Welcome to St James and St John Church of England School
St James and St John Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) School is a Primary School admitting children from 4+ to 11 years of age. Previously, both Chackmore and St James were 'First Schools'. With effect from September 2006, the two schools became the new school of St James and St John C of E Primary School.
At both sites, the school buildings are set in attractive rural surroundings on the northern outskirts of Buckingham.
St James & St John Primary School aims to give all children the opportunity to develop learning skills, knowledge and understanding to allow them to fulfil their potential. The children are encouraged to be self-motivated and strive for high personal goals.
It is our aim that parents are involved in the education process and play a positive role in the children's learning. We therefore welcome parents into the life of the school.
Our family community at St James & St John Primary School enables us to ensure that children's initial school experience is both rewarding and enjoyable.
In the OFSTED Inspection of Sept 2002, St James School was decribed as "a good school with an atmosphere of security and harmony providing a strong foundation for learning. The Teaching was recognised as "very good".
In the OFSTED Inspection of Oct 2005, Chackmore School was described as "Outstanding", with a good track record of high standards underpinned by outstanding care and excellent provision for the pupils' all round development. The teaching includes "outstanding practice". The school's Behaviour Policy can be downloaded from the link below, which provides further information on the standards we expect within our school.
Following our extremely successful Ofsted Report we were inspected by the Church Diocese on 15 November 2005.
To read both our Ofsted and Church Inspection Reports please click below.
We invite prospective parents to make an appointment to visit our school and see it at its best when the staff and children are at work.
To make an appointment, please telephone:- 01280-860272 (Akeley site) or 01280 812291 (Chackmore site)
For a St James & St John Primary School Prospectus, please download from the link below.
INVESTORS IN PEOPLE
On 5th May 2004 Chackmore School was presented with the "Investors in People" plaque at a special ceremony near Aylesbury. This award recognises the hard work and dedication of all staff who work at the school and is a symbol of their teamwork and support for one another.
For details of our school uniform, please refer to the relevant section on page 5 of the School Prospectus (link below).
To make an appointment to visit the school, please contact either of the following numbers:-
School Newsletters and Parents, Teachers and Friends Association News
St James and St John School has one Parents, Teachers and Friends Association covering both sites
We organise several events throughout the year including our Summer fayre, Christmas Bazaar, Barn Dance, Sponsored Skills Day, etc. All profits made at these events go to school projects.
All parents are welcome to attend these functions and to join the PTFA .
The majority of the fundraising for the year was spent on the refurbishment of our new library, curtains for the school hall, musical instruments, coaches for external trips, childrens' Christmas parties and visits by specialist dance groups.
This year will be the first time our school will have a Year 6 starting in September 2007, the PFTA have agreed to help equip the school with essential resources ready for this exciting time.
The next meeting of the PTFA will be the AGM which is to be held at the Chackmore site at 7.30 pm on Thursday, 27th September, 2007.
The School has a good relationship with the PTFA and it is through this continued commitment from the parents and staff to raise funds that we are able to provide extras for our children.
The Parents' Association also organise social events for parents and children as well as fundraising events for school equipment and other projects.
At the begining of each half term each family is sent a school newsletter from the Headteacher informing parents of forthcoming events and information relevent for the term.
SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS Regular newsletters between school and home provide details of school events. The most recent newsletter is accessible (note this document requires Publisher).
Akeley site:- Foundation Stage Year 1 (4+ - 6 years) Year 2 (6-7 years)
Chackmore Site:- Year 3 (7-8 years) Year 4 (8-9 years) Year 5 (9-10 years) Year 6 10-11 years) The programmes of work are planned together by all staff.
The Early Years Coordinator has a full time teaching committment and currently teaches in Class 1.
In Key Stage 2, a team of six teachers are responsible for the learning experiences of children up to Year 6. In Years 3 and 4, four members of staff, who all work .5, work closely together to ensure continuity.
The classes are supported by qualified Teaching Assistants.
The school secretaries are involved with the office administration and both work on a part-time basis at both sites.
There is curently no provision for a cooked lunches at either the Chackmore or the Akeley sites. Children bring a packed lunch into school and two luchtime supervisors ensure lunchtimes are a happy and social experience for all the children, who eat together in the school hall.
Provision for cooked lunches is currently being organised.
FOUNDATION STAGE In foundation stage children receive a developmentally appropriate curriculum, in order to meet their individual needs, based on previous experiences and knowledge.
The curriculum is planned regularly to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum.
SUBJECT AREAS Within the curriculum, children from year 1 will cover work in these subject areas:
Numeracy, Literacy, Science, Information Communication Technology, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, and Personal,Social and Health Education and French.
TEACHING Children are taught in a variety of ways - as a whole class, in groups and individually, depending on the task. Activities are planned to extend the more able children and to support those who need more help.
CURRICULUM CONTENT Details of the curriculum are sent to parents at the start of each term.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES A wide variety of extra curricular activities enhance the curriculum:-
Recorder Club Netball Club Football club Chess and knitting clubs take place during the year when the weather restricts outdoor clubs Tennis and cricket sessions are held in the summer term
In addition, children can take advantage of the following tuition on offer:-