Care of pupils is central to the work we do at St James’ because each one is a unique person of God and worthy of respect.

The Headteacher is assisted in the planning and delivery of pastoral care at St James’ by a team which includes the Senior Leadership Team, Emmaus Manager, Pastoral Manager, Mental Health and Well-being Officer, Heads of Year, Form Tutors and the Attendance Officer.

Every child joining St James’ becomes part of a tutor group.  The Form Tutor will have an overview of the child’s general academic progress, and guide and monitor their spiritual and social welfare.  The Form Tutor should be your first point of contact and will be able to deal with the majority of your questions and concerns.

The Year team is led by a Head of Year and supported by our Emmaus and Pastoral Managers.  The team ensures a high level of contact with parents and carers and is there to support you and your child in any serious or urgent pastoral issues that may arise.  It is essential that pastoral staff be informed about any changes to health or changes in circumstances at home.  In all matters of support and discipline, parents are involved at an early stage and are welcome to contact school whenever there is a concern.

Our Emmaus and Pastoral Manager have non-teaching roles and are based in the Pastoral office.  They work closely with children throughout the school offering advice and support both in curricular and extra-curricular time. In addition to this we also have a Mental Health and Well-being Officer who is a trained counsellor that meets with specific children who need additional support for their mental health and well-being. Please contact the Pastoral office as soon as possible if you have any concerns.

We have a full time Inclusion Manager who works within our Damascus room. Mrs Hurley works with our children and demonstrates one of our most important Catholic values of forgiveness. Within our inclusion room pupils are afforded the opportunity to reflect on decisions they have made which are wrong.

St James’ pupils benefit from a part time school based nurse and there are staff who are trained first aiders.

We also have a member of the teaching staff, Miss Bickerton, who has the position of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and this teacher supervises our provision throughout the school and with external support agencies including the “learning support service”. St James’ is designed to accommodate children with physical impairments and accordingly the school has no stairs and all areas of the school are accessible by wheelchair users.

At St James’ we value the home school partnership and look forward to working closely together to ensure that your child succeeds.

Key Contacts

Heads of Year

Emmaus Manager

Pastoral Manager

Inclusion Manager

Safeguarding and Mental Health Officer

Attendance Officer

“With God all things are possible”

Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said,
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”

Matthew 19:26