Headteacher at Wolverhampton's Bhylls Acre Primary School Jane Woodall only began her role at the beginning of this month – and said she was grateful for her years of experience to prepare her for the role.
The 48-year-old previously was headteacher at All Saints Primary in Trysull for six years, and was also a teacher at Blakeley Heath Primary for 16 years.
She said: "I got the job at Bhylls Acre back in March time so I've sort of gone through the pandemic with the staff already. Although I started in September, I had been coming in with the staff over the last few months to prepare.
"I knew the school well already so spent the time getting to know the teachers and staff here, getting everything ready. With the pandemic and all the new changes, it did help that this wasn't my first headship, or that could have been a challenge."
Mrs Woodall, who lives in Sedgley, has been keeping parents informed and reassured by providing instant information on the school's website and app.
She added: "All of our children have come back which is great – and we've followed the procedures if any pupils are sick and have helped parents with concerns.
"We have all the relevant signs up, footprints on the playground and paths, masks and visors in school for those who need them too.
"I’m thrilled to be the new headteacher. We have a similar ethos to a small village school and as such have a real family feel.
"We have had a fantastic first week back and it was lovely for the staff and I to have all the children back in school.
"They have come back enthusiastic and eager to learn and have quickly settled into their new routines.
"In the short time I have been here, I have already got to know many of our children through visiting their classrooms every day, being out on the playground with them at break times and lunch times as well as teaching some of the older children.
"All of the children are exceptionally friendly, polite and well behaved and I am enormously proud of them all.
"I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and chat with parents on the gate every morning and afternoon and I’m looking forward to working with them over the coming weeks and months."