Back to School: where to shop for stationery, uniforms and other academic essentials in Islington
By abi_silvester | Friday, August 20, 2010, 15:18
Many of us remember the end of the school holidays with a certain fondness: for some, it was excitement at seeing classmates again after weeks of separation, while others had simply got bored of being at home. But for me it was always the prospect of new shoes and a trip to the stationery shop that really got me into the 'back to school' spirit! Read on for a few tips on where to get your children new-term-ready in Islington.
You may be more than ready for September's back-to-school season, but are your kids?
If you're having trouble getting your kids into the idea of an exciting new year of learning and discovery, snazzy new pencils and folders are a surprisingly effective way to get them back on track.
For the ultimate stationery experience, I suggest you jump on the 29 bus and head down to Tottenham Court Road and visit the flagship branch of Paperchase, which is quite simply stationery heaven. Your children will leave the store with all manner of shiny new pens, rubbers and pencil cases to make their desk-mates green with envy!
For a more local errand, Holloway Art & Stationers is a good old-fashioned stationery shop and a handy local choice.
Many parents are now turning to the internet and mail order to buy children's uniforms, and it's worth looking on you school's website now to find out where you can buy. For a more local supplier, you might want to try Uniform Me which is based in N15 and carries many local schools' full range. Don't forget you can buy most school uniform basics at M&S; both the Angel and Nag's Head branches are well stocked with shirts, socks and skirts at the moment.
If your circumstances have changed in the long summer holiday and you think you might struggle to cover the cost of your child's uniform requirements this term, you may be eligible for Islington Council's school uniform grant. This one-off payment of £150 is currently in place to help people on a
low income with children moving from primary to secondary school in