Legendary Cricket commentator Henry Blofeld speaks to St James Boys... (see NEWS item)
Last week, parents gathered together to listen to Mr Boddy's final Headmaster's Lecture... (see NEWS item)
The annual Fun Run took place on Friday afternoon, raising money for the MS Trust... (see NEWS item)
Study leave begins for St James boys... (see NEWS item)
St James Head of PE runs the London Marathon... (see NEWS item)
Just before the end of last term, students enjoyed their Activities Week trips... (see NEWS item)
WORLD BOOK DAY
Author Joe Craig visits for World Book Day... (see NEWS item)
The School Runnings Team are interviewed by ITV London News!... (see NEWS item)
The Bobsleigh Boys are back after their adventure in Austria... (see NEWS item)
St James boys enter the British Bobsleigh Championships!... (see NEWS item)
Year 7 boys take part in a Readathon sleepover for charity... (see NEWS item)
ST DAVID'S DAY TEA DANCE
Sixth Form boys host the annual Tea Dance... (see NEWS item)
SENIOR SCHOOL LECTURE
Just before half term, the Upper School Boys and Girls gathered to listen to Professor Grayling in the second Senior School Lecture of the year... (see NEWS item)
On Saturday, the Senior Girls' School was packed with students looking for inspiration for their future careers... (see NEWS item)
STEVE CUNNINGHAM VISITS ST JAMES
Last week, the boys in Years 7 & 8 attended motivation and goal-setting sessions with Steve Cunningham... (see NEWS item)
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION EXAM RESULTS MISTAKE
Unfortunately the Department of Education have made an error when publishing our exam results... (see NEWS item)
A Careers Forum will be held at the Senior Girls' School on Saturday for all Year 9 - 13 students... (see NEWS item)
CORPORAL BEHARRY RETURNS
On Wednesday, the heroic and charismatic Corporal Johnson Beharry returned to St James, this time to speak to Year 7, 8 and 9 boys... (see NEWS item)
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
This Friday, 1 February, we have two special Rugby events planned... (see NEWS item)
ADVERSE WEATHER PROCEDURE: A REMINDER
With lots of snow forecast for this week, we thought it timely to remind parents of our procedure should the school need to close... (see NEWS item)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
The end of last term seen a fantastic joint production of the Fiddler on the Roof... (see NEWS item)
NEW TERM, NEW YEAR!
2013 gets off to a busy start at St James... (see NEWS item)
THE SILVER SWORD
On Thursday and Friday evening crowds gathered for this year's Year 7 play, the Silver Sword... (see NEWS item)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
With just over a week to go until the opening night, rehearsals are in full swing... (see NEWS item)
YEAR 7 PLAY: THE SILVER SWORD
Tickets are now on sale for the Year 7 play - the Silver Sword... (see NEWS item)
MEDITATION - A PUPIL'S PERSPECTIVE
A video, made by St James Senior Boys' students, is now online. It gives their take on the practice of meditation... (watch video)
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
St James parents meet Headmaster Elect, Mr David Brazier... (see NEWS item)
LIBRARY BOOKMARK COMPETITION
The annual design a bookmark competition is now open... (see NEWS item)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Tickets are now on sale for the joint production of Fiddler on the Roof... (see NEWS item)
OPEN DAY 2012
Last week, St James Senior Boys' School held their annual Open Days... (see NEWS item)
SCHOOL OPEN DAY
Teachers and students are preparing for Open Day... (see NEWS item)
NEW HEADMASTER ANNOUNCED
The Board of Governors have announced the new Headmaster of St James Senior Boys' School... (see NEWS item)
SENIOR SCHOOL LECTURE: CORPORAL JOHNSON BEHARRY
On Friday, senior students from the Boys' and Girls' Schools had the privilege of listening to Corporal Beharry speaking about the acts which resulted in him being awarded the Victoria Cross... (see NEWS item)
SUPPORTING ST JAMES SCHOOL, DURBAN
St James Senior Boys' learn about and offer their support to their sister school in South Africa... (see NEWS item)
YEAR 6 JUNIOR BOYS COME TO VISIT
Year 6 boys from St James Junior School came to spend the morning with us... (see NEWS item)
VIKINGS INVADE THE LIBRARY
Victoria Campbell, Author of Viking Gold, visited to speak to year 7 boys about her novel.... (see NEWS item)
SCHOOL FAMILY FAIR
On Saturday, the grounds of St James Senior Boys' School were transformed for the second annual Family Fair.... (see NEWS item)
St James Boys raise the fantastic amount of £30,000 for Street Child of Sierra Leone.... (See NEWS item)
Year 7 students will be visited by V Campbell, author of Viking Gold.... (see NEWS item)
The Friends of St James are holding a Family Fair and Barn Dance at St James Senior Boys School on Saturday 22 September 2012.... (see NEWS item)
