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Parent’s it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school and for you to finally get some well-earned rest! 

But there’s one last job for you to do before the teachers take over - get your children prepared for the year ahead. 

Frenchgate is here to help you get all the top bits and bobs in one place. And remember - back to school doesn’t always mean you have to break the bank.

For the girls: 

Before we take a look at the latest stationary sets, lunch boxes and trainers, your children are going to need something to carry it all around in. 

JD Sports do a wide range of gym bags, rucksacks and backpacks. Take their ADIDAS classic core backpack for £22.95, suitable for all your children’s needs. This fashionable backpack has a padded sleeve inside to keep your laptop safe, mesh pockets on the outside for your water bottles and is even big enough to carry their gym gear. 

When it comes to packing the kid’s school bags you need to make sure they have all their stationary essentials, and Smiggle has them all. Take a look at this friend's fluffy pencil case. For just £8.50 you can add a bit of sparkle to your stationery set with this cuddly, faux fur finish pencil case embroidered with some glamorous glitter. 

Why not fill it up with this scented bonbon highlighter set for the same price, bring the smell of the sweet shop to school without buying the sweets! 

Finally, we come to the most important part, and the part most kids hate the most - the uniform - but black and white doesn’t always have to be dull and boring. Deichmann offer an alternative to the basic brogue with their Graceland monk shoes. These shoes stand out from the crowd with their glossy finish and double buckle fastening, and to top it off for the parent’s they’re easy to clean with their patent black finish. What more could you want at £17.99. Not forgetting it’s buy one get one half price.  

With kids growing up (and out) of their clothes so quickly it’s important that their uniform is good value for money. 

New Look can offer a 2 pack of white short sleeved school shirts for just £8.99 and to go with them for the same price are these black leather-look trim school trousers for something a little bit more stylish but still sophisticated enough for school. 

For the boys: 

Let’s be fair, boys want to be fashionable as much as the girl’s do, even when it comes to going back to school. Smiggle offer a vast range of backpacks including from their squad collection which have endless features. Their £33.50 squad backpack has 4 zipped compartments, dual drink bottle sleeves and the beat feature of all, a lined media device pocket with headphone access. 

Then why not save some space in your bag with Smiggle’s 4 in 1 squad container for as little as £8.50. 

Keeping with the trend of getting more for your money, we love this unique stack them sharpener which contains two erasers and a sharpener for £4. 

Let’s not forget to buy something to stock all this stationary, WHSmith are offering up to half price deals on back to school essentials. Save 50% on this assorted colour A4 expanding organiser for £3.99, down from £7.99. Not only will you be saving money, you’ll be saving time, keeping important documents organised in a simple and practical way. 

WHSmith are also offering 3 for 2 on essential pens and pencils including these assorted ink ballpoint pens for £3.99 and for the same price these staeddtler assorted lead grade pencils. All you have to do is buy another product from their essential range to get it absolutely free! 

As mentioned earlier, Deichmann are offering a “buy one and get another half price” so if you need to you can get a pair for the girls and a pair for the boys. These £17.99 slip-on shoes are perfect for the boys who don’t always “have time” or who always “forget” to lace up their shoes in the morning. 

Head to Next for 5 white polo-shirts priced at just £15. Pair with their formal slim leg trousers (available in 3 colours) for 8-£13 and you simply can’t go wrong. Especially when Next’s school wear collection contains Teflon’s stain stopping fabric meaning it stays smarter for longer.  

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