About Us

We are a family run independent department store. The business was originally est in 1939 by a Mr A Griffiths as an independent general menswear outfitters.

In the late 1960's Mr and Mrs Cobbold purchased the business and commenced also trading in school uniform. They opened at this time "The Schoolgirl" shop at the other end of the village, No 1, The High Street, which sold children's clothing, dance wear and predominantly girls school uniform.

Mr Cobbold passed away in 1986, and left the company to his wife Mrs Cobbold.

Mr Valentino had worked within the business under Mr Cobbold and continued to run the business on behalf of Mrs Cobbold up until 1989 when he purchased the company and became the proud owner of the firm. He renamed the company and hence it came to be known as "Griffiths and the Schoolgirl by Valentino Ltd".

In 1990, under Mr Valentino, the main store was enlarged to incorporate the schoolgirl part of the business, creating a single one stop shop for all students school wear needs.

In 2001 due to increased growth and support from our customer base, the firm underwent a huge transformation to expand by means of creating a further lower ground floor area allowing a fully departmentalized store for school uniform whilst maintaining the stores roots in being a professional and traditional menswear outfitters.

Due to this we were able to offer a more varied selection of manufacturers to both maintain value for money for parents whilst offering the latest designs and styles for fashion wise students.

In 2008, again with the continuing support of our customers, as an added comfort, we were able to expand our store further to encompass a coffee bar. "Valentino's Coffee & Juice Bar" provides a wide variety of refreshments, fantastic coffee, freshly baked pastries and award winning Italian ice cream.

The addition of our coffee bar also allowed us to provide the store with a wheelchair entrance and the provision of both a disabled toilet and facilities for baby changing.

New to us in 2010 is our eCommerce website allowing online orders 24/7.

Today the store boasts departments in Menswear, Workwear, Ski wear, Nightwear, Evening Dress, Scouts and Guides Association Uniform, School Uniform, Sportswear, Dancewear, Gym Wear, a huge range of Footwear and a delightful Coffee Bar.

We have free parking on our own forecourt directly outside the store, alternatively there are two free car parks a couple of minutes walk away from us.

Please look through our website at our extensive ranges and we hope to see you in store soon!

Please feel free to contact us at any time if you need any help, advice or if you feel there is a further service we could provide, as we always strive to address our customers needs.

Mr & Mrs Valentino
Joint Directors