Pupils at Abbot Alphege Academy in Bath have all received a school teddy bear in recognition of their resilience, endurance and determination while they have been learning at home or at school as the children of keyworkers.

“Our children’s wellbeing is the most important thing to us, and feeling part of a connected community really supports wellbeing, especially at a time where it is so easy to feel isolated,” said head teacher, Vicky Dupras. “We wanted to do something to help connect us even more as we have been apart for so long.

Ava and her mum with her Abbot Alphege teddy bear

“The idea of the bear is to remind the children that they are amazing and exceptional, and we are incredibly proud of all of them. Our community has been outstanding throughout this lockdown. Every parent and carer has done their utmost for their children. Every child has done their absolute best with their learning. And every member of staff has gone above and beyond in our school on a daily basis. We are so proud of our community and our school.”