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Get back to school ready

Looking forward to getting back-to-school? Here's where you need to shop to get you and your little ones all organised for the new school year... 

Uniform basics


Marks & Spencer are always reliable when it comes to hard-wearing, yet comfortable school uniform. 

They have everything from easy-iron shirts and blouses to gingham school playsuits, plus their own range of shoes and accessories too.

You can also find uniform at River Island, Next and New Look, while Primark sell suits for sixth form, and Outfit is a great option for older teens too. 

Marks & Spencer back to school

Stylish shoes


If you're looking for school shoes which are built to last, there really is no better place than Clarks.

NEW: Clarks guarantee that your new shoes will fit perfectly in September with the full growing room (and if they don't, they'll exchange for a new pair!). Plus, there's 10% off for Little Bears members too.

Book an in store fitting now by calling 01843 866268, online or visiting the store.

Clarks back to school

Stationery essentials


One of the best bits of starting any new school year is choosing a brand new pencil case (and stuffing it full of snazzy new pens).

Pop down to WHSmith or Wilko to find all the natty notebooks, colourful folders and pretty Post-It notes you could possibly need.


WH Smith back to school

Awesome accessories


Along with all the back-to-school essentials (polo shirts, tights, P.E. kit etc.), Debenhams also stock a whole load of cool accessories and extras. 

We love these Hype backpacks in a whole range of fabulous funky colours and practical functional fabrics.

Or you could pop into Primark for great value backpacks in popping colours, and then head to TK Maxx where you'll find some very cool lunch boxes. 

Debenhams back to school

Easy exam prep


Get kids prepped and ready for those dreaded tests over at Waterstones. This summer they are running a 'Buy One Get One Half Price' offer on all Primary and 11+ revision guides, until 20th September. Plus, there's plenty of other resources including material for dyslexic readers, Kent Test Practice Papers, GCSE, AS and A level support and parents resources, so you and your child can focus on building exam confidence.

Waterstones back to school

Get crafty


Stock up on all-things arty this summer with the incredible range of supplies at The Works.

With everything from acrylics to watercolours, and canvas boards to easels, you can find everything you need to support your child's creativity.

The Works back to school

Sports kits and outerwear


For little ones joining their first PE classes, to big ones competing for the school sports teams, make sure they're one step ahead with the right footwear. JD Sports and FootAsylum both have lots of sporty styles in stock. 

Back to school in Thanet