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It has been a busy period for parents, teachers and students as classrooms reopened and home-schooling became a thing of the past.

But what do some of the headteachers at schools in and around Bury St Edmunds have to say about it?

Students and staff at St Benedict's Catholic School have had a strong start back since returning on March 8, according to Imogen Senior, headmaster.

Imogen Senior, headteacher at St Benedict's Catholic School, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley.
Imogen Senior, headteacher at St Benedict's Catholic School, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley.

Around 750 coronavirus tests were completed in advance of the first day back and attendance has remained high this month.

The school has been prioritising breaks and extra-curricular clubs since the restart to support student well-being.

The school has also opened a new science block and a redesigned front entrance.

St Benedict's Catholic School. Picture: Google.
St Benedict's Catholic School. Picture: Google.

Mrs Senior said: "As headteacher I am incredibly proud of all that the school has achieved over the past year and particularly in this last term as we look ahead to brighter days.

"We hope it has been a real privilege to work alongside our talented team and our wonderful students."

Putting emphasis on extra-curricular activities has been a focus point at Westley Middle School as well.

Ben Jeffery, headteacher, said PE and sport have been crucial in easing students back in to school life.

Ben Jeffery, headteacher at Westley Middle School, Bury St Edmunds.
Ben Jeffery, headteacher at Westley Middle School, Bury St Edmunds.

He said teachers and teaching assistants were running safe sports clubs before, during, and after school.

At Brookes Independent School, students took part in Red Nose Day last Friday and principal Graham Ellis said it marked a great start back for students and staff.

He said: "It's been fantastic having staff and students back at Brookes - it felt encouraging for everyone to have some sort of normality back in the classroom.

He added: "I wish all staff and students a well earned three week Easter break."

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