After a long, relaxing summer spent indulging in hobbies with family and friends (and maybe even doing a little bit of homework), getting back into the swing of school can feel like heading home from a holiday. Back to the cheerful hustle and bustle of bleary-eyed breakfasts and chasing after buses, September certainly marks a time of change for parents and children alike.
Whether your little ones are in primary school or your not-so-little ones are making their way through high school or college, get them ready and raring to go with our Barbour back to school essentials. At Barbour, everything from our weatherproof kids coats to our trusty school backpacks have been crafted to the highest quality, giving your kids and teenagers school essentials that will last.
Before we see the return of alarm clocks and school shoes, make sure you’ve got everything your children will need for their first day back by checking everything off their back to school essentials list at Barbour.
School coats for kids and teens
Adventurous or studious, rambunctious or responsible, you know as well as we do that kids and teenagers have personalities and lifestyles as unique and individual as their parents. That’s why at Barbour, we have reinvented and reimagined our most iconic Barbour styles for kids. From the classic Liddesdale quilted jacket to the contemporary Clyde jacket, all our kids coats are perfect for school thanks to their durable materials and effortless style.
Take a look through our favourite practical school jackets and coats below.
Boys school coats
For young kids, every short trip to school can become an adventure in a single moment. Instead of walking through snow, they’re trekking through an arctic blizzard and instead of pulling their hood up against the rain, they’re steering a ship across the stormy seas. With all that adventuring to be done, they’ll need to have a durable boy’s school coat that can stand up to anything their imagination can conjure.
For schools that emphasise a smart, clean style, we recommend the Liddesdale quilted jacket. Offering a smart casual style, this boy’s school coat features a traditional quilted design with studded front fastening and a needlecord collar. Unlike our men’s Liddesdale jacket (which is perfect for older kids going through secondary school), this kids school coat also has a contrast pop-colour lining - a fun little feature to add extra personality to the piece.
One of Barbour’s most distinctive and popular waxed jacket designs, the Bedale is the ideal boy’s school coat for kids that live in the great outdoors - whatever the weather. Featuring a robust, weather-ready waxed layer, this waterproof school coat can be upgraded according to the season with one of our detachable hoods and warm liners.
Just like the boy’s Liddesdale jacket, the Bedale is also available in adult sizes so your teenagers can stay comfortable in a stylish school coat too. Perfect for fast growing teenage boys, the men’s Bedale jacket also comes in navy, sage and rustic colours.
Girls school coats
Adventurous and creative as girls can be, finding a suitably stylish and durable girl’s school coat is made simple at Barbour. Offering waterproof school coats that can withstand any weather conditions, our range of girl’s school coats can be easily wiped clean of mud and dirt when their day of learning and play is done.
Our stylish Liddesdale jacket is available for girls that are fond of the classic Barbour style. Made from lightweight fabric that is perfect for layering, this girls school coat also features studded fastenings to the front, a needlecord collar and has stylish floral lining to bring a unique feel. This jacket is also available in a vintage rose colour with a white collar.
Great for staying dry in even the heaviest of showers, the Barbour Girls Beadnell Wax Coat is the perfect waterproof school coat. Comfortable and stylish, this navy blue school coat features a spacious, removable hood and a high buttoned neck to fend off the wind. With extra style notes including the four front pockets, sweet Secret Garden lining and a beautifully rich navy blue colour, this girls school coat is one of our most sought after styles.
Once again, your older ones don’t need to miss out on a stylish new school coat. The women’s Beadnell jacket also comes in adult sizes and, with five colours to choose from including deep navy, sage, bark, rustic and classic black, your teenage girl is sure to find a style she likes.
Kids school backpacks
Before you send your children off to school on that first day back, ready to take on the rain and mud in their new waterproof school coat, you may find it useful to invest in a new school backpack too. At Barbour, we have a collection of stylish, waterproof backpacks that are ideal for kids and teenagers to take to school. Capable of keeping their notebooks, files and pencil cases safe for years to come, Barbour’s selection of school backpacks offer the quality and longevity needed for a sustainable lifestyle.
Hardy and made to last, the Barbour Eadan backpack is made with a waxed-cotton outer and durable nylon back panel that easily stands up to the trails of any school day. This school backpack also features a generously-sized main compartment, big enough for all the day’s school books, and a convenient zipped front pocket which can store the essentials.
Traditional design and modern styling come together in the Barbour Carrbridge kids school backpack. Featuring a timeless tartan pattern straight from Barbour’s rich history, this school backpack strikes a careful balance between comfort and style - making it a good option for older secondary and college students looking for a practical way to express themselves.
Back to school essentials
While kids' school coats and backpacks are the big essential items you need to get before they head back to school, having the smaller items checked off the list will go a long way to preparing them for the first day of school. Books, pens and pencils are all daily school essentials, but don’t forget to add an umbrella to their school bag for those rainy days.
For younger kids, we recommend the mini tartan umbrella, while the Barbour Portree umbrella is suitable for older children and teenagers. Both styles fit comfortably into a school bag while they’re in classes and, with the convenient umbrella outer cover, their school books will be kept dry.
Shop back to school coats and backpacks at Barbour
Whether you’re searching for girls school coats or need a boys waterproof school coat, make sure you prepare for the return of term time with our back to school essentials from Barbour. Find everything you need in our full collections of school backpacks, boys school coats and girls waterproof jackets online.