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This school 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 stronger than ever since becoming a prep. Standards are high – all the more impressive, given that the school’s intake is not academically selective. But it’s the way it’s taught that stands out, say parents – ‘unlike a lot of preps round here when cram children with facts, they get children thinking independently,’ said one. ‘The curriculum is ...

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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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since September 2020, Kris Spencer BSc (geography). Did his PGCE in geography at Hull and postgraduate research at Jesus College, Oxford. Previously deputy head at Notting Hill Prep and before that, worked at schools including Westminster, St Paul’s Girls (head of geography), Abingdon (head of geography/day housemaster) and Latymer Upper (assistant head).

Entrance

Now from age 2, thanks to new nursery. From age 4, there’s no assessment as such, but a meeting with parents while children get a taster of reception, plus a report from child’s nursery where applicable. Priority to nursery children and siblings. School looks for ‘children and families who value what we value.’ Places higher up the school often available, and children who apply aged 7+ take assessments in reading, writing and mathematics to ensure they can keep up.

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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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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