St James' C of E Junior School

Work is going well in the group. The school have decided to publish their own school newspaper. The group have recruited a number of journalists that have been busy finding the latest big story. We have secured 3 businesses in Whitehaven to trade from: namely Santander, Hospice at Home and Richardson's Wines. In addition we will be selling the newspaper to children and parents next week from school and hopefully start making some profits.

The editor is now working hard getting all emails in from his journalists and adding the articles into microsoft publisher to get a final look of how the paper should look

Andrew Beattie
Head Teacher, St James' CE Junior School



Everything's come together this week, the newspaper is almost ready to publish so Thursday's meeting was about finalising a few things:

Dianne Richardson
Socio-Economic Manager, Balfour Beatty, Major Projects


The children have been very busy over the last few weeks putting together the school newspaper. With much relief, we were able to officially 'go to print' this week. To launch the 1st edition yesterday, we visited 3 stores in Whitehaven: Santander, Richardson's Wines and Hospice at Home; to deliver 30 copies to be sold in their respective stores. We also gave the very first edition to Ella G, who you may remember won the competition to design the school newspaper logo.

Today the newspapers went officially on sale on the playground with 40 copies getting snapped up in under 10 minutes. We will continue to sell the newspapers for the next 2 weeks, while our talented journalists find the next big story. If any parents would like to buy a copy we will be selling copies on the yard for £1 at the end of the day.

All profits raised will be split between the excellent charity work of Hospice at Home and school funds. A big well done to all of the children involved in putting the project together.

Andrew Beattie
Head Teacher, St James' CE Junior School

The school council: Ella C, Nate F, Connor H, Abigail F, Abigail S, Olivia B, Aiden C

Delivering to Santander


The last 2 days have been very busy. Yesterday we visited 3 business links in Whitehaven: Santander, Richardson's Wines and Hospice at Home whom have all agreed to sell our newspapers from their respective stores. We dropped off 30 copies each and await news to how quickly they are selling.

Today we passed our first school edition to Ella from year 3 who won a competition to design the Newspaper logo and collected her free copy of the very 1st edition. We also began selling the newspapers on the school yard and made £40 on our first playtime. We hope that the news will spread fast, (no pun intended) about how great the paper is and we will have even better custom tomorrow. Meeting planned for Thursday to discuss projected sales and profits.

Andrew Beattie
Head Teacher, St James' CE Junior School


We had our first meeting following the half-term break yesterday.

We reviewed the sales from Issue 1 and planned for Issue 2.

We very quickly realised that we don't have much time to get issue 2 out and sell it!

The team are all hands on deck for the next week to get issue 2 ready for sale in school on Thursday 9th March and distribution to our town centre stockists later that day ready for weekend sales ready for trading to close on Monday 13th March.

We're looking forward to totalling up our sales after that and Santander have kindly offered to match whatever money we make, doubling our turnover.

Dianne Richardson
Socio-Economic Manager, Balfour Beatty, Major Projects


The project we have undertaken has been to develop our very own school Newspaper. The start-up team involved a group of mixed-age 7 children (1 x from each class) who came up with the initial idea and started to allocate roles.

The initial roles included: editor, marketing, recruitment, financial manager and photographer.

The marketing team made links with 3 local businesses who have been selling the newspapers from their stores over the past few weeks. To drum up interest the children started a competition for children to design the final logo. The winner getting the first printed copy free of charge.

Recruitment soon realised that the team needed to grow and invited application letters from the rest of the school and recruited 12 further journalists to build the team.

The editor (this started off as one person but then grew to a team of 5 x Yr6 children) then took the articles and started to add them to the publisher document.