Imogen in a class of her own

School starter Imogen Williams is the only girl in her class at Melling St Wilfrid's CE School and is pictured with the boys, Alfie Armour, Jack Bush, Ben Peck and Thomas Dugdale.
School starter Imogen Williams is the only girl in her class at Melling St Wilfrid's CE School and is pictured with the boys, Alfie Armour, Jack Bush, Ben Peck and Thomas Dugdale.
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THEY say small classes are good for a child’s education – and one Melling girl is quite literally in a class of her own.

Little Imogen Williams, aged four, was the only new starter at Melling St Wilfrid CE Primary School last week.

Rather than learning in solitary confinement, Imogen is being taught alongside four older children in the infant school class at the tiny village school, which has just 23 pupils on roll.

And her age isn’t the only thing that sets her apart, for Imogen is the only girl in her class.

But headteacher Geraldine Andrews said she had settled in very well, having last year attended Melling’s pre-school.

“Imogen is really enjoying it and she seems to be in charge of the boys,” said Mrs Andrews.

“She will tell them what she wants and what they should play and she is not phased at all.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (15-09-11) for full story.