St. James’ School believes children have an interminable capacity to learn, be it knowledge or skills. Where other schools focus on examination results and league tables for validation, we provide opportunities for children to discover themselves, cherishing each and every individual within our close Christian family community.
Education in its purist form is about unlocking potential. Releasing character. Achieving dreams. Education is a never-ending journey. Some children charge, some skip, and some stroll. Others need a hand to hold. Not everyone begins this journey from the same place, but at St. James’ our philosophy focusses on the excellence within each and every child and their pursuit of self-fulfilment.
At St. James’, happiness and pupil wellbeing comes first. These are the strong foundations on which to build our future, and from which examination grades naturally flow. Proud of our long history and tradition, but not rooted in the past, St. James’ is confidently looking forward, aiming to develop agile, creative thinkers. Pupils who are ‘future proofed’ against an ever-changing world.
Our size makes us special, the strength of our community unique. We celebrate our Christian heritage whilst embracing the religious and cultural differences of all children and families. Our community of day and boarding pupils and their families is extended into the local area and those we help support through national and international charities.
- To provide a happy environment in which children are known, feel safe, nurtured and valued;
- To promote high standards of personal achievement through innovative, reflective and child-centred teaching, focussed assessment and a rich and varied curriculum to ensure all pupils reach their full potential;
- To promote a spiritual and moral awareness in our pupils based on the values of respect, empathy and kindness; developing a sense of service to the school community and beyond;
- To provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities to enable pupils to discover and develop passions and expand their experience;
- To foster self-confidence and a lifelong love of learning so that pupils leave as mature, engaging and thoughtful adults.