Back-to-School: A Parents’ Checklist

Whether you are sending them off to school for the first time or are tasked with getting begrudging teenagers off to class, September marks a stressful shift from the laid-back summer feel to the weekly routine that will see you through autumn and winter. Although September can often catch us unawares, the key to establishing an efficient, stress-free school routine is good preparation, ensuring each member of your family troupe is kitted out and ready for the weeks and months ahead.

Communication lines between teachers, pupils and parents are often hazy at best, often leading to forgotten necessities or new pieces of gym kit that might just have slipped the mind. To avoid any stressful last minute dashes to the shops, The Hut has put together a handy list of school essentials that you can grab from the comfort of your home, all available with free delivery to your door ready for the school year when you spend just £30. Back-to-school shopping has never been so easy.

Kickers Back to School Shoes


Especially in their earlier years, children’s feet grow at astonishingly fast rates and so a new pair of school shoes for the start of the school year is essential. The school playground is notorious for its ability to wear shoes down, and so investing in a high-quality pair of school shoes is a good idea for saving money in the long run. At The Hut, we only stock premium quality school shoes from leading brands including Dr. Martens, Kickers and UGG Australia, offering a comprehensive range of back-to-school footwear ranging from cute flats to sturdy boots and sporty sneakers.

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Bags & Backpacks

All those textbooks and folders require a sturdy carrying companion, and with almost 400 bags available at The Hut we are sure to have the perfect style for your child. Whether you are after sturdy nylon backpacks from Fjällräven or Herschel Supply Co or more luxury with a classic tote bag from Karl Lagerfeld or Aspinal of London, our range of backpacks and bags is sure to provide stylish convenience for the whole school year.

Shop The Hut’s full range of bags for boys and girls.

Lunch Box

Spilled sandwiches and exploded yoghurts in brand new school bags are not what you need on the first week of term, and so investing in a new lunch box is always a good idea. With novelty Gameboy-style and Star Wars-inspired lunch boxes for little boys and elegant styles for girls, The Hut has everything you need to spice up lunch on the go.

Studying Equipment

While younger children may require a simple pencil case or desk tidy to keep things organised during homework time, if your child is bracing their GCSE or A-Level exams it might be worthwhile investing in a powerful computer, laptop or tablet to access resources and software without any unnecessary hindrances. Over the past decade, Apple have excelled to become the world’s go-to computer brand, providing rapid, cutting-edge machines with user-friendly interfaces and aesthetically pleasing designs.

Gym Kit

Sorting out your sports kit might once have been a simple combination of black shorts and a white tee or polo shirt, but advances in technical sports clothing means today’s generation are able to tackle PE in complete comfort. The Hut’s sports department includes everything you need for class, from basic hoodies and sweats and sports footwear to moisture-wicking T-shirts and running tights and leggings for keen athletes.

Coats and Jackets

Sadly, the return of school is the one of the first markers of the arrival of autumn and winter. If there’s not much else to get excited about, this is at least the opportunity to update your coat collection and kit your kids out with the coolest styles from the AW16 season. A selection of over 150 coats and jackets each for boys and girls means that whatever the colour of your child’s school uniform, we have the premium quality and on-trend coat to keep them warm and dry on and off the playground.


Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

Writer and expert