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St James Prep School

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St James Prep School

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Address: St James Prep School, Earsby Street, Kensington Olympia, London W14 8SH
Website: stjamesschools.co.uk/prepschool/
Founded: 1974
Number of Pupils: 250
Fees: Reception to Yr 3 £5,970 per term, Yr4 to Yr6 £5,475 per term
Ages: 4-11
Head Teacher: Mrs Catherine Thomlinson
Religious Affiliation: Multireligious
Entrance Procedure: Entry at the age of four. All children are invited to a taster morning and informally assessed before a place is offered. Occasional places do become available further up the school when assessments are sat in English, Maths and reading. Early registration is recommended.
Contact: Mrs Martha Carslake, Registrar, 020 7348 1793
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Tours with the head. Please contact the Registrar.

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The Curriculum

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 is 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.

Pastoral Care

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 included, feels supported and valued.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

To provide an outstanding education that fosters academic excellence, creative energy and thoughtful discussion, in a warm and fun environment. To support a growth mindset, nurture the talents that are already apparent and encourage the potential of every child.

Outstanding Characteristics

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, nutritious 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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