Welcome to

St James’ Church of England Primary School & Nursery

Part of the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

Our school has been serving the community for over 150 years and we are proud of the caring and nurturing environment that we have created. Our school is a special place,
where all individuals are seen as being of equal value, whatever their background or starting points. We set high expectations for every pupil and work determinedly to ensure that they each become “the best that they can be”.

We are proud of the teaching and learning that is taking place and we are more than happy to show prospective pupils and their parents around our school and to answer any questions that you may have.

We are part of the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust.

Our Vision & Ethos

It reflects a Christian understanding of God…
Our school uses the core values from Galatians 5: 22-23 to ensure that those values are blended into virtues such as: hospitality; kindness; respect are exhibited to all within the community and to those who visit as well as to those in the wider community with whom we communicate. We believe that these values and virtues reflect our understanding of a Christian God as one who is all encompassing; forgiving and kind. In our context this leads to an expectation that all will be treated compassionately as we strive for success.

It reflects our belief about ourselves and each other…
At St. James’ we believe that every individual is created by a loving and caring God, who enables us to use our talents to help others: care for those in need; academically excel so as to solve problems faced by humanity; empathise with others’ situations so as to assist; cherish each individual as special and unique with a purpose to fulfil. Every member of our community is encouraged to learn, develop, ask questions and contribute to our success through their own achievements. Educationally we ensure that questioning, reflection and thoughtfulness are built into the teaching and learning in the classrooms.

It reflects our belief about the world…
We are committed to caring for God’s world; we believe that God’s creation is ours to look after and that the future is dependent on this generation to solve problems caused by human actions in the past. We endeavour to ensure that all of our pupils know that they can make a difference by working together; listening to each other and communicating these ideas. We have a ‘Whole School Council’, every child contributes to ideas of how to work to improve conditions in the natural world and within society such as homelessness and poverty. We instil hope and determination to improve society for all of its members.

Our Christian vision is lived out in…
Our priorities as a school reflect our Christian Vision as we have an active ‘Whole School Council’ who are tackling the problems identified by the Unicef ‘Global Goals’. We also have achieved the ‘Equalities Award’ as we are committed to ensuring that every member of our community feels welcomed and enabled to achieve, excel and strive for success. Our school curriculum ensures, through the use of ‘The International Primary Curriculum’ that our pupils consider the problems faced by children around the world through the Global
Perspective of each Theme taught. Pupils know that as they develop their spirituality they can become closer to God, asking for help, listening to advice.

We are also a ‘Growth Mindset’ school, helping children as young as three to ensure that they all know that they can grow and thrive intellectually as well as physically.

Our Vision is monitored by pupils, parents and governors as we consult and ask them their opinions of the work we are doing,

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