Grace relishes role as headteacher for day

Grace Harraway at the headteacher's desk

Grace Harraway at the headteacher's desk

First published in Education Banbury Cake: Photograph of the Author by

A PRIMARY school pupil given the opportunity to be headteacher for a day said the best part was the power.

Eleven-year-old Grace Harraway spent Thursday bossing teachers about, judging a competition and leading an assembly at Eynsham Primary School.

She won the school’s top job after it was auctioned off to raise cash for a new £40,000 artificial turf sports pitch at the school.

Asked what she had enjoyed most from the day, Grace replied: “The power.”

She added: “It has been fun, because I have got to boss everyone around. One of our teachers took something off a friend and I told him to give it back.”

But Grace took the role seriously and chose appropriate clothing and asked her friends and teachers to call her Miss Harraway.

Headteacher Janet Thomas said: “It was a way of me doing my part for the auction but also for a child to have a little experience of what headteachers do.

Mrs Thomas added: “We held our Jubilee celebrations today and it was the right day for Grace to take on the role.

“She could not have done a normal day, where she would have had to sit in meetings and spend the day telephoning and emailing.”

The PTA auction, which also included a golf session, cake baking and an Olympic poster signed by rower Sir Steve Redgrave, raised about £6,000.

It means the school now has enough money to start work on the new pitch.

Mrs Thomas hopes work on the project will start during the summer holiday.

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