We place foremost importance on our pastoral care. All our pupils are valued and valuable members of our community.
Staff are strongly supported in their pastoral role and time is dedicated in staff meetings for pastoral matters.
The Head meets with the Class Teachers to discuss every child’s progress and is readily available for consultation by staff and parents. Pupils also have individual time with their Class Teacher or the Head to speak about anything that is concerning them.
All the children know that they can talk to any adult in the school at any time about any of their worries, no matter how small.
We actively offer opportunities for every child to succeed, and we all celebrate and share their joy and delight when they do; this gives the children a wonderful sense of assurance and the ability to care for themselves and others. When our pupils move on to Senior School, they do so with deep and lasting friendships, an appreciation of stillness and the confidence to meet challenges.
–St James Parent
At St James, we feel it is important to introduce our pupils to stillness and allow them to discover how to be inwardly free and deeply at ease within themselves. A short period of 5-10 minutes at the beginning and middle of every day is allocated to quietude in which pupils may meditate, contemplate or simply be still – according to their own spiritual inclinations.