Latest news from around the school

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.

Let's have a fresh start!

Posted on 07 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

In the last couple of years, St James’ CE Primary has had lots of change – all for the better!

We’re the second most improved school in Leeds. (This is based on 2018 KS2 outcomes for pupils.)

How have we achieved this? New teachers, new Head of School, new policies and procedures, a new curriculum… In so many ways, St James’ CE Primary is a new school! We’re proud of our pupils and our lovely spacious school – we wouldn’t want to change either of those things! However, we’re also proud of the great improvements we’re making to make St James’ a happy and healthy place to learn.

You might have noticed a new sign outside our school. We thought it was important to show to Wetherby our fresh start!

This half-term's Christian value is...

Posted on 05 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree


Every half-term, we focus on one of our six Christian values.

Perseverance is needed when standing firm in the face of any difficulty. It is the special gift that we have when life is difficult or painful that helps us not to give up. Difficulties might include hardship, persecution or scorn, although we hope these difficulties do not arise in our school. We use it more in the context of ‘keeping going’ and ‘not giving up’. Which of our 8Rs for learning is it most similar to?

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

Why did the Church Council choose this Christian value? ‘Because Jesus always said to try our best.’ (Year 4 Church Council member)

Home Challenge:

  • How can we show perseverance in school?
  • How can we show perseverance in home, or in other situations?
  • Talk about a time when you showed perseverance.

Staying safe with fireworks

Posted on 29 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

With the darker nights come a number of events involving fireworks and bonfires, starting with Bonfire night – that’s next Monday, but many people will celebrate over the coming weekend.

Spend some time with your child talking about ways to stay safe. Here’s a list of sites to help inform young people and minimise the risks of harm:

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger

Posted on 29 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

YoungMinds is a charity set up to make sure children and young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

The YoungMinds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. Young people experiencing a mental health crisis and need support can text YM to 85258.

They also offer support for parents / carers, too.