St James' CE Primary School

St James CE Primary School

Pupil Voice - democracy in action

We have a school council which is made up of class representatives, and is run by Mrs Biddlecombe, the head teacher. A member of the school governors is also responsible for attending meetings. Each class conducts an annual democratic vote to decide their representatives on the school council.

The council is active and in the past have agreed changes to the school uniform and approved a new logo for the school. They have, among other things, also organised various appeals, chosen new play equipment for the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds, and were, for example, involved with interviewing for our Deputy Head   They also have an input to the annual Pupil Questionnaire. 

However, we aim to make children's voices heard in every area of the school, especially in their own learning.  In each class children are asked what they would like to learn and how they would like to do it.  As they grow older, they also have a greater role in setting and working towards targets to ensure that they make great progress.

We believe strongly that if children have a major role in planning and monitoring their own learning they will be more interested and more committed to work hard to achieve work of real quality.

House captains - every child is a member of one of the four school houses - Rosen, Dahl, Lewis and Fine. Every year two year 6 children are elected as house captains by the other members of their house.  Any year 6 childintersted in this role has to give a presentation before a vote takes place.     

Playground pals - The playground pals help children during playtimes. The children are usually from years 5 & 6 and they apply for the role.  Training is then given. 

School ambassadors - we have two ambassadors for our school.  They are children from year 6 who have applied for the position.  Part of their duties is giving informative tours of our school to prospective parents.