Our School

St James’ Church of England Primary School is within the Parish of St James Staple Tye on the southern outskirts of Harlow catering for pupils from 4 – 11. It is situated in a semi-rural area adjacent to Maunds Wood, opposite Great Parndon nature reserve, and has a large playing field around two sides and separate infant and junior play areas.

We are proud to be an inclusive school where we work together to challenge, inspire and motivate all children to become successful, confident and caring members of society. We work together to create a harmonious environment where all members of the school community feel safe, can enjoy, achieve and make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community. We pride ourselves in creating a caring environment based on Christian values, which allows children to reach their full academic, social, moral and physical potential. By providing a holistic approach to learning and development we support each child's individual needs.

The School joined The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust on the 1st March 2015. More information about the Multi-Academy Trust can be viewed here.

Our Christian Values

  • RESPECT - we value everyone
  • RESPONSIBILITY - we take responsibility for our actions
  • COMMUNITY - we are all together
  • FRIENDSHIP - we all get on together
  • FORGIVENESS - we give and receive forgiveness
  • COURAGE - we have courage at all times

Our Aims & Values

At St James’ C.E. Primary School we aim to:

  • Provide a differentiated and relevant curriculum with varied teaching styles to meet the range of pupils’ educational needs, ensuring excellence and enjoyment.
  • Enable pupils to make maximum progress in their academic and social development.
  • Actively support the welfare, well-being and safeguarding of our pupils.
  • Make each and every child feel a valued member of the school community.
  • Help pupils to develop the skills of an independent learner, promoting high self esteem and a positive self image in preparing pupils for their future roles in society.
  • Identify individual needs and to make an appropriate response to these, ensuring equal opportunities for all.
  • Promote a working partnership between home and school in supporting each child’s learning learning.
  • Develop a community spirit, promote a common ethos and shared values, based on Christian principles, whilst acknowledging and respecting values held by other cultures and faiths.
  • Develop a sense of reverence, appreciation, awe and wonder about our world.
  • Provide a happy school with a safe, caring, stimulating and attractive environment.

The School Day

Although routines do vary from time to time and from class to class, the following PDF shows the timetable for a typical day at St James’ C.E. Primary School:

Ofsted Report 2014

“This is a GOOD school. The achievement of pupils, the leadership and management, the quality of teaching, and the behaviour and safety of pupils are GOOD” Ofsted - November 2014