Riley Smith and Alexis Nicholls, aged seven from Stubbington, are returning to school.

34 of the best photos as Portsmouth children start the new school year

THANKS to coronavirus the 2020 school year was like no other before it.

Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 5:13 pm

Now after months apart from their pals and teachers, Portsmouth-area children are today returning to school to start the next chapter of their education.

Parents from across the Solent area sent us smiley photos of their little ones to mark the occasion – is anyone you know included in our gallery?

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