is now and then one in the size up, they will no doubt grow out of the first pair during the year. You can then sell or give the smaller pair away.


For school shoes, we highly recommend: Clarks, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis & Partners – you can earn savings on them all too.

School Uniforms

We know what a mixture of emotions it is seeing your little one try on their new school uniform. We’ve rounded up a few tips to help you when shopping.


Buy at least 3 of each item so you’re not having to wash uniforms every night and in case anything goes missing/gets broken.


Label EVERYTHING, makes it so much easier when searching through lost property or if one of your child’s friends goes home with something of yours.


There’s a wide range of affordable schoolwear that can be found at George, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis & Partners.



Make sure the backpack you buy has compartments to keep supplies organised


Look for weight-reducing design with thick straps


Remember to use KidStart, we recommend checking out shopDisney, ASOS and Nike.



Opt for a structured lunchbox so that nothing gets squished. Ones with separate compartments is a great idea too.


A lunchbox lunch bags are brilliant, they can help to keep food fresh and also keeps the food warm or cold as preferred.


Check out these retailers when purchasing a lunchbox Amazon, Argos and Cath Kidston.

Let’s get the kids excited for the new school year and wishing them lots of luck for their first day.