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Our Ethos, Vision and Values


Our values

Our Vision

Learning as a family in Jesus, through Love, Hope and Forgiveness.

'with God, all things are possible.' Matthew 19:26

Who are we:

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.

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 and these permeate everything that we do and the way that we treat each other. Please see the document below for more detail .

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 also expect all of our community to be READY, RESPECTFUL and SAFE so that we can live and learn together in the best way.

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