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I am pleased to welcome you to our school's website which gives you some information about our school, its aims, organisation and activities.

Details of the application process to our school are contained on the site in the admissions section.

Should you have any queries or wish to discuss any aspects of school life or work which you feel have not been covered then please either telephone or Email the school for further information.

At St James the Great we seek to create a supportive and friendly environment where each child has the opportunity to develop the highest possible level of achievement fulfilling their academic, moral, physical and spiritual potential in a climate of tolerance of individual differences where Gospel values permeate daily life and we strive to use our skills and talents for the good of all.

This parish partnership is further strengthened through the home school partnership that also exists, this is integral to the success of our pupils.

As a church school we very much value our close working relationship with our feeder parishes of St Bartholomew's, Norbury, and St Andrew's, Thornton Heath and the support we receive from parish clergy in providing strong chaplaincy provision for the school. This parish partnership is further strengthened through the home school partnership that also exists, this is integral to the success of our pupils.

We are very fortunate in having a supportive Governing Body, dedicated Parents Association and, of course, a particularly skilled and committed staff along with hardworking children.

I hope our website gives you some sense of the vibrant nature of our school and the broad and balanced curriculum that we strive to provide. The link provided to the Department for Education and Skills Ofsted site will enable you to access the excellent inspection report on the school. We have also provided a copy of the inspection report on the school carried out by the Diocesan authorities, which is of an equally high standard. Please find our most recent Inspection report here .

One of our recent developments is the installation of a solar powered weather station provided by our Friend's Association on the roof of our school. This provides ongoing data collection on climatic conditions, which is available for use by the pupils in school.

I am nearly always out by the school entrance before and after school, please feel free to talk to me and find out more about our wonderful school community.

Mr C. Andrew | Headteacher

Staff Responsible for Class 2021/2022

  • Mr M Ruddy   B.Ed (Primary), Diploma in Leadership & Coaching, NPQH
    Deputy Head teacher ,DSL (designated safeguarding lead),
    Lead for Curriculum, Assessment, EYFS Leader, CPD, Teaching school, NQT and teach first.
  • Miss L Falconer
    Nursery Teacher
  • Mrs S O'Rourke (2 Days) & Mrs N Carder (3 days)
    D.T Leader
  • Miss M Almeida  BA (Hons) Education Culture & Society, PGCE QTS
    Art Leader & Volunteer Placements
  • Dr L O'Brien BA (Hons), PGCE QTS, AKC, MA(Ed),FCoIT (Part-time)
    Languages Leader
  • Mrs N Akinyemi  BA (Hons). PGCE QTS  (Part-time)
    R.E Leader
  • Miss T O'Connor BA (Hons), PGCE QTS
  • FS/KS1 Phase Co-ordinator & RE Leader 
  • Mrs L Szymaniak BA (Hons) Education & Learning, PGCE QTS, PSHE Lead, Literacy Lead 
    R.E Team & Computing Team
  • Mrs L Pappano 
  • Mr M Kenny BSc PGCE QTS
    Computing Team Computing Team
  • Miss C Ortega BA (Hons) QTS
  • Shadow Maths Leader & NQT Mentor 
  • Miss V Berry BA (Hons) PGCE QTS
    Humanities Leader
  • Miss Z Lawal BA (Hons)
  • Miss A Cassayre  BA (Hons), PGCE QTS, SAAT Primary Leader's Certificate
    Maths Leader
  • Mr M Lascelles
    Science leader & Oracy Leader Drama
  • Miss S Eaton BA (Hons),PGCE QTS
    P.E Leader
  • Miss K Hall 
  • Mrs G Foad 
    Cover Teacher
  • Miss L Fazal -Music and Intervention Teacher

Nursery Nurses

  • Ms P. Chambers NNEB
    (based in Nursery)
  • Mrs S Kelsall NNEB
    (based in Reception)

Learning Support Assistants (LSAs)

  • Mrs N Mezzela
  • Mrs B Willis, Mrs B Wentworth, 
    Year 1
  • Mrs S Fernandes
    Year 2
  • Mrs S Reynolds
    Year 3
  • Mrs B Parfitt
    Year 4
  • Ms C Melody
  • Year 5 
  • Mrs H Leatham
    Year 5
  • Mrs G McGowan
    Year 6
  • Mr P Smith Year 3

Learning Support Assistants (LSAs)

  • Mrs L Stonkute
  • Mrs C Menezes
    Year 1 
  • Mrs E Miles
    Year 6
  • Mrs S Rodrigues
    Year 6
  • Mrs V Mendelsohn
    Year 1 
  • Mrs M Elliott
    Year 6
  • Mrs Van Spall
    Year 6
  • Mrs R Ramos-
  • Year 1
  • Mrs M Rooney
    Year 4
  • Mrs M McElhinney (ELSA Support)
    Year 3
  • Mrs J Savage
  • Mrs M Lopeman
    Year 3 Intervention

Non- Teaching Staff

  • Mrs M Marchant
    PA to the Headteacher (Tues-Friday)
  • Miss M Castineira
    Admissions Secretary
  • Mr M Humphreys
    School Business Manager
  • Mrs L Harries
    Finance and Administration Officer (Mon-Thursday)
  • Mrs M Mowbray
    Clerical Assistant (Mon-Thursday)
  • Ms P Skelton
    Catering Manageress
  • Mrs T Apicella
    Assistant Catering Manageress
  • Mrs D Sullivan
    Library Manager, Reading Intervention, LSA Cover
  • Mr R Dyke     Caretaker