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Crigglestone St James
CE Primary Academy


A warm welcome to so many friends, old and new, as we embark upon our 2017/2018 academic year. Myself, and my team, are ready to continue working alongside you and ensure our children are 'Ready for the Future' - as our vision states.

This is an exciting year for St James as we further develop and strengthen our partnership with the All Saints primary group of schools. Our collaborative working stretches into monitoring of teaching and learning, sharing training opportunities and expertise, undertaking more community events together, pooling resources and forms an important role in our accountability process. These are exciting times for the partnership.

St James is a school that can take advice, listen to criticism, be strong and have conviction when required, yet accept that we are human. We are not afraid to try new ideas and make changes that we believe will improve the learning experience for our children. I expect the best from everyone – particularly in terms of the attitude to life at St James. However, this will not be at the expense of losing a sense of fun and using a common sense approach.

Be in no doubt that teaching and learning is our passion. It is our drive. It is our reason for being here. Being a dedicated teacher is more than a job it literally is a way of life – never underestimate the desire that every member of my team here possess and how every decision is taken with care and with the best intentions. Everything is geared towards our children’s academic and social development in equal measure. We wish to see each child achieving their optimum academically but with the social skills needed to ensure that knowledge is guided by a moral and spiritual conscience that will make a better future for all.

Let’s build together.

Mr G T Denton