Dad takes over as school’s headteacher for the day

Fun day: Rob Banks, who was head for the day at Goosnargh Oliverson's C of E Primary School
Fun day: Rob Banks, who was head for the day at Goosnargh Oliverson's C of E Primary School

A keen parent went back to basics by returning to school - he even paid for the privilege.

Rob Banks was so keen to experience what life was really like behind the classroom door that he paid £100 to become head for the day.

His chance to take on the role came in February when Goosnargh Oliverson’s CE Primary School held a fund-raising auction. And Rob enthusiastically outbid even the keenest members of staff to displace head Helen Sant.

The 34-year-old logistics manager from Whittingham Lane, Goosnargh, said: “This is a nice, quaint village school and I was intrigued to see what goes on during a normal school day. I manage a busy warehouse, and have done for 15 years, and I thought that going from that to managing 120 children would be quite a challenge.”

Rob also had to manage his two children, Holly, six and five-year-old Oliver.

He said: “Oliver was quite excited about me going into school, but I think Holly was a bit embarrassed.”

But he described his overall experience as fantastic.

He said: “It was absolutely amazing to look at life in school on a normal day. The highlight was going into the life education lesson with Year Six and learning about peer pressure and the parts of the body. Even I learned a few things that I’d forgotten.

“It was Roald Dahl Day when I was in so I also went into Year Three and we made chocolate cakes and talked about all the different ingredients.”

Headteacher Helen Sant, however, enjoyed being able to take a back seat for the day and had carefully worked out a packed programme for Rob.

Not only did he have to lead the afternoon assembly and hand out certificates to the pupils, he also had to contend with a fire drill, read stories and experience school dinners for the first time in years.

Helen said: “The meal had a Roald Dahl theme when Rob came in so the menu included wormy spaghetti.”

So, was it money well spent? “Absolutely. I’d do it all again given the chance,” said Rob.