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The school was started in the 1970s by members of the School of Economic Science, a global organisation influenced by Advaita Vedanta, an ancient philosophical system. Now distanced from the SES, St James continues to intertwine spiritual thinking with academic success and creative development, and the importance of happiness and wellbeing (as well as vegetarianism and mindfulness) underpins the education it offers. The balance, however, does not preclude St James from being an academic school with excellent teaching. ‘My children have been to many schools, and St James has unbelievably brilliant teaching with lots of young teachers who sparkle with enthusiasm,’ said one mother. More often, perhaps, than elsewhere, parents select St James for its ethos. ‘It’s incredibly gentle and nurturing and …

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What the school says...

Peace of mind. This is a message that goes straight to the heart of who we are and what we deliver as a school.

For our pupils, peace of mind comes from being in an environment where their ideas and thinking are not only celebrated, but matter. Where they understand their own definition of success. Where creativity, academic success and spiritual well-being walk hand-in-hand.

For parents, peace of mind is knowing that their child is in a vibrant atmosphere of inclusivity and focus. That they will be encouraged to be confident, 360 degree thinkers, ready to meet life’s challenges.

I hope you will join one of our school tours or Open Days so you can experience what sets us apart and see the many ways in which your child will thrive here.
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Since 2022, Hilary Wyatt, NPQH, BA, MA, PGCE. A teacher for over 30 years, Mrs Wyatt has worked in London prep schools for the past 15, seven as headteacher (most recently at the Lyceum, previously at Eaton Square and Durston House pre-prep). Since 2014, she’s also been an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. After a peripatetic childhood, she studied English at Sussex University, then did a PGCE at Southampton University. ‘I originally wanted to be an actress but was inspired by one of my teachers in America to go into teaching.’ Three decades on, she remains as ‘excited about education’ as ever. She moved to London from Winchester in 2005 for her two daughters to attend St James Senior Girls’ School (her husband remains chief operating officer of all three St James schools),...

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

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