PUPILS have been dazzling teachers with their ideas as they vied to become the school’s first ever head boy and head girl.

Volunteers for the esteemed offices were so good Springfield Academy, Darlington, also appointed two deputies and a raft of prefects for regular duties and to act as role models for their peers.

Taking the top jobs were Year 6 pupils Grace Alderson, 11, and Daniel Halliday, 10, with Aaron Bridges, 10, and Summer Ainslie, 11, being sworn in as deputies.

Springfield Academy’s lead practitioner Peter Algie said: “We were looking for a way to give the Year 6s more responsibility, greet visitors and show the importance of being able to articulate well and they really rose to the occasion.

“Around a dozen put forward their names and were interviewed about why they had applied and what they wanted to achieve. It has created an immense sense of pride and is incredibly aspirational for children.”

Daniel said: “It is like being top of the school and we are all working to have a positive impact on life here.”

Grace added: “We have to set the very best example and to maintain standards we have already set up a ‘three strikes and you are out’ system for completing our homework for ourselves and prefects.”