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Somerset headteacher dresses up as Elsa from Disney's 'Frozen' and sings 'Let it Go' after losing bet to pupils

The headteacher admits he's 'not a singer'. Credit: Olly Priestley

A Somerset headteacher has dressed up as a character from the Disney movie Frozen as part of a bet he made with his pupils during the coronavirus lockdown.

Olly Priestley, head at St John’s Church of England Primary School in Wellington, told pupils that if they sent in a total of 50 pieces of art homework he would dress up as Elsa from the film Frozen and sing the entire song ‘Let It Go’.

The students hit the target so Mr Priestley filmed himself singing the song and posted it to the school’s Facebook page.

“A challenge is a challenge,” he said. “I’m not a singer - you can tell that from the video - but it was my way of thanking the children for all the hard work they have done.”

The school sets homework regularly on its website and the staff post video stories which they have recorded themselves. Teachers also phone all students during the week to make sure they are well.

The school kitchen is also providing daily packed lunches to families entitled to income-based free school meals, which are delivered to their homes.

“The response from our parents has been amazing,” said Mr Priestley. “But the children deserve it. These are difficult times and anything we can do to bring a smile has to be worth it.”