Youngsters gearing up for first day at school
THOUSANDS of four- year-olds are gearing up this week to start their school lives.
Uniforms have been pressed and shoes polished as they eagerly prepare for their first day.
Mums and dads across Gloucestershire will be kissing goodbye to the 6,671 children joining reception classes.
Ava Tyreman, who turned four in July, is starting at Dinglewell Infant School.
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She will have big brother Archie, six, looking out for her as he is going in to Year 2.
Mum Carla Tyreman, 32, from Cooper's Edge, said: "Ava says that she can't wait to start school because then she will be a big school girl and she's looking forward to wearing her new school uniform, especially her new shoes that flash.
"Archie has said he will be looking out for her at break times to make sure Ava knows what to do and where to go.
"I'm feeling excited for her as I know she will love going to school but I will miss my little chatterbox."
Nia Ash, four, from Stroud will be joining big brother, Morgan, six, at Rodborough Community Primary.
Mum Claire Ash, 41, said: "She is particularly looking forward to wearing her uniform."
Macs Hunt, four, is also excited about his new clothes.
He will be starting at Glebe Infant School in Newent.
Mum Jenny, 38, from Newent, said: "Macs is so excited about starting school. We bought his new school shoes this week and he insists on taking them to bed with him."
Fellow four-year-old Huw Naylor is starting Uley CofE Primary School a week later on September 11.
His mum Nicola Davies, 37 from Uley, a freelance PR consultant, said: "Huw is ready for school now and is excited about being in a class with the big children."
Arlo Orchard, will be starting at Highnam CofE Academy.
Mum Rachael, 32, said: "He keeps wanting to put his uniform and PE kit on."
Meanwhile 6,490 11-year-olds are taking the big step of starting secondary school.
Cameron Jones, 11, from Kempley, will be starting at Newent Community School.
He said: "I'm looking forward to meeting new friends and taking part in all the different sports that they do there.
"I'm excited about starting."