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Back to School 

Our essential back to school guide in Swindon
Where To
Yes, you've guessed it - just when it seems that the summer has only just started, it's already time to start thinking about getting back into the school routine!
Now we know that there's plenty of stress that surrounds going back to school - from the anxiety your kids might be feeling to the strain the season can put on your wallet (who knew school supplies could be so pricey!)

But thankfully SwindonWeb is here to guide you, with everything you need to prepare your kids for the start of the new school term.
Back to school essentials
School uniform
For blazers, jumpers, shirts, blouses, ties or trousers, there are plenty of top quality options.
Marks and Spencer
M&S cater for girls and boys from the age range of 2 to 16 years.
And with their clever ideas like non-iron material, it's going to save mum bags of time!
And don't forget there's a M&S situated in North Swindon at the Orbital Shopping Park.
Situated in the Brunel Shopping Centre, Trutex specialise in school uniforms and cater for all ages incl. a specialist junior range.
Stocking blouses, shirts, ties, footwear, sweaters, cardigans, jumpers, trousers, jackets, and coats.
The BHS store in The Parade has a whole section dedicated to schoolwear, with some items from as little as a pound.
BHS Swindon
Asda at the West Swindon Shopping Centre have a huge selection good value schoolwear and accessories.
Finish their back-to-school look off with a stylish pair of kids' shoes, tough enough to take a day in the playground.
Best stop here the Parade where you'll find Clarks and Debenhams, or Blaylocks in Old Town.
The Parade
Town centre shopping area featuring big brand names such as Debenhams, Clarks, Toni & Guy...
Shoe specialist in Swindon since 1920...
Swindon Designer Outlet
Stocking a variety of shoe shops including Clarks, Skechers and many more
Now this is one accessory you have to get right! Parents, it may just seem like a bag to you, but a backpack is a statement for most kids, so pick one that's going to be practical but trendy at the same time!
Swindon Designer Outlet
Designer brands at upto 60% OFF
PE Kit 
It's not everyone's favourite lesson in the world - but buy them some new football boots or a PE skirt and at least they'll want to show-off their latest gear.
Sports Direct have a variety of sports wear on offer.
From plimsolls, shorts and T-Shirts they have the latest kit to get your kids ready for all those sports activities.
JD Sports have put together their 'best of the best in class!' guide so you can buy the latest trends this season.
Stocking PE kit for both girls and boys.
From pens to paper, rulers to rubbers - send your kids back to school with a full pencil case.
Things arenít the way they used to be, a laptop is a necessary piece of equipment for college students, and itís becoming that way for those in secondary school and primary school as well.
Whether your child needs to type up their notes in class or research their history paper while on the go, purchasing a decent laptop will prove to be a sound investment in their education.
And if your budget will allow...
Purchase a Mac notebook, or an iPad from Western computers in the Brunel Centre.
Take a break...
And for all the hard work don't forget to treat yourselves mum's and dad's, put your feet up and enjoy a coffee.
Swindon Town centre
Old Town
Getting the kids into Swindon
A job within itself we think!
Car parking
With the big cuts in car parking charges that have been introduced in the town centre recently, it's the perfect time to spend an extra hour or two in town. If you can put up  with the kids for that long, that is!
- £1 to park for up to an hour; 70p in Old Town 
- £2 for up to 4 hours

at the Brunel North, Brunel West and Fleming Way car parks.
By Bus...
Thamesdown Family Fiver
If there's a few a trip on the bus can save a lot of time and money - especially the Thamesdown Transport Family Fiver £5.00 deal for two adults and up to three children.
That's one dayís unrestricted travel on all Thamesdown buses in the Swindon urban area.
Thamesdown Transport
Swindon's own bus company...
Finishing touches...
Gone are the days where you can stick a bowl on there head and cut round. Back to school hairstyles have to accomplish a lot; they need to be both stylish and low-maintenance, so your kids can make a good impression without wasting time while they are hurrying to get ready for school in the morning.
Town centre
Toni & Guy
Premium hair salon, located in The Parade
OMG Hair and Beauty Salon
Hair salon located on Faringdon Road
Jade Salon
Hair salon located in Commercial Road
Old Town
Town of the Town
Old Town hair salon
Hair salon in the High St
North Swindon
The Works
Hair salon located in Redhouse
Parenting Section
Parenting Section Help for mums and dads in Swindon...
Swindon Town Centre - website
The Brunel - website
The Parade - website
Swindon Designer Outlet - website