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Back to School

Back to School

The summer holidays may have only just begun but it’s never too early to start getting prepared.

We all know how expensive school uniforms can be so I have been shopping around to find the perfect uniforms for a great price, so you don’t have to.

As there are so many different schools with assorted colour schemes, the items shown below are available in a variety of colours.

For my top picks, first up is Dunnes Stores.

I love this check summer dress and the attention to detail on the collar and zip is beautiful.

1. Summer Dress – £6.50

2. 3 pairs Ruffle Socks – £4.00

3. Patent Shoes – £10.00

1. Pleated Skirt – £3.50

2. Cotton Cardigan – £4.00

3. 2 pack Long Sleeve Blouse – £3.50

1. Slim Leg Trouser – £6.50

2. 2 pack Short Sleeve Shirts – £3.00

3. Cotton Rich Jumper – £5.00

4. 5 pack Comfort Socks – £5.00

5. Sporty Shoe £12.00

Next up are these great buys from Asda.

I love how the heart theme seems to be a popular trend this year.

1. Pinafore – £5.00

2. Blouse – £3.00

3. 3 pairs Super Soft Tights – £5.00

4. Scuff Resistant Shoes – £13.00

How gorgeous are these shoes? The butterfly design carries onto the sole, in a stunning shade of pink.

1. Skinny Leg Trousers – £6.00

2. 2 pack Polo Shirts – £3.00

3. Anti-Bobble Jumper – £3.00

4. Scuff Resistant Shoes – £14.00

This year the Forge Shopping Centre have teamed up with ‘With Kids’ to try make sure that every child’s Back to School is unforgettable.

As you may know, the Forge has done something similar the last few Christmases and I am delighted that they have chosen to try it at another valuable time in every child life.

This should be an exciting time for all children, and they should all be walking through the school doors feeling fabulous.

So, if you can spare a little, please check out their School Drive Board which is located at the Customer Service Desk. There are loads of stars which contain various priced items, simply pick one then hand the items in to the desk by the 4th August.

Each star contains 3 items but even if you can only afford one item from the tag you will still be helping a child.

If you would like to find out some more information on the charity or ways in which you can help just click the link below.

Charity number SC022467

All items shown are available at the Forge Shopping Centre while stocks last.


We are having our second Back to School Drive this year at the Centre. Please help support our nominated charity ‘With Kids’ by simply picking a star from our School Drive Board located beside the Customer Service Desk to help make every child’s back to school unforgettable.

Yes, it’s almost that time of year again, and regardless of exactly what type of uniform your kid’s school requires, naturally, young fashionistas will want to be in style for playtime after enduring lengthy home-schooling sessions and lockdowns during the last academic year. Back-to-school season is in full swing here @forgeshopping! While a few weeks of summer still lie ahead, school bells will be ringing again before you know it, so now is the time to buy #schoolsupplies – whether that’s clothes, stationary or accessories, here at the Forge Shopping Centre our retailers are full of top-rated pieces, high-quality basics and affordable yet trendy styles. (There are literally hundreds of appropriate back-to-school clothes and cool bags and footwear that any high school or primary student would love!) Here’s a #backtoschooledit from @josiesmithmedia we hope will receive top marks!


RIVER ISLAND Puffer coat @ £32.00

This is a durable, cosy jacket that’s perfect for the approaching colder months. It features long sleeves, an all important hood, side pockets and a front zip fastening. It’s RI branded and 100% Polyester. (Machine wash at max 40°C gentle. Do not bleach/tumble dry/dry clean. Product no: 485391)

ASDA Girls Red Ruffle Front V-Neck School Cardigan @ £6.00

This super-cute ruffe front cardigan is available in a wide range of sizes. Cut with a classic V-neck and a button-through front fastening it’s perfect for adding an extra layer to a uniform on chilly days, and the lasting colour helps the red stay fresh and bright, wash after wash. (Fabric composition: 90% cotton, 10% nylon. Do not dry clean/Iron according to instructions on care label/Can be tumble dried/Can be machine washed.


