IF you think job interviews are scary enough, imagine being grilled by a panel of four to 11-year-olds.

That is what Megan Robinson had to go through to land her new job as headteacher at Crondall Primary School.

The school's council took part in the selection process in a bid to get first-hand experience of interviews.

The council, comprising a boy and a girl from each year voted for by their fellow pupils, interviewed candidates in a half-hour question and answer session.

They then told governors carrying out the main interview who they liked the most.

It was Australian Mrs Robinson who impressed.

"The council is innovative in that the children get an opportunity to have their say in the running of their school," said Mrs Robinson, who took up her new job at the start of the summer term.

"The children's involvement and their eloquent and searching questions demonstrated to me just how much everyone passionately cares about the school, whether they are governors, teachers or pupils."

Mrs Robinson, who has been living in the country for seven years, formerly lived in south Yorkshire where she met her husband Philip. The couple have two children, Max, five, and George, two.

Although this is her first headship she has taught in many other schools, including a primary in Reading.

Originally from Queensland, she now lives in Fleet and has brought with her interesting stories about her homeland.

In her first assembly children were fascinated to learn about kangaroos and koalas.

Mrs Robinson is interested in rugby, cricket and music - she has met Kylie Minogue.

Even though she has only been at the school for a short time she and her team have been busy, having just had the results of an Ofsted inspection.

It praised teachers for planning "interesting, practical activities that make learning effective" and also said that pupils achieve well in English, art and design, geography and history.

"One of my plans is to develop even further the range of activities that we offer in order for the children to have many different learning experiences to fulfil their potential," said Mrs Robinson.

She describes Fleet as a "lovely area" and the fact that she now teaches in Crondall is the "icing on the cake".