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Back to School

Amongst all the chaos of organising your children, and yourselves, for the new term, we thought it would be helpful to offer some work sheets to get the kids' brains back into the classroom, a quick checklist to make sure you don’t forget any school items and some reading recommendations that could make the transition into the new term a little smoother.


We’ve also been out helping some local communities by to their local school clothing banks. Check out who we’ve been helping below.

Donating to local school clothing banks and schools

It’s important that every child, regardless of age, looks smart for going back to school. Unfortunately some families go through financial hardship that doesn’t allow them to buy some, or in some cases all, of the uniform they need. As the numbers of families needing help have been increasing we wanted to help. Below are a few of the banks we managed to help by donating school clothes.

South Ayrshire School Clothing Bank


South Ayrshire School Clothing Bank is a small local charity that was founded by one mum, Nicola Cramond, in 2015. The charity is run with the help of volunteers, Nicola's husband and her two daughters. Their aim is to promote pride, dignity and self-esteem in children from families experiencing financial hardship; by providing new school uniforms and other essentials for the school day.

Renfrewshire Helping Those in Need


Renfrewshire Helping Those in Need aims to ensure that no family goes through the worry of not having the basic necessities to send their children to school by giving families who are struggling uniforms, PE kits, school bags, shoes and stationery. They rely on donations and volunteers to ensure that this happens.

Our Lady's Catholic College


Our Lady's Catholic College in Lancaster has a school community that is diverse with pupils of different faiths, nationalities and abilities. The children are not just encouraged to achieve in their own learning but to reach out to those less fortunate than themselves. This extended in receiving the donation of uniforms and school bags from ourselves that will help many of their pupils.

There are lots of great local charities you can donate to, to help support local families. You can check social media pages in your area, local food banks and even your council to find one near you.


Get Ready

Getting the kids ready to go back to school is no easy task. From getting their uniform ready to getting their minds ready to learn, we’ve got you covered. Below are some handy downloads to help kick start the new school term.

Get the uniform ready

Our handy checklist will keep you right when it comes to school uniforms for the new term. 

Get the mind ready 

You might be ready for the kids to be back at school, but are they ready? Some simple maths might help get their brains back in the classroom... and out of the park! Below are some handy maths sheets for the younger ones. 

Maths worksheet 1

Maths worksheet 2

Maths worksheet 3

Get lost in some reading 


With the new school year just around the corner, Scottish Book Trust have compiled a selection of fun books to celebrate families, communities, friendships and finding your feet in the world, as well as all the great things about school!

Picture Books (4-7):

Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner

Luna Loves Library Day by Joseph Coelho

Middle Grade (7-11):

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart

Danger Really Is Everywhere: School of Danger by Chris Judge

Teen (11 +):

Giant Days by Non Pratt

Nobody Real by Steven Camden

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