I'm sure pupils like that turn up in the likelihood that "something" will happen, and they could perhaps contribute to it. Wrt your DHT, it just backs up everything I've ever claimed about "managers" in schools: they've worked with weans their entire career and treat people who work for them likewise. Hardly anything "new" happens so they've no decisions to make (this is an exception of course). So-called leaders are merely waiting on someone in the council making the decision to close their school. "Granting" and "patching"?