Address: St James Prep School, Earsby Street, Kensington Olympia, London W14 8SH
Number of Pupils: 230
Fees: £6,140 per term (includes lunch)
Head Teacher: Kris Spencer
Religious Affiliation: Multireligious
Entrance Procedure: Children can join the new nursery (opened September 2019) the term they turn three. Nursery children and sibling priority for Reception places. All children are invited to a taster morning and are assessed from year three upwards in English and Maths
Contact: Vicky Mitchell, Registrar, 020 7348 1793
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Weekly tours with the Head
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St James believes that the true value of education lies in working out which doors you want to open in life. The school offers a stimulating, creative curriculum that gives children the confidence to open doors for themselves in the future. The curriculum balances the academic, pastoral, sporting, creative and spiritual elements to create a vibrant learning community.
Games & The Arts
Strong in sports with over 18 different sports taught including handball and squash, alongside traditional team sports. Girls taught football, rugby and cricket and both boys and girls compete with great success regionally and nationally – last year’s Year 6 girls won the ISA Regional Netball Championships. Specialist teaching in all the arts, with a packed schedule of performances including a Shakespeare Festival.
Outstanding art and design department with on-site kiln, regular trips to London galleries and rich use of different mediums and techniques. Young artist club supports art scholarship portfolios and preparation for art aptitude tests with much success.
In 2021 the school was awarded Green Flag Status by Eco-Schools (eco-schools.org.uk). The active inter-year eco committee meet regularly to plant in the eco-garden and hold events such as the annual No Power Day.
Head Teacher’s Philosophy
New Head, Kris Spencer, is enthusiastic about the fully co-educational structure of the school, having taught at some of the best single sex and mixed schools in the country. An oasis of calm in bustling Kensington, the school is resourced with enviable outside space (including a forest school), a fully-resourced teaching kitchen, science labs and a new ICT Suite.
The school prides itself on adding value both to the academic results and the character of its pupils. Lessons start and end with The Pause – a moment of stillness that supports focus and wellbeing. Love of learning is the preferred route to success so that pupils get great results for the right reasons, and without the stress of a hothouse atmosphere. Pupils can progress on to senior girls’ or boys’ schools – entry is automatic. The emphasis is on choice with a robust 11+ programme which sees recent leavers move on to schools such as St Paul’s Girls’ and Latymer Upper.
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