Temperature checks and first day nerves as A-level students return to school

As schools across the region continue to welcome back students, today it was the turn of sixth formers preparing for exams next year to return to the classroom.

Year 12 pupils at Lipson Co-Operative Academy in Plymouth faced temperature checks before resuming their classes.

Classrooms have fewer students in than normal. Credit: ITV News

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Classrooms too have an unfamiliar feel. With the two-metre rule still in place for now, there is a limit on how many desks can fit.

But with A-levels on the horizon, students say they have been itching to return.

Students say they are glad to be back. Credit: ITV News

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The head teacher admitted that schools will not be able to re-open to all years if social distancing rules are still in place in September.

Martin Brook said: "Social distancing and getting everybody back into school is a contradiction in terms, it can't happen. It's not that we won't have the teachers, we just won't have the space.

"I don't know what's going to happen in September any more than anyone else does. All we can do is plan day-to-day and week-to-week."