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First day Monday, 8 May, 2000, 16:34 GMT 17:34 UK
Screaming arrival
More than 100 MPs wrote about their first day at school for the Pre-School Learning Alliance competition. BBC News Online is publishing a selection of the entries.

Shadow Education Secretary, Theresa May, is one of the six finalists.

First day at Heythrop Primary School, Oxfordshire

I remember arriving at school screaming my head off because I didn't want to leave my mother.

So I had to be carried into the class in the arms of the headmistress who announced to the rest of the class: "Look what a silly little girl we've got here."

Heythrop Primary was a very small school with only 27 children in the whole school, and when I left there were only 11 children.

Mrs Williams, the headmistress was the only teacher.

I also remember that when the sun shone we used to take our desks outside, and sometimes when the ice cream van came we all got an ice cream if we had been very good.

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