PUPILS and teachers at Darnhall Primary School in Winsford have started the new school year with a smile.

And one teaching assistant even celebrated 30 years of service.

Mrs Natasha Mulholland, acting deputy headteacher, said: "Starting back to school at Darnhall Primary School has been so much fun – so many happy, smiling faces and super smart young people.

"The staff started the year with a brilliant INSET-training day full of learning, team-building activities, surprises and wellbeing treats.

"On that day, we celebrated Mrs Joan Bailey’s 30 years’ service as a higher level teaching assistant.

"Mrs Bailey has worked so hard for the families over three decades and is a real favourite with children and parents."

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The reception classes have settled in well to school life and are busy making new friends.

The school has also welcomed many new faces in other year groups too and over the next few weeks there will be coffee mornings and parent/carer breakfasts so the school can get to know the new families.

This year, Darnhall pupils are already enjoying Forest School sessions in their new kits with Miss Alex Pagonis.

Mrs Mulholland added: "Forest school sessions at Darnhall provide children with the freedom to grow, with only the sky as their roof.

"We follow their own ideas and provide an exciting space for them to flourish as individuals.

"The children risk assess their own adventures and are fascinated with the limitless learning each session brings.

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"They leave with muddy hands, beaming smiles, and sparkling eyes."

And there are more activities and days out planned for the pupils this year to make up for what pupils have missed out on due to Covid.

Mrs Mulholland said: "Our child-focussed approach means the child’s voice, happiness and interests are at the forefront of school life.

"We have been fortunate to secure additional funding thanks to our volunteer Mr Young who applies for grants so we can extend our offer of those extra special experiences and resources.

"This summer we were able to take 138 families to Chester Zoo thanks to The Henry Smith Charity.

"We have also been able to provide every child with a free PE and outdoor learning kit."