St James C of E Primary School

Welcome to St James CofE Primary School where our values of Kindness, Wisdom, Respect and Joy underpin our aim to provide an outstanding education for all our children, which develops and nurtures the whole child so each individual can flourish confidently.


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 and Learning policy here.