Sorry to gatecrash the forum, I'm rank-and-file at the chalkface. I often hear negative things about new headteachers, especially those that are young. My school had a new and young headteacher at the start of this academic year as our old head retired after almost three decades as headteacher. A few months after the new head started, I had some really difficult things going on in my home life and the new head has been incredibly supportive. They have shown understanding and compassion throughout the ordeal and they continue to do so (things are better but not completely resolved), signposted me to services that might help me, reassured me that compassionate leave would be granted without question, asked how I am, shown absolute discretion and respected my confidence at all times and more.Some days it was knowing that I worked for someone who would grant me the support I might need that gave me the confidence to go in. I just wanted to share this positive experience with you. To all of the headteachers out there like the above, I'm sure your staff do appreciate that about you, whether they tell you that or not. Happy Easter!