Meet our Headmaster

David Brazier

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

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. 

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. 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 their 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. 

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 



About David Brazier

David Brazier has an impressive thirty-one years’ experience in education. Ten of these have been in the capacity of Headmaster at St James Senior Boys’ School. David operates a hand-on approach and still teaches English and philosophy, his love of these subjects are evident as soon as you enter his classroom. Beyond the classroom, you will find David in his happy place, teaching Cricket! He is and always has been an avid cricket fan and he’s keen to share his knowledge with the boys.  

David has a unique ability to meet each boy, each day, in the moment, this open- hearted approach education allows each student to develop in confidence, self-belief and allows them to be their whole self. 

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