A TEN-year-old pupil was in the decision-making hot seat at a Cambourne school on Friday when he was appointed headteacher for the day. Most youngsters can only dream of being in charge, but for Year 6 pupils Archie Miller and Bethan Lahive their dream c

Pupils at Pendragon Primary School in Papworth, Charlie Gawthorp, Jamie Howlett and Charlotte Stevens, take over for the day.

A TEN-year-old pupil was in the decision-making hot seat at a Cambourne school on Friday when he was appointed headteacher for the day.

Most youngsters can only dream of being in charge, but for Year 6 pupils Archie Miller and Bethan Lahive their dream came true... for one day at least.

After successfully being selected to be headteacher of the Vine School, Archie arrived at school on the day ready for business in a suit, with Bethan, also 10, as his deputy.

Their list of duties was extensive, including opening the school gates in the morning to greet the children and introducing guests at the morning assembly. They also compiled the school newsletter and led an afternoon assembly. Archie and Bethan also visited children in their classrooms to offer words of support and encouragement.

Debbie Higham, who took a back seat from her role as headteacher, said: "The pair of them certainly looked the part. I know they were tired at the end of the day as they had so much to do, but they really seemed to enjoy the experience.

"They learnt how important it is to make time for everyone, but how hard it is when you have so much to do. I think it was an excellent idea and both students were charming and welcoming."

The children were taking part in the nationwide 11 Million Take Over Day, an idea which also caught on at Pendragon Primary School in Papworth Everard where the children also took over the headteacher role for a day.

Pupils were expected to answer telephones, open the school gates, serve lunch and help arrange assemblies.

Headteacher Carol Shaw said: "The children enjoyed the day but many of them decided that it was too much like hard work being in charge.