Get ready for back to school at Glasgow Fort

As the summer holidays draw to an end, ensure you have all of the back to school essentials for the kids returning to the classroom ahead of August 16.

From affordable uniforms, PE kits, and school shoes to school bags, lunch boxes, pens, stationery, and more, we’ve put together your ultimate back to school shopping checklist.

Plus, thanks to a huge selection of family-friendly food and drink spots, easy access via public transportcar park spaces, and an autism-friendly hour on Sundays, Glasgow Fort also takes the stress out of back to school shopping for parents too.

A school girl wearing uniform from M&S.

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  1. Buying your school uniform

Ready for your ultimate checklist? Print this off and tick off what you need then head to Asda Living to browse their range of school-wear.

  • School blazer and jackets (from £10)
  • Cardigans and jumpers (from £4)
  • Gingham dresses (from £4)
  • Pinafores and dresses (from £5)
  • Polo shirts (from £2.50)
  • Shirts and blouses (from £3)
  • Shorts (from £3)
  • Skirts (from £3)
  • PE kits and sportswear (from £2)
  • Trousers (from £6)
  • Underwear, socks and tights (from £3)

With uniforms available in a range of colours including blue, burgundy, green, yellow, red and lilac, you can get your kids kitted out for the new term in one simple shopping trip.

If you’re missing anything, Next and Marks & Spencer at Glasgow Fort also have a range of school uniforms ready to go.

Don’t forget, H&M and Claire’s are brilliant places for hairbands, PE kits, underwear, socks and tights and Trespass have a great range of coats.

A boy on a schoolbus wearing a Trespass coat and jacket.

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  1. Where to find school shoes that fit

Panicking about school shoes and trainers that actually fit? Wondering which shops are the best to buy shoes for the new term? The shops at Glasgow Fort have solutions for kids of all ages and all sizes.

Clarks school shoes are always popular as they know about caring for growing feet to provide unbeatable all-day comfort and their school shoes pass up to 60 tough tests, meaning they’re built to last.

Clarks also offer an in-store measure and fit service where their experts will be able to help you find the perfect shoe fit and style. Better yet, it’s also offering appointments where you can book a specific time and not have to worry about little ones getting impatient.

Separately, Deichmann  has an incredible selection of school shoes with their exclusive Hush Puppies range, as well as Nike, Adidas, Fila and Skechers (plus adult sizes for slightly larger feet).

Three pairs of school shoes from Deichmann.

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

For easy buying back to school wardrobes, Footasylum’s huge selection of school shoes is exactly what you need. With brands including Nike, Vans, North Face, Kings Will Dream and Adidas it has lots to offer alongside an incredible range of black trainers, shoes and loafers. Check out their school bags and coats too, while you’re there!

School children wearing Schuh shoes.

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schuh kids has 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 Doc Martens school shoes – they totally have you covered. 

  1. Books to get them inspired

From boosting their at-home learning in preparation for the new term or just inspiring them to discover books they’ll love reading, Waterstones and TK Maxx have brilliant shelves filled with novels, comics, and reference books for all ages. 

Waterstones has preschool picture books to help little ones prepare for the new term, plus guides to the Scottish Curriculum alongside resources (just ask the super-helpful team if you need any ideas or can’t find what you’re looking for). 

TK Maxx always has an excellent selection of crafting, puzzles, and anthologies for young readers (plus, it’s great for school pumps and trainers, PE kits and more…). And don’t forget the essentials: dictionary, thesaurus, and foreign language dictionaries. 

  1. Get the best school bags in town

Paperchase, Argos, and JD Sports, are must-visits for their range of back to school backpacks. With great designs for teens including Nike, North Face and Adidas school bags  as well as a selection for younger children with their favourite characters from Paw Patrol to Peppa Pig. 

Two school children surrounded by colourful Smiggle bags.

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For younger children, Smiggle is back to school heaven and they also offer specifically designed school bundles with all you’ll need for a new year at school (a backpack, lunchbox, drink bottle and pencil case). They also offer a huge array of multibuy offers of pens, earphones, art sets and wallets.

  1. Pens, pencil cases, notebooks – all the good stationery stuff

Working out what back to school stationery you need? Check out our handy checklist below:

  • 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

a variety of colourful stationery from Paperchase.

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Head to Paperchase for spiral-bound notebooks, highlighters, biros, Post-Its and pencil cases, and swing by Hobbycraft and Poundland for good crafting ideas (Poundland is particularly good for stocking up on pens, rubbers and pencils – all the things that tend to go walkabout by half-term). 


To find our full list of stores on offer at Glasgow Fort, visit our Eat Drink Shop page.

* Please note that all products mentioned are subject to availability.

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