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

uniform for primary school

by Samantha Ball |
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It’s that time again where you're stocking up on all those back to school essentials, and it's time to start ticking off your back to school uniform checklist.

Your children are quickly growing up and heading back for another year at school. Or maybe for their first year – you'll need to kit them out even if you're going through an appeal process for their preferred primary school. Either way, to make life easier when your kiddies are getting taller, we've pulled together this list of some of the best back-to-schooluniform to get for your kids at primary school.

Best back to school uniform for primary school children at a glance:

Kids Riptape Plimsolls: Buy here at Marks and Spencers.
Girls' Jersey Frilled Pinafore: Buy here at Marks and Spencers.
adam & eesa Kids School Uniform Trousers: Buy here at Amazon.

School uniform is one of the most important parts of school life, and every establishment has different requirements. It's important to check your school's requirements before you buy.

With all the items of clothing that comes with uniforms, it's important to write your childs name on everything, or save yourself some time with personalised labels.

Best back to school uniform for primary school children white polos

The Listers Schoolwear White Cotton School Plain Polo Shirt is ideal as part of uniform or for their PE kit. It has a button down collar and short sleeves.

One review said: "They seem great quality I have not had a chance to wash them to see if they do wash well"


  • Machine washable
  • Cotton
  • Option to purchase a twin pack


  • White does tend to stain easier

Best back to school uniform for primary school children plimsolls

Suitable for indoor shoes, the Kids Riptape Plimsolls have a Freshfeet design to prevent fodours. They're riptape so they're easy for little ones to take on and off, to swap for their outdoor shoes at school. They're a flexible cotton design with suporttive underfoot foam.

One review said: "My kid is a G width fitting at Clark’s, and these are the widest plimsolls I could find. They have a soft cushioned sole and are machine washable which is a bonus."


  • Machine washable
  • Riptape fastening


  • Not suitable for tumble dry

Best back to school uniform for primary school children pinafore

The sleeveless, cotton-rich pinafore is incredibly sweet and is available in a wide variety of sizes. The Girls' Jersey Frilled School Pinafore is perfect for primary school children.

One review said: "Lovely little pinafore my granddaughter loves it, as she did last year too. I would highly recommend"


  • Regular fit
  • Cute design


  • Needs washing on a delicate wash

Best back to school uniform for primary school children jumper

This Fruit of the Loom Kids Unisex Classic Sweatshirt is a slightly large fit that's comfortable to wear. It comes in a variety of colours too that adhere to plenty of school uniform colour policies.

One review said: "I really like these jumpers as my son doesn't like fleeces if they have a hood and was looking for new jumpers and these are lovely and he loves wearing them and wash well."


  • Regular fit
  • 10 colour choices


  • Some mention the sizing does come up a little bigger

Best back to school uniform for primary school children trousers

If you're not a fan of ironing, these adam & eesa Kids Boys School Uniform Trousers are perfect for your child, as they're wrinkle resistant and hold their shape. It even has an elasticated waistband to provide extra comfort.

One review said: "The best school trousers I've ever bought. Wasn't expecting them to last long as my son goes through supermarket trousers like water so I bought these as backups for emergencies, but he wears them daily. They don't wear thin or bobble or lose their centre crease in the wash or lose colour."


  • Adjustable elasticated waist
  • Wrinkle resistant


  • Some uniforms might require belts

Best back to school uniform for primary school children shoes

Best back to school uniform for primary school children Black Hampton Classics Emily School Shoes
Price: £58 (was £64)

The Black Hampton Classics Emily School Shoes are a lovely fit with a single strap that's easy to adjust and fasten, to ensure comfort. It also has soft heel pads for comfort and support.


  • Single strap fastening
  • Comfortable fit
  • Soft heel pad for support


  • No onsite reviews

Best back to school uniform for primary school children shorts

These Boys 2 Pack School Shorts have a Teflon coating to resist stains and spills. They're also crease resistant, with a hook and bar fastening.

One review said: "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.
Really good value."


  • Resists spills
  • Wrinkle resistant


  • Little ones might struggle with the hook fastening

Best back to school uniform for primary school children trainers

If your childs school allows trainers for school shoes, these Feather Jump Kid Black ones are perfect. With a range of sizes available, , they're machine washable and have padded collars to offer comfort and support around the ankle.

One review said: "These look so cool on my son for his first ever school shoes. He says they’re really comfortable and fit his feet perfectly."


  • Machine washable
  • Ankle support
  • Antimicrobial-infused


  • Some schools might not allow trainers

What uniform do I need?

Before buying school uniform, it's best to check what your schools requirements are. Some schools will allow black trainers as apart of their uniform policy, however others might only allow smart black shoes.

The main items you need as part of your child's back to school uniform are, the correct coloured polo shirts and jumper, easy to fasten trousers or shorts and shoes that your child can fasten themselves.

Samantha Ball is a Product & Lifestyle Writer for Mother&Baby and freelanced for the website for two years before joining the team full time. She's a mum of two and loves browsing for the best products and cute outfits.

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