SCHOOLS across Ryedale have reported a “positive” response to reopening to more year groups.

Although many schools have remained open during the coronavirus pandemic to children of key workers, a number of other pupils have now been returning to school.

Sian Mitchell, head teacher at Leavening Primary School, said they had welcomed back Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.

“We have worked rigorously to put measures in place such as sanitising stations, PPE, clearly marked zones to comply with social distancing, reorganisation of the classrooms and resources, as well as thorough communication with parents,” she said.

“Those children who have returned to school have done so with excitement and positivity despite feeling apprehensive.

“I am very proud of the staff who have demonstrated resilience and determination to ensure our pupils’ return to school is as happy and as positive an experience as it can be.”

Kelly Reppold, head teacher at Malton Primary School, said: “We have reopened for our Year 6 and younger pupils and it has been very successful.

“We have welcomed the pupils back- about 50 per cent - with a banner and ribbons and there is a lovely atmosphere.

“We are doing all we can to meet the needs of our community who have been so understanding.”

Secondary schools are also providing some face-to-face provision for Year 10 and Year12 students, as per the government expectations.

Malton School head teacher Rob Williams said: “We will also continue to deliver a programme of high-quality remote learning to all students in every year group across the school whilst also seeking to put the best provision we can in place for Year 6 students who are moving up to us in September.”