Welcome to Whitfield St James’ CE (VC) Primary School

Working together to achieve our best to reach our God-given potential.

We provide an excellent education enabling all to flourish.  Together with our behaviour motto, “Treat others the way you want to treated” we prepare pupils for life in all its fullness in this world and the world to come.

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29 v.11

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

This is a child centred school and the staff are caring and compassionate individuals
with a genuine desire to develop and provide the best opportunities for the pupils.
Every pupil has the ability to excel and it is our privilege to help them achieve this.
Our pupils have the right to best quality education in all areas and we will continue to
strive to provide the opportunities to allow your children to develop into independent
learners. The world is changing and the jobs market becoming more diverse and
competitive and we have a duty to prepare our next generation for jobs that may not
yet exist.

There is a strong sense of community and developing links with the local area and
parents is an area I feel very strongly about.  I am very much looking forward to
working with you all over the coming year. I will try to be on the playground both
before and after school and please feel free to come and talk to me and if you would
like to talk privately, we can arrange a meeting. Please contact the school if you
have any questions or worries.

Craig Woodward

Colour Run 14/07/2024

Thank you all to everyone who joined us for the colour run. It was truly fantastic to see so many people there and everyone had a great time. A big thank you to Mrs Lockett and all the staff who worked so hard to make it happen.  All money raised will go back into making …

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New Attendance Guidance

Good afternoon,  Please see the letter below regarding new guidance for attendance and holidays in school time.  This is national policy and mandatory for all schools.  Craig Woodward Letter to parent and carers

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Midday Play Leader positions in school

Good afternoon,  We are looking for look for midday play leaders to join our team at lunchtimes. Please see the information below and share widely.  Please contact Mr Woodward at cwoodward@st-james.derbyshire.sch.uk to find out more.  Mr Woodward Midday Supervisor advert Midday Play Leader Person Specification Midday Play Leader Job Description

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Opal playground update

Many staff volunteers came in over the half term and worked really on the start of our playground transformation. The pupils have had assemblies on our new arrangements and the whole purpose is to develop independent and collaborative play  and learn to assess risk in a  controlled way.   We will be continuing to develop this …

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Update 15/02/2024 – Have a great half term

Good afternoon,  I hope you are all well and ready for the half term break.  This half term has gone by very quickly and everyone has worked really hard. We are half way through the academic year and it is always really nice at this time of year to see the children develop and make …

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Possible 2 year old nursery provision

As you may be aware, the government introduced funding for 2 year olds from April 2024. We currently offer 3 – 5 year old provision and we would like to see if there is a need to increase our provision to support 2 year olds. – From April 2024 15 hours funding will be available …

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