Staff at a school for children with special educational needs in Cheltenham have been explaining the challenges they face looking after pupils during the lockdown.

Bettridge School remained open through the Easter holidays to a limited number of children, including those whose parents are key workers.

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children currently attend the school.

Alison Morley, whose daughter Hazel is a pupil and loves school, admits she was worried about Covid-19.

However, seeing how the school is managing the practicalities of dealing with children who require close supervision has made her all the more confident.

Hazel is coming in one day a week and I think that the school is incredible in trying to offer parents the support where they need it, given the restraints that they have to juggle with themselves.

Alison Morley, Parent
Headteacher Mandy Roberts says she is overwhelmed by her staff's dedication. Credit: ITV West Country

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Staff say managing the safety of children has required some creative thinking.

Teachers and care assistants use different entrances, stay with the same groups in different parts of the buildings and even using separate facilities.

At the end of the day each of those facilities is deep cleaned.

I'm overwhelmed by it if I am to be honest, the dedication of the staff. They've been brilliant.

Mandy Roberts, Headteacher