PRIMARK Black Minnie Mouse Spot Patent Lace Up Boots @ £16.00

Early alarms set? Packed lunch prep? Tying up their shoelaces whilst they try to remember where they left their school bag? It can only mean one thing. Term time is starting! Luckily Primark’s Back To School range has dropped with plenty of time to shop before you drop the kids off at the school gate. From shoes and coats to stationery and school bags, head into store to arm your little ones with everything they need to smash this school term – like these adorable #MinnieMouse boots!

JD Sports The North Face Rodey Backpack @ £60.00

If you’ve got a mountain of paperwork and books to carry around at school, opt for this North Face Rodey Backpack. This versatile Rodey backpack from The North Face is the only bag you’ll need on your next urban or school adventure. Built to keep gadgets safe, the backpack is equipped with an internal laptop sleeve, while a spacious main compartment offers room for valuables on the go. Made from durable poly fabric in a black colourway, it’s finished with side mesh pockets, adjustable backpack straps and signature The North Face branding embroidered to the front. (H: 50 x W: 28 x D: 17cm) Care & Material 100% Polyester Colour: Black Product Code: 1199968/076100 You can even have it personalised! (Your name will be applied via stitch to the front, right strap unless this coincides with another brand mark or text. Character limit is 12 characters. Your name will appear with a capitalised first letter and the remainder in lowercase script.)

QUIZ Black Padded Gilet @ £34.99

This sleeveless puffer gilet is a perfect transitional piece as the weather starts to cool down again. It features a collar neckline and button detail. (Length: 65cm approx. Product Care: 100% Polyester, cool hand wash with mild detergent.)

PRIMARK Baby Pink Lace Up Chelsea Boot with Black Sole @ £14.00

Primark understand back to school footwear needs to be quick and easy to put on, amid the manic morning rush and most importantly – it’s got to be comfortable and durable!  Whether it’s a pair of trainers for sports class with quick and easy Velcro straps, or a pair of sturdy boots for splashing in puddles on the rainy walks home while they debrief you about their day, Primark have got you (and your child’s feet!) covered.

SHOEZONE – Ascot Line Kids Grey & Blue Easy Fasten Trainer @ NOW £12.99 WAS £14.99!

By Ascot, these Line kids’ trainers showcase a grey and blue upper along with both laces and a simple touch fasten strap to ensure both quick and easy fitting for all. Their thick grip sole helps to provide support beneath your kid’s feet, making these perfect for active wear. Ideal for PE kits, activities and much more! These trainers also feature a super lightweight feel. (Style Code: 81309)


TOYTOWN Pukka-Fun 12 Pack Markers @ WERE £3.00 NOW £1.50!

Check out Toytown’s selection of stationary and arts and crafts supplies. These markers are perfect for detailed drawings and sketches. This deep colour kit contains 12 markers. (Product code: 6425)

We are having our first Back to School Drive this year at the Centre. Please help support our nominated charity ‘With Kids’ by simply picking a star from our School Drive Board located beside the Customer Service Desk to help make every child’s back to school unforgettable.

Back to School – For Teachers

With the summer holidays coming to an end it’s time to make sure that everything is in place for the new term, and I don’t just mean for the pupils.

With my top picks/selections from Primark, this one is for the teachers.

When I came across these gorgeous trousers I knew that they had to be the key item for one of my outfits. They are available in selected shades but nude was the winner for me.

Paired with an ivory chiffon tee with a rose gold button design, nude patent heals and finished off with a perfectly matching bag.

1.      Nude Tapered Trousers – £15.00

2.      Ivory Top- £8.00

3.      Nude Patent Shoes – £12.00

4.      Nude Bag – £10.00

For my final look, I decided on this navy check dress. It’s also available in cream but I love the navy version!

I chose to pair it with a pair of grey boots, but this versatile piece could be paired with any style of footwear. I finished off the outfit with a plain black bag.

You could even wear it with tights during the colder months.

1.      Navy Check Dress – £10.00

2.      Grey Boots- £14.00

3.      Black Bag – £10.00

All items shown are available in Primark at the Forge Shopping Centre while stocks last.

Prices correct at time of publish.


From Monday 8th August to Sunday 14th August our shoppers enjoyed our Back To School Fun as part of our Summer Fun Programme. We had fun Back to School activities such as arts & crafts and puzzles.