Children choose head

28th May 2004 at 01:00
When Neil Flint joins Aspinal primary as its new headteacher in September he will have the school's pupils to thank for his success.

A group of eight children helped governors interview six candidates for the post at the 230-pupil school in Manchester. The youngsters, aged seven to 11, had 10 minutes with each candidate.

They had consulted earlier with their classmates on the ideal qualities for a head and came up with questions including: "What's the best holiday you've ever had?"

Mr Flint, currently deputy head at Poplar Street primary in Tameside, said:

"I thought it was really impressive. The children took it very seriously."

Sue Hardy, personal, social and health education co-ordinator at Aspinal, said: "The governors asked the expected questions but the pupils tried to find out about each candidate's personality and how they responded to children."

Miss Hardy gave the pupils' comments to the governing body at lunchtime to help them decide which three candidates to shortlist for the afternoon interview.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today