Back to School: Affordable school essentials – our top picks

29th August 2022

As the summer draws to a close, you may find yourselves dreading the annual uniform and schoolwear shop. With growing children and prices rising, the costs associated quickly grow.

At Wensleydale School, we don’t believe parents should pay over the odds when buying school basics.

With the cost of living crisis continuing to squeeze our wallets, we want to make sure you’re able to get the best value for money schoolwear for your children.

Despite inflation, there are plenty of affordable uniform options this year, along with other essentials such as stationery, lunchboxes, bags, and sports equipment.

In order to help you save money and time, we’ve compiled some of the best bargains out there so you can kit out your children without breaking the bank.

  1. Poundland

This year, Poundland have an impressive stationery range (starting from £1), which includes ballpoint pens, highlighters, permanent markers, colouring pencils, mechanical pencils, gel pens, notebook and pen sets, and Harry Potter stationery sets.

They also sell bags, drinks bottles, pencil cases, calculators, planners and desk accessories.

For a detailed look at what items Poundland are selling this year, check out this YouTube video:

  1. Matalan

Matalan are selling school uniform items (from ages 3-16) from £4 online and in stores this year. If you are buying online, delivery starts from £3.95 or you can click and collect from a store for no cost.

Visit Matalan’s School Uniform Shop:

  1. Tesco

You can buy school uniforms (from ages 3-16) from £2.50 at Tesco this year. Uniforms are only sold in stores, so make sure you visit quickly to be able to get what you need.

Their entire back to school 2022 uniform range is made with 50 per cent or more recycled materials, which is always a bonus.

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