ANNUAL CHURCH SERVICE
Earlier this week students and staff from St James Boys travelled to Kensington to attend the annual beginning of year church service with the Girls and Junior Schools.... (see NEWS item)
ST JAMES HEADMASTER, MR BODDY, TO RETIRE
Mr Boddy, St James Senior Boys Headmaster for the past nine years has announced he plans to retire at the end of the current academic year.... (see NEWS item)
GCSE RESULTS SUMMARY AND HIGHLIGHTS
We are delighted that the hard work of our pupils and the dedication and commitment of our teachers have again come together to bring success to so many.... (see NEWS item)
ANOTHER EXCELLENT YEAR OF GCSE ACHIEVEMENT FOR ST JAMES BOYS
Commenting on today's GCSE results, Mr David Boddy, headmaster of St James Senior Boys' School, Ashford, Surrey, and incoming Chairman of the Society of Heads said.... (see NEWS item)
A-LEVEL RESULTS SUMMARY AND HIGHLIGHTS
The hard work of our pupils and dedication of our staff at St James have once again produced a highly creditable set of results.... (see NEWS item)
A-LEVEL RESULTS DAY
There were many different emotions on display as the A-Level results were released today; the end result of two years of work and study, for most these results would determine their course for the next stage of their lives and careers.... (see NEWS item)
MORE SPACE, LESS JUNK
The initial phase of the St James transformational building programme has already begun. What was the Junior Gymnasium in the time of St David's has now been demolished.... (see NEWS item)
CLIMB, SLIDE, SPLASH, BOUNCE!
The beautiful grounds and buildings of St James are not resting quietly in the sun this summer.... (see NEWS item)
ST JAMES LEAVERS' SERVICE
On Tuesday 11th September the school and parents gathered in St Hilda's Church, Ashford for a bittersweet service tomark the life transition of those leaving the school... (see NEWS item)
LIFELONG LEARNING AT ST JAMES
Earlier in the year, our Sixth Form hosted local pensioners for a St Davis's Day Tea Dance. The event was a great success and the gentlemen of the Sixth Form made a very positive impression on our guests. So much so, in fact, that quite a number of them expressed a wish to see what life is like in a modern school.... (see NEWS item)
MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS
During the half-term a mix of 40 boys from Years 7 and 8 went to the UK Sailing Academy (UKSA), right at the water's edge, at Cowes, Isle of Wight, for a week of rather more than just messing about in boats.... (see NEWS item)
SIXTH FORM VISIT E.U. PARLIAMENT
The St James Sixth Form paid a highly enjoyable and informative visit to Brussels last week, taking in the "Atomium" and the European Parliament (as well as making room for a traditional family run brewery and some very pleasant dining and conversation).... (see NEWS item)
OLYMPICS AT ST JAMES
Over the course of May, June and July the P.E. department at St James are making use
of the London Olympics as an inspiration to widen access to a whole variety of sports not normally played at the school... (see NEWS item)
DUKE OF EDINBURGH BRONZE AWARD EXPEDITION ASSESSMENT WEEKEND
Last weekend 24 boys from Year 10 and six staff members ventured to Farnham for the Expedition Assessment component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Bronze
Award.... (see NEWS item)
ST JAMES FIRST ANNUAL CHARITY FUN RUN OFF TO A FLYING START!
On Friday 11th May 2012 St James held its first annual fun run as Part of the ‘Big Push' to raise £30,000 for Street Child of Sierra Leone by the end of the academic year.... (see NEWS story)
HIGHER EDUCATION SEMINAR ON THE LEGAL PROFESSION
The most recent in the ongoing series of Higher education Seminars offered at St James focused on the world of Law, in terms of the requirements and abilities needed to study and practice in what is a highly competitive, demanding and rewarding profession.... (see NEWS story)
"AS FLIES TO WANTON BOYS, ARE WE TO THE GODS;
THEY KILL US FOR THEIR SPORT." (4.1.36)
Year 9 present ‘King Lear'; a play of power, betrayal and madness.... (see NEWS story)
TIBETAN BUDDHIST BLESSINGFOR THANGKA
In a short and dignified ceremony in the Ficino Study Centre on Tuesday, Geshe Tashi Tsering, resident teacher at the Jamyang Tibetan Buddhist Centre in London, officially blessed the beautiful Medicine Buddha Thangka that will hang on the staircase to the
Sixth Form. (see NEWS item)
ST JAMES SIXTH FORMER AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS SANSKRIT SCHOLARSHIP
Every year the Indian High Commission awards a scholarship to an outstanding Sanskrit student at St James Senior Boys' school to help that student in the pursuit of his
studies.... (see NEWS item)
GCSE DRAMA EXAMINATION PERFORMANCES SHINE WITH CREATIVITY AND TALENT!
