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    Charles Dickens Primary School

    One south London primary school has welcomed back "a sea of smiling" faces as pupils returned to classrooms around the country.

    Youngsters at Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark returned to class on Tuesday, with a range of measures in place, including staggered start times and segregated lunch breaks.

    The school's headteacher said that, although some parents were nervous, many were pleased to have their children back in education, after months of them being at home.

    Mother Odetta Patterson, from Southwark, who has two children aged four and six, said she had been "quite worried" about them attending "so I wasn't going to send them at first".

    "Now they're in I feel quite safe, the school have done a great job and it's for the best. My eldest has missed his friends since March and wanted to go back."

    Another mother, Jordan Cullen, 29, from Bermondsey, said: "I'm ready, they're ready and they're looking forward to it.

    "I think my kids know to keep their distance, wash their hands and be sensible so I think they'll be absolutely fine."

    Headteacher Cassie Buchanan said it was "brilliant to have the children back.

    "I think after months and months of preparation to actually have the children back in the building and to see all their smiling faces has been fantastic."