Secondary school stationery checklist
At primary school, your child was probably provided with all the stationery supplies and books they needed. But once they move to secondary school, they'll be expected to have their own set of stationery and bring it to lessons with them.
Your child's new school will provide you with a list of the uniform and equipment they need for starting Year 7, and if you're lucky, that will include their stationery requirements. But if not, our checklist will help you ensure they're well equipped for their first day and beyond. Please note that these are simply recommendations and it is always best to check with the school or a fellow parent before purchasing anything that might be provided by your child's school.
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Pens, pencils etc
- Generously sized pencil case
- Blue or black rollerball pens/biros: buy in bulk and have at least two in your pencil case at a time
- Handwriting pen or fountain pen (with extra cartridges if needed)
- Highlighters: ideally four different colours
- HB pencils: buy in bulk
- Pencil sharpener
- 30cm ruler (folding ones take less space and are less likely to snap)
- Ink eraser or correction fluid
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General stationery supplies
- A4 ring binder or lever arch file
- A4 subject divider cards
- A4 punched pockets
- Hole punch
- Spiral bound notebook
- Clear sticky back plastic for covering exercise books (stock up on this as you're likely to go through a number of rolls!)
Exercise books and other books such as homework diaries are usually provided, so it's best to wait until term starts before buying your child their own.
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