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Our Ethos, Mission & Vision

'For the good of all' 1 Corinthians 12

Learning together with courage and kindness

COMMUNITY - 'one body, even though it is made up of different parts' 1 Corinthians 12:12
COURAGE - 'love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail' 1 Corinthians 13:7
KINDNESS - 'and those parts that we think aren't worth very much are the ones we must treat with the greatest care' 1 Corinthians 12:23

Who we are:

St. James Church of England Primary School and Nursery is fortunate to be situated at the heart of the beautiful rural setting of East and West Hanney. Our Christian values of community, courage and kindness are key to the St. James family, that provides security and nurture, so that all can learn. We celebrate each other's successes and provide support and comfort through times of challenge, enabling all to thrive and flourish. Knowing that we are stronger together with all parts of our community - pupils, staff, parents, governors, the Vale Academy Trust, our surrounding villages, St. James Church and the wider community, helps us to work 'for the good of all' and is an essential part of who we are.

What we do:

Just as Jesus had his team of friends around him, including St. James, we aim to create a school family that supports and motivates all to be the best they can be, 'for the good of all'. We follow an ambitious and enriched curriculum that we have carefully designed to develop children's sense of curiosity, empathy and adventure. We prepare the children of St. James to go out into the world as:

  • life-long-learners
  • resilient risk-takers
  • courageous global citizens.

We follow in the example of St. James, who through his journey from fisherman to devoted friend of Jesus and finally becoming a messenger of God’s word, demonstrated his commitment, his courage and his kindness. As the children journey through our school from nursery to year 6 we aim to surround the children in kindness, to ensure that every child feels included, cared for and supported to be able to be the very best they can be.

We frequently bring our children and the wider community together to help nurture inquisitive minds and demonstrate acceptance of others. Parental involvement is strongly encouraged as part of our community around the child. All staff, and those who come into contact with our children, promote supported risk-taking to develop resilient, well-rounded, confident young people who have the courage to take on the challenge of their next academic steps. We expect all St. James children leave with a sense of pride in their school and a love of learning, where mistakes are learnt from and abilities enhanced, enabling them to have the confidence to be the best person they can be for the good of all!

What we want:

Our vision is to enable all to flourish to be the best they can be for the good of all 





St James C of E Primary School
OX12 0JN


01235 868232