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St James Prep impressed us as such a kind and enlightened medium in which to culture young minds, that we occasionally had to remind ourselves that this was a school we’d stepped into and not a Botticelli painting. Academic performance is strong, with the standard of written work exceptionally high, both in content and accuracy – all the more impressive, given that the school’s intake is not academically selective. 'I’m a great advocate for academic rigour,' confirms the head, adding, 'but I’m just as passionate about children finding out what they love'... 

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What the school says...

St James is a vibrant and happy school community where spiritual and emotional health and development have equal importance with academic rigour and physical well being. Short periods of stillness and reflection are enjoyed before and after lessons; a connection with something peaceful and unchanging in today's busy world.

You are warmly invited to come and meet the children and staff of St James Junior School. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2009, Catherine Thomlinson, BA in English and history from Roehampton (40s). A St James’ disciple to her fingers’ ends, having spent almost all of her teaching career here after being educated at sister school, St Vedast (brief spell in South Africa before coming back to the fold). Two children, a son and a daughter, both of whom attended St James from age 4 right through senior school. A thoroughly lovely lady who radiates kindness, humanity and good humour, and this despite having a shocking cold when we met. The study oft proclaims the head, we’ve found, and Mrs Thomlinson’s was sparely but beautifully furnished, bright and calm. Amidst some exquisite pictures of quiet seas, a joyous tract reads, 'Let your light shine!' – and hers most assuredly does.


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Special Education Needs

Underlying the ethos of St. James is the vision of the realisation of the potential of each child. The aim is to maximise strengths and minimise the barriers to full participation in both classroom and school as a whole. The approach is to discover the specific barrier through observation and testing and then, together with family and teachers, adopt the most intelligent way forward. St. James is committed to providing learning support for all pupils accepted into the School.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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