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Sugar Hill Primary School

'Learning and Growing Together'


Pupil Voice and Pupil Action Groups


At Sugar Hill Primary School we have a Year 6 Pupil Leadership Team. It is the responsibility of the Year 6 Pupil Leadership Team to seek the views of all pupils in school and to share this information with Senior Leaders and our Governing Body. 

This year we have some exciting things planned for our Year 6 Pupil Leadership Team. We would like them to take forward projects on behalf of the pupils and be involved in planning with members of staff and our Governing Body.

Our Year 6 Pupil Leadership Team will be adding some information to this page about their role and responsibilities.

Our Head Boy Daniel, Deputy Head Boy Kian, Head Girl Megan and Deputy Head Girl Erin lead the team and take additional responsibilities in school such as showing visitors around school, talking with governors and attending school and community events as Sugar Hill Ambassadors. 

To be effective, they must:

  • Represent all pupils and include as many people as possible
  • Take time to listen to all pupils and communicate their views
  • Feed back to pupils about what happened about their views
  • Make things happen – or explain why they can’t!

At Sugar Hill Mrs Legge works hard with the Year 6 Pupil Leadership Team to ensure they are supported in ensuring that:

  • any elections we have in school are fair and open
  • everyone is represented
  • there are different ways for people to give their views (e.g. class time, suggestion boxes, questionnaires, focus groups)
  • training is in place
  • there is effective communication so that people know what happens to their suggestions and ideas
  • the Year 6 Pupil Leadership Team make a difference for all children at Sugar Hill Primary


At Sugar Hill Primary we have a team of Gemsters who are qualified  'Good Learning Detectives'.

'Gemsters' received their initial training from Dr Tom way back in 2017.  Bella, George, Maisy, Oliver F, Chloe A, Adam, Aaron and Jorja will continue to spot the children in school who are demonstrating Gem Powers throughout 2019-2020. It's hard to believe how much our Gemsters have changed since their training day with Dr Tom. It must be down to acquiring all those powers! 


We are delighted to inform you our 2019-2020 Year 5 Mini Police at Sugar Hill are already taking their roles and responsibilities seriously and making a difference supporting other pupils across school. We have teamed up with Durham Constabulary, for the third year running, to have the MINI POLICE project at SUGAR HILL. This project engages with children aged 9-11 years in a fun and interactive way, with the emphasis being that the children have fun whilst learning about the police. During activities the children will learn about their personal safety and community problem solving, as well as gaining insight into how the police work in our area.

You can find out more about the project at

The children are all excited about their role and look so smart in their police uniforms! Autumn Term duties include' Breaktime Duties' every day, Traffic Surveillance outside school and representing Sugar Hill and Durham Police at the Newton Ayclife Remembrance Parade. 


Buddies at Sugar Hill are 'Special Playground Friends'. They are children who have volunteered to provide support in the playground, helping other children with playing games and trying to ensure that everyone enjoys happy playtimes and lunchtimes. Buddies are sensible, kind and caring and they have a good understanding of other people’s feelings. They are always willing to help. At lunch time Buddies are available to support children that may need help outside at lunchtime.They support those children who need someone to play with or need something to be sorted out. Our friendly and caring group of buddies can assist the children with whatever it may be. Buddies will always seek the support of adults in school if needed.


At Sugar Hill Primary we have a team of Peer Mediators. Peer Mediation is problem solving child with child. It is a process by which two or more children involved in a dispute meet in a private, safe and confidential setting to work out problems with the assistance of a Peer Mediator.  When children have a problem at school they are encouraged to find a solution that is safe, fair and leads to good feelings for everyone. The Peer Mediators help children to look at a problem and identify a solution by thinking about feelings, thoughts and actions. Peer Mediators always refer any unresolved problems to school staff but they are highly skilled at helping younger children to say sorry and make friends again. Fantastic!


If you need someone to give you some ideas to have a great playtime you might need the help of a 'Leap Leader'. Leap Leaders will be working with the teachers very soon to plan some interesting activities for playtimes. We have recently purchased some new equipment for playtimes. Skipping has become a firm favourite and helps to keep us fit too! 


Breakfast Club at Sugar Hill Primary started in October 2014 and is going from strength to strength. So much so we now have a team of Breakfast Club Helpers to ensure our club runs smoothly. Breakfast Club starts at 8:20am but most children arrive for 8:30am. It costs £1.00 a day payable on Parent Pay. We serve a healthy breakfast and it's a great start to the day. If you have not yet tried Breakfast Club and would like to join in the fun please call the school office to register interest. When this is done just turn up the days you want to and we will be happy to see you!


