The best back-to-school uniform for primary school children

School uniform

by Sophie Knight |

It’s that time again. Your children are quickly growing up (sobs) and heading back for another year at school. Or maybe for their first year! To make life easier when your kiddies are getting taller, we've pulled together this list of some of the best back-to-school uniform to get for your kids at primary school.

Related: Girls’ school shoes for all-day comfort / Boys’ school shoes for first-day confidence

School uniform is one of the most important parts of school life, and every establishment has different requirements. At some schools, you'll be able to buy your little one's smart black trainers, whereas others won't let them through the door. So, before you buy, make sure you take the time to get to know your child's school uniform guidelines.

It might sound like common sense, but you're going to end up spending so much money on essentials like polo tops. Think warm sweatshirts, comfortable trousers, cute pinafore dresses and smart black shoes! Don't forget to grab them a great rucksack, too. Mother & Baby has got you covered with the best back-to-school gear this year.

The best back-to-school uniform for primary school children - 2022

Watch your little sunflower grow in this sweatshirt. The sizes do come up slightly bigger for the age range, but this is good to give them room to sprout up. A baggy fit is better than buying new jumpers every couple of months. With colours available from classic navy to yellow and green jumpers, you'll find the right one for your kid's school.

Sizes: Ranges from 3-4 to 14-15 Years

Review: "I needed nursery jumpers in this light, sky blue colour, which are hard to find. These are cheap & wash well, keeping their size & shape. They're lightweight too. My son is aged just 4, but measures as a 5-year-old. So, I got age 5 - 6, which were perfect."

Kids don’t have to be taking part in arts and crafts to cover themselves in everything. Whether it's their lunch, dirt from the playground or stains from their handwriting pen, you name it - it'll be down them. This durable shirt will still look fantastic after regular washing and shouldn’t crease too much. Well, if you get it straight out of the washing machine anyway.

Sizes: 3-11 Years

Review: "My son is 10 and normal build for a 10-year-old. On reading reviews as there was a mixture of negative & positive I decided to go for age 12 and they fit him perfectly. The quality of polo shirts is great; they're not thin, they are nice material and come out great after being washed. I would highly recommend these."

Want smart trousers that’ll withstand outdoor play all year round? Pick this pleated pair for your boy to rock at school. The waist adjuster gives him plenty of room. As a result, he will be comfortable all day,

Sizes: 2-3 to 11-12

Review: "Very good pair of trousers, which young kids can easily pull up when first starting school. Excellent product and will be ordering from here again."

These pinafores both look good and are affordable, ranging from ages 3-4 to 7-8. They're on-the-knee length and have a permanent pleat for easy ironing. Perfect for warm autumn and summer days, this pack of pinafores should be a staple for any girls’ school wardrobe. So - we think M&Co fits the bill on our best back-to-school uniform list.

Sizes: 3-4 to 7-8 Years

Review: "Just fits as it should so no issues (with the size etc). Happy with it and will buy more."

By Lilley, these girls' brogue shoes showcase a black patent upper along with fine stitching and classic brogue details. Plus, they provide a buckle fastening to ensure both a secure and comfortable fit for all. Their thick grip sole helps to offer added support and comfort beneath your feet. To sum up, these are the perfect shoes for the back-to-school season!

Size: S10 - L6

Review: "Lovely shoe granddaughter loves it. Comfortable and value for money."

Available in grey, navy or black, these high-waisted pleated skirts are ideal for school use. Made from polyester, they have a zip fastening at the side and are a comfortable fit.

Sizes: 3-4 to 12-13 Years

Next, are these gingham summer dresses. They bring back some memories, don't they? Whatever colour scheme your child's school has, there will be one to suit. Even so, the sizes range from age three upwards, and you'll even receive a sweet matching bobble.

Sizes: 3 Years +

Review: "I usually struggle to find a uniform for my daughter as she is taller than kids her age. Most uniforms I find in stores are disproportionate, so we were happy when these dresses arrived and fitted well. Highly recommended."

While the weather is still warm, your little one will need to stay cool in the classroom, and we think the best way to do this is with these shorts. Available for ages three to 13 years, this two-pack is a fantastic value.

Sizes: 4-5 to 11-12 Years

Review: "Ordered school shorts for my son. They arrived really quickly and I am pleased with the quality versus the price. The shorts are a great length as well, and not as short as some other options on the market."

When it comes to finding out the best back-to-school uniform, you can't go wrong with a ShoeZone find. For less than a cup of coffee, you can take these home plimsolls for your child's PE class - they're an absolute bargain.

Size: S7 - L5

Review: "Shoezone always keeps the school in plenty of stock of gym shoes. They seem good quality with no complaints from the children. Delivery always arrives with a cheerful driver."

Does your little one have to wear a shirt to school? Pick up this pack of white shirts in white. However, remember to always follow school uniform guidelines. It's good to know that these are available in a large range of sizes.

Sizes: 3-4 to 17-18 Years

Review: "I first purchased the Unisex Easy Dressing School Polo Shirt to help my 4-year-old learn to dress himself in anticipation of starting school. My son found it easy to dress himself with these Polo Shirts but still as difficulty with any shirts or trousers with buttons. My son also has very sensitive skin and we usually have difficulty finding clothes that are suitable for him, however, these Polo Shirts are soft and don't irritate his skin."

Next, these beautifully designed shoes with debossed heart detailing and diamontes. These are a winner with youngsters. Why? They will support your child’s heels and ankles as they continue to grow. Plus, they are tough and durable on the outside but super comfy on the inside.

Sizes: 5 - 11

Kickers have revamped their staple design with the Kick Mid Scuff. So, if you find yourself worrying about your little ones getting through their school shoes too quickly, don't. To clarify, wear and tear have met their match with these shoes as they're scuff resistant and designed to handle scrapes. Incredible stuff!

Sizes: 5 - 12

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