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Head’s well-liked look


Primary pupils dressed as their head for a day in a surprise gesture to mark his 50th birthday on Monday.

Most of the 298 children, aged three-11, at Bishop Alexander Primary School, Newark, dressed as the head, Mr Clive Richardson.

The deputy head, Beverley Emes, organised the celebrations.

She said: “It was brilliant. All the children were really excited to come in dressed as Mr Richardson and everyone made an effort.

“The children also made donations to raise money for Beaumond House. We raised around £250.”

In a special assembly, Mr Richardson was presented with a cake, a white rose, chocolate and wine.

Mr Richardson said: “The first I knew about it was when I went outside to blow the whistle for the start of school and I was confronted with a playground of mini mes. It was wonderful and they were all very good at keeping it a secret.

Emma Baxter (9) dressed in a jacket and tie and had made a name tag to wear with Mr Richardson’s name on.

She said: “I decided to wear a suit because that is what Mr Richardson wears when he is going somewhere important.”

Amy Hawkins (10) bought spectacles from a fancy dress shop to make her look more like Mr Richardson.

She said: “I’m wearing my dad’s tie and I wanted to wear a purple one because Mr Richardson wears a purple one sometimes.”

Harry Fixter (7) wore smart trousers, a shirt and tie and said his whole family helped him put his outfit together.

He said: “The tie is my granddad’s and when I saw it I asked if I could borrow it because it looked like one that Mr Richardson wears. My mum got me some smart shoes to wear too.”

Chelsea Shutler (8) dressed in a jogging suit to look like Mr Richardson when he took PE lessons.

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