Your pictures as Essex goes 'Back to School'

Pictures of happy children in Essex as they return to primary school this September

Essex children go Back to School! - Credit: Archant

Almost 450 primary schools in Essex welcomed their pupils back after the summer holidays last week.

Our readers have been sending us their 'Back to School' pictures to celebrate the autumn term.

A girl in school uniform holds up a chalk board - "My first day - 9-Sept-2021" - in the Dunmow, Essex area

Ankhan, age nine, from the Dunmow area - Credit: Supplied

Primary and secondary schools throughout the country have faced disruption since the first Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020.

The Department for Education described this September's Back to School drive as a "huge moment" for pupils of all ages.

In Uttlesford, parents said their children are excited to be back in school with teachers and friends.

On Facebook, Lisa said that her granddaughter Leah, five, enjoyed her first day at school so much that she "didn't want to go home".

A little girl with blonde hair smiles outside a school in Dunmow.

Leah, age five, from Dunmow - Credit: Supplied

Essex County Council's Public Health Director, Dr Mike Gogarty, said going back to school is "safe" despite the presence of Covid-19.

Dr Gogarty said: "It is important that pupils get a full uninterrupted education."

A boy in a blue school uniform about to head to school

Jayden, age eight, from Saffron Walden - Credit: Supplied