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Consultation on school expansion

Please click here to access information. This project is effectively closed, please see September newsletter for full statement.

New Coach Arrives

Once again a big thank you to everyone who helped raise money for the new coach. Some of the children went on a test drive.



We have been advised that two bids we made to this fund were successful. As a result we are moving ahead with plans to extend and convert the current meeting rooms into a library. The second project involves the remodelling of the school's early years provision to bring our FoundationStage Nursery and Reception classes into one area and develop the external provision for this group of pupils. To view the plans click here.

Holocaust Memorial Day



A video made by the drama club to commemorate the day.

Ofsted 2012

Congratulations to all members of our school community on being rated as OUTSTANDING in all categories in our OFSTED inspection - see Ofsted report - see the Croydon Advertiser report

Congratulations Mathmatics Quiz Teams

Well done to our Croydon maths quiz club teams who secured another great victory for St James the Great in all events this year.

maths quiz

Jubilee Celebrations

Another fantastic day. Thanks to everyone who helped.


The following link will take you to pictures of the visit by the Holy Father



Congratulations to Sophia Szymaniak on winning first prize in a recent public speaking competition seeing

St James the Great holding this prize for the second year running.


Well done to all in maintaining our Customer Service Excellence status (Charter Mark) following an external interim assessment that saw ongoing accreditation with a compliance plus for using Best Practice. Special thanks to Mrs Williams for taking the lead on this. Click to read the Assessors Report

CONGRATULATIONS to our Governors on gaining the highly regarded national Governors Mark which recognises the great service they give to the school img

Well done to Miss Redmond for all her work in securing the schools Enterprise Accreditation . img


Martyn Rooney

Well done to past pupil Martyn Rooney on doing so well at the Olympics.
We will continue to follow his progress with interest.


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We follow with much interest the progress of past pupil and England Rugby player Paul Sackey who was a pupil at St James the Great from January 1985 to July 1991 when he transfered to The John Fisher School for his secondary education.

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'Taking Flight'

Congratulations to past pupil Tom Conroy whose design was selected for a new window in our parish church of St Andrew's Thornton Heath . This was blessed at Sunday Mass by Bishop Paul Hendricks attended by Tom and his family.

Dr Who

Thanks to past pupil Jean-Claude Deguara an animator for television's Dr Who and Tourchwood series for giving an exciting presentation on his work to our Year 5 & 6 pupils

Environment Award

Congratulations and a big thank you to Debbie Lawless for all her work in achieving a successful outcome to the external assessment of the school that saw us gain the top Green Flag Eco Award.We are the first school in Croydon to gain this accreditation and a great deal of this success is also down to the children who met the assessor and did us proud, demonstrating very strong ‘Green Credentials’.Special thanks also to Karen Rodrigues who acted as the Governor representative to be grilled by the assessor.A great result for all concerned.

Smarter Croydon Awards

Following promotion of the benefits of a new set of three R's, namely, Reducing, Reusing and Recycling waste, St James the Great has had its "green credentials" recognised. More ....

The school was also recognised for its environmental work at the 'Smarter Croydon Awards'.

Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Brenda Kirby who visited St James the Great School to formally commission the schools solar panels presented two School Council members with our Smarter Croydon Award Certificate at the awards ceremony held in the Arnhem Gallery at Fairfield Halls.

Other older news items

BBC News interviewed reception class during their visit to the London Tropical Zoo More...


Animation Project 

A group of years 5 and 6 children had the opportunity to work with a professional animator to produce a short animation based on the story of Krakus and the Dragon. See it here


Charter Mark Accreditation Well done to our Charter Mark Team on our re-accreditation as a Charter Mark holder - the only Croydon school to hold this prestigious award. The Assessors report awarded the school 5 Best Practice recognitions.



We celebrated our success in gaining National Healthy School Status at Croydon Town Hall. More ..


Environmental Award Well done to the children and staff on gaining a Distinction in the London Environmental Awards. Environmental issues continue to be given a high profile at St James the Great that has seen us achieve two Distinctions and one Highly commended in recent years.


Environmental Area Project

Music for Life

Pupils from St James the Great were asked to play at a concert in front of Government Ministers David Miliband and Estelle Morris. More ........

St Andrew's Church Centenary Flower Festival

Our school was invited to participate in the Centenary Flower Festival held at St Andrew's Church Thornton Heath. The festival was a great success attracting many visitors and our arrangement pictured below was well received. Thanks to Claire Mowbray a past pupil and owner of florists Wilsons of Claygate and her friend Linda for organising our arrangement.



St James the Great RC Primary School is one of the first schools in Croydon to have received national recognition for its teaching of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) described in our recent Ofsted inspection report as “excellent and a strength of the school”. More ......

Schools interested in seeking NAACE recognition are invited to contact Terry Cefai our ICT co-oordinator who is a qualified NAACE assessor for either guidance or assessment.

St James the Great RC Primary and Nursery School is a charitable company
limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (registered number 7937939).
Registered office: Windsor Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 8HJ