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An excellent fit for boy who might be considered eccentric or unconventional elsewhere or who just wants a gentler, kinder and deeper approach to education – all with a strong academic end point. Quiet time and meditation all par for the course, kicking off every morning and afternoon, as well as book-ending each lesson. Sport for all, no excuses. Lots of it too – three times a week. But you don’t have to be brilliant: ‘My son has never been a first team player in any major sport but St James handles that very well.’ Nor is it…

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St James Senior Boys School in Ashford, Surrey, offers a distinctive education, uniting a philosophical approach to the development of life-skills with academic excellence. The approach aims to unfold the twin powers of love and reason so that a boy may grow into a man who knows what he thinks, does what he says and is a friend to all. The school selects boys on the basis of the interview with the Headmaster; the exam results are considered to give only a partial picture of the candidate's suitability - character, interests and ability to speak about them, thoughtfulness, curiosity, brightness and cheerfulness are strong pointers. ...Read more

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Since 2013, David Brazier BA MSc PGCE (50s). Previously head of Long Close School, Slough, where application numbers tripled during his six-year reign (and which some boys left to follow him to St James). Other posts include head of English and drama at Crosfields School, Reading and assistant head at Davenies, Beaconsfield. Studied English and American literature at Kent; MSc from Reading.

We first spotted him in a classroom (he teaches philosophy, mindfulness and a course on love, relationships and sexuality) standing in front of a grainy image of Auschwitz, discussing the unlikely theme of gratitude. ‘Gentlemen, hold that thought, hold that energy,’ he told his class (very St James) as he excused himself to greet us. Unflappable and empathetic, he has the calming, learned presence of a vicar, minus...

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Special Education Needs

St James provides a special educational support programme where necessary. Tutorial sessions and in-class support may be arranged. Close communication between deputy headmaster, form master, SENCo and parents is required for this; arrangements will be co-ordinated thereafter. We provide a baseline level of care after which we ask parents for a contribution towards additional learning support costs. The headmaster, parents and SENCo will discuss fees for these additional arrangements.

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 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 Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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