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Barkston pupil Cody becomes headteacher of his school

Cody Fenn takes charge of Barkston and Syston Primary School
Cody Fenn takes charge of Barkston and Syston Primary School

Barkston pupil Cody Fenn became headteacher of his school for a morning when his fellow pupils voted for him.

On the day of the General Election, the children at Barkston and Syston Primary School voted to have a Year 6 pupil as headteacher for a morning and a second vote elected Cody to the post. This morning, Cody arrived at school early to take over his duties.

Once Cody’s morning in charge was over, Sally-Anne Caunter was given back her job. She said: “He did a superb job. I’m quite worried that he may want to do it all the time now.”

Cody wrote a report of his time in charge. Here is what he had to say.

“I spent the morning as headteacher and governor of Barkston and Syston CE School on Thursday, June 22. First I looked at my jobs for the day and then I welcomed the pupils and parents at the front of school. I was asked some questions by parents.

“Then I had a meeting with the Chair of Governors who asked me about school and what was happening. After that I walked around all the classes to check if all the pupils had arrived and to see if the teachers were okay. I had a meeting with Mrs Everton who showed me how the register works and how the money is banked. She gave me the catalogues so I could choose some prizes for the HAT award. It was quite hard to choose.

“I led collective worship; everyone sat nicely and listened well. At playtime, I allowed the children to play football and gave them each an ice lolly. The children seemed happy with my decisions. I visited all the classrooms again and talked to the children in Roe Deer Class. I looked at some of the children’s books and made comments about their handwriting; most children’s writing was neat.

“I met the midday supervisors to check that they were ready for lunchtime and decided that the children should eat inside as it looked like rain.

“Overall the morning has been great fun. I had a wonderful time. I liked making the children happy. I was quite nervous about having a meeting with the Chair of Governors but actually it was all right. I would like to be a headteacher when I am older.”


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