Latest news from around the school

Wetherby News

Posted on 09 December 2018 by Miss Beatson

We feature in the Wetherby News this week, to celebrate the fact that we are the second most improved school in Leeds (by our KS2 outcomes) and to tell people about our recent visit from The Town Mayor, Cllr Galan Moss. We are very proud to show how fantastic and successful our children and the school are to everybody in the local community!


Our school charity

Posted on 04 December 2018 by Miss Beatson

On Friday, we all reviewed our whole-school homework on charity. We shared examples of charities we know and which charity we thought would be good to support this year.

Children brought some fantastic ideas to the table and could confidently  speak about why they had chosen a certain charity. Some children liked the work the charity did, whereas some children had been directly affected by their chosen charity.

Through good discussion and then a democratic voting process to reinforce British values, we narrowed a large list of charities down to just a few which were taken to School Council for the final vote: Cancer Research UK, Starlight, The Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, St Gemma’s Hospice, the NSPCC and many more.

Last year, our whole-school charity was Unicef– an international children’s charity. The School Council felt that this year it might be a good idea to support a national or even a local charity. After three different votes, we finally settled on our whole-school charity to be Dogs Trust. The voting was extremely close.

The School Council were happy with the overall decision and are looking forward to organising fundraising events!

The Town Mayor's visit

Posted on 26 November 2018 by Miss Beatson

On Friday, it was a very foggy, grey day but we were brightened up by having a very special visitor at St James’. The Town Mayor, Cllr Galan Moss, came to our school to help us celebrate our recent successes.

This year, he is supporting school PTAs in order to create links between the local council and schools. He officially opened our new gym equipment, which is the result of the tremendous efforts of our PTA, who raised funds to buy it.

Afterwards, Cllr Moss spoke to the Year 5 and 6 children about his role as the Town Mayor and answered questions from the children, such as: How did you become Mayor? What changes have you made to Wetherby? What’s the best thing about being the Mayor of Wetherby?

It was wonderful to meet the Town Mayor and show him around our fantastic school.


Does your child have an app called TikTok?

Posted on 19 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree has a new name – TikTok. This social network app has often given adults cause for concern because of the way that children use it to generate and share their own short videos and lip sync to popular audio clips. The app has a new name and new features, and now includes live streaming. Although the app has an age-limit of 13 years old, in practice there will be younger children using it, and the content may not be suitable. The UK Safer Internet Centre reports:

Because the app allows users to create videos using current and popular music, some of the songs contain explicit swearing, sexual content and references that may be inappropriate for younger users.

As users create their own content some videos posted in the app can contain inappropriate clothing or gestures. According to reviews on Common Sense Media, some parents have also reported seeing videos containing sexually suggestive or even explicit material.

Users also have the ability to interact and chat to other users of the app through the comment section under videos and the private messaging function. Private messages can only be sent between users who follow each other or are ‘friends’ and the messaging function can also be turned off entirely.

Profiles on TikTok are automatically set to public, so that any content you post can be seen by anyone within the app.  There is also a Restricted Mode which can help to filter out inappropriate content and prevent  the user from being able to start their own live streams.

Consultation on changes to the admissions policy for schools in Leeds

Posted on 16 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Leeds City Council is proposing changes to its admissions policy for schools in Leeds. The main change is to set catchment areas for community and voluntary controlled Leeds schools.

The authority welcomes all your views and encourages you to respond by the deadline of 07 December 2018.

Find out more about the consultation and how to respond.

(Please note the changes mainly relate to Moortown Primary, although parents/carers of all Sphere Federation schools may want to be part of the consultation.)

Online safety (e-safety) magazine

Posted on 12 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

#DITTO is a free online safety (e-safety) magazine for schools, organisations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology.

The latest edition has just been published. This edition includes:

  • Banning pornography
  • Talking to a trusted adult
  • Fostering an ethos of online safety
  • Beware the expert
  • Impact of violent and graphic media

Remembrance Sunday

Posted on 11 November 2018 by Miss Beatson

Thank you to our Year 5 and 6 children, who attended the Remembrance Sunday parade in Wetherby this morning. It was lovely to see familiar faces walking with the Brownies too.

Achievement Assembly

Posted on 09 November 2018 by Miss Beatson

Well done to all the children who received a certificate this week.

Staying safe to and from school

Posted on 08 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

We want our children to be happy and healthy learners. For older children, walking to and from school, perhaps with friends, can be a good way to incorporate some physical activity into the school day. It’s also a way to develop independence as they approach secondary school.

If your child walks, scoots or cycles to and from school without an adult, please do make sure you regularly check that they understand how to stay safe.

Are they crossing roads in a safe way?
It can be easy to become distracted, perhaps with their friends or, even more likely, if they’re using a mobile. Make sure you’re confident your child knows the importance of crossing roads safely.

Do they know what to do if they encounter a stranger who’s behaving suspiciously?
Perhaps when you were growing up, the message was ‘Stranger danger’. However, this message doesn’t recognise that sometimes approaching a stranger is a way to stay safe – if your child were to get lost, seeking help would be better than becoming more lost, for example. A new campaign is promoting a new message: ‘Clever never goes‘. Does your child know to never go off somewhere with an adult (whether a stranger or not)? Does your child have ideas about what to do if an adult is following them?

If you’ve any specific questions, comments or concerns, please do ask.

Anti-bullying week- odd socks day

Posted on 07 November 2018 by Miss Beatson

Next week is Anti-bullying Week. This year’s theme is ‘Choose Respect’ and we will be joining in with Odd Socks Day on Monday 12 November.

This day is to raise awareness of our differences, individuality and personal choice. There is no need for any payment – your child should simply wear odd socks and join in the fun!

Thank you for your support.