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Back To School – Prep and Tech!



It’s that time of the year again! Time to get organised with the back to school prep… from Uniforms, P.E Kits, School bags and Stationery we’ve popped together some key items to get you started.

Next have a fantastic school uniform collection. They stock all the essentials and even have a simple uniform checklist!

V-Neck Cardigan (3-16yrs) £7-£12 (available in 7 colours), White 5 Pack Long Sleeve Formal Shirts (3-16yrs) £22-£30, Jersey Pencil Skirt (3-16yrs) £6-£11, Jersey Pinafore Dress (3-14yrs) £9-£14, Shower Resistant Faux Fur Trimmed Parka (3-16yrs) £42 – £48.

Fully Waterproof Anorak (3-16yrs) £34-£44, Grey 7 Pack School Socks (Older) £7-£8, Knitted V-Neck Jumper (3-18yrs) £8-£13, Pull-On Trousers (3-12yrs) £8-£12, White 2 Pack Velcro Fastening Poloshirts (3-12yrs) £6-£9.

P.e Kits!

P.e Kits can be kept simple with packs of White T-shirts, Black Cycling Shorts and Black Plimsolls!

Pack Of 2 Children’s White T-shirts £7.70, Set of 2 Childrens Black School Cycling Shorts £4.20, Unisex Black School Plimsolls £8.00 all from Debenhams.

School Shoes and Bags!

Deichmann has a large range of school shoes for juniors and teens too. We’ve picked some of our favourites and not forgetting a cool school bag for the new term too…


Junior Girl’s Black Patent Chunky Bar Shoes £19.99, Teen Girl’s Black Tassel Loafers £14.99, Adidas Classic Pink Bagpack £19.99, Blue and Pink Unicorn Bag Pack £12.99.


Junior Boy’s Twin Strap School Shoes £17.99, Teen Boy’s Black Chunky Lace Up Shoes £17.99, Nike Elemental Gre Backpack £19.99, Grey Slim Backpack £17.99.

Super Stationery!




Smiggle have lots of fantastically fun stationery! These hard top pencil cases and lunch bags come in lots of colours and patterns. A great idea to get the little ones excited for school!

Buds Double Decker Lunch box £18, Gold Double Decker Lunch Box With Strap £18, Gold Hard Top Pencil Case £12.50, Budz Character Hard Top Pencil Case £12.50. Bonbon Scented Highlighters Pack X4 £3.50  and Scented Mini Gel Pens X20 £10.00.


Eye Testing!


Whilst the new school term hasn’t started just yet it’s the perfect time to get yours and the little ones’ eyes tested. Book an appointment with Vision Express Carlisle

When it comes to education, having correct vision is key to a child’s learning and development. Beyond just reading, 80% of what we learn and experience in our lives is obtained through sight. This is as true for adults as it is for children. Undetected visual impairments is one of the leading causes of learning problems, but a simple eye test can reveal all. Having an eye test once every two years is all it takes to stay on top of you and your child’s vision!

New Beginnings!

Starting School for the first time? Or, about to begin Secondary School or even University?

September is full of new beginnings. These can be overwhelming but exciting times, so why not send a card or good luck gift? For someone who’s about to embark on a new challenge, it’s a nice little nod of encouragement.

We’ve picked our favourite cards from The Card Factory below…












VIP Collection 3D Leaving Card – Happiness & Good Luck £1.49, Platinum Collection Good Luck Card £1.79.


Our Tech Top Picks for the University or School Commute!

Our Tech Top Picks from HMV include, a 600mAh Power Bank by Skullcandy, Jays X-Five Black Bluetooth Headphones and Monster iSport Spirit Black Bluetooth Sports Earphones. Ideal for your school or university commute!