The Ultimate Back To School Guide For Busy Mums

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It’s almost time of the summer holidays to start thinking about purchasing all the uniform you will need for the new school year.

Whether you have one or more children back to school shopping can be quite a chore remembering and buying everything they will need for the coming year. If only there was a comprehensive list to help make it easier? Look no further! We have broken down each list into ages and sub-lists. With a guide to how many you may need of each item.

 

Most school starters uniforms are made for comfort more than functionality, so they list for younger children is significantly less than those in Secondary school.

 

  • **TIP**  Label EVERYTHING! Young children misplace things regularly, so if you want items back quicker pop their name in.

 

Infants – Reception to Year 2

 

Uniform

 

3 x Skirt / Trousers / Pinafores
4 x Shirts shirt / Long sleeves / Polo shirts
4 x Jumpers / cardigans
1 x Tie
5 x Socks
5 x Tights
1 x Shoes

 

PE kit

1 x Shorts
1 x T-shirt
1 x Trainers / Plimsolls
Gym bag

 

Stationary

 

1 x Book Bag
1 x Lunchbox
2 x Water bottle (one for packed lunch, 1 for water in school)
1 x Water Proof Coat
1 x Sun hat
1 x Hat, Gloves, Scarf

 

Extras

50 x Name Tags
2 x Ice Pack

 

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By the time kids get to junior school they have been in education for 3 years are starting to be introduced to a more formal way of learning. Ties are often introduced around this time and the emphasis on uniform becomes more important.

 

  • **TIP** Children can become quite boysterious at this age so purchase hard wearing clothing. Trousers, Shirts, Pinafores and Skirts with Teflon covering will lengthen wearability.

 

Juniors – Year 3  to 6

 

Uniform

 

3 x Skirt / Trousers / Pinafores
4 x Shirts Shirt / Long Sleeves / Polo Shirts
4 x Jumpers / Cardigans
1 x Tie
5 x Socks
5 x Tights
1 x Shoes

 

PE Kit

1 x Shorts
1 x T-shirt
1 x Trainers or Plimsolls
Gym bag

 

Stationary

 

1 x Book Bag
1 x Lunchbox
2 x Water Bottle (one for packed lunch 1 for water in school)
1 x Water Proof Coat
1 x Sun Hat
1 x Hat, Gloves, Scarf
1 x Pencil Case
2 x Pencils
1 x Rubber
1 x Pencil Sharpener

 

Extras

50 x Name Tags
2 x Ice Pack

 

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By the time a child reaching aged 11 Uniform and conformity to the uniform rules is usually very important in schools. The list begins to become extended as stationary is now a mandatory essential. Many school now expect the uniform to be embroidered with logos, which can push the price up.

 

  • **TIP**  Don’t forget to purchase items that need minimal ironing, especially shirts.

 

Seniors year 7 – 11

 

Uniform

 

2 x Trousers / skirts
1 x Blazer
1 x Tie
3 x Jumper / cardigan
Coat
Shoes
5 x Tights / Socks

 

PE

1 x Skort / Shirt
1 x T-shirt
1 x Trainers
1 x Tracksuit Bottoms
1 x Tracksuit Jumper
1 x Football Trainers
1 x Football Shin Pads
1 x White Trainer Socks
1 x Hockey Socks
1 x Shin Pads
1 x Hockey Stick
1 x Kit Bag
Swimming Kit – Swimming Costume, Goggles, Cap

 

Stationary

 

6 x Pens (various colours)
2 x Pencils
1 x Rubber
1 x Pencil sharpener
4 x Highlighters
1 x Compass
1 x Scientific Calculator
1 x Protractor Set
1 x Ring binder + plastic wallets
1 x Bag
1 x Tippex
1 x Fountain pen
1 x Ruler

 

Homework

 

Cellotape
Graph paper
White paper
Colouring pens
Folder

 

Extras

Name tags
Ice pack
Musical instrument (if learning)

 

When shopping for uniform, its a good idea to pre-plan not only what you will get and the amount, but also where you will go to get it. Try to keep the shops to a minimum, especially off you have little people in tow. Buying online can save everyone the stress of having to traipse around shops all day. One thing we would advise is to get feet measured from a reputable shoe shop and purchase the best shoes you can afford. Experienced and trained shoe fitters can find shoes that will fit a child’s growing feet perfectly and give them enough room for growth, so ideally you do not have to purchase a new pair for the rest f the school year.

Buying non-iron items will save you time in the long run. Many uniform suppliers now treat uniforms with a stain resistant coating and reinforce knee areas to reduce of wear and tear and help to make uniforms last that bit longer.

 

  • **TIP** if your younger child wear polo shirts, buy darker coloured like red or blue as these show staining less.

 

We have gone one step further and designed a printable checklist with note space for shops to visit and costings. To make your life even easier.

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