Welcome - we invite you to share in our vision, honest commitment and self-reflection
A message from the Headteacher:
On behalf of myself and the St James family, I would like to welcome you back to our school. I am proud to have the opportunity to lead St James, taking it forward on its journey. Since starting here, I have found the children's positive attitudes and enthusiasm in school to be infectious. Children, parents and staff that I have met so far are warm and friendly and I look forward to meeting many more of you in September.
Our key Christian values are embedded into every aspect of school life to demonstrate the importance of serving others and to ensure our children are ready for their future in the wider world. We have a strong community spirit and believe working together with parents, families and the wider community is key to providing the best for our children. In partnership, we want them to develop enquiring minds, the ability to think independently and widen their skillset in a safe environment which will equip them to face the challenges life throws at them.
As a Church of England school, we strive to prepare our children socially, morally, spiritually and academically so they are ready for the future and we lead by example. Every member of the St James team shows drive and determination to create innovative, engaging opportunities for our children to learn and grow. Our curriculum encourages children to lead their own learning, question beliefs and ideologies as well as challenge their own thinking, leading to independent and resilient learners who are prepared for the ever-changing world they move into.
At St James, we are extremely proud of our recent achievements but continuously strive to develop even further to improve the learning experience of our children. Every decision we take and new approach we try is taken with care, with the children at the centre. We will make mistakes but we will show how we learn and grow from them to develop further. As staff, as governors, as parents, as pupils, we live by our mottos inspired by the words of AA Milne:
‘…you're braver than you believe.’
‘…you show respect in every way.'
‘…you're smarter than you think.'
‘…you're more patient than you thought.'
‘…you're more understanding than you realised.'
‘…you're more resilient than you were.'
‘...forgiveness never ends.’
'…you're happier than ever before.'
Ultimately, we all want the best for our children. We want to see each child achieving their potential academically but also with the social skills needed to ensure that knowledge is guided by a strong spiritual and moral conscience that will make a better future for all in our community and beyond.
Miss Beverley Minor