AN Ellesmere Port school has given a warm welcome back to its pupils.

For the past two months, most pupils have been unable to attend schools in Cheshire West and Chester, as a result of ongoing coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

But a combination of the Covid vaccine roll-out and a continually lowering infection rate has meant it has now been deemed safe for schools to reopen their doors, following months of remote learning.

While previously, only pupils from vulnerable families and/or key worker parents were attending, now all pupils can go back to school.

And giving pupils a warm welcome was Rossmore School in Little Sutton, which decorated the school gates with dozens of balloons which were designed and made by teaching assistant Amy Dodd.

The primary school's pastoral and inclusion lead Amy Whittle explained: "As a school we place a heavy emphasis on ensuring children feel safe and supported in school at all times.

"The last 12 months have been such a disruptive one for all children, with some of our younger pupils having spent almost a quarter of their lives in lockdown.

"Throughout this time we have placed emotional stability and nurture at the forefront of what we do, and have used lockdown to really challenge our own approaches for the better.

"It is so important that school is seen as an exciting, safe and welcoming place, and we felt it was very important that we showed the pupils how excited we were to welcome them back with a real celebratory feel."