Examinations can be stressful for even the most confident and well prepared among us; can you imagine how much more intense it is when amajor part of your exam is to perform a play you have created from scratch with your peers in front of an audience as well as the Official Examiner? (see NEWS item)
ENTRANCE EXAM DATES SET FOR SEPTEMBER 2013 ENTRY
The St James entrance examinations (11+, 12+, 13+) for Year 7, 8, 9 for entry in the academic year beginning September 2013 will be held on Thursday 17th January.
MUD! MUD! GLORIOUS MUD!
It seems as though neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of
night, nor clinging mud, nor soggy tents can stay these Duke of Edinburgh
intrepids from their chosen task.... (see NEWS item)
THURSDAY 19TH APRIL - SUMMER TERM BEGINS
Years 11, 12 and 13 return today and will very soon be in the thick of public examinations. This is a crucial time in their education and will have far reaching effects for all of them. Everyone at St James is offering their best wishes, hopes and prayers that the hard work and dedication the boys have shown over the course of their studies so far will be rewarded with success. Years 10, 9, 8 and 7 will return on Monday 23rd.
SECOND ST JAMES OLD BOY SELECTED TO CARRY OLYMPIC TORCH
Jonny Johnson, brother of our biology teacher, Mr James Johnson, will be carrying the Olympic torch through Harewood, Yorkshire on Tuesday 19th June. Here is his entry on the "London 2012" website.... (see NEWS item)
MYSTERIA ROMANA - MANIFESTA!
On Tuesday 13th March, the Classics department and Library were thrilled to welcome Caroline Lawrence, author of the "Roman Mysteries" series....(see NEWS item)
ST JAMES OLD BOY PICKED TO CARRY OLYMPIC TORCH
Jamie Parker, a former sixth former and Headmaster's Community Ambassador in 2010 will be carrying the Olympic torch for part of its journey this summer. Jamie explains....(see NEWS item)
YEAR 8 CADET OPEN DAY - OFF TO THE WOODS WE GO!
On Friday 2nd March, the boys in year 8 travelled down to Pirbright in Surrey to experience a day in the life of a cadet.... (see NEWS item)
ST DAVID'S DAY TEA DANCE GOES WITH A SWING!
For the second year, St James Sixth Form hosted a Senior Citizens Tea Dance at the school. On St David's Day, last Thursday, almost one hundred older local residents were welcomed.... (see NEWS item)
NEW DUKE OF EDINBURGH GROUP OFF TO FLYING START
A new cohort of 25 Year 10 boys began their journey (literally!) toward their awards just over a week ago.... (see NEWS item)
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, BALI RAI, VISITS ST JAMES
Although "World Book Day" is officially today, award winning children's and young person's author, Bali Rai, visited our library for the occasion yesterday...(see NEWS item)
SENIOR SPEECH COMPETITIION 2012
I came into school on Friday 24th (on my day off) to listen to this year's Senior Speech Competition. .... (see NEWS item)
OPEN DAYS DATES CONFIRMED
The Open Evening will take place on Thursday 8th November from 6pm to 9pm. The Open Morning will be Saturday 10th November, from 9.30am to 1pm.
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR TO VISIT LIBRARY FOR WORLD BOOK DAY 2012
We are very pleased to welcome Bali Rai to our Library, who will be visiting the school to talk to Years 8 and 9 on Wednesday 29th February for World Book Day. (see NEWS item)
FINAL HURDLES IN SIERRA LEONE SCHOOL PROJECT CLEARED
The dedication, hard work and perseverance of the team at Street Child Sierra Leone and, especially, Tom Dannatt has paid off..... (see NEWS item)
HOW TO CHOOSE A UNIVERSITY COURSE
On Wednesday evening, 8th February, we were very pleased to welcome Gareth Oliver from Lincoln University, who, as part of our ongoing series of Higher Education Seminars, gave a fascinating talk to the parents and pupils of Year 10 and above on how to make an informed choice for your university degree course out of the 50,000 courses currently available.
