Introduction

A Christian family where all are valued, children achieve and the future begins.

Our mission is to serve the community through serving our children. Every child is welcomed regardless of need for who so ever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me (Matthew 18.5). Everyone is valued; everyone has worth. We ensure that every child develops within God's love.

 

Leyland St. James' CE (Aided) Primary School is a place of love and a place of learning. It is a haven for children and families and supports all kinds of learning and development. At St. James', we believe that all children are made in the image of God without exception. All are loved and called in Christ, without exception, without exclusion.

 

Our aim is to create resilient learners, who take risks and solve problems in a distinctly Christian, nurturing and highly inclusive environment. St. James' school is all about driving learning forward. Adults in our school engage children. It is our fervent belief that our children are candles to be lit not vessels to be filled. Learning at St. James is based on knowing where our children are currently at and knowing where we aspire for them to be. The learning stems from what interests the children. The learning is based on the mastery of skills and, as a result, performance is always strong.

St. James' is a place where everyone, including each child, is a considered risk taker. Here, outdoor learning is key. We build dens and shelters, we climb trees, we light fires and we use bow saws. If our children are confident risk takers outdoors then they will be confident risk takers in all learning situations.

At St. James', all our children are fully nurtured. They are cared for and loved. We also offer this service for vulnerable children in other establishments too, supporting successful transitions into a variety of schools. This notion of nurture and inclusion is extended beyond our four walls as St. James’ believes that we have a collective responsibility for all children in our community. Thus, I am vice chair of the Association of School and College Leaders' Ethics, Inclusion and Equalities Committee and support developments at a national level concerning child development, vulnerable children and special educational needs. All our leaders make strong, ethical decisions to support children within our local community and our governing body is part of the National Governors Association's Pathfinders programme to support ethical leadership within schools.

I hope you will visit us at St. James’ and let our children delight and inspire you.

Lilian Taylor-Bell