Senior (11 to 16 years)

The Senior Department begins at Year 7 and continues to Year 13. These are the crucial years in the journey from childhood to adulthood. Our aim is to bring out the best in each and every pupil. What this means is that every pupil learns in a different way and has different talents, enthusiasms, ambitions and abilities. Our independent curriculum and progressive teaching give us the flexibility to tailor our approach to the needs of each individual pupil.

Pupils benefit from an extremely supportive environment that creates a rich and rewarding educational experience.  Our highly qualified and dedicated teaching staff have the ability and experience necessary to be able to inspire and enthuse every pupil. This teaching excellence, along with the small class sizes, equips our pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding they require to reach their academic potential. A broad and balanced curriculum places equal value on cultural, creative, technological, scientific and linguistic ability, with most pupils studying between 8 and 10 GCSEs. St. James’ is a non-selective school and we are extremely proud of our 2019 Results

All pupils are given the opportunity to take part in a vast range of extra-curricular activities above and beyond the traditional sporting programme; from Sailing, to Boxing, Cross-fit, Horse Riding and Golf. Every pupil has a talent and such experiences ensure that we are able to discover that talent and ultimately develop the most important things, which are confidence and self-esteem.

We also have a fantastic range of other activities including the Duke of Edinburgh programme and BeeFuture Aviator Programme and, this term, the programme for the Senior Department includes Mindfulness, French, Spanish, Craft, History Film Book, Computing, Homework and History Film Club. We also have our life skills programme, preparing Senior pupils for life after school! This includes basic cookery, finance budgeting, car maintenance and much more!

Please take a look on our FACEBOOK PAGE to see what our Senior Department have been doing this week!

We are a school based on traditional values and morals, yet we combine this with forward-thinking and an all-round education that answers the needs of the modern world.



“I am extremely pleased with the education that my child is receiving at St James’. She has grown in confidence academically and socially in a short space of time. I look forward to her continuing growth and progress. I am confident that we have made the right choice for our daughter by choosing St James’”