School girl Lia, seven, applies for headteacher's job at her school

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WHEN seven-year-old Lia Filby found out her headteacher was leaving this year she could only think of one person for the job - herself.

Lia, who is in Year 2 at the Croft School in Painswick, sent a letter of application to the chairman of Governors asking for the opportunity to apply for the role.

The job will start in September when current headteacher Ceris Towler leaves at the end of the summer term.

In her letter Lia, who has been diagnosed with high-functioning autism, said the reason she would be good for the role was because she 'has to come to school every day'.

She also put forward a list of new rules she would implement if made headteacher which included compulsory picnics every day, no hard work and flowers in every classroom.

Lia also stated that she would enlist children as helpers in every class who would ‘make sure the teachers were behaving and being nice'.

She also wrote: "I know you have to do some work at school because the Queen and the government make you but I would make it easy work. If you make me headteacher I will work hard and make the Croft School really happy."

As a result of her letter Lia was invited for an interview at the school in Churchill Way, Painswick, on Tuesday, March 25.

During her interview Lia told chairman of the governors Liz Little and Mrs Towler that a good headteacher needs to organise assemblies, get people to do good things, teach children and tell them to behave.

Lia is now waiting to find out if she got the job.

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