Welcome to St James Senior Boys’ School

The success of the education we offer at St James rests firmly upon the pupils we produce. A St James pupil is a well-balanced individual who is: open hearted, mature, independent of thought, a confident learner and has a natural desire to make a difference to the world.

Our distinctive education unites a philosophical approach to the development of essential life skills with an emphasis upon academic excellence.

We believe that behind the apparent differences of each individual there is a conscious, intelligent and loving spirit which we all share. The sense of Oneness unites the whole human family. The Unity is most easily met and enjoyed in the space of silence, which is why we spend ten minutes of the morning and afternoon in Quiet Time. During this time boys can meditate, pray, contemplate or simply sit quietly and enjoy our own peace.

Our approach to academic study begins with the understanding that within every boy there is a brilliance and perfection waiting to be uncovered. Pupils at St James are not selected solely on their academic ability, strength of character and future potential are also of equal significance.

Sport is important for the development of boys and this takes place three times a week on our beautiful 32 acre site at Ashford, Surrey. This provides the physical space to pursue the school’s excellence in Art, Drama, Music and Sport. It also allows our extensive range of educational trips and expeditions to Greece, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the USA also extend learning out into the world.

Transport services to the site are excellent. The railway station is just two minutes’ walk away and the school bus routes easily bring pupils from Hammersmith, Chiswick, Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, Kingston, Malden, Ealing, Barnes and south to Slough and Windsor.

At St James, true education, which aims to release the brilliance of all pupils, requires dedicated staff with an open hearted approach to pastoral care that encompasses the whole child and accepts no limits. Such total care ensures that boys develop self-knowledge and inner confidence which leads to a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood.

St James Senior Boys’ School is one of the top boys secondary schools in the country, where stillness, calm reflection and happiness create a remarkable atmosphere for learning and living.

Please come and see us. You will be most welcome.

David Brazier


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