Welcome to Our School Council Page


Our wonderful school council have been busy updating their notice board, writing to our Action Aid sponsored pupil Dafeen in Uganda and consulting with their classes about the class Christmas activities! They have been improving their speaking and listening skills and we’re very proud of how they are supporting each other. 



The School Council loved their first meeting with Mrs Walton, our Chair of Governors.


Class 1 Junior and Lottie-Mai

Class 2 Hannah and Azeem

Class 3 Thomas and Inaayah

Class 4 Hafsa and Iemaan

Class 5 Hyder and Fahmida

Class 6 Rimla, Ahmad and Gracie


Our School Council

Pupil Parliament Day 2: team building and forest school at St Paul's. What fun!



Our Y5 and 6 school council members took part in a  Pupil Parliament Day where they took part in lots of different group activities and even made a presentation about our school to all the adults and children who were there.  We are very proud of how well they conducted themselves; they were a credit to St James'.


London 2019

Members of our School Council had a very exciting day in London with Mrs Marsh and Mrs Walton and - of course - Fred the Frog.



What a fantastic treat for the School Council to meet with Tameside Mayor Cllr Leigh Drennan in the Mayor's Parlour. 

The School Council have been busy finding out how each class lives out our School Golden Values.

Class 6 - Acting responsibly

Class 5 - Be active, be healthy

Class 4 - Think for the future

Class 3 - Celebrate achievement

Class 2 - Respect everyone

Class 1 told us what they love about our school. They had lots to say!

 Class 1 Maisy and Isaac
Class 2 Owen and Rebecca
Class 3 Filza and Olivia
Class 4 Preaw and Oliver
Class 5 Alfie and Zenab
Class 6 Paddy and Shauna

 Congratulations to our newly elected School Council.  And their first duty...?

Only meeting and showing Angela Rayner MP around our school!


On Friday 12th October, the school council guided our MP Angela Rayner on a tour of the school and then submitted her to a Question and Answer session with tea and biscuits thrown in.

The newly elected school council had prepared the tour around the school working in pairs. The tour included a very windy visit to the Secret Garden, outdoor areas, the school library, hall, infant area and FSU building and gardening area. The pupils explained key features of the areas they visited and Angela asked the children lots of questions. She learned about our Golden Values, the tremendous music provision in school, our links with Action Aid in Uganda, and all the beautiful work displays.

The children were absolutely delighted when Angela joined in with the nursery and reception children to sing ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes!’

No visit to the school could miss our pride and joy – the allotment and poly tunnels where we grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. Of course we had to tell her about our fantastic success in winning ‘Best Primary School’ at the Royal Tatton Garden Show this July!

The children then sat with Angela in the staffroom and asked her lots of questions. The questions had come from all the different classes in school and ranged from topics such as her role as MP for Ashton, to her likes and dislikes as a child at school and her views on schools as shadow secretary for education.

The visit was a great success. The school council had been very nervous and excited about their first job as school council members. They did an excellent job and this was in large part thanks to Angela Rayner who was wonderful - friendly, informative and she made them all feel very special and proud.

We would like to give her a big ‘thank you’ for the visit and for making the children feel so special. She has made lots of friends at St James and we hope to welcome her back in the future.

Shelagh Walton, Chair of Governors


Class 1 Kobe and Guilia
Class 2 Hadia and Faizan
Class 3 Delan and Klaudia
Class 4 Libby and Yammi
Class 5 Olivia and Harvey
Class 6 Kai and Sienna

 Our super School Council have been very busy this year. Read their end of year report to read more about their year - including their fabulous trip to London.

Followed by a jam packed newsletter to Dafeen who lives in Uganda and we sponsor through Action Aid. Dafeen loves to receive our letters and always write back to us to tell us about her family and school.

Then, an article for the Parish Magazine to report on our visit from the Mayor of Tameside to award our Arts Awards.

The School Council gathered class prayers to start the year and display on their notice board.



Another exciting adventure for our School Council when they went to meet the new Mayor of Tameside, The Worshipful The Civic Mayor of Tameside Councillor Joyce Bowerman, at the Mayor's Parlour.




Our Year 3-6 School Council representatives have enjoyed a fabulous trip to the Houses of Parliament in London with Mrs Walton (our Chair of Governors) and our headteacher Mrs Marsh. 

