Hi all. Just before we go back from half term, I thought I'd share a few musings.... I'm one year into my first headship. It's hard. Very hard. How much of the following can y'all relate to. 1. Everyone wants a piece of you. 2. Figuring out what to ignore and what to listen to (from externals) 3. Trying to remain kind to everyone when you're feeling homicidal. 4. Maintaining high standards without being an ********. 5. Being kind and flexible, without appearing weak. 6. Dealing with overbearing governors (the vast majority who are also parents) 7. Balancing a budget with rising costs and flat income - without making people redundant. 8. Trying to maintain a smile when I feel like crying. 9. Feeling alone and isolated - despite endless offers of support from colleague heads. In spite of the above, I'd like to think I'm doing a reasonable job, given my lack of experience, but have seriously thought whether this is really for me. Some days I feel on top of the world, and others I feel like chucking it all in. Any thoughts gratefully received.