Shopping Checklist for Secondary School
August 05, 2021

One minute they’re toddling around in nappies, the next they’re starting secondary school. And it’s right around the corner! So the time is now to get shopping for supplies so that they’re ready for their first day. But where do you start? To make sure you don’t miss anything we’ve created a back to school checklist, so you can simply tick off all the items they need without forgetting a thing.

Back to school stationery and essentials

Whether it’s maths, English, French or art, classes require a fair amount of stationery and other essentials. 

  • Pens and pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pencil case
  • Rubber
  • Notebook
  • Highlighters
  • Ring binder or folder
  • Hole punch
  • Scientific calculator
  • Compass
  • 30cm ruler
  • Protractor
  • Set square
  • English dictionary and thesaurus
  • Dictionary for each foreign language studied
  • Backpack


Art supplies

  • Coloured pencils
  • Watercolour and acrylic paints
  • Pastels
  • Chalk
  • Paintbrushes
  • 2B/4B pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Back to school clothing

Each school has slightly different clothing requirements but here’s a general school uniform checklist of all the items they might need.

  • Blazer
  • Trousers/skirts
  • Shirts
  • Tie
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • PE kit (trainers, shorts, polo shirts, trousers, jacket, swimwear)
  • Coat
  • Summer hat

Homework equipment

Kids get an awful lot of homework, so it’s a good idea to get all the equipment they might need to help them get it done, and to help them sit comfortably while they study. 

Post-homework fun and socialising

These days, gaming is a way for kids to wind down after all their homework and have fun with friends. If they love to spend some time on their games (and give you a break!), or listen to music while they study or play, here are some ideas.