A Woodard School

St. James’ is proud to be part of the Woodard family.

Founded in 1848 by Priest and educational visionary, Nathaniel Woodard, the family of Woodard schools – independent and maintained, senior and prep, co-educational and single sex, boarding and day, all share the Founder’s vision of a Christian education coupled with a belief in nurturing and enriching each individual.

The schools all provide the highest academic standards but Woodard schools set themselves apart by also offering an unrivalled effective and supportive environment, where each individual is valued and encouraged to give of their very best.

Today, Woodard schools have a sense of ‘faith, unity and vision’ that has never been stronger.


A Woodard education values both the spiritual and moral development of each person giving strength, confidence and respect for others.

Young people from all faiths and traditions, or none at all, flourish in the rich, diverse culture of our schools enabling them to lead full and creative adult lives.


The Woodard family of schools provides many inter-school opportunities, the sharing of best practice and a strength and expertise within education.

Our pioneering heritage places much emphasis on leadership and management.  From attractive, welcoming environments to modern facilities, Woodard schools offer a rich variety of extracurricular activities, professional teaching and effective pastoral care.

Our Vision

Woodard schools offer a twenty-first century education rooted in the vision of the founder.  A vision which challenges those that believe education is simply a matter of teaching and learning certain facts.

The education of the whole person, to foster the unique potential of each individual, is the Woodard way.