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Back To School

The summer holidays have gone by in a flash but there’s still time to stock up on all your back to school essentials.

At The Centre you’ll find everything you need to ensure your little ones kick start the new school year in style - from hard-wearing school shoes and easy iron uniform to funky lunch boxes and water bottles. Here’s our guide to the hottest new term must-haves available from retailers in The Centre.

Save precious time at the start of the school year by investing in a useful permanent marker, £6, from M&S. This laundry pen makes identifying any child’s uniform a breeze and is accompanied by a set of 50 iron-on name tapes which bond to almost any fabric and can withstand washing up to 60º. (Image 1)

If you’re searching for school backpacks with style, look no further than River Island which has an eclectic mix of on-trend offerings. Their monogrammed quilted backpack comes in neutral black but stands out from the crowd with gold tone hardware and chic pom-pom detailing for £22. (Image 2)

For lunch bags and lunch boxes with a fashionable twist, pop into Next where you’ll find a range of cool designs. Our favourite is the Navy Munch Bag for £17 - splashed with an eye catching print it also comes with its own lunch box and has a wipe-clean insulated lining that will make cleaning every spillage that little bit easier! (Image 3)

Encourage your child to stay hydrated in style with a funky reusable water bottle from Debenhams, £13. Not only will you be eco-friendly cutting down on plastic bottles, but hydration is a key factor in improving concentration and mental performance in class. (Image 4)

Give tweens and teens a little motivation with the inspiring ‘Think Big’ notebook from Debenhams. Whether they’re planning their revision timetable, taking notes or putting lists together the bright red cover is sure to give any dull day a lift! £7.99 (Image 5)

For stationery supplies that are guaranteed to please, with bold colours and quirky graphics, Smiggle is the place to be! Get the stamp of approval with one of their fun pencil cases from the Hits Post range - there’s plenty of storage space as the cases include one large compartment as well as an envelope compartment. Opt for the ultimate in girly style with the unicorn detailed pencil case, £12.50. (Image 6)

If you’re on the hunt for a pencil case for younger scholars check out the limited edition Smiggle Besties collection. There are 6 super-cute Smiggle characters to collect - from dogs and rabbits to seals and unicorns! These cuddly, colourful, fluffy textured pencil cases come with gorgeous plush tails, a birth certificate and bio so that little ones can get to know their new friend! Our favourite is the colourful dolphin case, complete with sparkling tail and fins for £13.50. (Image 7) While you’re in Smiggle, don’t forget to stock up on their awesome fun and fruity scented highlighters - perfect for brightening any page, £4.50. (Image 8)

Embrace the exotic with Wilko’s Hypernatural stationery collection – with lush botanical print project books for £4, stylish desk organisers for £3.50 and sticky notes for £1.50, their desk will be looking good in time for the new school year. Wilko’s three pack of exercise books for £1.50 (Image 9) is the perfect place to jot down notes in class and their set of five tasselled paperclips for £1 is a cute buy that’s sure to add a little style and fun factor to piles of paperwork. (Image 10)

Don’t forget to pop into stores like Claire’s for some fun back to school treats including unicorn backpacks, cute keychains, sequinned notepads and colour coordinated hair accessories. Who could resist adding a little magic to their pencil case with an on-trend mermaid pen for £5.50?!(Image 11)

Poundland always has a fantastic range of must-have stationery supplies at amazing value prices. Make sure they never run out of pens at school again with a four pack of super comfortable Bic Grip Blister Pens in Blue for just £1. (Image 12) They also have stylish ring binders in stock in a range of colours with study books in matching tones of aqua, pink, navy and black - for £1, what’s not to love?!

Ryman has everything you need to get organised with time to spare - from stationery, calculators and backpacks to lunch bags and bottles. Why not pick up the Helix Ultimate School Set which includes a compass, protractor, eraser, sharpener, mechanical pencil, set squares and much more – all for £9.99! (Image 13)

There’s no better way to start a new term than with a brand new pencil case. They’re an essential item for an organised school bag or desk – but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Spice up your stationery tool box and choose from a range of styles, designs and colours available at WHSmith where you’re sure to find one that’s stylish and practical but brimming with personality.

From featured brands such as Coke, Animal and Laura Ashley, to clear pencil cases – ideal for exams – WHSmith have got it all. Choose your favourite finish – from canvas to plastic and PVC, hard top styles and glitter finishes. We love the Games Controller Black Neoprene Pencil Case, £5.99, a must-have for any young gamer. (Image 14)

Take time to encourage their artistic side by stocking up on arts supplies - at The Centre you’ll find sketch pads, canvases, oil paints and more - all guaranteed to channel their creativity. Dive into colour with a pocket-friendly purchase from WHSmith where you’ll find a set of artist quality colouring pencils for £3.99. They give a depth of colour, are easily blendable and can be layered to give different tonal effects to help your budding artist fulfil their potential. (Image 15)

Whatever stage of study is on the horizon, make sure that students are well prepared with a little help from The Centre.

Image 1:      Laundry Pen, M&S, £6

Image 2:      Backpack, River Island, £22

Image 3:      Lunch Bag, Next, £17

Image 4:      Water Bottle, Debenhams, £13

Image 5:      Notebook, Debenhams, £7.99

Image 6:      Pencil Case, Smiggle, £12.50

Image 7:      Dolphin Pencil Case, Smiggle, £13.50

Image 8:      Highlighters, Smiggle, £4.50

Image 9:      Exercise Books, Wilko, £1.50

Image 10:     Paperclips, Wilko, £1

Image 11:     Pen, Claire’s, £5.50

Image 12:     Bic Pens, Poundland, £1

Image 13:     Helix Ultimate School Set, Ryman, £9.99

Image 14:     Games Controller Pencil Case, WHSmith, £5.99

Image 15:     Colouring Pencils, WHSmith, £3.99

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