They've launched a campaign called #MySchoolYears asking us about our memories of going back to school vs. how our children do it and it's really worth checking out the old photographs on their campaign page -taking a look at the history of school wear and seeing how it's changed from 1920's - 2010s.
They want to hear our stories and chat about them across all their social media channels (links below).
Here's me as a young girl with one of my younger sisters at school in the 1970s.
|My younger sister and me in our school uniform in the 1970s.|
They still run around a great deal, but the fight to keep them off screens is increasingly fraught and, as my eldest son heads for secondary school, one of the questions his friend is asking is about what they will do at playtime because he's noticed, on their taster days,'Everyone's on their phone.' They're worried about being considered childish for playing 'Champ' or 'Manhunt' - what we used to call 'It' or 'Tag.'
All the boys had to wear shorts all year long whatever the weather was in our day, but both they and the girls have an array of long trouser styles and fits to wear now. Gone, too, are the shirts, ties and jumpers we wore - it's mostly polos and sweatshirts these days.
And when we were at Primary our parents were mostly forced to shop at an official Uniform retailer for said ties and tunics and blazers and such. My mother dreaded the trip to our 'Ricards' up the road and would always moan about them having the monopoly. It wasn't exactly a fun, enjoyable experience and she always had to do a lot of sewing!
|The eldest, aged five in his primary school uniform.|
Nowadays, it's all about getting stocked up and piled high as early as possible. Those of us parents who are a few years down the school road know to buy our uniform early. Gone are the days we see how much the children grow over the summer holidays and we scrabble about at the last minute when most of the sizes we want have been sold!
Oh no, we're the wise ones and I'm really impressed that M&S now sell trousers (and skirts and blazers) with adjustable hems (/cuffs), so when they inevitably shoot up at some point, there is more leeway than usual. I went in to the Brighton store to check these out and it's a simple case of unpicking a hem that's already sewn for you. Nice.
|An array of styles and fits and their adjustable hems explained.|
However, to be able to order it all on line, with the help of this brilliant size guide is surely the best one of all as it's nothing short of fantastic!
My youngest son always inherits the eldest's clothes, so quality counts and I've dabbled with other brands but always come back to M&S. There's no question that even their school uniform lasts both boys and then still gets handed down to younger children we know. It's priced fairly and everything washes up well. I find adding soda crystals to a whites wash keeps everything bright.
|Perfect for senior school - a good compromise between trainers and proper shoes - £32.00.|
Absolutely everything has to be approved by him before it's popped in the basket and he's very pleased with what's arrived. That's another thing that's changed - we didn't have the same kind of say!
|All grown up and up and ready for senior school.|
Have you got any old photos or stories to share? Please feel free to link up with M&S using #MySchoolYears.
Disclosure - This is a collaborative post. All words and pics are honest and my own.