A message from the Headteacher
On behalf of myself and the St James family, I would like to welcome you to our school. Our children are happy, friendly and warm to others. Their positivity and enthusiasm to life is infectious and it is a real privilege to be able to work with them every day.
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 our children to develop enquiring minds, to have the ability to think independently and we aim to 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 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, supporting children to be ready for their futures.
Miss Beverley Minor