OUR TRIP TO WORCESTER COLLEGE, OXFORD
On Tuesday, 31st of January 2012 some of Year 10 visited Oxford University, Worcester College, to be precise. (See news ITEM)
HIGHER EDUCATION SEMINARS AT ST JAMES
A comprehensive series of highly informative seminars on every aspect of higher education is proving popular with pupils and parents from Year 10 upwards. (See NEWS item)
MORE RECENT ST JAMES' SPORTS RESULTS:
U14 ‘A' Rugby Lost 0-35 against Ibstock Place
U14 ‘B' Rugby Won 37-10 against Ibstock Place
U12 ‘A' Rugby Lost 17-44 against Ibstock Place
U12 ‘B' Rugby Lost 25-27 against Ibstock Place
Lower School 1st XI Hockey Drew 0-0 against Hall Grove School
RECENT ST JAMES' SPORTS RESULTS
U12 Rugby Won 40-10 against Radnor House
U16 Hockey Won 1-0 against Windsor Boys
U18 Hockey Lost 1-0 against Windsor Boys
U13 Rugby Won 20-12 against Rutlish
U15 Hockey Won 4-0 against Hall School, Wimbledon
Surrey Cross Country: 10 boys went to Priory Park, Reigate. Abraham Mendes Da Costa (Year 8) came 22nd narrowly missing out on a place in the Surrey cross country team. Toby Clyde (Year 10) came 19th, qualifying for the Surrey team.
ST JAMES SKI TRIP A GREAT SUCCESS
Twenty nine boys and five members of staff had a wonderful time in the French Alps. (see News item)
THE LIBRARY IS HOLDING A READATHON SLEEPOVER ON FRIDAY 20TH JANUARY!
A select group of Year 7 boys will be spending the night in the Library. Their challenge is for one boy to be reading at all times throughout the night. Book related games and films will keep the boys entertained when not reading.
The boys will be sponsored to read during the Sleepover, providing a great opportunity to raise money for the school's charity ‘Street Child of Sierra Leone.'
ST JAMES BOYS BRING CHRISTMAS CHEER
Before Christmas, St James boys donated food and money to provide Christmas hampers for elderly members of the Ashford community. (see News item)
MR BODDY RETURNS FROM CONFERENCE IN INDIA
Headmaster, Mr David Boddy, has returned to London in time for the opening of the new school term, having been a guest speaker at the "World Confluence of Spirituality, Power and Humanity" conference, held in Kolkata on January 2-4. (see News item and Pictures)
ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS ALMOST HERE
On Thursday January 19th candidates will be taking the St James 11+ in the hope of securing a place for September. For almost three weeks following the exam' Mr Boddy will be interviewing every boy individually and with their family. This is often a time of high expectation and some anxiety for families and we would like to wish all those applying only the very best.
PERFORMANCE STORYTELLING EVENING
On Friday 25th November "Single Image Theatre" and students from St James Senior Boys' School are presenting an evening of performance in the Empty Space Drama studio at the school. All proceeds will go to our sponsored charity, "Street Child of Sierra Leone" (see News item)
HEADMASTER'S ANNUAL LECTURE STIMULATES INTENSE INTEREST
On Wednesday evening, more than 100 parents and friends of the school attended the Headmaster's Annual Lecture, the seventh in the series. Mr Boddy addressed the theme " Fit for the Future" and indicated the importance of boys developing faith in themselves, the powers of concentration and strength of body and mind. A CD will shortly be available with all proceeds going to the Sierra Leone Charity funds. Watch out for details.
ST JAMES BOYS IN ACTION ON THE SPORTS FIELD
In a hectic and gruelling series of Middlesex Cup matches St James Under 13s/14s/15s/16s teams have all acquitted themselves well in recent weeks. Yesterday the Under 15s just failed to take victory after playing a magnificent match, while the Under 16s played an outstanding game to take their last match are now looking forward to the Final on Wednesday 30th November.
ST JAMES INVITED TO 400TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF KING JAMES BIBLE
The Headmaster of St James Senior Boys' School, Mr David Boddy, and the Head Boy, Peter Bunce, represented St James at the service to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible held at Westminster Abbey yesterday.
RECORD GCSE & A LEVEL RESULTS AT ST JAMES SENIOR BOYS 2011
Pupils at St James Senior Boys School, Ashford, Surrey, have followed last week's exceptional A-level results with more record results at GCSE.
61% of papers secured A* or A grades, up 15% on last year. 98% of papers secured A*-C grades, up 6% on last year.
