Get ready for back to school at Ealing Broadway

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.

Plus, thanks to a huge selection of family-friendly food and drink spots, useful opening times, and easy access via public transport and car park spaces, Ealing Broadway takes the stress out of back to school shopping for parents too.

A schoolchild wearing M&S clothes.

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  1. Buying your school uniform

Ready for your ultimate checklist? Print this off and highlight what you need then head to Next and Marks & Spencer to browse their range of school-wear.

  • 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 Primark are both useful places for hairbands, underwear, socks and tights. 

A school boy in uniform holding a paint brush.

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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 Ealing Broadway 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 also book an appointment at a specific time and not have to worry about little ones getting impatient.

For trainers and sports accessories, choose from FootlockerDecathlon and JD Sports, which all have a great selection of popular brands including Adidas, Nike, Converse, Under Armour, Vans, Fila and Superga.

Cat detailed patent boots from Primark.

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

Waterstones have preschool picture books to help little ones prepare for the new term, plus guides to key stages alongside resources for parents.

WH Smith is also great for the essentials such as a dictionary, a thesaurus and foreign language dictionaries. 

Two teens wearing Smiggle back packs.

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  1. Get the best school bags in town

Argos has an excellent range of back to school backpacks. With great designs for teens including Hype, Nike, and Adidas school bags, as well as a selection for younger children with their favourite characters from Paw Patrol to Peppa Pig. 

Also for younger children, Smiggle is back to school heaven and they offer specifically designed school bundles with all you’ll need for a new year at school (a backpack, lunchbox, drink bottle and pencil case). Check out its huge array of multibuy offers of pens, earphones, art sets and wallets too.

Two school girls with Smiggle backpacks and accessories.

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

Working out what back to school stationery you need? Here’s our handy checklist to make sure you’ve got all bases covered.

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

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

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


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