Mother shares ‘bittersweet’ album of her daughter’s back to school photos showing her transformation from a little girl on her first day of nursery to a Year 11 student ready for her GCSEs
- Dagny Barnett, of Surrey, has photographed her daughter going back to school
- First captured her daughter on the first day of nursery – and now she’s in Year 11
- Heartwarming snaps capture her growing from gap-toothed girl to teenager
A proud mother has shared a heartwarming album of ‘back to school’ photos, showing her daughter from nursery to Year 11.
Dagny Barnett, 54, from Redhill, Surrey, has captured a photo of her daughter Chloë, 15, in the same stance outside her home since she started nursery back in 2010.
This year shows Chloë on the verge of completing her GCSE exams as a Year 11 pupil – a decade on from the five-year-old smiling on her first day of nursery.
Like butter wouldn’t melt! Chloë Barnett on her first day of Nursery with her model pose down to a T with braids and Mary Janes – which seem to be the shoe of choice throughout the years
Chloë in Year Three once again with patent Mary Janes and white socks – this time she’s got a bob hairstyle and a navy bow to match her uniform
Chloë on the first day of Year 10 in secondary school looking smart in a blazer and tie
The final photo, on Chloë’s first day of Year 11 as she’s about to start her GCSEs – her mother says she hopes she is ‘happy and safe’ and won’t put pressure on the 15 year old
Dagny has strict rules for how Chloë must pose – side-on, smiling and in school uniform – outside their house.
Now she’s decided it’s time to retire, and the final photo has been ‘bittersweet’.
The first batch of pictures shows Chloë from the age of four to 11 during her primary school years at Merstham school, while the second set of photos in her red blazer documents her time at secondary school.
Dagny has taken special pride in her ‘miracle’ daughter, who she had after a seven-year ordeal that included seven rounds of IVF and the tragic loss of three children.
Chloë Barnett on her first day of Reception with shiny Mary Jane shows, white socks and a book bag
The first day of year one, little Chloë with her neatly braided hair and new set of black leather shoes is all set for the term ahead nine years ago in 2011
Chloë on the first day of Year 4 (left) and Year 5 (right) as seen in her mother’s back to school snaps
The first day of year six, marking the then 11-year-old’s last year at Merstham Primary School in Redhill, Surrey
The very first day of secondary school in Year Seven (left) and the following year in Year Eight
Chloë Barnett on her first day of Year Nine. Her proud mother Dagny is now going to stop the ‘back to school’ snaps
The mother of one recalled: ‘Chloë’s is a rainbow baby as I had a daughter at 24weeks who sadly died, then the following year mixed gender twins who tragically arrived early and also died.
‘Chloë was our sunshine after the storm.’
Dagny now has a catalogue of 13 pictures documenting Chloë’s transformation from ‘a cheeky little redhead with an adorable lisp to a beautiful young lady with the world at her feet’.
The stay-at-home mum from Surrey first had concerns about her daughter’s progress at school, describing her as ‘book adverse’ but has now accepted that all children develop at a different rate.
She said: ‘I used to stress and worry about her doing well.
Chloë with her mother Dagny Barnett, 54, who says that her daughter was ‘the sunshine after the storm’ after losing three children and several failed rounds of IVF
‘I’ve now realised that children all blossom at different times and she’s really impressed me with her resilience and determination in her school work.’
As Chloë is sitting her GCSE’s next May, Dagny just wants her daughter to do her best and said she ‘won’t be putting any pressure on her’.
She said: ‘All I’ve said to her is to do your best and remember that her father and I will be very proud of her whatever she achieves.
‘We all want our kids to become high flyers and successful but I’ve realised that as long as they’re happy and safe that’s the most important thing.
‘We’re not putting any pressure on her as long as she just does her best that’s all we ask.
‘I’ve spent the last nearly 16 years watching her develop and grow and I’m so very proud of her.
‘This is the last ‘First day back to school’ photo for me and it’s bitter sweet.
‘I’ve loved doing it every September but now it’s time to ‘retire’.’