St James' launched their new curriculum in September 2022. This was written by our staff, led by Miss Hayward and Miss Greenfield, and has been updated, revamped and tailored to meet the specific needs of our children.
St James’ is a large primary school in the centre of Tunbridge Wells, a Spa town in the South East of England with a commuter link to London. At St James’ we have a small catchment area, however this holds a changing demographic and we benefit from a diverse mix of cultures and ethnicities. We aim to deliver a curriculum which is suited to the needs of all our learners here at St James’. Tunbridge Wells hosts many nurseries and secondary schools with different characteristics including, but not limited to, forest schools, grammar and faith schools, and our pupils transit between a number of these as they enter and leave primary education. It is therefore our role to prepare our pupils for a variety of different education systems when they leave Key Stage 2, building on a wide range of foundation experiences.
At St James’ we aim to educate the whole person. We want each child to flourish academically and to grow in wisdom, informed by the deep tradition of Christian wisdom which offers a healthy, and long-term context for all their growing and learning together. This is enabled by an excellent education, a broad and balanced curriculum, with a rich variety of experiences that extend beyond the classroom.
The symbol of St James’ is the pilgrim’s shell. As each child journeys through school, we seek to support them by laying firm foundations, growing and learning together from the teaching of Jesus about wise and foolish builders.
We aim to develop pupils who are world citizens by celebrating diversity and developing an understanding of the world and their place within it.
Please look through our planning documents and curriculum overview for more information.