Teacher Niki spending school hols judging Edinburgh Festival

DEPUTY head-teacher Niki de Palma is spending her summer vacation away from her school in London’s East End to be one of the judges at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. The 47-year-old comedy lover has won a competition in Time Out to spend three weeks in Edinburgh in August

<DEPUTY head-teacher Niki de Palma is spending her summer vacation away from her school in London’s East End to be one of the judges at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

The 47-year-old comedy lover from Hackney has won a competition in Time Out to spend three weeks in Edinburgh in August as a panel member judging 200 shows.

It’s a dream come true for the teacher from Stepney’s Redlands Primary whose daughter was on the panel last year. She joins the panel that is judging Edinburgh’s best comedy act of 2009.