St James C of E Primary School

Welcome to our school website which I hope you will find both informative and a reflection of what is happening here at St. James School. We are a church school and our Christian values underpin a lot of our work and aspirations both for the children and the whole school community.


Teaching & Learning

 Our aims for the teaching and learning of children are

  • To provide children with a high quality education, while embedding Christian values and ethos which are at the heart of the school.
  • To provide a safe, welcoming environment where everyone feels valued.
  • To nurture the personal, social and spiritual development of children into caring and responsible young people.
  • To encourage good behaviour within a framework of mutual trust and respect.
  • To promote independence, encouraging children to take responsibility for their learning and behaviour.
  • To ensure consistency and good progress across all stages.
  • To share good practice and enable the school to identify aspects of classroom practice and provision which will benefit from further development and support.
  • To provide agreed focus and criteria for monitoring the teaching and classroom practice.
  • To strive to improve standards in all areas of school life. 

At the core of our Aims are a set of fundamental beliefs summed up in our mission statement 'Learning to live, living to learn, learning from Christ', which underpins learning and helps create a Christian ethos and environment in which children can enjoy learning, reflect, improve and grow in confidence.


We believe

  • The physical environment, in which children’s learning takes place, should be one, which supports and enhances their learning.
  • As a school we will have classroom environments and displays that support the child, Teaching Assistant and Teacher in the learning process.
  • Children learn best when learning activities are well planned, ensuring progress in the short, medium and long term.
  • Children learn best when the teaching and learning activities are engaging, motivating and foster the children’s curiosity for learning.
  • The use of skilful questioning, high expectations and rigorous assessment informs teaching and planning for the children’s next steps.
  • Parental involvement in children’s learning is important and should be encouraged and valued.

For more information, download our full Teaching & Learning policy here.

You can also download our RE policy here.