Back to School Buys and a Give Away

Have you purchased your child’s school uniform yet? I used to buy the badged items from the school reception before they broke up, then I’d buy trousers, shirts, blouses and p.e kits during the holiday, leaving the shoes until last!

This year I’m feeling rather nervous and out of control as the school uniform is changing and we can’t buy the badged items or p.e. shirts and bags until September…eeek! Talk about cutting it short. A little more reassuring is that the kids have an extra two weeks off in September so I guess it’s still plenty of time.

Not only is the uniform changing but so is the school. The younger ones are moving into the Secondary School with Star and it’s going to become an all-through school.

I’ve been looking around for uniforms and to be honest it’s a bit of a nightmare, particularly online as everything seems to be sold out already. Also, when you are buying online you have to be careful that the clothes are good quality. So although I may ‘top up’ on uniform items during the year from supermarkets like Asda and Aldi, I do like to make sure they start the year in smart clothes that I know will last them until they grow.

Last September I bought shoes from Clarke’s and they last all school year. A bit of polish and they still look like new. The Little Man’s feet are the only ones that have grown much so he will need a size bigger. Although, they will all be getting new shoes in September.

I’ve been looking through the John Lewis range of School wear and I’ve been filling up my basket. They have an entire school shop and even provide badged items for certain schools all around the country. You can even download a school uniform checklist to print off and check the items as you get them.

Here is the John Lewis statement about their uniform.

Our school uniform is market-leading thanks to the ingenious designs, extra protection on the fabrics and clever finishing touches.
Each piece is designed to last, look great and make maintenance easy.

What I really like about the site is that you can find everything you need in one place, from clothing to lunch boxes, stationary to name labels, you can even buy lab coats and water bottles. The list goes on.

I’ve been having trouble finding black joggers for my kid’s p.e. kit. They have them at John Lewis in all three sizes and the prices start from £7 for the Little Man, £8 for Boo and only £10 for Star. I’ve had real trouble finding plain black joggers in Star’s size, and most have been over the £10 mark, even at Asda (and they didn’t have any in stock!)

Boo has decided she wants to wear a skirt rather than trousers and I love this classic pleated school skirt. It comes in black, blue and grey and fits from 3 years to 16 years. The prices are £10-£16. A little bit more than the supermarket but so nice and you just know they are going to look smart for a long time.
So what about stationary? You’ll find everything you need at John Lewis but I’ve been browsing these pencil cases, I wish I’d had a choice like this when I was at school! But, saying that, I’m glad I didn’t because I probably wouldn’t be able to choose. Here’s one that Boo likes.

Where do you buy your kid’s school uniform from? Would you consider John Lewis? Have you bought your uniform already? I’d love to know in the comments.

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  1. Tracy Nixon
    August 3, 2017 / 4:03 am

    I buy uniforms from departments stores and supermarkets, usually at the end of term.

  2. cheryl hadfield
    August 3, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    I buy uniforms from the local schoolwear shop and supermarkets

  3. Solange
    August 4, 2017 / 12:39 am

    I buy school uniforms from department stores and I tend to be a last minute buyer.

  4. Lynn Heath
    August 4, 2017 / 7:42 am

    I managed to pick up a few bits in the Aldi school uniform sale a few weeks ago, but I haven't even started for my oldest yet – last week in August job!

  5. Sarah Mackay
    August 5, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    I tend to be a last minute buyer

  6. stuart hargreaves
    August 6, 2017 / 6:12 am

    supermarkets they have a good range and are handy

  7. styles5433
    August 8, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    if I haven't got to buy from the school uniform shop I will buy from the supermarket

  8. Lisa Wilkinson
    August 8, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    It's my first year but I've bought all the uniform early from supermarkets and just got shoes to go

  9. Sally Collingwood
    August 9, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Always buy in August from the supermarket

  10. amy bondoc
    August 10, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    im a last minute buyer!

  11. Rebecca Sutton
    August 10, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    the speed m daughter grows I have to leave it till last minite

  12. Emma Salter
    August 10, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I try and get a lot of stuff second hand and buy one new coat and school shoes.

  13. Laura Jeffs
    August 12, 2017 / 8:15 am

    always buy at the last minute, I'm afraid

  14. Annabel Greaves
    August 12, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I buy branded items from the school website and school shoes as late as I can so they do not grow out of them

  15. Averil Lea
    August 15, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Last minute buyer

  16. Helen Winson
    August 17, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    I but from a mixture of supermarkets and department stores that i know are good quality and long lasting. I buy clothing in dribs and drabs, shoes are brought brought last in the week before they start back.

  17. Rich Tyler
    August 19, 2017 / 1:20 am

    We tend to buy last min!

  18. Ashley Phillips
    August 26, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    I always buy from supermarkets last minute as my daughter never seems to stop growing. Shes just about to start year 3 and shes in age 10-11 clothes

  19. Jodie A Green
    August 28, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    i usually buy the shirts trousers and shoes from the supermarket a few weeks before school starts as i made the mistake of buying early and they grew!!!

    August 28, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I buy them from supermarkets before the school terms finish.

  21. Kim Neville
    August 29, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    I tend to buy beginning of august from a mixture of shops, marks, Asda and school uniform shop

  22. Katy Malkin
    August 29, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I'm an annoying organised person, I like to buy as early as possible

    August 29, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    I've been buying bits here and there each week, have a mix of stores I have bought from including some supermarkets. i've got 1 daughter that wrecks everything major tomboy so shes got cheaper shoes than my other daughter that doesnt go through 10 pairs a year lol

  24. Diana
    August 30, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    I buy from a supermarket 🙂

  25. ellie spider
    August 30, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    I got H's from Lidl 🙂

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