Welcome from the Headteacher
Welcome to St James’ Church of England (Aided) Primary School. Our primary school opened in September 2019, formed from the merger of the infant and junior schools. We are all very excited at this opportunity to work together as adults and as children.
I have been the Junior School headteacher since April 2012, and head of both schools since September 2017.
St James’ Primary School puts the child at the centre of their learning. As a Church School, we believe this learning happens in a caring Christian environment and is based on our shared values where each one of us is respected and we understand our responsibility to ourselves, each other and the wider community.
We have high expectations for all of our children at St James' but above all, we want our pupils to be happy and successful individuals with a love of learning that lasts their whole lives.
We recognise and value the important role that parents play and see effective education as a partnership between home and school. Our aim is to help children in our care become self-confident and independent individuals who respect all members of our school community and recognise their growing responsibilities as citizens.
Our school vision is set out below and underpins all that we do at our school:
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 have adopted the following six values to serve and supplement the vision: