(Finally) Back to School!

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‘Ding-Ding!’

It’s been a long time coming, but finally, the new school term is back in session! We’re here to give you the 4-1-1 when it comes to what your kids may need when they return back to school. Whether it’s a smart new uniform, stationery or notebooks to keep organised, Baytree Shopping Centre is here to help you tick off everything on your must-have list!

Need to knock the ‘back to school jitters’ out of your system? Let’s face it, COVID-19 & lockdown has kept us caged in for months and heading towards (almost) complete normality can be a little daunting! But with our tips and tricks, you’ll be prepared and ready to ACE the new term.

A+ GRADE LOOKS

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With the last school day back in March for most, it’s probably time for a fresh set of everything – you’ll need new school trousers, pleated kilts and patent school shoes! Wondering where to start? Baytree is home to a bunch of retailers who’ll make picking up the essentials, simple! We recommend heading to:

CLARKS | SPORTS DIRECT | WILKO– These are the places you’ll find some of the uniform must-haves. Clarks is the perfect pit stop for school shoes and getting your kid measured if you haven’t in a while! Sports Direct is where you’ll find sporty bits for PE kits, new trainers and school accessories like water bottles, socks and more. At Wilko, you’ll be able to find lunch boxes, water bottles and tonnes of other fun things your kiddies will show off at school.

CLAIRE’S – Accessorising with their uniforms? Well, if the school allows, you can grab hair accessories from bobbles to headbands that’ll have your little girl feeling super pretty for the entire school day. Plus, a cute backpack or an umbrella seeing as the weather is a little temperamental!

TICKED OFF YOUR TO-DO!

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And it’s not just the kids getting ready. Returning teachers and parents have also been prepping hard, from school lesson plans to new work wardrobes.

We think teachers should be thinking of tapered trousers and slick shirts to show that ‘they mean business!’ And for all the wonderful parents that’ll be doing the morning rounds and drop-offs, we suggest cosy tracksuits or simple coordinates that you can throw together early in the morning!

Unless you’re heading to work straight after… If so, think skirt & blazer combos, tailored trousers that offer a little stretch for comfort and contemporary shirts that offer an oversized silhouette. (Yes, I know! We’ve made wanting a new wardrobe SO tempting)

SMASHING STATIONERY!

This year, Baytree has you covered! You’ll need the usual fab new pencil case, protractors, safety scissors and all-new colouring pencils! We think it’s best for you to pop to THE WORKS | WHSMITH | CLAIRE’S | WILKO | and more. They’re all havens in which you’ll find everything for little kids and teens alike. Study guides and stationery kits are plentiful, plus – pens, calculators and academic diaries.

*Oooh, don’t forget those colourful sticky tabs that’ll keep your kids organised. Red for homework to complete and green for homework completed perhaps?

APPRECIATION IS KEY!

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Feeling thankful for the school’s staff? Show a little appreciation for those who teach, create new learning programmes and have the patience of absolute saints! If you’d like to give a gift to a headteacher, teaching assistant, cleaner or janitor (whoever it may be), Baytree recommends:

THE WORKS | CARD FACTORY: Get creative and pick up arts & crafts from The Works! You can create teachers’ (or for the friends you may not have seen in March) welcome back cards, a painting or something to remind them of a memory when you were in their class.

THE FRAGRANCE SHOP – Perfect for a late thank you gift for teachers, cleaners and keyworkers that have worked so hard over the last few months. Pick them up something that smells sweet and fruity!!

We think that’s more than enough to keep you busy! Whether you’re off to get small feet sized-up, welcome back prezzies for your favourite teachers or finding the perfect cigarette trouser on your return back to work – we wish you luck for the new term!