Pupils at St James Prep are provided with a range of challenging and inspiring materials, not only from our national literary heritage but also from cultures across the world. Regular reading encourages focus and steadiness and our pupils become enthusiastic and reflective readers.

The aim of the English department at St James Prep is to instil in every child a love of language and literature. We use the ‘Talk for Writing’ programme which embraces the whole curriculum and enables all our pupils, to become confident speakers, listeners, readers, writers and thinkers. Creative writing especially, allows them to discover and express their own ideas.

All pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and reflect on the outcome or product of their own efforts and those of their friends, through regular appraisals, discussions, performances, presentations and group enterprises. In addition, every child has the opportunity to participate in regular plays, competitions, reading challenges, theatre trips and workshops.