Harry – Headmaster for the Day!
Lady Barn House School pupil Harry Youell turned the tables on the big boss Mark Turner when he was headmaster for the day… and he made sure he made the experience count.
There were five extra minutes on playtime, it was a non uniform day and all the children had hot chocolate at break. He even handed out merit badges to the teachers in assembly, as they duly lined up to have gold stars pressed onto their lapels. “Most of them have been good and deserved a little reward,” he graciously deemed.
But nine-year-old Harry, whose parents bought the one off prize at auction at the Cheadle independent school’s glamorous annual diner dance at Mere Country Club, wasn’t about to be a soft touch either.
He added: “After assembly one of the teachers came up to me and asked as they had been so good whether they could have an extra day off, so I thought about it and said, ‘True you have been very good and thank you for all you have done for the school, but there is quite a long summer holiday coming up, so the answer is no.”
Harry, who wants to be sports journalist, also had a whole school photograph commissioned and made sure each year group wore a different themed colour so they could be picked out in the group shot. Pupils gave £2.00 each for the privilege which will be donated to the ‘We Love Manchester’ charity appeal. Harry’s own year group dressed in red and pink.
Mr Turner, a Cambridge University classicist, said he had made the most of the experience but would not want to repeat the jape.
“Harry was simply brilliant and took the experience very seriously. He came up with lots of ideas and I thought responded in an appropriate manner when one of my teachers asked for an extra day off. Indeed, I couldn’t have said it better myself. “
He added: “It’s quite demanding being a pupil, you have to be in the right place at the right time all through the day and at least as Headmaster I have a little bit more leeway to be master of my own destiny.”
Mr Turner added: “Our parents are wonderful and raised over £20,000 at the dinner dance so we felt it would be a fun idea, but once and once only.”