Marrying Brad Pitt? It's all part of the job'

6th August 2004 at 01:00
She is blonde, wears pink suits, runs the school from an outsized office - and is married to Brad Pitt, the Hollywood hunk.

Her management style is a mixture of authority and empathy and she drives a flashy car.

This is the ideal headteacher, dreamed up by primary pupils and depicted in paintings and descriptions at this week's National Eisteddfod, in Newport.

Only one pupil idealised male heads. For most children, the perfect school leader was a blonde woman with tousled curls tumbling carelessly on to a smart, pink business suit.

One believed she played games on her computer. Another said: "She tells children off and lives in a big office." Shannon Brook, a 10-year-old from Oldford primary, in Powys, was particularly specific.

"A good headteacher is someone who has a very flash car, has a very cool dress sense, listens to your problems, and makes our work really fun to do.

"She has long blonde hair, dresses head-to-toe in pink. She is 24-years-old, and is called Mrs Pitt, because she's married to Brad Pitt."

Yvonne Jones, head of Oldford, said: "It's all about idealism. Children think a head can do anything. Of course, to me, my husband looks like Brad Pitt. Though I do wear very thick glasses."

The exhibition was commissioned by the National Association of Head Teachers.

Anna Brychan, director of NAHT Cymru, said all pupil suggestions would be taken seriously. "As with all focus-group activity, we will recommend members incorporate findings into their manifestos.

"So far heads have responded favourably. Most felt that, if being married to Brad Pitt were part of the job's terms and conditions, recruitment and retention problems would vanish overnight."

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