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Primark! They have some lovely "leather" ones that are quite grown up but don't cost an arm and a leg. They have a wide variety of styles and sizes too and you won't end up spending any more than £25. Hth
From experience I would say let her choose a bag from wherever she wants (within reason of course) as at that age it seems that your choice of bag is very important. She will most likely go with whatever most girls of her age have.
When DD started high school we bought her an Animal rucksack (I thought it was practical but also it was a acceptable brand in her eyes) but soon after starting school it became apparent that rucksacks weren't "cool" so she started trying to cram her stuff into another bag that she happened to have that wasn't anywhere near big enough, that broke, so once again we had the bag dilemma.
Anyway most recently we bought her a Cath Kidston one she'd been lusting after and its a win win situation - she likes it and uses it, its practical and big enough, looks nice, gets used for school and non-school etc.
Could you take her shopping/let her go with friends to choose one herself? Or is it as a surprise present? At this age they start to have more definite ideas about what is cool... <speaks the voice of bitter experience>
DD age 11 and yr 7 has this zatchel neon saddle bag which I bought for myself and never used. I think a couple of her friends also have them. She also has a non leather little satchel I bought from Zara on impulse and used for a while before passing on. That was about £25.
She looks more balanced with a smaller bag as she is a bit small for a lot of adult bags and seems to manage better with a bag where she can instantly find keys, money etc.