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GALLERY: Maidstone pupils adjust to 'new normal'

Friday 18th September 2020

AS thousands of pupils in Maidstone return to school after lockdown, the Downs Mail asked teachers how they felt about resuming to education after more than six months away from the classroom…

With the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown being the most unprecedented situation in modern times, schools have had to support children and parents virtually.

Some children have started school for the very first time.

Invicta Grammar School Headteacher and VIAT Chief Executive, Julie Derrick, said: “Despite the challenges I can be nothing but impressed with how our students have been embracing new routines and structures.

“We are constantly reviewing and adapting day by day and sincerely hope this will settle down soon.”

Snodland Church of England Primary School Headteacher Holley Hunt added: “We have been so impressed with how quickly the children have adjusted to the new rules and routines which have been put in place.

“Staff have been quick to mention how resilient and positive the children have been during these challenging times.”