'It’s great to get our pupils back and hear their laughter again': Harborough headteacher reflects on the return of pupils to the classrooms

He has thanked 'the wonderful support of our parents and the tireless work of our teaching staff'

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 3:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 3:42 pm

The head of a Market Harborough primary school has said – it’s great to get our pupils back and hear their laughter again.

Dave Turner, Head of School at Ridgeway Primary Academy, spoke of his joy as children have returned to schools across Harborough as the Covid lockdown begins to ease.

“We are so delighted to have our pupils back,” he said.

Chilldren celebrate their return to Ridgeway Primary Academy.

“A school just isn’t the same without the constant sound of laughter and learning.”

Ridgeway Primary Academy and Great Bowden Academy, both Learn Academies Trust (Learn-AT) schools in Market Harborough, have welcomed all of their pupils back.

Both schools remained open for vulnerable youngsters and the children of critical workers during the lockdown.

Staff offered remote, online learning for pupils at home through a mixture of live lessons and home-based activities.

“It is incredible to think we haven’t seen most of our pupils since before Christmas and it’s now spring.

“While we know some children have found the thought of returning to school a little daunting, we couldn’t be more proud of them,” added Dave Turner.

“Thanks to the wonderful support of our parents and the tireless work of our teaching staff, they have made the transition back into the classroom almost seamlessly.”

Mum Lausanne Churchman, whose child is in Reception, said: “My daughter was really excited to be returning to school, if a little anxious to be leaving mummy.

“She has settled back in well.

“The team have been fantastic in preparing for their return via video tours of the classroom - and putting pictures up for them to recognise on their return.

“Thank you Ridgeway for your great support.”

Rebecca Blagburn, Head of School at Great Bowden Academy, said: “For the rest of the school year we’ll be offering the children even more outdoor learning opportunities.

“We will be helping them to be active again and re-engage with nature after time spent at home and in front of a screen.

“When we told them of our plans, you could see the joy on their faces.

“They really did have a spring in their step!”