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St James Senior Girls’ School

By Coby F

2 months ago



Address: Earsby Street, London W14 8SH
Website: www.stjamesgirls.co.uk
Founded: 1975
Number of Pupils: 250
Fees: £8,065 per term.
Ages: 11-18
Head Teacher: Emma Bell
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: We are part of the West London 11+ Consortium and our examination process includes one exam and an interview.
Contact: Patricia Snowdon, Registrar
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: We are always happy to show families around our School and Sixth Form Centre and offer the opportunity as part of your visit to have tea with our Head.

If you would like an individual tour, please contact Admissions.

Our next Open Mornings are:

Wednesday 1 May 2024: Session 1 9.00am – 10.45am & Session 2 11.00am -12.45pm.

Open Day: Saturday 21 September 2024 – Session 1 9.00am – 10.45am & Session 2 11.00am – 12.45pm.

Book your visit here.

The Curriculum

Our curriculum is carefully planned to ensure our pupils experience a broad range of subjects, developing a true love of learning and having the opportunity to find their true passions.

From the starting point in Year 7, they will typically go on to focus on nine or ten subjects at GCSE and three at A-level.

Games & The Arts

Our aim is to nurture a spark of sporting enthusiasm in each pupil, and for them to persue and enjoy their chosen discipline at university and beyond.

Our Physical Education programme offers the opportunity for pupils to participate in a wide range of sports, from team games to individual activities. In addition to our main sports lacrosse, netball, athletics and football, in which we often compete at national level, pupils can also take part in handball, gymnastics, rounders, cricket and volleyball.

We now have several whole school drama and music events running throughout the year, and host GCSE/A-level Art shows and art sales to support the incredible pool or artists.

Pastoral Care

Caring for the emotional health of our pupils at an individual level is a fundamental part of our ethos, and personal development is embedded within our educational approach.

Teachers work collaboratively to support and guide all pupils, helping them discover and develop their particular interests, strengths and qualities. This provides them with the necessary tools to develop their own identity and build self-confidence as they progress through school. 

Our pastoral care is structured to equip pupils with strategies to support positive mental health and nurture emotional resilience.

University Places

A-level results are excellent and in the last three year 59% of our students have achieved A*A results, 80% have gotten their 1st choice universities and 10% have gone to Oxbridge.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Our unique approach is rooted in kindness and a belief in the limitless possibility of the human spirit, facilitated by expert teaching and compassionate pastoral care.

In an ‘always-on’ world, our pupils are never afraid to stop and think, drawing on ancient wisdom to bring fresh perspectives and creative solutions to personal and global challenges.

St James girls learn to speak the truth, live generously and aim for the best, resulting in excellent academic outcomes and laying firm foundations for lifelong success.

Outstanding Characteristics

St James Senior Girls’ School is an independent day school for girls aged 11-18, based in Kensington Olympia, and accommodating a two-form year group. Our Prep School pupils transfer at Year 7 and we admit a further 20-25 pupils at 11+ from other schools.

Founded in 1975 by philosophically inclined parents, our three independent day schools offer a distinctive approach to education which provides for the intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of every child; they aim to provide an environment in which a child can discover all that is best within their own nature.

We actively support our pupils’ emotional wellbeing, incorporating mediative practices and fostering a positive school atmosphere built on mutual respect, trust and kindness. Pupils at St James are familiar with a daily meditative practice – ‘The Pause’, a short period of quiet reflection and stillness taking place at the beginning and end of each lesson, at assemblies and lunchtime. This allows all pupils to join the present moment, refocus and digest the fruits of their learning.