Britain's Got Talent: Who is Flakefleet Primary School headteacher Dave McPartlin?

8 April 2019, 11:41 | Updated: 8 April 2019, 12:18

By Tom Eames

Dave McPartlin won the hearts of the nation thanks to his Britain's Got Talent routine with his Flakefleet Primary School children.

David Walliams couldn't hold back the tears as he chose the feel-good kids as his Golden Buzzer act, sending them straight through to the live semi-finals of the 2019 series.

But who is Dave McPartlin and how did he get the school involved? Here's all the important facts:

Dave McPartlin is the headteacher at Flakefleet Primary School
Dave McPartlin is the headteacher at Flakefleet Primary School. Picture: ITV/Facebook
  1. Who is Dave McPartlin?

    No relation to Ant McPartlin, Dave's LinkedIn profile states that he has been the headteacher of Flakefleet Primary in Lancashire since 2016.

    He also has over eight years of experience working as a headteacher.

    He studied at Durham University from 1997 until 2000, where he got a BA in Education, and moved into teaching the same year he graduated.

    According to the Flakefleet Primary School website, their Ofsted results stated: "The headteacher has high aspirations for all pupils. Since his appointment in April 2016, he has made significant improvements to the quality of teaching, learning and assessment at the school."

  2. How did Flakefleet appear on Britain's Got Talent?

    BGT wasn’t the first time that Dave McPartlin and children from his school have been on TV.

    In 2018, just before the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, staff at Flakefleet held their own mock royal wedding, which was also shown on ITV.

    There was a wedding for the infants part of the school, plus one for the juniors, with two children from each group chosen to play Harry and Meghan.

    On BGT, Dave said it was his pupils' "dream" to appear on the show, and his infectious personality shone through as he told them to "smile" and enjoy their experience, whatever happened.