Your back to school shopping list 2020

September is coming and Meadowhall has everything you need for your back to school checklist. For special offers on new term wardrobes, safe socially distanced shopping, free parking, great places to eat and drink and child-friendly facilities, it’s the perfect way to get organised and get out during the holidays (or just leave the kids at home and do everything at your own pace…). Plus, Meadowhall is open from 10am-9pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 11am-5pm making things even easier to fit in with your family’s timetable…

From shoes that fit growing feet, uniforms, everything you need for school supplies (from pens to protractors), backpacks, bags, lunchboxes and school books*, print out this page for a handy checklist to tick off as you shop.

1. School shoes that actually fit

Trying on – and finding – shoes for the new term is never the easiest of jobs for parents but thankfully Meadowhall’s welcoming kids’ shoe shops have you covered with a range of clever offers and huge selections:

Book your spot at Clarks – and get a guaranteed fit until 2021! (Upper Arcade)

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.

Clarks school shoes

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.

Skechers’ trainers and more (Upper High Street)

In need of some hard-wearing trainers that your kids love? Head to Skechers for a brilliant range of girls and boys’ trainers that last, look good and give great comfort to growing feet.

Schuh Kids for the pickiest of tastes (Upper High Street) Schuh Kids have everything: classic black school shoes, Mary-Jane designs and premium leather school buys alongside trainers and plimsolls from Adidas and Vans. Featuring brands such as Kickers, Lelli Kelly, Nike and Dr. Martens school shoes – they totally have you covered. Phew.

Buy One, Get One Half Price at Deichmann (Lower High Street)

Deichmann have an incredible selection of school shoes from their exclusive Hush Puppies range, as well as Nike, Adidas, Fila and Skechers (plus adult sizes for slightly larger feet), all of which will be available via their Buy One, Get One Half Price offer (running from now until Sunday 23rd August 2020).

With prices starting from £14.99, it’s the perfect offer to make sure your kids get scuff-resistant, durable shoes that’ll last.

Footasylum’s teen-friendly buys (Lower High Street)

For easy buying back to school wardrobes, Footasylum’s huge selection of shoes, backpacks and coats is exactly what you need. With Nike gym sacks, Vans backpacks, coats from North Face, Kings Will Dream and Adidas alongside an incredible range of black trainers, shoes and loafers, it’s a one-stop shop of buys to make kids and teens content.

Kids at Clinks (Lower Park Lane)

With specialists in measuring and fitting shoes for kids’ feet, Kids at Clinks is a great place to get some expert advice and guidance on finding shoes. Pop in and let them take over the stressful bit. 

2. Back to school uniform

Ready for your ultimate checklist? From Next and Marks & Spencer for school uniform to H&M and TK Maxx for basics – here’s handy to guide to Meadowhall’s back to school buying.

Marks & Spencer are also currently offering 25% off uniforms with designs that are made to last with repellent finishes for added durability, crease-resistant fabrics – including non-iron shirts – and scuff-resistant shoes to save you time and stress.

All available at Next (The Gallery) and Marks & Spencer (The Arcade)

  • Blazers and jackets
  • Cardigans and jumpers
  • Gingham dresses
  • Pinafores and dresses
  • Polo shirts
  • Shirts and blouses
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Trousers
  • College and sixth form - H&M
  • PE kits and sportswear - H&M, Sportsdirect, TK Maxx, Primark
  • Underwear, socks and tights - H&M, Primark, TK Maxx
  • Hairbands and bobbles - Claire’s, H&M, Primark , TK Maxx.

 m&s image with a child playing

3. Books to get them inspired

Text books, maths and english guides, fiction, non-fiction, dictionaries and foreign language go-tos, head to Waterstones (Upper Arcade) for everything you need for the new term.

Also don’t miss TK Maxx (Upper Gallery)’s huge selection of books for kids – with anthologies and interactive pre-school books, you’ll be able to kit them out with an affordable library that leaves them excited for the new school term.

4. Where to buy all the school supplies

Get organised with our comprehensive lists of stationery and supplies for all age groups:

  • 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
  • Backpack
  • Lunch box
  • Drink bottle

Smiggle (Upper Arcade)

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. 

A boy and girl with green back to school products from Smiggle


Typo (Lower High Street)

Literally everything you need to get organised before school starts with affordable (and beautiful) recycled notebooks, highlighters, water bottles, bags and more. 

Paperchase (Upper Gallery)

With huge selections of pencil cases, notebooks, pens and more for even the pickiest of stationery loves, Paperchase is ready and open for the new season with fun collections including a special Back To School area with mid-year diaries. 



Rainbow and dog print back pack from Paperchase


Currys/PC World (Upper High Street)

For memory sticks, headphones and laptops for older children and students, Currys/PC World has a knowledgeable team who’ll point you in the right direction of everything you need. Click here to find out more about their special new term offers.  

Poundland (Lower High Street)

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 desk organisers, planets and art prints for students.

Disney Store (Lower Park Lane)

And for backpacks your kids will love (and therefore not lose within the next month), The Disney Store has a huge array of official merchandise from Star Wars to Frozen 2. It’s also a great spot to stock up on pens and notepads. 

5. Buy yourself a coffee and something nice…

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

*Availability dependent on stock. **Subject to size. T&Cs apply .

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