Children take over the reins at school

Students at Marden High School make themselves at home in the headteacher's office as part of takeover week.
Students at Marden High School make themselves at home in the headteacher's office as part of takeover week.
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Students arrived suited and booted as they took over the reins at their school.

Pupils at Marden High School, in North Shields, got to grips with their new roles as part of national Takeover Week.

Students took over assemblies, reception and the cafe and contributed to financial and budget decisions.

Headteacher Alison Jackson, who saw her role taken over for a day, said: “As well as being a great opportunity to have some fun, Takeover Week gives our students the opportunity to see their school in an entirely different light, get involved in decision making processes and offer their opinions on key issues.

“They had to utilise their planning, negotiating and management skills to ensure the decisions they made are the right ones for the school, from getting the best possible purchasing deals, to making sure the whole school is fed and watered at lunchtime.

“Our students are truly outstanding and I am confident we will spot more than one or two leaders, or even entrepreneurs, of the future.”