St James’ C.E. (Foundation) Primary School is situated in the village of Wardle, on the outskirts of Rochdale and in the foothills of the Pennine Moors. Although it is only 3.5 miles from the town centre, Wardle retains much of its village character and St James’ is the only Primary School.
The school was opened on its current site in the 1970’s and has had several extensions, refurbishments and alterations since its original construction. It is a one form entry school catering for children aged 4-11 years in single year group classes. The school does not have a nursery class but the village playgroup shares the same site and is managed by Wardle Childcare Partnership who also provide before and after school and holiday childcare.
The classrooms are light, airy and well-equipped. Each classroom has access to the outdoors and the Reception classroom has its own outdoor learning area.
The library houses both fiction and non-fiction books and is a lending library for the whole school. The hall which is at the centre of school is used for assembly, P.E., after school activities and as a dining room.
Outdoors we have three hard surface playgrounds and a school field on which there is a trim trail for the Junior children and an adventure play area for the Infants. The playgrounds have seating areas and there is a traversing wall in the Junior playground. We also have raised garden beds in which we grow vegetables and we have a soft fruit orchard at the top of the field.
We aim to provide children with the attitudes, skills, behaviours and knowledge to become effective citizens of the 21st Century.
The ethos of our school is based on the Christian values of love, faith, honesty, respect and forgiveness, and we actively promote children’s rights as established by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We respect every child as a unique individual and aim to meet their needs and inspire them to reach their own individual potential.
Our behaviour policy is based on our 3 Principles which are:
- Be respectful
- Be responsible
- Be ready to learn
We encourage our children to take responsibility for the choices they make in attitude, language and behaviour so that nothing they do or say impinges on the rights of other children.
We are very proud of our school and our achievements:
- We are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School and the only Level 2 School in the area.
- Our Governors received a Leading Aspect Award for their leadership in our becoming a Rights Respecting School.
- We have gained our 3rd Eco Green Flag.
- We are a Healthy School.
- We have our Gold Kitemark for Sport and P.E.
- We are the only Rotakids School in the British Isles.
- We have lots of sports clubs and last year we took part in competitions in athletics, gymnastics, handball, netball, basketball, tag rugby, football, rounders, swimming, cross country, dodgeball, tri-golf and orienteering.
- We take part in lots of music events and we have a brass band, woodwind ensemble, recorder groups and singing club.
- We have a very active School Council as well as an Eco Committee, a Rights Respecting School Team and a Healthy Schools Task Group.
- We have children who are trained librarians and play leaders.
- Our children are keen to come to school, their attendance and punctuality are above average and their behaviour is excellent. They tell us that they feel safe and trust the adults. They enjoy their lessons and work hard.
- Our teachers work hard to ensure that lessons are well planned and activities are matched to children’s abilities.
- Our children are involved in their learning and have clear targets to help them achieve the next steps in their learning.
- Our curriculum is designed to ensure that children acquire the vital basic skills of literacy and numeracy and that they are able to apply these skills in other subjects.
- We use visits, visitors and first hand experiences to inspire and engage our children.
- We work in close partnership with parents to ensure that children achieve well.
- We provide our children with a rich and varied curriculum and a desire to achieve.
Areas for development
- To further develop our maths and literacy teaching and learning so that standards of attainment improve and children achieve even better standards in these basic skills.
- To continue to ensure that all children achieve their potential regardless of their gender, ability, or background.