Back to school shopping list

Print this list and get organised for September 2020

It’s been a long summer and with schools headed back in September, now’s the time to organise your back to school shopping. 

Whether you’re heading out for the day with the kids (or shopping in peace on your own), Ealing Broadway has everything you need for the ultimate back to school shopping trips.

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

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

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

  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. 

Get shoes for sports

Footlocker and JD Sports

For trainers and sports accessories, choose from Footlocker, Decathlon and JD Sports, which all have a massive selection from brands including Adidas, Nike, Converse, Under Armour, Vans, Fila and Superga. 

  1. Where to buy your back to school uniform

Ready for your ultimate checklist? 

  • Blazers 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 

Next back to school uniform for boys

Next back to school uniform for girls

Next and Marks & Spencer at Ealing Broadway have a range of uniforms ready to go. Next has everything covered when it comes to uniform: 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 and Primark are both useful places for hairbands, PE kits, underwear, socks and tights. 

  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 with 25% off essential titles (just ask the super-helpful team if you need any ideas or can’t find what you need).

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

  1. Get the best backpacks in town

With newly designed school bundles (backpack, lunchbox, drink bottle and pencil case starting from £74.50) and a huge array of multibuy offers of pens, earphones, art sets and wallets, Smiggle is back to school heaven. 

Argos is also an essential shop to pop by for backpacks and everything to go in them. They’re currently open for Click and Collect only so order online here and pick up in store. 

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

Working out what you need for the new term? Check out our handy stationery checklist below:

  • 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

Neon Sheep

For affordable and beautiful stationery that meets any teen or tween’s needs then Neon Sheep is a back to school must-visit. With notebooks, paper, pens, phone cases, water bottles and endless stationery such as highlighters and Post-it’s, it’s a one-stop shop for stationery addicts. 

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. 

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

*Availability dependent on stock. 

**Subject to size. T&Cs apply .

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