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The summer holidays have just started but if you’re wanting to dodge the last minute dash for back to school supplies, there’s no better time to take stock and start ticking items off your list!

At The Centre you’ll find everything you need to kick start the new school year in style, all under one roof - from practical school uniforms and hard-wearing shoes to stationery supplies, lunch boxes and art equipment. Here are a few of the best back to school buys, all available from retailers in The Centre. 

Why not stock up on essentials at Ryman to ensure they go back to school classroom-ready - from the latest stationery trends to calculators, backpacks, lunch bags and bottles.

Take advantage of Ryman’s Better than Half Price school checklist, which includes fantastic offers on everything from Berol handwriting pens, down from £4.49 to £1.49, (Image 1) to fineliners, HB pencils and maths sets. Add some colour to your diary or journal with a pack of eight pretty STABILO pastel highlighters, on offer at £4.79 instead of £9.99 -  great for marking down dates in the diary, timetables, revision work and study notes. (Image 2)

Let their creativity run wild with a gorgeous set of aquatint brush pens from Homesense, £12. Each aquatint pen is filled with water soluble dye-based ink so colour can be applied then blended out with water – perfect for budding artists or those keen to create Instagram-worthy BuJo pages by mastering the art of brush lettering. (Image 3)

Why not pop into Wilko where you’ll find a great range of back to school items including desk organisers, box files, ring binders, clipboards and more. Their stationery collections are always ultra-chic and great value for money – check out the Treasured collection which includes a desk calendar for £2.50, a stylish rose gold and grey pencil pouch for £3 and a floral project book for £3. We love their dusky pink happiness planner for £3.50 – the perfect way for students to set goals, take a moment to be mindful, track their mood and firm up their to-do list. (Image 4)

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Make sure they never sleep in with a traditional bell alarm clock from Wilko. Its timeless design and sleek copper finish will fit in perfectly with their room décor and for only £7 what’s not to love? (We can’t make them stop pressing snooze though!) (Image 5)

If you’re giving their desk space a revamp for the new school year, why not make their study area stylish and functional with the addition of a chic desk lamp in rose gold and turquoise, £22.99, from Homesense. (Image 6)

Primark’s new Toy Story-inspired collection had just launched and includes some gorgeous pieces that are sure to delight any Disney fan. From a Pizza Planet light for their desk that would add the fun factor to homework time for £6, to pens and notebooks covered in Little Green Men for £2 each. (Image 7) There’s also a set of funky Little Green Men snack pots for £4, great for squeezing some healthy fruit in to their break times. (Image 8)

From themed lunch boxes for younger students to stylish lunch bags, bento boxes and water bottles for older pupils – make sure you stock up ahead of the new term to make lunchtime a breeze. 

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Check out the range of options at Debenhams which includes ergonomic Black & Blum sandwich boxes and lunch boxes packed with clever design details like a recess in the lid for dipping sauces. If you’re looking for something a little more sparkly, pop into New Look where you’ll find a glitter star plastic water bottle for £7.99, (Image 9) or bag an on-trend leopard print metal water bottle for £12.99.

Whether you’re looking for a trendy school bag or a hat to keep them looking stylish but warm during the autumn term, you’ll find all their essential accessories at River Island. Keep your little one looking cool around the clock with a new watch; pick up an easy-to-read plain black snap on option for £5 which will make learning to tell the time fun - this also comes in neon green and orange, perfect for weekends! (Image 10)

If you’re looking for an investment piece that will see them through sixth year and off to college or university why not treat them to a stylish rucksack, £95, from Next? Produced with the finest waxed cotton and trimmed with 100% leather, this rucksack features an internal zip pocket, a separate padded laptop/tablet section and adjustable shoulder straps. (Image 11)

At M&S their school uniform is packed full of clever innovations from non-iron shirts and dresses to crease-resistant skirts and trousers meaning it wears well and lasts well, saving you time when you need it most!

If you’re hunting for the perfect pair of school shoes for busy mornings, check out the leather riptape school shoes from M&S, from £32. The easy to use riptape fastenings make dressing quick and simple and the quality leather upper means they’ll last through the school year. The shoes also feature Insolia Flex® technology which keep youngsters feeling comfy by redistributing the pressure from the balls of the feet and ankles. (Image 12)

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While you’re there, don’t forget to stock up on the essentials such as a three pack of cable knee high socks, from £5. They’re crafted from a soft cotton mix to keep feet snug and cosy even when the weather turns cooler and feature M&S antibacterial Freshfeet™ technology to fight off odours. (Image 13)

For stationery fanatics, a trip to Smiggle is sure to be the highlight of their week. Check out the gorgeous new designs landing in store soon including a pink Parisian theme, an on-trend neon animal print and roar-some dinosaur design. Keep an eye out for their envelope style pencil case and stretch out the summer vibes with the new tropical palm tree and butterfly print in turquoise and pink. (Image 14)

Smiggle also have an Early Bird Back To School offer running until 6th August. Save over 30% on the perfect bundle for back to school, featuring Smiggle’s newest Seek collection – this includes a reflective access backpack, double decker lunchbox, drink bottle, twin zip pencil case and Smiggle Goo Surprise for only £50. It’s available in 5 colours, from dreamy unicorns to camouflage football patterns. (Image 15)

Get prepared for the new school year with plenty of time to spare, with a little help from The Centre.

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Image 1:     Ryman, £1.49

Image 2:     Ryman, £4.79

Image 3:     Homesense, £12

Image 4:     Wilko, £3.50

Image 5:     Wilko, £7

Image 6:     Homesense, £22.99

Image 7:     Primark, from £2

Image 8:     Primark, £4

Image 9:     New Look, £7.99

Image 10:    River Island, £5

Image 11:    Next, £95

Image 12:    M&S, £32

Image 13:    M&S, £5

Image 14:    Available at Smiggle

Image 15:    Smiggle, £50

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