St James is very much a multi-faith and multi-cultural community and this is reflected in all aspects of school life. Our ethos supports the tenet that behind all race, culture and religion is a single divine consciousness; an essence that we all share. In the teaching of religious studies the children are furnished with an awareness and appreciation of the unity within the diversity of religions.
Religious study enables investigation and reflection on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people; and provides a wonderful opportunity to cultivate tolerance and respect for all members of the community. At St James we endeavour to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity during weekly scripture lessons and of other beliefs, primarily during assemblies and school trips.
We value an atmosphere in which pupils can participate fully and speak confidently about their own experiences. At the end of each lesson, as with all lessons at St James, the children are given an opportunity for reflection and stillness; this aides the development of confidence and so supports a child when they need to face new and challenging ideas.
We have an excellent connection with our local church. Father Rob Marshall, our school chaplain, holds two assemblies at school every term, as well as beginning and end of term services. He also teaches our Yr 6 media studies.