Back to School Checklist 2021

With the new school term just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get all of your back-to-school shopping completed so you can enjoy the last week of summer in peace.

School shopping can be a stressful time, but at Aberafan Shopping Centre you will be able to find all of the back-to-school essentials in one place, thereby saving on unnecessary trips to the Centre and subsequently reducing your travelling time. Here’s a checklist to help you keep on track, and some idea of where you can find them in the Centre.   

Uniform Checklist
(Where the checklist has multiple options, it is down to the preference of your child, along with school policy, which will decide which one to choose.)

Shirts / blouses / polo shirts
Skirts / pinafores / dresses / trousers
Jumpers/ Cardigans / Blazers
Coat
Tie
Hat, scarf and gloves
Summer dress
School shoes
School socks and/or tights
Schoolbag / backpack

The following stores stock a great selection of school uniform staples in a range of styles and sizes to suit all, and with some amazing prices on offer too:

Pep and Co
JD Sports
Shoezone
Bagz
Home Bargains
B&M

TIP: Make sure to buy some spare pairs of most of these, in case of the predictable wear and tear. Also, check the school’s policy on certain clothing such as skirt styles and blazers.

Sports Kit Checklist

School plimsolls and/or trainers
Polo shirt / Sweatshirt
Shorts / Joggers
Swimming costume / trunks
Sports bag
Name Tags

For all of your sports-kit needs, these items can be found at the following stores within the centre:
Shoezone
Pep and Co
JD Sports
Bagz
Wilko

Tip: As with most school clothing, make sure to label your child’s sports clothes with name tags to ensure there are no changing room mix-ups!

Backpack Must-Haves Checklist

Lunchbox
Water Bottle
Notebooks
Pencil case
Calculator
Pens and pencils
Ruler
Rubber
Pencil sharpener
Glue stick
Scissors
Tissues
Facemask (if relevant)
Spare hairband
Spare dinner money or bus fare
Small umbrella
Suncream
Home address and any relevant contact numbers

Many stores in the centre stock ranges of stationery and other back-pack essentials to keep your child's pencil case and bag well stocked:

Wilkos
Poundland
B&M
Home Bargains
Boots
Superdrug

TIP:
Finding notepads, pens, cases and lunchboxes that have a similar theme (such as an all butterfly or a cartoon character) will ensure that your child’s items are easily distinguishable and matching, so they will be easier to find after group work.

Technical Equipment

Laptop and / or iPad / and or mobile phone
Headphones
Chargers
Portable power bank

You can find lots of technology handy for school at stores such as:

Argos
Wilkos
EE
Three UK

TIPS:
Not all schools allow personal technology, so check the school’s policy first!

Shop around for some of the best deals and most suitable devices for your child’s needs, if unsure, check with the school what they feel would be most suitable and age appropriate.

Good luck with your back-to-school shopping, we hope that our checklist helps you to find everything that you need at the Shopping Centre and you have an enjoyable time spent in Aberafan. 

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