Latest news from around the school

Children in Need

Posted on 17 November 2017 by Miss Beatson

Thank you to everybody who donated money by dressing up or buying some cakes from our cake sale today. We raised a fantastic £191.03 for Children in Need.



Town Hall visit

Posted on 15 November 2017 by Miss Beatson

Today, the School Council visited the Town Hall, to look at proposed plans for playing areas in Wetherby. They were asked for their views and opinions to help developers design the best possible parks they can.

Here is some feedback our school council gave the planning team:

  • “I like the swings in the spider web park because they look like they go really high.”
  • “I like some of the ideas for the slides because there were different sizes so all ages could use them.”
  • “I thought in one of the parks they could have a big slide as well as a little slide.”  


Happy and healthy learning

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Mr Roundtree

How much exercise does your child have in one day?

We want all our children to be happy and healthy learners – and those three things (happiness, health and learning) are all closely linked.

Read more about how physical activity can really help happiness (impacting on anxiety and self-esteem, for example) and learning (having a positive effect on concentration and memory).

Anti-bullying Week

Posted on 12 November 2017 by Miss Beatson

Next week is national Anti-Bullying Week and our Living and Learning statement is I know how to STOP bullying.

The theme this year is All Different, All Equal with the following key aim:

The idea is to help children and young people celebrate what makes them, and others, unique and help them understand why it’s important that every child feels included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying.

Our school definition has recently been reviewed by the new School Council.

‘Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally, several times on purpose.’

As part of their learning this week, children will discuss these aspects of bullying:

Remembrance Sunday Parade

Posted on 12 November 2017 by Miss Beatson

Thank you to our pupils who represented St James’ at the Wetherby Remembrance Sunday Parade today. There was a huge turnout from the local community and it was fantastic to be part of it.

Applying for a Reception place for September 2018

Posted on 11 November 2017 by Mr Roundtree

If you have a child born between 01 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, you can now apply for your child’s Reception place to start school in September 2018.  You have until 15 January 2018 to complete your applications and should apply using the online system. You’ll be informed of your school offer via email on national offer day, Monday 16 April 2018.

Please see below links to the online system and our YouTube video explaining the application process.

Apply online here.

Watch a YouTube video to help here.

Read the Leeds City Council flyer – this has lots of Q&A to help you.

If you’d like any further guidance or help, please contact the Admissions team:

Yesterday, you 'watched us while we work'...

Posted on 09 November 2017 by Mr Roundtree

…thanks very much to you if you came along yesterday to the first of our ‘Watch us while we work’ sessions. This was a visit to school to get a flavour of what Reading, Writing and Maths teaching and learning is like in school, and hopefully to help you understand more about your child’s progress and how you can support at home.

Thanks for the feedback, too. Following the visits to classes, you had the opportunity to speak with Miss Hague about what you saw and to raise any questions and comments.

Here’s some of the feedback:

“Excellent to see how the children respond in each class. Year 5,6 was fantastic – hands-on learning, helping each other and talking through problems. Year 3,4 – nice idea using dice to help so calculations. Will use this at home. Year 1,2 – nice to see the children working in groups. Liked the counters to help them.”

“All of it was very good to watch.”

“It was good to see the pride in children as parents watched, and good to see older children taking responsibility for showing children round.”

“The children seemed to be really enjoying the work but also they were challenged. It went really well. Very reassuring.”

“It was good to see what was going on in the classroom and how the children are taught so we can implement this at home.”

That’s great – thanks very much. Teachers will appreciate the comments.


Interested in a volunteering role?

Posted on 06 November 2017 by Mr Roundtree

Childline is a key source of advice and support to children and young people. Now 31 years old, many of the counselling sessions  are online, with only a third taking place on the phone. Most calls are taken in the evenings, especially on Mondays.

Although Childline have around 1,400 volunteers, another 400 would help them increase capacity and answer more calls for help. There are centres across the UK including Leeds.

Read more about a volunteering role with Childline.

Online safety - keep up to date at home

Posted on 06 November 2017 by Mr Roundtree

#DITTO is a free online safety magazine from esafety adviser, Alan Mackenzie, aimed at schools, organisations and parents. The content looks at risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology.

Read the latest edition of #DITTO. It contains features about:

  • Friends and followers
  • Permanence
  • Cyber trauma – Secrets
  • DITTO – account security
  • Two-factor authentication


Posted on 02 November 2017 by Mr Roundtree

Our Living and Learning theme this half-term is Identity. Pupils will learn about their rights and responsibilities, what makes themselves and others special, valuing the similarities and differences between themselves and others and what is meant by community. This will be taught through our Living and Learning sessions and also two focused weeks – Anti-bullying week (13 November) and Who do you think you are? (20 November).

Our full Living and Learning long term plan is now available on the health pages and you can keep up to date with our weekly Living and Learning statements on the parent noticeboard in the playground and also on the school calendar.