It was a long time coming but, finally, March 8, came around and pupils at Wylye Valley C of E Primary School, Codford, were back where they belong.  Teachers spent the previous couple of weeks getting ready for their ‘full-size’ classes’ return – putting together a robust teaching schedule and ensuring appropriate pastoral care for all.  After school clubs were sorted, including the ever-popular Forest School Club, run by Lynn Blood, as well as Gardening Club and a variety of action-packed sports clubs.

The bright, sunny Monday morning was reflected in the smiles of parents and children as they made their way through the school gates – each greeted personally by Head Teacher Robert Barnes.  Naturally, a few were a little nervous as they made their way into class, having spent the past nine weeks at home.  The nerves soon melted away as they re-acquainted themselves with one another and shared stories.

Many were excited about the upcoming World Book Day and had been planning their costumes in the previous week.

Nell, in Year 4, said: “I am going to be Charlie from ‘The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop’.”  Molly, also Year 4 chipped in: “I am going to be the Worst Witch but I can’t figure out how to fit my broom in the car!”

By the end of the first proper school day, the adults agreed it was fantastic to have all the children back and the classrooms and playground buzzing with excitement and laughter.  Head Rob Barnes said: “It’s great to have everyone back under one roof.  I’m not sure I could have taken many more Zoom meetings!”