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St James' CE First School and Nursery

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Make great choices.

Be our best.

The Wise and Foolish Builders ((Matthew 7:24-27)


At the heart of our school we believe that everyone should be enabled to be the very best that they can be. We are committed to being a thriving village school and nursery; providing a solid foundation from which to build on, where all in our community are valued, respected and cared for. Through the creation of positive, life-long habits we send life-long learners into the wider world with the skills, confidence and drive that they need to flourish.



St James' CE First School and Nursery aims to serve our community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience our school offers to all its pupils.


Recognising its historic foundation, St James' CE First School and Nursery will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at Parish and Diocesan level.


Last inspected in 2015, we are proud of our ‘Good’ SIAMs status and in light of a pending inspection we invite you to read our School Evaluation Form (SEF), attached below, which highlights the good church work that continues within our walls and out into our community.

Collective Worship

Collective worship (known as 'Worship Time') plays a very important role in the life of the school community. It is an opportunity to promote the Christian foundation of our school, to celebrate and support all aspects of school life and to provide time for calmness and reflection in what is always a busy, active day for our children. 

Religious Education

Whilst our RE teaching is rooted in Christianity and the bible stories which children can learn life lessons from we also teach about other world faiths, particularly Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam and encourage children to see similarities and differences, fostering curiosity and respect. 

St James' Pilgrims

This active pupil group, made up of children across the age range, work to shape the vision and values of our school. They are fully involved in all of our festival celebrations and are often involved in charity fundraisers sharing our kindness and compassion with those who need it most. 

Jesus stilling the storm - Squirrels Class held a worshiptime on Kindness by re-enacting Jesus stilling the storm and created pictures of themselves being kind to someone

St. James' Pilgrims - Welcome Service at St. James' Church on Sunday 1st October 2023

St. James' Pilgrims 2023

Courageous Advocacy - Our KS2 girls raised money for the RSPCA following learning about Courageous Advocacy in school. They then visited the RSPCA to present their money and had a lovely time with some of the animals at the centre.

Ros from Alderholt Chapel led a Worshiptime on Hopes for the Future

Worship time with Reverend Woodley and Zoe Martin - Preparing for Lent with a worship about Ash Wednesday

Becoming Wise Builders in Hedgehogs.

Harvest Festival

Worship time with Reverend Woodley and Zoe Martin - Telling us The story of Gideon - Judges 6-8 - Linked to our value of Trust

St. James' Pilgrims - Welcome Service at St. James' Church on Sunday 25th September

Year 4 Reflection - A big thank you to Reverend Woodley and Zoe Martin for organising an afternoon of reflection at St. James' Church for our Year 4 children and their families.

Welcoming Reverend Woodley and Zoe Martin back to St. James' school family with a Shrove Tuesday Worship followed by delicious pancakes and pancake races.

St James' Pilgrims welcome service

Harvest Festival

We collected Rotary shoeboxes to send off to children who may not receive Christmas presents