Visitors to our dining hall always make such lovely comments about our Lunchtime Leaders and Monitors who help the lunchtime supervisors and Senior Management Team to make sure lunchtime runs smoothly. Most recently a visitor remarked, 'It's so lovely to see older children taking responsibility and developing their leadership skills by helping staff to care for younger children'. We are so proud of the 'work ethic' of this group of pupils who take it in turns to complete different tasks. They look so smart in their 'Sugar Hill' aprons. The children are given the added responsibility to award younger children with special stickers  for 'Clean Plate Awards'. They are there to help all children to enjoy lunchtimes and they do a terrific job!


We have just appointed new members to our SNAG group in school. We are looking at ways to improve lunchtimes and we will be involving all children in school by conducting a survey. Survey Results will be shared on this page soon. In the meantime if you bring a packed lunch the SNAG group will be checking to see if you are eating a healthy lunch. 



As part of Investors in Children Re-Evaluation our pupil action group interviewed other pupils. They asked them to identify three great things about our school.

Here are some of the things that they said were 'great!'

Chloe interviewed three children-

Megan said children are kind, people and always helpful and lessons are fun.

Max said we have a great MUGA, we are allowed water bottles when we are thirsty and we write lots of stories.

Gracie said we learn lots, we do interesting activities and we have great teachers.

Ruby interviewed five children-

Ryan said the best things about school were football at playtimes and in PE lessons, our new MUGA and rewards.

Harry said friends, our school is really safe and we have no bullies!

Kai said singing, the MUGA and our football pitch.

Layton said the best things about school are lessons, teachers and friends!

Ryan said guitars, MUGA and our  football pitch.

Liam interviewed six children-

Jack said our teachers, the field and the MUGA.

Liam said because our school is big, the MUGA and our teachers!

Harvey said football, basketball and PE!

Safiye said morning break, maths and art!

Shae said PE, fun lessons and computing.

Cameron said PE, art and computing.

Eden interviewed nine children-

Chloe said teachers, maths and dinners!

Jess said maths, science and teachers.

Kaitlyn said our field, teachers and our MUGA.

Amy said maths, dinner and PE!

Callum said maths, friends and our environment!

Lana said clubs, playground and MUGA!

Maisie-Ann said good friends, teachers and getting to choose our own bags and coats!

Aleah said dinner, teachers and playtime!

Erin said our Reward Room, teachers and nice food at lunchtime.

Amy interviewed nine children-

Ruby said the Reward Room, the MUGA and Art/Computing.

Evie said learning, friends being kind on the yard and nice people to sit with in the dinner hall.

Lauren said PE is great, Build a Den Day was educational and homework (it is hard but it is good!)

Darcie said reading, art and computing.

Lexie said art, computing and maths.

Caitlin said maths, art and literacy.

Harvey said we are all well protected, the teachers look after us well and our school is the BEST!

Bruce said nice teachers, pupils are nice and science.

Dylan said PE, science and play time!

Ruby interviewed two children-

Gracie-Mai said teachers, learning and art.

Ella said friends, teachers and art.

Millie interviewed nine children-

Casey said teachers, writing and friends!

Maisie said swimming, PE and Adam Bushnell!

Ellie said maths, art and science!

Maddox said playing outside, doing work and literacy.

Poppy said teachers who help her learn, people who are nice to her and learning new things every day!

Alfie said MUGA, football and teachers!

Robyn said all the children get looked after, maths and toys!

Ruby said art, maths and friends!

Lucy said friends, teachers and snacks!


Sugar Hill Primary are accredited with 'County Durham Young Carers Charter' demonstrating our commitment to Young Carers and their families. This award follows re-accreditation and is for the time period 2017-2019. 

In school we have a Young Carers Working Party. If you think your child is a Young Carer please share this information with Mrs Legge to access additional support. We need your permission and authorisation to access services. We will respect confidentiality and to this end no photographs will be uploaded to this area of the website to identify Young Carers unless this is agreed by both the Young Carer and their parents/carers.

