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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 March 2008, 16:54 GMT
New head challenged on future
Hornsey pupils
The students broke the news about a uniform design competition
The incoming head teacher at a London girls' school has faced tough questions about her plans from her new pupils.

Carol Jones, who will take over at Hornsey School for Girls after Easter, was grilled by Year 8 pupils.

Some students were worried by rumours that she would turn it into a mixed school and change their uniform.

But the pupils were reassured. "She came across as a person who listens and makes her decisions according to the feedback she gets," said Shimirah, 13.

They discovered that their new head is planning to change their uniform - but has promised a competition for students to come up with the new design.

"She will pick from the designs we make," said Shimirah, who carried out the TV-style interview for the BBC News School Report.

"We were pleased that she's telling us to design it because we get a say in the new uniform."

School vote

And Miss Jones will not bring in boys, according to the students. "We were pleased to hear that," Shimirah added.

The idea to interview Miss Jones came top of a Year 8 vote to decide which stories to cover.

"I thought it was a good way for students to investigate what the impact of a new head would have on them," said teacher John Keohane.

The new head had already been quizzed once by pupils as part of the interview process before she got the job.

Other topics examined by the Hornsey pupils as part of School Report included smoking, the price of alcohol and whether some children were being stigmatised by adults.

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