Our Ethos and Values

Our Vision

The St. James’ family is a welcoming, thriving, innovative community; loving and inspiring, forgiving and challenging.  Together we can, and will, enrich the world.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to provide an engaging, relevant education within a Christian environment, where everyone flourishes academically, socially, physically, morally, emotionally and spiritually.

Matthew 19:26with God all things are possible.”

Psalm 139 “You are a child of God.  You are wonderfully made, and precious in his sight.  Before God made you, He knew you.  There is no-one else like you.”

Proverbs 22:6 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it”


St. James’ is a Church of England Primary Academy in the Diocese of Chichester Academies Trust where pupils and staff work together in the knowledge and love of God. We try to act out our faith in our daily lives, with Christ as our example. We see education as an integral part of the mission of the Church to proclaim all that is good in human living, inspired through the work of God.

We aim to provide our students, within a Christian environment, with a high quality primary education which will prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of life ahead, both in terms of a move to secondary school and in their home lives.

We seek to promote and support the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, intellectual, physical and emotional development of all our pupils.

For pupils of the Christian Faith, the school aims to provide an environment in which that faith may grow. For pupils and families who choose not to follow the Christian faith, the school aims to provide a positive experience of Christianity, so that the faith might be respected and understood.  Equally the school will show respect and act with care towards pupils from other world faith communities.

We enjoy daily acts of Collective Worship in the academy. This can vary from assembly as a whole school, key stage or class worship and include sharing our worship with parents – at least once per class, per academic year.

Each week we explore and develop a worship theme. Please see our Collective Worship policy for further information.


Our Christian Values are: LOVE, HOPE and FORGIVENESS.  Please see this document for an explanation of the links between these values and other key values that are important to our academy.

Our Learning Values are: Creativity, Independence, Teamwork, Reflection and Questioning

The British Values are defined as: Democracy, Individual Liberty, the Rule of Law, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with other beliefs or faiths

Our whole school community selected these values and investigated why they are important to our school – this included parents, children, St James’ Church and members of the local governing body.

The Values are an important part of how we learn and they are integral in every learning opportunity and aspect of academy life; helping to build the strong Christian character and ethos of the school.

We invite you to share your thoughts on how our academy ‘feels’ when you visit and join us in celebrating these values with us.

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