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  • St James's Catholic Primary School
    260 Stanley Road
    TW2 5NP
  • Head: Ciaran Beatty
  • T 020 8898 4670
  • F 020 8893 3038
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Richmond-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 675
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Open days: Contact the school office for a tour
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 30th November -0001
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 30th November -0001
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Immediately, you realise that this is a school not shy about proclaiming the importance of its faith and the attendant ethos. French mentioned by all parents as brilliantly taught, partly due to the specialist French teacher who catches them very young. The back of the school is a glorious surprise with acres of grassy pitches and a newish PE building. Excellent use is made of this green paradise or muddy field (depending on the season)...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2020 Ciaran Beatty is acting head, previously deputy head. BA in English and geography (Dublin), PGCE (St Mary’s, Twickenham), MA Children’s literature (London), NPQSL.


At 3, 52 places in the nursery, almost 100 per cent moving up to reception. Parents say that they would be 'mad not to' and the remainder of the three form entry is filled from the four local Catholic parishes (priority is given to practising Catholics). The school is heavily oversubscribed and although the local birth rate is falling there are still too many children for the available chairs. The only hope of a spot further up the school is if the removal vans are ordered and parents have to, reluctantly, move their child to another school.

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The George Tancred Centre based at the school caters for approximately ten children with autistic spectrum disorders. The unit provides an environment where primary school pupils with ASD are taught and supported in a curriculum appropriate to their needs. The National Curriculum is followed, adapted as necessary and incorporating thinking skills, social skills including eye contact and turn taking; with an emphasis on language and communication. The unit aims to provide regular opportunities for pupils to be included in the main school both to enhance learning and to develop social interaction with peers. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
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

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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