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At St James’ R.C. Primary School we:

Actively demonstrate the Christian values that are shared by all.

Maintain a safe, welcoming environment which fosters independence and resilience

Promote positive relationships and respect for self and others regardless of faith or culture

Inspire children to be excited by learning.

Enable everyone to reach their full potential and embrace the future.

WE BELIEVE IN YOU, AND YOUR ABILITY TO SUCCEED

Welcome to St James

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St James’ Primary is a successful school that is at the heart of its community. There are strong links with the parish church and these enhance the spiritual and moral development of the people we serve.

At St James’ we are committed to providing a high standard of Catholic education for all pupils in a friendly and welcoming environment. We recognise that every child has their own, unique set of gifts and talents and ensure that there are opportunities for these to be developed.

The school teaches children that we share values common to all faiths, namely love and respect for one another, Peace, Justice and belief in Equality. We teach our children about other faiths, in order to foster respect and tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs.

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St. James' was last inspected by OFSTED in the Autumn of 2007. The judgement awarded was 'Outstanding'. St. James' converted to a stand alone Academy in April 2012, therefore the OFSTED report from 2007 is not accessible. Since 2007, St. James' has had termly external reviews and government checks that endorse the school as remaining 'outstanding', including a full section 48 inspection in 2018.

Umbrella Trust Statement

St. James’ is a single, stand-alone Academy that sits within the Bromley Catholic Schools Trust. The Bromley Catholic Schools Trust is an Umbrella Trust that has been established to promote and assist in the promotion of education in the London Borough of Bromley. The aims of the Trust are to promote the achievement of a high quality education for all pupils in all Catholic schools within the umbrella and to promote and develop the Catholic ethos.

There are currently eight Bromley Catholic Schools in the umbrella Trust:

  • St. Anthony’s RC Primary School
  • Holy Innocents’ RC Primary School
  • St. James’ RC Primary School
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
  • St. Mary’s RC Primary School
  • St. Peter and St. Paul RC Primary School
  • St. Philomena’s RC Primary School
  • St. Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

Each school is an equal partner within the Trust but one school acts as Chair for one year and this role is rotated on an annual basis. The school that is Vice Chair becomes the Chair the following year. Holy Innocents’ will be handing over the Chair to St. Peter and St. Paul R.C. Primary School from September 2018.​

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Safeguarding

St James' RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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Worship

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At St. James’ RC Primary School, the daily act of collective worship is viewed as an integral and important part of our every day school life. Collective worship provides us with an opportunity to further develop our relationship with God. It is a time where we come together to share our love of God giving Him glory, honour, thanks and praise.

The Aims of Collective Worship

We believe that collective worship in our school community gives us the opportunity:

  • To contemplate the mystery of God
  • To unite our worshipping Eucharistic community
  • To reflect on spiritual and moral issues
  • To grow in liturgical understanding and development
  • To reflect the Catholic nature of the school
  • To reinforce prayers which are part of the Catholic tradition
  • To provide opportunities to celebrate the liturgical season and special feasts
  • through liturgy, ritual, symbol and prayer.
  • For the school community to celebrate, to give thanks, to wonder, to acknowledge success, applaud achievement and to respond to loss and difficulties.
  • To develop the necessary skills of reverence, contemplation, reflection, interpretation, empathy and meditation.

All of these opportunities will enable our relationship with God to be deepened and enhanced.

Implementation

A variety of opportunities for worship are provided, including individual prayer, group prayer in both formal and informal styles and settings, and the celebration of the Eucharist which is the centre of worship for the Catholic community. Those organising prayer, liturgies and assemblies encourage our children to contribute their skills, and gifts to the preparation or worship and to participate as actively as possible.

Prayers encourage us to remember that God is at the centre of our lives, at the beginning and end of our days and in the decisions we make. Therefore, the pupils and staff of St James say prayers at the beginning of the day, before and after lunchtime and at the end of the day. Prayers are also shared at staff meetings, governors meetings and parent gatherings.

Whole school assemblies take place on Monday and Friday. The Monday assembly is led by the Headteacher and is centred around the Gospel readings. The Friday assembly is our award assembly which offers us an opportunity to acknowledge and reward children for their achievements both in and out of school. It plays an important part in promoting the ethos of the school which is that all children are valued and all achievements are recognised.

KS1 and KS2 assemblies take place at different times of the day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. KS2 Wednesday assembly focuses on the “Wednesday Word.”

Father David, our parish priest, celebrates class Masses in the school with the children, staff and parents every half term. The Parish community of St James the Great are also invited to attend. The pupils attend whole school Masses at our parish church, every half term and on Holy Days of Obligation if they occur in school time. St James’ pupils contribute to the order of the Mass.

Outline of Assemblies Autumn 2017

DAYYEAR GROUP
 
MONDAY Whole School Assembly – Celebrating God's Word
TUESDAY KS1 & KS2 Assemblies
KS2 Hymn Practice
WEDNESDAY KS1 & KS2 Assemblies
THURSDAY KS1 & KS2 Assemblies
KS1 Hymn Practice
FRIDAY Whole School Assembly – Celebrating Extra Curricular Achievements

Mission Statement

buildingAt St James’ R.C. Primary School we:

  • Actively demonstrate the Christian values that are shared by all
  • Maintain a safe, welcoming environment which fosters independence and resilience
  • Promote positive relationships and respect for self and others regardless of faith or culture
  • Inspire children to be excited by learning
  • Enable everyone to reach their full potential and embrace the future

WE BELIEVE IN YOU, AND YOUR ABILITY TO SUCCEED

The ‘Prevent Strategy’

The Government’s ‘Prevent Strategy’ came into force on 1st July 2015 .  The purpose of this strategy is to safeguard children from extremist views and violence.  Schools are obliged to make a statement to parents, informing them of the steps being taken to ensure that pupils do not become embittered and resentful of other faiths and cultures through a lack of knowledge and understanding.

The ethos of St James’ is one of respect for all, regardless of faith, culture or difference. In RE, pupils are taught about other faiths in order to promote respect and tolerance.

At St. James’ we have a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. We invite people into school from other faiths to talk to the children about their daily experiences and beliefs.

We teach the Pupils about the British Values which affirm the basic principles of a just and fair society.  These principles align well with the Church’s teaching on the ‘Common Good’.

If the school became concerned about a pupil becoming exposed to extremist views or violence, we would deal with it in line with our safeguarding policy. We would speak to the parents first, and if appropriate, make a referral to the Bromley Safeguarding Board who may involve the Police.

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St. James’ RC Primary School
Maybury Close,
Petts Wood,
Kent.
BR5 1BL

Headteacher: Lisa Weeks
Chair of Governors:
Mary Hutchinson
SENCO: Joanne Richards

Contact Mrs Jones or Mrs Howie in the school office for general enquiries on
020 8467 8167

Or email: general.info@st-james.bromley.sch.uk


Data Protection Officer: Craig Stilwell

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Announcements

We will be having an Open Morning for parents of children due to start school in September 2020 on Thursday 21st November at 9.15am: The Head Teacher will speak, our Year 6 children will give tours of the school and Supplementary Information Forms will be handed out. The whole event will last approximately one hour - no need to book.

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There is a parent meeting tonight at 7pm to explain the Relationship Policy. We hope that you are able to come.

Children may wear a onesie tomorrow to school so that we can raise awareness for diabetes. We are not asking for do… https://t.co/bhCwrWoCoZ

Year 5 are at the Houses of Parliament today.

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