10 school bags to start the year with 

Was there anything more exciting come September than a new school bag? Now it's time to indulge your little ones with our pick of the best school bags for kids. As fashionable as they are functional, they'll last all year long. 

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1. Animal magic

Happy Sammies Backpack


Everything from spelling tests to trigonometry will be made all the more fun with a happy fox critter by their side.

Happy Sammies, Backpack, £32


2. Top of the class

BOSS Rucksack


When school uniform rules are strict, you can’t go wrong with this dark grey number. Smart, practical and durable, we give it full marks. 

BOSS, Rucksack, £75


3. Tickled pink

Polo Ralph Lauren Tote Bag


Sometimes a backpack feels a little, well, school-ish. Instead, your little one will feel thoroughly grown-up with a tote bag that will bring a pop of personality to a sea of navy and black.

Polo Ralph Lauren, Tote Bag, £79


4. Street cred

Eastpak Austin Backpack


The retro backpack brand Eastpak brings serious style credentials to every get-up – even a school uniform which, let’s be honest, isn’t very cool in and of itself.

Eastpak, Austin Backpack, £55


5. Practically perfect 

Herschel Heritage Youth XL Forest Night Backpack


With a laptop sleeve and mesh water bottle pocket, this rucksack is well thought-out and super practical. It comes from Herschel Supply Co., the Canadian bag brand founded by two brothers.

Herschel, Heritage Youth XL Forest Night Backpack, £60


6. Bag of tricks

Knomo Mini Beaufort


Nowadays, there’s a need for teenagers to carry all sorts of tech which creates a lot of clobber. This bag, with a laptop area and lots of storage, has RFID protection – aka electronic pickpocketing-proof pockets. Clever.

Knomo, Mini Beaufort Backpack, £129


7. With the brand

Tommy Hilfiger Signature Juniors Drawstring Backpack


Making a strong case for retro, varsity-inspired cool, this Tommy Hilfiger backpack is a lesson in simple but effective.

Tommy Hilfiger, Signature Juniors Drawstring Backpack, £60


8. Character reference 

Character Pocket Rucksack


There are few more successful ways of getting a little one to do something than enticing them with a Frozen-related incentive. This Elsa backpack will help get them out the door in no time.

Character, Pocket Rucksack, £12.99


9. Get smart

Ted Baker Mahda Drawstring Backpack


There comes a point when a cutesy bag won’t cut it. This Ted Baker beauty is an ever-chic alternative that will fit with a school uniform while being in all honesty, too cool for just school.

Ted Baker, Mahda Drawstring Backpack, £79


10. Sea me

Joules Shark Drawstring Bag


A drawstring number is the perfect lightweight bag for PE kits, trainers, playground toys and contraband snacks. There’s nothing fishy about this one…

Joules, Shark Drawstring Bag, £12.95