We aim to ensure that our children leave St. James not only achieving as highly as they possibly can, but with the social skills (influenced by our British values and our core Christian values) to create a better, safer society where they can prosper and make a difference.
We have used the words of A.A. Milne to help us capture this….
By the time you leave St. James promise us you’ll always remember that….
‘…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.'
'…you're happier than ever before.'
We aim to enable each child, regardless of race, creed, gender or ability to achieve their full potential. We seek to educate our children intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, physically and spiritually within a school based on Christian principles and values. The school's Christian foundation is supported by all staff but no pressure is exerted on any child or member of staff to believe. The daily acts of collective worship are central in nurturing concepts such as sensitivity to the needs of others and mutual respect, whilst helping the children to make their own positive response to God. We teach Christian values, ideas and beliefs and we encourage respect for other faiths by giving children knowledge of other major world religions.
To make clear from the character of our school that this is a Church school and to develop spiritual awareness and to make children aware of the different
beliefs, needs and interests of others.
To provide a safe, well-organised, supportive, celebratory and stimulating environment.
Encourage our children to express and experience excitement, curiosity, co-operation, enthusiasm, interest, independence and reflection about their learning experiences.
Encourage children to make the right choices and take responsibility for their actions, which helps to provide a safe, stable and controlled environment where everyone’s contribution is valued and respect for all others is fostered. The term ‘forgiveness never ends….’ is key to our philosophy.
We aim to generate a curriculum which is built upon British and core Christian values and ensure a daily act of collective worship remains at the heart of this.
To maximise and combine social, academic and spiritual development for all whatever their starting point.
Encourage each child to recognise and explore their own personal strengths and weaknesses.