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Welcome to
The Academy at St James

I would like to welcome you on behalf of the children, staff and governors to the website of The Academy at St James.  Hopefully it will provide all the information you need about our welcoming and vibrant school.

At St James, we strive to provide our children with the very best to ensure they can be successful in whatever they choose to do.  We encourage everybody to work hard, accept challenges and take risks in order to be the best person you can be.

We have high expectations for our children and ask them to persevere, collaborate and use their imagination to fulfil their dreams.  At St James nothing is impossible and we have our slogan, which is:

Aspire, Achieve, Believe!

We ask our children, parents and local community to aspire to the very highest standards possible in all that they do. We do this to provide a platform for the children to achieve their very best and develop into responsible and thoughtful citizens. Our aim is to provide the children with the knowledge, skills and attributes to be successful lifelong learners.

I firmly believe that every moment matters! Our job is to provide an engaging and exciting curriculum for all of our children; it is to develop their literacy and numeracy skills so they can be successful in later life and it is to work hard with parents and our local community to raise aspirations for all.  We want the best possible education for your child and we will make sure that we achieve this by working together.

Everyone can achieve at The Academy at St James and through working in partnership we can create many magical memories for you and your child.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Chris Tolson




The Academy at St James - Aspire, Achieve, Believe
  • Y6 end of year play..."brilliant performance, very funny in places and well done for remembering all your lines!"

    "... excellent play and well done to all! Well done for having clear voices."

    "... The Tempest was a fantastic production and it was evident how much effort all the staff and pupils had put into it. Well done all staff and students of Year 6."

    "... the play was brilliant and the children did really well, enjoyed every minute."

    "... really enjoyed The Tempest, well done to all the children! Thank you to all staff!"

  • Amy Garrido- I just wanted to say what a pleasure your staff and students have been on their 4 trips this term. We have a diverse range of students visiting us here … all of my team have commented on the impressive manners and attitude shown by your students and also on the fact that the adults have been so positive and shown enthusiasm and engagement with the activities which makes a big difference to the day. A perfect example is the teacher last week who had to lead the group from the Devonshire Arms, her cheerfulness meant that the children just got on with it and enjoyed the day anyway. It would have been a different story had she handled it in a negative way …. I just wanted to pass on how impressed we all were.

  • Kev Payne- Author- "Loved my day here. So many interesting ideas and bags of energy from the children. Thanks for having me."

  • Alex Fellowes- Drama- "Working through drama with Years 1 and 2 in role as Phileas Fogg and 'Around the World in 80 Day's.' Absolutely excellent day. The pupils responded so well and enthusiastically to Drama work and with first rate listening skills and lots of imagination. A joy to work with. Also, Sally and her staff were brilliant and so supportive and helpful. Also, a total pleasure to work with."

  • "I came in to deliver a day of rap workshops from Authors Abroad. The students were brilliant, really up for the challenge and gave so many ideas and lyrics and we had a lot of engagement and fun. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Loved the day and hope to come again!!"

  • "Kids were all absolutely lovely, interested and eager to learn and contribute. A lovely place!"- Sarah Hallworth

  • Ross Welford: "Loved this school (and I visit a lot!) Great kids and a wonderful atmosphere. Thanks for having me."

  • Navigate: "Wonderful school, very helpful, friendly staff, thank you!"

  • Ben Casey- Wonderdome- "Fantastic! Fab staff and students."

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