Commenting on the results, the Headmaster, Mr David Boddy said:
"These are our best ever GCSE results and both staff and pupils are to be thoroughly congratulated. They are testimony to exceptionally hard work all round. The wonderful new facilities on our Ashford site have also contributed to the achievement of these record results."
"Our whole educational approach, with our non-selective pupil intake, aims to bring the best out in each pupil so that he achieves more than he thinks is possible. We are therefore just as proud of our boys who achieved B and C grades as we are of our academic stars.
A LEVEL RESULTS 2011:
St James pupils have secured record results at GCE A-Level. 50% secured either A* or A grades, (up 14% on last year); 78% secured A* to B grades, (up 18% on last year).
Commenting on the results, which recorded a 100% pass rate, Headmaster, Mr David Boddy, said: "These results bring to an outstanding conclusion a remarkable year for us all. Our move to expanded new premises, along with a significant investment in laboratories and sixth form study facilities, has proven highly beneficial. The dedication of the teachers and pupils to produce results like these from a non-selective school is outstanding. At such a time, when everyone is wondering about the future of the youth of our country, we need teachers who are dedicated to the spiritual and emotional development of their pupils, not just their academic results. We are very fortunate to have so many teachers with such dedication. My congratulations go to all the pupils for their hard work and brilliant results".
SHORT FILMS: At Speech Day, the Headmaster, Mr Boddy, unveiled the first of three short films about life at St James Senior Boys. The films, made by Chiswick Life TV, feature our practice of meditation, our stepping into manhood programme and a description of the school's facilities. To view these films click here.
St James Rowing Successes - See News Item
YEAR 10 DRAMA GROUP ACHIEVE CREDITABLE 3RD PLACE IN ISA DRAMA FESTIVAL - SEE NEWS
St James Senior Boys School was the subject of the main feature in the TES Magazine published last Friday, 26th May. The 4-page article examined the place of Boys Only Schools. Mr Boddy was interviewed and he put up a staunch defence for this approach explaining the important educational reasons for taking such a stand. Click here to view the full article (PDF).
The Society of Headmasters and Headmistresses of Independent Schools met this week and elected Mr Boddy to become its new Chairman, commencing September 2012. See News Item
"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” Sixth Form Blog
RED NOSE DAY - How much did we raise? See News Item
How St James Won The 2011 ISA National U14 Rugby Sevens Title - See News Item
Visit of Chairman of M & C Saatchi: Sixth Form Blog
IMPORTANT: Russell Group give guidance about GCSE and GCE choices: Sixth Form BlogAUTHOR VISITING THE LIBRARY FOR WORLD BOOK DAY 2011 See News Item
Over 100 boys attended St James 11+ Entrance Exam last Thursday, 20th Jan. They were well greeted by some of our present Year 7 boys and current prefects. It was a happy but hard working morning!
The Library is running a Bookmark Competition!
Design your own bookmark and the 4 winners will have their bookmark made into the official library bookmark. Come into the library to pick up your entry form. Entries are due in by Wednesday 16th February.
St James' Dining Hall is completed. School has it first lunch in the new hall on Thursday 4th November. See NEWS STORY and PICTURE .
OPEN DAYS ARE AN OUTSTANDING SUCCESS. NEARLY 300 FAMILIES ATTENDED THE TWO OPEN EVENTS - AN ALL-TIME RECORD!
FOUNDER'S DAY & OFFICIAL OPENING OF ST JAMES' BOYS SCHOOL AT ASHFORD 23.9.10 See News Item
NEW ACADEMIC YEAR STARTS AT ASHFORD. See News Item
EXAM RESULTS- For the fourth year in succession, pupils at St James Senior Boys School have achieved record GCSE results. Within the 100% pass rate, 92% of papers achieved A*-C grades, 46% achieved an A* or A grade. 5 candidates secured straight A* or A grades
At A-level, which introduced the new A* for the first time, we secured 36% of all passes at either A* or A. 86% secured A*-C grades with 100% pass rate across all subjects.
St James Boys Represent Middlesex See News
St James is featured in a top Independent Schools Magazine See News
Visit to Auschwitz See News
Full report of Middlesex Cup Semi-Final game. St James victorious! See News
Justin Murray reports on the Arnhem Weekend - See News and pictures
GREAT START TO THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR Read More
2009 GCSE: RECORD RESULTS - 100% Pass, 94% A*-C
2009 A LEVELS: RECORD RESULTS - 100% Pass, 90% A-C see news
Wednesday 8th September: INDUCTION DAY New Boys ONLY and Yr12St James Cadet scoops coveted award at Summer Camp- See News
BCG saves St James boy - see NEWS