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St Mary's C of E

School Bideford

Pupil Voice

School Council

St Mary’s School Council is an active group of students from KS2 who have been elected to represent the views of all pupils to improve our school. 


The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made within our school.


Our councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of the other pupils they represent.


The School Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run.


Members meet regularly with Mrs Nast, Mrs Bazell and Miss Naylor.


School Prefects

Prefects play a vital part in representing St Marys School.  The school currently has a team of eight prefects split between the four House Groups: St Anne, St Christopher, St Catherine, St Francis.


Our Year 6 pupils who put themselves forward as candidates, prepared and presented a persuasive speech to the whole school.  Following this, all our pupils used our Ballot Box to vote for their chosen prefect.


Prefects support kindness and positive play, around school, as well as providing tours around St Mary’s, and representing our school within our wider community.


They recently represented St Mary’s by participating in Bideford’s Remembrance Service on Sunday 11th November.



RotaKids is an exciting way to make friends and get involved with important activities, while having fun.  Ideas cover a wide range: from fundraising for charity to improving the school environment as well as the local community.  


RotaKids are the youngest members of the Rotary Family, who provide a unique opportunity for Rotarians, schools and young people to work together.  

RotaKids meet at school every Friday from 3.15 – 4.15pm.


Our Rota Kids Pledge:

"As a RotaKid, 

I endeavour to be fair to all  

to serve my community  

and to show respect for others"



It is vital that ours future generation understand their to respect, protect, and preserve the natural world.


EcoKids are a team of children who raise eco-awareness at St Mary’s.  They work together as a driving force within the school to raise awareness of environments, from global to individual classrooms.


Listed below are some ways that help to make our impact a little less noticeable on the environment around us. 


• Each classroom is actively involved in recycling all the paper and cardboard waste.

• Turning off lights and heaters in spaces that are not being used.

• Developing garden or growing spaces around the school to encourage birds and other creatures.

• Use of our compost site.

• Turning off projectors when not in use.

• Closing doors behind us - especially in winter.

• Recycling used pens.

• Reducing our Carbo Footprint by walking, scooting and cycling to school.


Ethos Team

The Ethos team works alongside Miss Ashton and Reverend Claire. They support other pupils in the school during Collective Worship and are the pupil voice for Christian distinctiveness and the promotion of our school values.  


They are deemed ambassadors for Christian distinctiveness and British Values within the school and they meet regularly to discuss ways forward for the school. Together, they create prayers, poems, assemblies and displays, which reflect the school’s core values.


The School Values are:

• Friendship

• Enjoyment

• Respect

• Honesty

• Forgiveness

• Achievement