PUPILS at Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, have been running the school.
For the fourth year pupils at the school were given the opportunity to apply for three job positions, head teacher, site manager and school administrator by putting in a formal application.
The suitable candidates were interviewed and seven pupils were appointed.
Head teacher Lesley Bowyer said: “I was stuck on the M62 so the pupils playing head teacher really did take on the running of the school, although supervised by a member of staff. They all really enjoyed it and all said how much harder they had found their jobs than what they were expecting.”
The role of learning mentor was also filled despite no job being advertised. “We got an application form for it and decided to let them try it,” said Mrs Bowyer. “Unfortunately, our site manager was off sick so the three who were recruited for that role will be taking over this week.”
Headteachers were Gabriel Midgley and Elly Nisar, school administrator Tamsin Pogson-Blackburn, learning mentor Emma Tomlinson and premises manager Fred Waterhouse, Andrew Jagger and William Osborne.
Rastrick High School student Grace Melaugh stepped into Craig Whittaker’s shoes as Calder Valley MP. She watched him do a talk at Rastrick Preparatory School, unveil the new Jubilee stones at Elland, enjoyed a tour around Boxford’s and accompanied him at his surgeries in Brighouse.
Grace said it was most certainly a daunting experience but one she enjoyed. “Although I was prepared for the appearance and being in the public eye what struck me was how busy he was. It’s safe to say he is always in demand and doesn’t stop all day.
“My eyes were truly opened by the pressure of politics and how difficult the job may be due to the expectations resting on the shoulders of our local MP, although this definitely has not deterred me from politics, if anything it has encouraged me because despite the stresses and strains of the job, it has its rewards.
“The thought of knowing you’ve helped the lives of all those within the constituency and done your upmost best to benefit them is a reward in itself. Although I was really anxious to go it’s something I would do again. I would like to thank him for the experience.”