We encourage students to develop their leadership skills throughout their time at St James’. As a school we know each student and their unique talents and can match them with the right opportunities to enable them to fulfil their potential as part of the St James’ family.
Form Leadership Teams
We have a pupil leadership team within each form who lead on a variety of form activities throughout the school year eg collective worship, fundraising, assembly preparation and delivery.
Pupils are selected to be a sports ambassador by the PE Faculty. Their role mainly involves helping to plan, support and deliver primary school sporting events. For example, tri-golf and primary netball competitions both in school and at external locations. They also have the opportunity to lead clubs for younger pupils. The leadership qualities they need to demonstrate are the ability to role model good practice, to lead by example and to show enthusiasm within PE lessons and extra-curricular sporting activities.
The School Council hopes to be a fair and accurate reflection of the student family voice at St James’. We are a platform for positive change and believe that every student deserves an opportunity to be heard and cared for as part of our Catholic faith. We aim to listen and speak up, to offer students the chance to overcome obstacles, celebrate excellence and be happy in school.
The Student Council plays an important leadership role in facilitating a platform for pupil voice to be heard. Every year students are selected to become members of the school council. Students become representatives for their year and are voted for in a completely democratic method, which even includes anonymous hustings to allow candidates’ terms to be scrutinised and to avoid the election becoming merely a popularity contest. Once elected, members of the council meet every week to discuss ideas and issues that have been raised by the school community. The council also receives plenty of opportunities to discuss wider, local issues due to its links with Stockport Youth Parliament and other agencies within the area. From organising whole school events, such as St James’ week, to leading whole school initiatives, such as anti-bullying campaigns, the school council is always active in promoting pupil voice and raising awareness of topics ranging from the environment to mental health to transport, and so much more.
Pupils apply at the end of year 10 to become part of the year 11 prefect team.
Our team consists of Head Boy & Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy & Deputy Head Girl. All four were appointed after an intense selection process in September 2020. They are:
Cameron (Head Boy) & Abby (Head Girl)
William (Deputy Head Boy) & Ellie (Deputy Head Girl)
The Head Boy and Girl of the school are responsible for managing the whole of the Prefect Body, ensuring that all duties are carried out correctly and that the Prefects are the ultimate role models for all other pupils in the school.
Duties of the Head Boy and Girl consist of representing the school as St James’ ambassadors, making speeches at school events and being an integral part of the induction process for the new Year 7s in September.
The Prefects are key to all major events that the school is involved in, such as organising Open Evenings and Parents Evenings, taking parents and pupils on tours of the school and generally welcoming visitors to St James’.
All prefects are involved in leading fundraising events, such the Christmas collection of food and gifts for Chelwood food bank and the Wellspring centre.
All prefects have the opportunity to contribute to the wider life of the school and to support the school community. The mentoring of KS3 pupils is a valued service to the school and a rewarding experience for the prefects.
As ambassadors for the school, the Prefects ensure that the views of all pupils are represented and listened to by coordinating student voice for a wide range of school issues such as teaching and learning and extracurricular activities.
“The relationships between teachers and students has encouraged me to take up the role of Head Boy” said Cameron.
“The school has taught me that the bare minimum is never acceptable. This was also true during the selection process for prefect“ said William.
“To be a prefect you do not need to be perfect, but you do need to put in as much effort as possible” said Abby.
“I have really enjoyed my time at St James’ and it has led me on this path to become Deputy Head Girl. It has given me the confidence ready for the next stage of education and to continually improve myself as a person” said Ellie.