10 best school bags

Compared to shiny new shoes and a new school uniform, nothing causes as much excitement about the new school year as a bag. When options for personalisation are limited, school bags bring fun into the getting-ready-for-the-day proceedings. We’ve taken matters into our own hands and picked 10 of the best school bags that’ll make going back to school all fun and games.

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1. Clever critter

Happy Sammies Fox William Small Backpack

Whether they’re beavering away or larking around, this bag will give lessons and playtime a little animal magic.

Happy Sammies, Fox William Small Backpack, £29

2. Right at home

Joules Zip Back Bag

Going to school come September can be daunting, but a bag that’s enjoyable to wear can be just the ticket for a happy transition.

Joules, Zip Back Bag, £29.95

3. Flower power

Desigual Bag Odissey Nanaimo

Armed with a rucksack as gorgeous as this one, your star pupil will be able to conquer anything the school day throws at them.

Desigual, Bag Odissey Nanaimo, £74

4. Play it cool

Herschel Retreat Backpack

Purveyors of effortless cool, a Herschel backpack will be a firm favourite in the weekday playground and the weekend park.

Herschel, Retreat Backpack, £80

5. The it bag

Therapy Tiffany Tote

This bag – so grown up and sophisticated in its aesthetic – will make all their friends jealous. Plus, at this price, it’s a steal.

Therapy, Tiffany Tote, £25

6. No revision needed

Eastpak Orbit Backpack

Eastpak’s iconic bags always work. Just the right size and super comfy, it’s a school goer’s classic for good reason.

Eastpak, Orbit Backpack, £37

7. Simple but effective

Kenneth Cole Nylon Backpack

Searching for a black backpack that’ll adhere to the school uniform rules? We’ve got your answer.

Kenneth Cole, Nylon Backpack, £80

8. Totes glamorous

Desigual Bag Corel Seattle

This tote with a painterly pattern is so beautiful it could almost be the inspiration for fifth period art.

Desigual, Bag Corel Seattle, £64

9. Star pupil

Minene Kids Stars Rucksack

This rucksack passes the practicality test with flying colours. Lightweight with useful water bottle pockets, you’ll know you’re on to a winner.

Minene, Kids' Stars Rucksack, £22

10. Little monkeys

Trunki Toddlepak Backpack Monkey

Snap up this bag pronto. So fun and bright, there’ll be no problem getting little ones to put it on and head out the house.

Trunki, Toddlepak Backpack Monkey, £19.99