OSCAR Saxelby-Lee's headteacher has called his return to the classroom a 'dream come true.'

Kate Wilcock greeted the six-year-old schoolboy back to Pitmaston Primary School yesterday after nearly two years away while he battled a rare form of childhood cancer.

He stepped back through the doors for a short taster session on Thursday, accompanied by mum Olivia Saxelby and dad Jamie Lee, and will now build up his time in school.

Mrs Wilcock described the moment as very special.

She said: "Dreams really do come true!

"It was a very special moment that we have all been waiting for, for a very long time.

"It was a very emotional but happy day at Pitmaston seeing Oscar walk into school in his school uniform, carrying his school bag with a beautiful smile."

Oscar was last in the classroom at the school in Malvern Road in December 2018 just before he was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

He then faced a gruelling bone marrow transplant before travelling to Singapore for life-saving CAR-T cell therapy a year ago after the nation backed his family’s plea to raise £500,000 to afford the treatment.

They had been told no other treatment options were available on the NHS after his first bone marrow transplant failed.

Oscar has now been cancer-free for nine months.

Staff at the school, where Oscar was in reception at the time of his diagnosis, threw their support wholeheartedly behind an appeal by his parents for help to save his life.

In March 2019, people queued to attend a donor drive held at the school in a bid to find him a transplant match. Nearly 5,000 signed up to the DKMS transplant register during the event, held over two days at the school. It later emerged at least six donor matches were found at that event and others organised across the city for Oscar's appeal.

A campaign launched to raise money for life-saving treatment abroad was backed by the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust.

Founder Jen Kelly said: "We are absolutely delighted to hear the news that yesterday Oscar Saxelby- Lee was well enough to return to school. I was pleased to meet Oscar and his mother Olivia again since their return to the UK and it is wonderful to see him doing so well. The Car- T Cell treatment that he received is a ground-breaking treatment with so much potential but it is still in its very early days. We do hope that this will pave the way in enabling more trial uses of this treatment for other children too.

"We are so grateful to the people of Worcestershire and nationally for their incredible support in making this possible and, in particular, to the staff and parents of Pitmaston Primary School for their unwavering support."