Mum-of-22 Sue Radford shows off brood’s ‘back to school’ shoe order from Clarks as she prepares for the start of term

GETTING your kids ready for going back to school is often a busy time – especially when you are the mum of Britain’s largest family. 

Mum-of-22 Sue Radford, 45, shared a photo getting ready for the big day by ordering their school shoes from Clarks. 

The busy mum, from Lancashire, wrote: “#backtoschool. Thank goodness for Clarks online as I wasn’t looking forwards to booking 9 separate slots in store to get these.

“Although I’m still waiting for more arriving.”

Sue’s photo showed a number of boxes of shoes piled high on the family’s kitchen table – ahead of the majority of her brood returning to lessons next week.  

The Radfords are Britain's biggest family, with Noel and Sue parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 24, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 19, Millie, 18, Katie, 17, James, 16, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven, Hallie, four, Phoebe, four, Archie, two, Bonnie, one and Heidie, four months.


Sadly, the couple's 17th child Alfie was still born on July 6, 2014.

They also have three grandchildren, Sophie's kids – Daisy, eight, Ayprill, five, and Leo, four.

The couple famously don’t claim any benefits apart from Child Benefit and rely on Noel’s bakery business to make ends meet.


Sue and Noel have admitted isolating with their huge family has been chaotic at times, especially as Sue gave birth to their 22nd child during lockdown. 

She has also been in charge of homeschooling her large brood and keeping them entertained in their 10-bed pad in Lancashire.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun the supermum said in April: “The ten-hour labour was hard. But now we have weeks of isolation with a newborn baby. Let the crazy times begin.

“Only two of the kids have flown the nest, so we are all home now for the foreseeable.”


Part of the lockdown fun has included putting up a huge paddling pool during lockdown for the kids to cool down in. 

Sue and husband Noel added another little girl weighing 7lb to their king-sized clan on April 3.

The couple revealed her name is Heidie Rose.

In other Radford news, we told you how pregnant Millie Radford is impatiently waiting the birth of her daughter.

And the mum-of-22 took her bumper brood for post lockdown haircuts.

Plus we told you how Sue has got a sweet tattoo in tribute to stillborn son Alfie.

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