Our Faith in Action


Our Catholic faith lies at the heart of everything we do and permeates the school community and curriculum. Religious Education plays a central role in encouraging the growth and development of students' faith. 

We aim:

  • to assist in making Christ and the teaching of the Catholic Church known to all people and to support parents in their children's education and religious formation.

  • to be at the service of the local Church - diocese, the parish and the Christian home.

  • to contribute to the creation of a society that is highly educated, skilled and cultured. This includes developing students as citizens that observe and uphold British values. The school community is open and welcoming to all including those of other faiths and no faith.

During the year, students take part in a number of Masses and religious services. Each week there is a liturgical assembly based on themes from the Church’s calendar. Prayer and collective worship form an integral part of daily life at St James'. Students are developed as young leaders in the Church to participate fully in acts of worship and take on leadership roles in prayer and worship. 

Our school chapel offers students regular opportunities for personal reflection and worship. Every lunchtime there is a service in the chapel that students and staff may attend, including: private prayer, Adoration, meditation, and a Eucharistic liturgy.

St James' teaches the truths of Catholic belief and practice, and provides opportunities to explore and reaffirm our students' own faith commitment. Students learn to cherish Catholic values and to respect all people around them as part of their journey of faith.