Hi there, I am a new deputy working in England, having worked in Wales for fourteen years. I was fortunate to get the first deputy post I applied for in England, at the age of 48. Seeing as time is precious (age), I was wondering if anyone out there has heard of any deputies gaining headships soon after their appointment. I know of one person in Wales who achieved a headship after a very short time as deputy, ( in separate schools I may add). I am keen to apply back in Wales for a headship. Also, I understand that NPQH is no longer mandatory for headship, but it seems that governing bodies still require it for posts I have seen advertised. Does anyone have any opinions on the NPQH and my above question. I would be eternally grateful for your advice. Thanks...diolch yn fawr!