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The head’s love of classics (she still teaches) is reflected both in the syllabus and in an outstanding classics department with Greek, Latin and classical civilization all taught, as well  as -  more unusually – Sanskrit, which is available at GCSE but no longer A level (although some go on to study it at university – especially popular for Oxbridge applicants). Despite being cloistered in Olympia, the school does surprisingly well on the sports front – all praise to the very hard work of the PE department. As such, has no problem catering for sporty girls. Girls flex their thespian muscles with…

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What the school says...

We offer an education which nurtures and enriches the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of our pupils. Our happy, united atmosphere provides the ideal environment for every girl to discover her own unique combination of strengths and talents and 'to be the best she can'.

St James girls are industrious, open-hearted and courageous; they work together, enjoying others' successes as well as their own. They achieve the highest academic standards and are also encouraged to develop strength through self-discipline and an ability to live according to an intelligent understanding of what is wise and true. Regular opportunities for stillness and quiet enable them to learn to be at ease with themselves, to appreciate the value of being fully present and to develop their ability to concentrate.

Our teachers have excellent subject knowledge and give their time generously to support the well-being and development of their pupils. Relationships throughout the school are extremely positive and are characterised by a spirit of love, trust and mutual respect.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2014, Sarah Labram BA (Classics, King’s College) (50s). As a former pupil and head girl, she was privy to the growth of the school from its inception in 1975 as part of the School of Economic Science’s (SES) philosophical approach to a fixture on the London private school circuit, successful in academic league tables. Sent both her own daughters to the junior and senior schools and has worked there herself for nearly a quarter of a century, rising through the ranks from classics teacher to head of department then deputy head. Totally imbued, then, with the St James’ ethos.

More gentle Kanga than a Tigger, with a mission to build self-awareness and self-management in the girls by promulgating life skills like mindfulness, compassion and citizenship. A moderniser too – she...

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Special Education Needs

St James Senior Girls' School offers an education, which draws out and magnifies the unique talents implicit in each individual. An environment is provided which enriches the intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of a pupil in an atmosphere which supports unity and is conducive to the happiness of all.' Ethos and Aims; Senior Girls' website. Within this environment, pupils with mild to moderate LDD/SEN thrive and achieve good results. Pupils,come from a wide range of backgrounds and are accepted from both the state and private sector. The School has experience of working with pupils with dyslexia, dyspraxia and specific learning difficulties but maintains an open attitude to looking at supporting the needs of pupils outside those areas.The School's policy of keeping the same Form Teacher, where possible, with a class from Years 7-11 provides an opportunity for pupil and teacher to establish good relations. This enables all pupils, but especially those with LDD/SEN to feel that their particular circumstances are understod and supported. Pupils, once settled, are then prepared to take risks - they are willing to try new methods and stretch their goals. Experiencing success enables pupils to develop confidence and a sense of self-worth. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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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