08:00 Saturday 24 November 2012

Pupils switch roles with staff to take over school

Written byROB SMYTH

IT was all change at the top at a Burton school as pupils took over as teachers and staff for the day.

Paulet High School Takeover Day
Paulet High School Takeover Day

Paulet High School, in Violet Way, Stapenhill, hosted the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day 2012 with pupils shadowing staff, teaching lessons and some even held a leadership team meeting making decisions on a special future project.

Head teacher Tracy Rees said “This is the third year we have been involved in takeover day and the students are very excited about the prospect of running the school.

“Pupils have had to write letters of application for each role and the successful applicants were chosen by the head boy and head girl.

“Pupils taking part learn very quickly what a complex organisation a school is and how highly skilled teachers are.

“They also learn how rewarding (and occasionally frustrating) it can be to work with more than 700 teenagers.”

Eleven-year-old Leigh Harvey, who took Mrs Rees’s role as head teacher as part of the takeover, said: “I applied for the head teacher role because I like being bossy and I like to take over a lot.

“It was fun to be a head teacher and it was an opportunity of a lifetime” Reece Wolfe got an insight into the role of deputy head teacher with Connor Taylor, Hannah Wright and Billi Kent acting‘Pupils taking part learn very quickly what a complex organisation a school is and how highly skilled teachers are’ Head teacher Tracy Rees as assistant heads.

Curtis Robson became head of year for the day, Sam Collins took over as the premises manager, Paige Vandome was the school librarian, Lucy Goodyear had the role of the school business manager and Hannah Stockman worked as an inclusion support officer.

More than 20 other students spent the day teaching and taking part in lessons during the day.

It was expected that more than 50,000 youngsters across the country will have taken part in the event.

The day was designed to allow young people to make a difference to their schools and communities, put their views across and challenge the stereotypes about youngsters.

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