Children complete a school takeover

Sam, Jamie, Subah, Jia and Christopher took on different roles during Take Over Day at Rockcliffe First School in Whitley Bay.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Sam, Jamie, Subah, Jia and Christopher took on different roles during Take Over Day at Rockcliffe First School in Whitley Bay. Picture by Jane Coltman

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Pupil power saw youngsters take over the reins at a Whitley Bay school.

Children at Rockcliffe First School were invited to apply, interview for and take on adult roles in the school as part of Takeover Day.

Jemma Jobson (right), of First Class Supply, helps Rockcliffe First School pupil Kate during the school's 'Takeover Day'.

Jemma Jobson (right), of First Class Supply, helps Rockcliffe First School pupil Kate during the school's 'Takeover Day'.

The initiative aims to give youngsters an insight into the world of work and lend a fresh perspective to the day-to-day running and decision-making processes of their school.

A total of 35 Year 4 pupils took on the roles of the senior leadership team, teaching assistants, caretaking team, midday supervisors, Out of School Club staff, admin assistants and charity fundraisers.

Headteacher Sharron Colpitts-Elliott said: “Since our first Children’s Takeover Day in November 2014, the project has gone from strength to strength at Rockcliffe and this has definitely been the most successful event to date.

“I have been inspired by the mature and effective way in which our pupils have taken on a variety of responsibilities today – I’ve felt that our school has been in very safe hands.”

Rockcliffe First School pupils Anna and Scarlett get to grips with work at First Class Supply as part of their 'Takeover Day'.

Rockcliffe First School pupils Anna and Scarlett get to grips with work at First Class Supply as part of their 'Takeover Day'.

The pupils were also supported by First Class Supply.

Jemma Jobson and Sophie Jordan, who lead the First Class admin team, helped children to write their letters of application and senior consultant Fran Hale assisted with the interview process.

The team of takeover admin assistants spent the morning at First Class’s offices. They completed tasks including answering phones, dealing with visitors, typing CVs, collating cash, photocopying, stock control and binding literature.

First Class Supply co-director, Steph Boulton, added: “We were delighted to welcome the pupils to our offices and they did a fantastic job.

“We would employ all of them at any time.

“Initiatives like this are vital in helping young people to gain an understanding of the world of work, learn new skills and build confidence.”