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St James

Primary School

Where children shoot for the stars and shine

Early Years

Welcome to

Mrs M Walker- Early Years Leader


We believe that Early Years education should be exciting, stimulating, well organised and fun. We have a vibrant setting where the classrooms are bright and engaging, enabling the children to become active and enthusiastic learners. At St James Primary School we strive to ensure that every child receives the very best possible start to their education that they deserve as to us ‘Every child matters’. The children are at the centre of everything we do here at St James.


‘’The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out.’’ Bill Gates Sr, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


At St James Primary School the children are taught topics through carefully selected texts which are exciting and inspire the children to learn. Our curriculum is play based with a balance of adult led and child-initiated activities in order for children to thrive.


We provide the children with activities that are…

  • Fun
  • Challenging
  • Messy
  • Progressive


We are very proud that our Early Years at St James has…

  • Language rich environments- both indoors and outdoors
  • Caring and nurturing practitioners
  • Dedicated practitioners who have a passion for teaching
  • A large outdoor area, trim trail, field and playground
  • Qualified staff with Early Years experience


Our Provision



We have a 52 place Nursery at St James  (26 AM and 26 PM) and children can start the term after their 3rd birthday.


We offer our children 15 hours of provision which is broken down into 5x3hr sessions (morning or afternoon).

  • The morning session starts at 8.45am until 11.45am.
  • The afternoon session starts from 12.30pm until 3.30pm.


We also offer 30 hours. The 6 hour session starts at 8.45am and finishes at 2.45pm. You need to provide your child with a lunch. We also offer a wrap around session from 2.45pm until 3.30pm at the additional cost of £2.00.



We have a 30 place Reception at St James. The school day starts at 8.45am-3.15pm.


To apply for Nursery or Reception please visit our admissions page:



Please use the link below to view the following Early Years policies:


  • Early Years Policy
  • Early Years Transition Policy
  • Phonics Policy

Useful documents for Parents


Please see attached links: