Back to school checklist

Everything you need for going back to school!

Now we know it might feel like the summer holidays just started, but don’t be sad, a new school year brings lots of other new and exciting things, new friendships, a new timetable, new subjects and of course, brand new school essentials from The Works.

So as we knew you’d be far too busy making the most of your summer holidays to be writing things like checklists, we thought we’d put one together for you so you can make sure you’ve got everything you need for  going back to school. 



Of course, how could we even think about creating a checklist without a new uniform, maybe you’re moving into secondary school and need a brand new uniform or maybe you just need to replace some of your tired jumpers and blazers? Whichever it is, make sure you have everything ready for your first day back. We wouldn’t want you to wake up on the Monday morning and remember your school shoes had a huge hole in them.

PE Kit

Now we know this can be a touchy subject, some people love PE and some people loathe it, either way, we’ve all got to do it. So make sure you’ve got your new PE kit ready or that you’ve at least got off any grass stains left from last year’s rounder’s practice.

Academic Diary

New Year, new diary! Grab yourself one of our amazing academic diaries and get organised.


It goes without saying that you’ll be needing pens, but it wouldn’t be a back to school checklist if we didn’t include them. Whether you need black, blue, green or red we’ve got plenty of sets to suit everyone’s needs.

Gel pens

Now we all know that no new school stationery set is complete without some gel pens!


This is a must if you’re going to be doing any exams this year!


Another obvious one is pencils, but just because they’re an essential doesn’t mean they have to be boring, check out this sassy set with some quotes that will get you through those first-day blues.


If you’re going to have pencils you’re going to need rubbers, we know most pencils have rubbers on them but we also know those tend to run out before the pencil does. So save yourself the hassle later on and grab yourself a new set of fun rubbers.


Another essential to go along with your new set of pencils is or course, a sharpener. Pick one up on its own or find a set that already has one in.


Another obvious one, but there are so many different kids to choose from, you could get a long flexible one or a mini one to easily fit in your pencil case.

Water bottle

As we’ve all learned over this summer staying hydrated is top priority, but so is recycling, so why not ditch the plastic bottle and opt for one of these fabulous reusable water bottles instead. 

Maths set

Not sure what you’ll be needing for maths his year? Just grab one of our mini maths sets with all the essentials like protractors and compasses.

Scientific calculator

Maybe you’ve had a bit more information on what you’ll be needed in maths this year, if you do need a scientific calculator this year then you’ll be glad to know that we have them for just £2.


Now we all make mistakes, especially on the first day back, but luckily you don’t have to worry about ruining that all-important first page of your workbook. Our great value Tipp-ex will cover any mistakes you make.


Keep all your new and important papers together in one place, an essential if you’re starting university this September.

Pencil case

Well, you can have new stationery without a brand new pencil case, we’ve got so many to choose from your bound to find something that fits your style!

School bag

And of course, brand new school bad to fit all your important bits in

Thanks for reading if you think we’ve missed and off make sure to comment and we’ll add them in!

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