Definition of a Young Carer

A Young Carer is someone between the ages of 5-18 years who has caring responsibilities for a family member at home who has:

A serious or long term illness
A physical disability
A mental health problem
A drug or alcohol dependency
A learning disability

Young Carers’ may do things like:

Household chores
Preparing or cooking food
Personal care
Giving medication
Communicating on behalf of someone else
Ensuring someone’s safety
Providing emotional support

Indications that a pupil is a Young Carer

The pupil may:
May be late for school for no apparent reason or have erratic attendance.
Might be often tired, withdrawn or pre-occupied.
May have difficulty in joining in activities outside of school hours.
Could be a victim of bullying- may have few friends or skills with own age group.
May be under-achieving. Often hasn’t completed homework or it’s of a poor quality.
Could be anxious or concerned over ill/disabled relative.
May display behavioural/emotional problems.
Might have physical problems such as back pain from lifting an adult.

At Sugar Hill Primary school we recognise these signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but being a Young Carer should be considered a possibility and explored with the pupil in a private place. The Class Teacher/Support Assistant may refer the pupil to the Key Worker for further support. Our Deputy Head Teacher and SENDCo Mrs. Kathryn Legge, is the nominated Key Worker in our school. 

Why we feel it is important for our school to have a Young Carers’ Working Party

Research tells us that Young Carers have explained that they don’t always feel supported appropriately at school. We believe having a Young Carers Working Party will increase communication between our school and the Young Carers’ Service. We feel that this will support pupils in a way that will benefit them. We take seriously our responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to the needs of Young Carers.

At Sugar Hill Primary School it is the responsibility of everyone working in school to meet the outcomes set out in the Every Child Matters (ECM) document to secure a better future for children, whatever their background.

We always aim to ensure children can:
Be healthy
Stay safe
Enjoy and achieve
Make a positive contribution
Achieve economic well being

We have a Young Carers Policy. The aims of this policy are:

1.To provide all in our school community with an understanding of what a Young Carer is and what their responsibilities may be.
2. To clarify our responsibilities for Young Carers and inform parents and pupils.
3. To enable the creation of generic and individual plans to support Young Carers.

Actions we will consider to support Young Carers in particular circumstances.

We will always consider a confidential approach, providing a private space to speak with pupils who are taking on a caring role and to listen to their voice.

We recognise, however, that some Young Carers prefer not to discuss their caring role; but others might find it helpful to discuss their own personal situation with a member of staff.

We will ensure that all Young Carers are reminded of our Anti-Bullying policy and ensure that their experience is that this is being adhered to in practice.

We will help Young Carers to become aware of what their rights are in school.

We will set up a card system for Young Carers (if required) to be excused from class if they need support to deal with their emotions outside the classroom environment.

We will set up a ‘Late Pass’ card system (if required) for genuine reasons that cause Young Carers to be late, so children arriving late to class, are not questioned by staff, about their lateness.

We will ensure that all Young Carers are provided with additional support in school, as necessary, with homework tasks, which are not easily completed at home.

We will set up ‘Pastoral Support Plans’ (if required) for each Young Carer within school. These plans will be supported by Mrs Atkinson-Jones (Social Learning Mentor) and/or Bridge Young Carers’ Service.

We will maintain flexible arrangements for parents with disabilities to access our school/information about school including regular contact with Mrs Legge and/or Mrs Atkinson Jones.

The Key Worker, Mrs Kathryn Legge supported by Mrs Atkinson Jones will offer joint home visits for parents/carers if this is the preferred option for parents/carers rather than meeting in school.

School staff will work actively to refer pupils they think may be a Young Carer to Mrs Legge and Mrs Atkinson Jones for sensitive contact to made with the child’s family prior to any referral to Bridge Young Carers’ Service.

Parental permission will always be sought prior to any referral to an outside agency for a pupil in school staff think may be a Young Carer. If a referral is agreed Family Action- Bridge Young Carers’ Service aims to reduce the caring role of children by involving other services and enabling the family to find other solutions. Where caring continues, services will help to reduce the impact of the caring role.
The services provide:
• information
• informal advocacy
• one-to-one and family support
• group support
• time out from the caring role
• training and awareness-raising for other agencies.

Staff from Bridge Young Carers’ will be invited into school (when appropriate) to attend ‘Parent/Carer Awareness Sessions’ and/or Key Stage/Whole School Parent Sessions to raise awareness of the work of ‘Bridge Young Carers’ and how they can support Young Carers and their families.

Posters,Flyers and Newsletters will be displayed in school to provide information about ‘Family Action- Bridge Young Carers’ for children and their families.

Desired Outcomes
Governors, teaching and non-teaching staff will be aware of identified Young Carers within school and how we can work together to support them.

Young Carers will feel that there is more support for them within school and so will be more likely to talk with staff about their caring role. This will help to maintain an understanding and positive relationship between the pupil, their family, our school and the Young Carers’ Service.