Our Christian School
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 (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.
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.