20th Sep, 2019

Pupils at Walkwood Middle School take to the hot seat on ‘Student Takeover Day’

Harry Leach 25th Feb, 2019 Updated: 25th Feb, 2019

PUPILS at Walkwood Middle School took to the hot seat as part of its annual ‘Student Takeover Day’.

From acting as headteacher and teachers to working as receptionists and first aiders, the day had it all.

Takeover Day co-ordinator, Tracey Tomes, said: “We invited students to apply for a number of roles and this year we had 57 jobs up for grabs and more than 150 pupils applying.

“The successful applicants were then invited to attend interviews.”

Staff were impressed with how smart the pupils were and astounded at the insightful and thoughtful answers given throughout the process.

Pupils received letters informing them if they were successful or not, just as they would if they were applying for a real job.

“It was important for us to create ‘real-life’ scenarios,” said Tracey.

“The successful pupils met with staff to discuss what they had to do before taking over their roles in the school.”

Jobs included teaching classes, marking books, organising meetings, attending staff briefings, answering phones, and communicating with parents.

“It’s been fantastic to watch them support each other, offering words of encouragement and sharing their experiences,” said Tracey.

“Events like this continue to highlight what wonderful pupils we have here at Walkwood.”

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