 Whilst Mrs Marsh was looking through some old school photos, she found this picture of a St James' school trip to London sometime between 1930 and 1940.  What an amazing picture taken in almost the exact same position as the one with our School Council. 


Class 6 - Joseph and Amina

Class 5 - Jamelia and Harry

Class 4 - Ronaldo and Michal

Class 3 - Sara and Alfie

Class 2 -  Ahmad and Jessica

Class 1 - Khadija and Bobby-John

School Council made a busy start to the year by redesigning their notice board.



The School Council really enjoyed visiting the then mayor, Councillor Vincent Ricci and his wife Julie.  The mayor presented certificates in good work assembly and was taken on a tour of school by school council members before enjoying a cup of tea and biscuits with them! 

Class 6 - Muzammal and Fatima

Class 5 - Uzair and Simran

Class 4 - Fatima and Kevin

Class 3 - Evie and Charlie-James

Class 2 - Zenab and Zeeshan

Class 1 - Isobel and Ricardo



Our School Council visited the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Vincent Ricci, at Dukinfield Town Hall.  Accompanied by our headteacher, Mrs Marsh, and our Chair of Governors, Mrs Walton, the children went prepared with questions to find out more about his important job.

 Class 1 Theo and Nikkie

Class 2 Lydia and Ilyaas

Class 3 Alyaah and Denis

Class 4 Daniel and Faye

Class 5 Bianca and Owen

Class 6 Lucy and Freshta

School Council Report 2013-2014

Our school council has been very busy this year and has worked on the following school activities:

  •          Letter to Hadiija Nabaka, our Action Aid pupil that we are linked to in Uganda
  •          Creation of our new School prayer
  •          Christmas dinner menu choices
  •          Easter Egg Hunt
  •          Golden Time Disco
  •          The next school council

Lucie and Harvey

Easter Egg Hunt

We were given a large map of the school and in small groups we created different trails. We then made the eggs, and we coloured them, cut them out and laminated them so that they wouldn’t rip.

When each class came into the hall we all worked with different groups and helped them to get around the trail and find the answers to the clues. We searched for Easter eggs – it was great fun! At the end everyone got a chocolate.

We had a lovely morning and we hope it runs again. It was the best day ever. We hope the next school council run a hunt!


Letter to Hadiija Nabaka

As a group we decided what we thought were the things we wanted to tell her about St James. We then chose sections to write about and once it was finished Amina collected all the work in and typed it up. We took a picture of the school council and some other school pictures were added to the letter as well.

We are very proud of our letter.

Click here to read our brilliant letter and take a tour of our school.

Maddy and Millie

Golden Time Disco

We organised a school Golden Time disco – it was great!  We asked lots of children what kind of music they would like and prepared our ‘disco list’ (Maddy: ‘With a bit of help from my Auntie!’).  Then we invited class teachers to send some of their children to dance – and what amazing dance moves we saw! 


School Prayer

We organised a competition for a new school prayer. A box for entries was put in the entrance and we had 32 entries! The school council read them all and we decided that there wasn’t 1 winner. So we highlighted the sections of pupils’ prayers that we all liked and the prayer was created from that.

The school prayer was read out in assembly and the names of the pupils who had helped to write it. It’s a lovely prayer that is special for our school.

 Click here to read our beautiful school prayer.

Next Year’s School Council

Millie and Emily

We talked about this in our last meeting and talked about how we had been chosen. As a group we decided that anyone that wants to be in the school council should write a short speech/letter saying why they want be on the council and put it in a box in the entrance. We can then choose some pupils from these letters and check with the class teachers and then choose who will be on the council.

What have I contributed to the school council this year?

Millie - “We have helped each other and worked as a team to help make the school an even better place.”

Emily – “I helped to get new toys for our school.”

Lucie  I have had lots of fun in School Council. We have been making decisions. I have been a good friend.”

Zarmeen – “I have enjoyed it and think I have been a good friend. It’s so good!”

Conor – “I helped to plan a successful Easter Egg Hunt and I thought of lots of good ideas to make our school better.”

Amina – “I helped to organise the Easter egg Hunt, and helped to organise the letter to Hadiija Nabaka. I have helped the younger ones and planned lots of things. I am pleased about what I have done.”

Caitlin – “I typed Hadiija Nabaka’s letter so that it was clearer and easier to read and helped a lot with the school prayer competition. I think I have contributed lots to the school council.”

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