Headmistress’ Welcome

Sarah Labram, Headmistress

For prospective pupils and parents alike, there are many factors to consider when making the decision about a new school. You want to find somewhere that not only meets your expectations at an educational level, but also somewhere that speaks to your values and inspires a feeling that it’s the right fit for you.

Founded in 1975, we are an independent day school for girls aged 11-18 located in Kensington Olympia and easily accessible via our school coaches and the tube, train or bus network. We are a two-form entry school, welcoming girls into Year 7 from our own prep school alongside those who transfer from other schools following the 11+ process. 

Our teachers are, first and foremost, specialists in their subjects, but they are also dedicated to supporting the wellbeing and development of our pupils. Indeed, positive relationships permeate our school, and we are proud of the camaraderie that exists amongst the pupil body and between students and staff.

At St James, we are committed to ensuring that all of our girls are confident in themselves and comfortable in their surroundings. We offer an enlightened education that nurtures mind, body and spirit, all within a happy environment where learning and personal development go hand-in-hand.

Our broad curriculum and wide range of additional learning opportunities are designed to challenge the bright young minds in our care and also provide them with the means and encouragement to pursue their individual passions. All the while, we support our pupils’ emotional wellbeing through a focus on mindfulness and by fostering a positive school atmosphere built on mutual respect and trust.

It is an approach that results in young women who balance academic achievement with emotional resilience; who are self-disciplined and self-aware but also socially confident and blessed with generosity of spirit; secure in themselves and ready to take their place in the world.

We would love to invite you to attend one of our Open Events so that we can tell you more about our teaching and ethos and answer any questions you may have about life here at St James.

Sarah Labram BA

Headmistress

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