Latest news from around the school

Posted on 23 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

At St James’ CE Primary, we’re always keen to hear your views.

Please complete the survey – it’ll only take a few minutes or so.

We hope that you let us know any questions, comments and concerns (as well as causes for celebration!) whenever these crop up, but we like to gather the views more generally at the end of the year. We’re looking forward to reading your views.

Starting secondary school?

Posted on 20 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Today marks the launch of Starting Secondary School, a new BBC Bitesize campaign, offering practical advice and emotional support to help take the stress out of taking the next big step.

With SATs now complete and focus shifting towards Y6 children leaving our school, this campaign shines a light on the great potential of starting afresh in secondary school.

Using the highly successful format of peer to peer advice, Starting Secondary School partners with CBBC documentary series Our School to get first-hand experience from children who have made the move and, not only survived, but thrived.

On BBC Teach there are bespoke classroom clips and resources, in partnership with YoungMinds, that can be used as the start of discussions around transition as well as case studies of schools from across the UK that have particularly successful transition projects.

There are also tips for parents on how to best support their children emotionally and practically, as well as expert advice on topics such as bullying and online safety.

Annual survey of parents / carers

Posted on 17 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

At St James’ CE Primary, we’re always keen to hear your views. We hope that you let us know any questions, comments and concerns (as well as causes for celebration!) whenever these crop up, but we like to gather the views more generally at the end of the year – we do this via the annual survey.

Please complete the survey – it’ll only take a few minutes or so. You’ve plenty of time to do this – the deadline is Monday 24 June 2019.

We can’t guarantee to meet the needs and wants of every parent / carer, but we do assure you that we consider all the points raise and aim to act on specific points that are raised by many, or a useful idea raised by just a few.

Last year, based on your feedback, for example, we changed how we update you about your child’s progress so that you get five updates over the year: a parent-teacher consultation in Autumn 1 and Spring 1; a Learning Update ‘mini-report’ in Autumn 2 and Spring 2; and a final end-of-year report in Summer 2.

We’re looking forward to reading your views.

Small talk

Posted on 15 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

We love the ideas on this website that promotes talk time for younger children. It’s produced by the National Literacy Trust.

Speaking and listening to your child shows you’re interested in them and care about them. The more they get the chance to speak, the more they’ll learn.

Speaking is the core stage in being able to communicate to others. Without effective speech, we can’t be effective writers.

Similarly, listening is fundamental to taking in information from others. With good listening skills, we have a secure basis to absorb information from reading and other means.

The website promotes chat, play and reading. Young children in an active environment where they talk, play and read will learn new things every day.

Attendance matters

Posted on 10 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Here’s an update on the attendance of each class in school so far this school year. The overall school attendance is 95.5%.

  • Foundation 2 – 93.9%
  • Year 1,2 – 95.2%
  • Year 3,4 – 96.0%
  • Year 5,6 – 96.0%

Well done to both classes in Key Stage 2, who have the highest attendance in school!

Happy Easter!

Posted on 19 April 2019 by Miss Beatson

Yesterday, we had a wonderful Easter service at St James’ church. The children spoke confidently and clearly, when telling us all about the Easter journey.

After school, we had lots of fun hunting for coloured eggs all around our school grounds and we had lots of winners on our Easter egg raffle. Thank you to the PTA and everybody who came to support the school.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!


This half-term's Christian value is...

Posted on 18 April 2019 by Mr Roundtree


Peace is about positive harmony and healthy relationships between people. It involves spiritual as well as material security. Peace is a state of true wholeness, a state of well-being. This value promotes harmony, stability and security within the school and local community.

‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.’ (John 14:27)

Why did the Church Council choose this Christian value? ‘Because when Jesus was sent down there was peace.’ (Y2 Church Council member)

Home challenge:

The dove carrying an olive branch is a symbol of peace in Christianity.

  • Research why this is a symbol of peace.
  • Is Christianity the only religion to have a symbol of peace?

Wonderful writing

Posted on 17 April 2019 by Mr Roundtree

We love this piece of writing by Emily in Year 5. (It’s typed up exactly as it was written; punctuation, spellings etc are all as they were written by Emily.)

I wandered the northern borders of my wonderful kingdom for weeks on end. I wanted to leave my dull village (and family) for an intriguing adventure.

I left the village to start an adventure. I slept and hunted for my own food to eat for days with my sword. It didn’t bother me though, I enjoyed the company of myself.

In the damp evening, I feasted on my latest prey cooked on a roaring fire. I fell asleep in my sheepskin blanket, staring at the dark, gloomy night sky. Next to me, I had my sharp pointy sword shimmering in the moon; I was thinking of when I would have to wipe the blood of some vile creature from the sharp edge.

As my campfire died, I carelessly fell asleep. Images of blood-thirsty trolls flickered through my mind. Suddenly, I heard a loud crack of a twig. I leaped up off the ground and grabbed by sword. Ready to pounce, I heard a groan followed by a thud of a mysterious body falling to the ground. Slowly, I walked over to the bush where the noises came from.

Carefully, I pulled back the branches. I looked down to find an old man with a bushy beard, his face contorted with pain. I nervously took off his iron helmet which covered his bald head.

Bacon Butty Morning

Posted on 29 March 2019 by Miss Beatson

Thank you to everybody who came to our bacon butty morning. Thank you to the PTA, who organised and cooked the sandwiches.

This event was sponsored by ‘Batman and Hoggin’ who provided all the sausages and bacon. Thank you for your support.



St James's Got Talent!

Posted on 22 March 2019 by Miss Beatson

Wow! We have seen some amazing talent at St James’ this afternoon: singing, dancing, gymnastics, comedians, skipping and much more. It was a fantastic way to end a week, where we have been recognising our talents for our Living and Learning theme. Well done to all the children who took part- you were marvellous!