Back to school shopping – School uniform essentials


Before Summer school holidays start we need to sort out back to school shopping including uniform and other essentials. For me personally a new chapter is about to begin as my son goes to secondary school from September. At this stage children want to be part of the back to school shopping as they want to choose their own backpacks and other items to look cool. Here are my key picks for Back to School. I hope you like them.  



School uniform essentials

My number one supermarket for day-to-day school uniform essentials has to be Marks and Spencer. The quality is far superior to all other supermarkets in the same price range. Here is Diego modelling all the items in the M&S back to school shopping range.


From school uniform essentials to PE kit staples, Marks and Spencer Back to School pieces include clever design ideas for durability and ease-of-dress.

All clothing in the M&S childrenswear range is covered by standard 35 days, online 40 days guarantee.

2 Pack Boys' Skinny Leg Trousers Stain and weatherproof with stay put hems £11-£17 3 Pack Boys' Slim Fit Easy to Iron Shirts Easy-to-Iron Finish and expandi-cuff technology up to age 8 £10.00 – £19.00

If you’re not happy with ANY M&S item across the childrenswear range, for any reason and with proof of purchase, you can return it up to 35 days after you bought it.

      The range has been inspired and led by customers who said they wanted to see a collection with the same quality and attention to detail as the children’s ranges – clothes that are fashionable, easy to wear and ready for whatever the day may bring. Innovations include stay put hems, stain and weatherproof finishes, StayNew technology as well as the ever popular expandi-cuff shirts.  


The crease-resistant finish is great to keep kids looking smart all day long! My personal favourite items in the boys' range are the Skinny Leg Trousers which make my boy really look like he's going to a wedding ceremony. Cute!

2 Pack Boys’ Skinny Fit Shirts Skinny fit style with additional stretch £12-£16

  For school uniform supply I also tend to use Tesco F&F particularly for their school shoes. They are made of quality leather and are very soft. The value for money factor is probably the highest on the high street for back to school uniform supplies. 

  Here is Diego modelling his Tesco F&F basic uniform. 

F&F School 2 Pack of Boys Easy Care Long Sleeve Shirts £5.50 plus F&F School Boys Pleat Front Reinforced Knee Plus Fit Trousers £4.00


School Backpack

My first choice of backpack for my 11 year old son for the new school year is the official Minecraft Diamond backpack. It's not because Diego loves Minecraft but also because this bag is seriously robust and I am considering it long term for carrying school essentials and books. At £24.99 it's excellent value considering all the features it has. 
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About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums