SHE is just seven-years-old but that didn’t stop Amelia Filby reaching out for the top job at her primary school.
When she heard headteacher Ceris Towler would be leaving The Croft School, Painswick at the end of the summer term, she threw her hat in to the ring.
She was unsuccessful at interview last week, owing to her tender years, but she will grasp the chance to inform fellow pupils of how autism affects her - and she has lit up her family’s lives amidst tragedy.
“Unfortunately she didn’t get the job, because she is seven,” said her mum Linsey, 38, who lost her husband Ash, 40, to a heart attack last year and her sister Lorna Grant, 39, to cancer in 2011.
“However the school has asked her if she would like to do some parts of the role, like taking assemblies to tell others about autism.
“We are getting our lives back on track and she has been an absolute beacon.”
Linsey said she had a lump in her throat and a tear in her eye when she read Amelia’s letter of application.
“She came home from school and told me the headteacher was leaving, then asked to borrow the laptop,” said Linsey, from Painswick.
“It went very quiet apart from the tapping on the keys.”
The letter had much to commend Amelia - known as Lia - to the position - ‘lots of choosing time for children, picnics every day at snack time – children to bring teddybears, no hard work, lots of art, play outside without any rotas so you can play with whatever you like, new toys to open, like Moshi monsters, new skipping ropes so children can play horses with them, flowers in every classroom, and no loud noises’.
She finished: ‘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.
From Lia Filby Class 2 xxx’.
Linsey was told Amelia might never speak but she has made amazing progress, leaving Milestone Special School to attend the Painswick primary.
“From where we were just a few years ago to where we are now is incredible,” said Linsey. “When she wants to do something, despite her difficulties, she will try. We are so proud of her.”