Your back to school shopping list 2020

With schools finally returning on 13 August, Glasgow Fort’s shops are now open with everything you need. 

From affordable uniforms, PE kits, and school shoe offers (with pre-booked fitting times so you can avoid the queues) to backpacks, lunch boxes, pens, stationery, and more*, we’ve put together your ultimate back to school shopping checklist.

Your kids will be totally prepared (and excited) for the new term with a wardrobe that fits them perfectly. 

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

Find out more about planning your safe and welcoming visit here.


  1. The best back to school shoe offers

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 every stressed-out parent. 

Buy One, Get One Half Price at Deichmann
Deichmann has 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 23 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. 

Book your appointment at Clarks and jump the queues
This autumn, Clarks are celebrating kids’ return to school. 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’ go-to collection 
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. 

Footasylum’s teen-friendly buys
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 essentials

schuh kids for the pickiest of tastes
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 Dr. Martens school shoes – they totally have you covered. Phew. 


  1. Where to buy your back to school uniform

Ready for your ultimate checklist? Print this off and tick off what you need then head to Asda Living :

  • Blazers 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 £2.50)

  • Skirts (from £5)

  • PE kits and sportswear (from £2)

  • Trousers (from £5)

  • Underwear, socks and tights (from £3)

  • College and sixth form (from £3)

With uniforms available in blue, burgundy, green, yellow, red and purple plus longer lengths and special fits, you can get your kids kitted out for the new term in one simple shopping trip. It’s the dream… 

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

Mark and Spencer School Uniform


  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 for parents with 25% off essential titles (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 is great for shoes, PE kits and more…). And don’t forget the essentials: dictionary, thesaurus, and foreign language dictionaries. 


  1. Get the best backpacks in town

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


Smiggke Backpacks

Paperchase is also an essential shop to pop by for backpacks and everything to go in them. With great designs for teens by Fjällräven Kånken and understated geometric prints, Paperchase is also knocking it out of the park with dinosaurs, cats and unicorns for younger children. 


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

Working out what you need for the new term? Check out our handy stationery 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

Head to Paperchase for spiral-bound notebooks, highlighters, biros, Post-Its and pencil cases and also 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). 


  1. And finally… don’t forget

Hairbands, brushes, and extras? PE kit ready to head into school? Head to TK Maxx, H&M, and Claire’s for essential buys that’ll take the stress out of early school mornings – who knew we’d miss them so much? 

For more information about back to school shopping at Glasgow Fort for autumn 2020, click here.


*Availability dependent on stock. 

**Subject to size. T&Cs apply .

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