Address: St James Prep School, Earsby Street, Kensington Olympia, London W14 8SH
Number of Pupils: 250
Fees: £5,970 per term
Head Teacher: Mrs Catherine Thomlinson
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: Mrs Martha Carslake, Registrar, 020 7348 1793
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Weekly tours of the Nursery. Prep school Open Mornings on the 19 September, 21 November and 23 January.
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Children thrive in a vibrant, inspiring academic environment that develops positive attitudes to learning, and encourages children to be their best and stretch themselves academically without undue pressure. The curriculum, which is broad, stimulating and highly creative, is strengthened by philosophy classes taught from reception.
Games & The Arts
Music, drama and art are particularly strong at the school with specialist teachers in each subject. Most children learn a musical instrument and all children are given the opportunity to perform at one of the many concerts that run throughout the year. Flourishing drama department which makes use of the Senior Girls’ drama studio runs a packed schedule of performances including a week of Shakespeare in the spring term. Outstanding art and design department with on-site kiln and regular exhibitions of the children’s work. St James Prep makes weekly use of the extensive sporting facilities at Barn Elms and Fulham Pools and competes
with success at both regional and national levels.
The happiness of the children underpins the school’s values and ethos. St James’ school rules of truthfulness, magnanimity, harmlessness and never careless means that everyone is feels supported.
Head Teacher’s Philosophy
To provide an outstanding education that fosters academic excellence, creative energy and thoughtful discussion, in a warm and happy environment. To support a growth mindset, nurture the talents that are already apparent and encourage the potential of every child.
The underlying practice of pausing or having moments of stillness throughout the day provides a solid and calm base from which the children can draw resilience and self-reliance. The school is proud of its delicious, award-winning, vegetarian meals cooked by a talented catering team. It teaches pupils to love good food in all its variety, with weekly cooking classes that focus on the appreciation of nutrition. Its bright, buzzing classrooms in a beautiful setting, in addition to committed teachers and low turnover of staff, provides a positive, happy atmosphere for the children.
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