St. James Church of England Academy is a half form entry primary school set in the beautiful village of Longdon, Rugeley. We are surrounded by picturesque views and wonderful countryside.
The school was originally formed in 1853 at a site opposite the current school building- this is now the village hall. It remained at this site until the 1960s, when it relocated to its current building. It takes its name from the parish church of St. James The Great which was built in the early part of the 12th century. The school converted to Academy status in September 2016.
As a half form entry school we have a maximum number of 15 pupils per year group and mixed year group classes with a maximum of 30 children in each.
We are very lucky to have a large site that offers our pupils an exceptional outdoor environment in which to learn. We have a nature area, a large playing field, a gardening area, an adventure area (with outdoor gym equipment) and a large playground.
Our Reception offers a wide variety of experiences and opportunities for pupils to express themselves and learn. Our pupils' personal, social and emotional development is vital and our Early Years staff ensure pupils' needs are met every day.
In Key Stage 1 an emphasis is placed on the development of reading as this is fundamental to success in both English and Mathematics. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme to deliver our phonics and most pupils achieve age related expectations by the time that they leave Key Stage 1.
In Key Stage 2 we focus on developing our pupil's skills across the curriculum and in English and Mathematics in especially. Our fundamental aim is to ensure all our pupils are equipped with the skills to learn effectively throughout the rest of their lives.
At St. James, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum that is creative, fun and full of interesting and vibrant learning experiences for all our pupils. We ensure that our curriculum is enriched with visitors, visits, events and activities to inspire in each child a thirst for learning.
We have a before and after school club which run each day from 7:30am- 5:30pm. Within our out of school club we try and incorporate other extra-curricular activities such as cooking, art, archery and multi sports clubs.