St James Catholic

Primary School

In the loving peace, justice and joy of Jesus, we achieve.

What does a typical school day look like?

Children walk into school from the playground after the gates are opened at 8:45.  Registration is at 08:55 and we expect every child to be in school and at their desks by this point.


We are proud to be a Catholic school and begin our day with an act of worship. This may be a prayer in the classroom or, more often than not, a coming together as a school community.  Assemblies are led by either the Head, Deputy or School Liturgy group, with weekly Key Stage assemblies being led by Mr Lloyd and Miss Hall.  The house captains lead an assembly for their houses once a term..  On Friday, Years 1 to 6 go to Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.


Morning break is normally staggered so that Reception and Key Stage 1 have a separate playtime from Key Stage 2.  The former classes also have time to have fruit and milk directly after this playtime, whereas Key Stage 2 have the option to purchase fruit juice/toast from the kitchen staff as well as receive milk - please ask at the office if you wish your child(ren) to have milk at playtime.


Lunch is prepared onsite and is served from 12:10 onwards for Reception/Key Stage 1 and 12:30 for Key Stage 2.  This is served from the kitchen hatch and is eaten in the hall.  All children enjoy playtime together, with the help of lunchtime supervisors and play leaders.  The Friends of Saint James' have provided the children with a wide variety of equipment to use over this period.


The afternoon sessions begin at 13:30.  


In order to facilitate a smooth end to the day, the lower end of the school may be picked up from the playground from 3:20 onwards.  The gates are opened to allow the parents/guardians onto the site from 3:15; this allows us to maximise the use the playground./field for the children.  Key Stage 2 children are dismissed from the hall at this time.  We ask that parents leave from the playground promptly so that after school clubs may begin.