FUN, laughter and smiles greeted teachers as children returned to The Grange Community Nursery and Primary School.

Pupils and teachers were delighted to be back after many spent almost six months at home during the pandemic.

Sara Albiston, head of school, said: “The whole staff team are proud of the resilience that children have shown in returning to school after an extended period of absence.

"They have come back diligent to their work and ready to learn. We are delighted with how well they have adapted to the changes to keep each other safe.

"I would like to thank the parents for their continuing support and also thank our amazing staff team who have worked tirelessly to continue to support out community in the face of national adversity.

"The standard of work already produced is impressive and the children have continued to present their work immaculately and with pride."

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Pupils are following a curriculum that is focussed on helping them to catch up on learning they have missed so they can continue to make progress.

Extra opportunities are being planned even though they will all be held in a slightly different way.

Year 6 pupils are looking forward to running a soup kitchen takeaway.

A Roald Dahl Day and virtual assemblies are in the pipeline to celebrate children's achievements.

Staff are immensely proud of all of the children at Grange Community Nursery and Primary School.