Colourful balloon arch welcome for pupils returning to their desks at Burnley primary school

Today marked the return of all students to their classrooms for the first time in months since the start of the pandemic.

And staff and students at St Mary Magdalene's RC Primary made a balloon arch to welcome back pupils and parents.

Headteacher Mrs Bridget Parkinson, said: "It was a real privilege to welcome all the children back to school today, not just vulnerable children and those with parents who are critical workers.

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" It wasn't just the children who were smiling this morning. Many parents and carers have had a very difficult time juggling jobs, children, devices, home learning and the anxieties of the lockdown.

Welcome back! Some of the pupils with the 'welcome back' balloom arch at Burley'sSt Mary Magdalene's RC Primary School

"We wanted to make parents and children feel safe and welcome as there are still uncertainties for us all as we enter this next road map to recovery.

"We look forward to continuing working with the children and families and to restore confidence in the community."