St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School

Our Pupils

In our school we promote good citizenship in a variety of ways. The children have opportunities to hold various positions of responsibility in school aiming to serve each other and improve life in and around school.

Meet some of the most important people at our school – the children!

School Council

Members of our School Council.

Our School Council consists of two representatives from each class.

Each pupil in Key Stage 2 is invited to write a manifesto if they wish to run for the School Council. Councillors are then voted for by their class.

Key Stage 1 pupils take it in turns to attend council meetings.

We meet every half term to discuss issues that affect us in school. We discuss things with our class councils we would like to change or improve in our School and Community. We take responsibility for making sure that every child is heard.

We liaise with pupils, staff, parents and governors to carry out any action points from our topic discussions.

A School Council meeting in action.
The School Council notice board.

School Council 2018/19

An agenda in readiness for School Council meetings for children’s ideas has been sent out each half term to each class. We have discussed children’s suggestions on how to improve our fantastic school. Action taken following some of the children’s suggestions included:

  • Different pizza toppings on a Friday- suggestions were taken from each class and fed back to the kitchen and actioned.
  • Visit from our cook, Mrs Hardiman, who explained why and where our school food and ingredients are locally and usually organically sourced and why this is important for our local economy.
  • A presentation given by a group of Y5 children on the importance of being an eco-friendly school and how we can make a difference to our local environment (Article 24 of the UNICEF Convention.) School councillors cascaded information to their class and stressed the importance of using recycling bags and plastic bottles bin in the KS2 playground.
  • The school council suggested that a ‘Big Tidy Up’ was organised to ensure the school grounds were clean and tidy, ensuring that all litter was cleared after break time.
  • Following suggestions from the children, suggestions made to make use of prayer garden (weather permitting) during Emotional Wellbeing week as the area provides a calm area for reflection and mindfulness.
  • Children informed that reminders needed to be given as to what activities were permitted during break times.
  • Suggestions made to SLT for new books in our school library following suggestions from different classes.
  • UNICEF rights questionnaires have been completed (before and after rights respecting week.)
  • Thoughts and ideas for rights respecting week have been discussed regularly.
  • Outlined what was required for ShoeShare during Rights Respecting Focus Week and explained the tally chart to all of the school council and what they needed to action/feedback to each class.
  • Evaluation of rights respecting week completed and discussed how we can improve next year. Ideas brainstormed and all agreed that ShoeShare should be continued as they found it to be a fun way to fundraise for those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Litter Pickers

Did you know that large animals, like horses, can die from eating carrier bags? Plastic is made from oil, a non-renewable resource made from dead plants and animals over millions of years! Did you also know that scientists predict oil will run out in 50 years? Litter kills wildlife! Small animals can get trapped in plastic bottles.

At St. Ambrose Barlow, we realise the importance of looking after our planet. Linking Article 24 of the UNICEF Convention, Global Goals 12, 13 and 15 and Laudate Si’, our School Councillors encouraged older children to litter pick around our school site. Have you seen them at work in our playground during break times?


Liturgical Leaders

Liturgical Leaders 2019/20.

Some Year 5 pupils have been given the special responsibility to evaluate prayer focuses throughout the entire school.

Each pupil is expected to assess whether liturgical colours of the Church’s calendar have been used, flowers or plants and a candle decorate the altar, a bible is open at an appropriate page and if statues or other appropriate artefacts are displayed.

Consideration as to whether the altar is interactive, for example, by means of a prayer box is also addressed. Children also ensure that the focus is changed regularly, used by the teachers and pupils, looks well-presented and is well cared for.

Keep up the wonderful work Year 5 pupils!

Lunchtime Buddies

The School Council asked the younger children how they felt in the dining hall when they started school. After a lot of discussion they decided to introduce Lunchtime Buddies and launched our new scheme during Anti–Bullying Week.

One Year 6 pupil sits at each table with three Reception children. They wear badges so that they can be identified easily.

After just a few weeks our youngest children seem far happier in the dining hall – and it seems much quieter!

A Lunchtime Buddy helping one of the younger children.
A Year 6 pupil looking after the Reception children.

Peer Mediators

Peer Mediation wall display.

All Year 6 pupils receive training as Peer Mediators. They spend a day early in the Autumn term learning the important skills of co-operation, communication, problem solving and conflict resolution.

They then take it in turns working in pairs, supporting the lunchtime supervisors, by helping Key Stage 2 pupils to solve minor problems in the playground at lunchtimes.

Play Leaders

Year 5 pupils, wishing to become Play Leaders write a letter of application stating why they would like to be a play leader and the qualities needed for this position. Ten pupils are then trained as Play Leaders by the previous team.

They organise fun play activities for smaller groups of pupils in Year 1 and Year 2.

Play Leaders freely give up their time and are a very committed group who make a big difference to the young children's playtime.


Song Leaders

Enjoying a song.

Playtime is always fun in the Key Stage 1 playground with lots of equipment and friends to play with but it has got even better following the reintroduction of our Key Stage 2 Song Leaders, who have recently taken part in a training programme to revise and learn new singing games.

We think you would agree the Key Stage 2 pupils are certainly living out the value and virtue of generosity in giving up their own playtime to work with our younger pupils.

Star Diners

Some of our star diners.

Another School Council initiative!

Each term a pupil from each class is chosen by the lunchtime supervisors to receive the Star Diners' Award. This is given for eating with a knife and fork, saying 'please' and 'thank you' to the Cook and generally having good table manners.

Star Diners may choose a guest to bring to the Star Diners' table which is decorated as well as the best restaurant!

Star Pupils

Star Pupils from Autumn Term 2019.

Each term one pupil in each class is chosen as the Star Pupil. They are presented with a certificate at the End of term assembly and have their photograph displayed in the school foyer.

This was a School Council initiative and pupils are rewarded for effort, great work, behaviour and attitude throughout the term.

House Points and House Point Monitors

At St Ambrose Barlow Catholic School, we use our house-point system as a means of rewarding pupils and to provide a competitive element between groups of children

If a member of staff (which could be a lunchtime supervisor, a teacher, etc.) rewards a child with a house point, it is recorded by the child on their class house point chart. Once a week, the House Point Monitors count the number of house points collected across the school. Results are delivered at either a Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 Golden Assembly each week.

A house-point trophy is presented to the winning team and this is displayed in the school, with the appropriate coloured ribbon for that week.