Pupils step up to shine in their new roles

By Ian Dipple Friday 21 February 2014 Updated: 21/02 09:49

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PUPILS turned teachers for the day as they took over a borough school.

Children at Walkwood Middle School swapped their studies to take on roles including headteacher, receptionists, caretakers, business managers and teachers as part of a Takeover Day last Friday (February 14).

The event was inspired by the national Takeover Day in November which saw four Walkwood pupils take charge of key posts at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

Pupils had to apply for the 50 jobs on offer and undergo interviews with successful candidates whittled down from 337 applications.

Chloe Thomas and Bradley Smith were headteachers for the day and led the school’s celebration assembly while others were busy taking lessons, marking books, answering phone calls, talking to parents, maintaining the school building and more.

It is planned to make the day an annual even in the school’s calendar.

Tracey Tomes, head of PSHE and Takeover Day co-ordinator, said: “We wanted it to be a valuable experience for students whereby they were given the opportunity to gain valuable skills for the future. I was truly amazed by the response it received and the way all students rose to the challenge. It has been an exciting and enjoyable venture from start to finish and I hope that in years to come we can look forward to more success with this event.”

Joy Vater, acting headteacher, added: “The children were amazing, but I don’t know why I’m surprised because Walkwood children always are. I learnt a lot from the two headteachers and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”

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