Pupil Roles and Responsibilities at Botley C of E Primary School
Every child in the school is a member of one of four Houses: Fire, Water, Air and Earth. At the beginning of each year, a Year 6 boy and girl are elected as the House Captains by the other members of their House. Any Year 6 interested in this role has to give a presentation to their House before a paper-based vote is undertaken. The House Captains help to organise House Sports on a weekly basis and represent their House in different ways when needed. They also run additional lunchtime clubs.
The Lunch Bunch support children during lunchtimes in the dinner hall. These Year 5/6 children are appointed to support the children with manners and behaviour whilst eating (awarding certificates and stickers for positive behaviours), to encourage children to eat more of their food and to assist with cutting food.
Children from across the school are appointed to work as Office Angels. These are Key Stage 2 pupils, who work alongside each other, supported by a member of the support staff. This role entails the pupils answering the telephone and dealing with parent enquiries, therefore using and developing their social and interpersonal skills and acting as ambassadors for the school.
The Playground Pals support children during break times and lunchtimes both on the playground and in classrooms during wet playtimes. Pupils wishing to undertake this role apply for the job and are given training and guidance by a designated member of staff.
The Worship Team are responsible for leading the children in prayer at the end of a Daily Worship and choose children from different classes to read the prayer with them. Prayers are written in conjunction with the weekly worship theme and link directly to the nature of the assembly. In addition to this, on a termly basis, the team work with the R.E Leader to plan and lead whole school worship.
Junior Road Safety Officers
This initiative, promoted by Hampshire County Council, gives children the opportunity to lead on promoting road safety to their school communities - in a fun way, while getting serious road safety messages across. There is County run training each year and two Year 6 and two Year 5 children are chosen to take up this vital role. They run workshops, competitions and promote road safety throughout the year.
The Reception Buddies support the Reception children during their lunchtimes. They play games with the children, model good behaviour and read to them at the end of the lunchtime session so they are settled and ready for registration.
Each class from Year 1 upwards has two School Councillors, voted for by the children. If children wish to be a Councillor, they put their name forward to their teacher, who chooses four children to present their ‘manifesto’ to the class. The class then vote for their two Councillors. School Council meetings work on a fortnightly cycle. One week, the Councillors meet with Miss Sambles (Deputy Head) and discuss issues and successes that need to be raised. These can come from the children, staff or Governors. The following week, School Councillors then hold a Class Meeting to get their class’ views and opinions. In this way, all children have a voice in decision-making and are able to put forward ideas. School Councillors also attend some Governor meetings during the school year.
Digital Leaders are appointed by the Computing Lead after an application process. This role is for pupils in KS2. The selected children work alongside the Computing Lead to promote the profile of computing in our school. This job involves attending lunchtime coding training, trialling and reviewing apps and software, offering in class support to pupils in a range of year groups and taking responsibility for reporting broken or malfunctioning equipment.