Our school council raises awareness of the democratic society that we live in and the British Values that we promote. Two class members from each class in Key Stage 2 are elected termly to represent the views of their peers. Meetings take place weekly and are guided by Mrs Schofield, with a Chair and a Secretary leading and recording outcomes from the agenda items . The aims are to involve the children in driving school improvement and provide a forum for them to discuss their ideas related to any aspect of school life. The School Council also organises charity and fund-raising events and runs competitions such as a national Road Safety poster competition in which we had a winning entry. They recently held an assembly reminding the children about taking care when crossing roads, even the ones outside of school that may not seem that busy. Their next task is to canvass views on how to further improve break-times, deciding what the school could purchase to enhance this important part of the school day.
Everyone at St James is aware of how precious the world is that we live in and we have an active Eco Committee who promote environmental awareness across the school. This committee is organised by Mrs Searle and includes representatives from Year 3 to Year 6. The aims are to develop and learn from an annual programme of activities to deepen understanding of local and global environmental issues including a Green Week which includes a ‘Trashion Fashion Show’. There are also regular litter picks and a weekly ‘Womble Award’ given to the class that has kept their environment tidy, tried to reduce electricity consumption by turning off projectors and lights and has recycled as much as possible.
Children in Year 6 can apply to become a Prefect, which is an extremely important role in our school. Special responsibilities include aiding the smooth running of lunchtimes in the Dinner Hall, running the Computer Club in the ICT Suite for children who need support with homework or research tasks and supervising the Infant corridor, cloakrooms and entrance as our younger children make their way out to play.
Our Year 5 Buddies, trained by the local Police and Community Support Officers lead on the playgrounds and are there to look out for anybody who needs help or a friend to play with. They wear hi-viz jackets (in a different colour to adults outside) so are easily recognisable. Younger children really look up to our Buddies and love this opportunity to have older friends.
We have recently carried out a pupil survey. The results from our older children are below. There were lots of positives noted that pleased us such as our children tell us:
There are a few areas that we have to work with the children on, either by gathering more information, involving them further in policy
Our children tell us that they know who to go to if worried or sad. If the opportunity to speak to an adult does not arise or children prefer to write something down, they can post a worry in their class Worry Box, safe in the knowledge that their teacher will read it and respond.