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Parent and Carers Engagement

St James – communicating positively with our parents and carers At St James, it is really important to us that there is an effective partnership between school and home, ensuring that we all have the best interests for our young people.

Throughout the academic year, the following opportunities are in place for parents to engage with the school:

- At least one parents’ evening per year group, with additional specific themed evenings such as Year 7 Meet the Tutor and Yr 8 Options evening

- Monthly Parents for St James meetings, with focussed agenda items to allow parents to have a voice and be a part of our school development

- Parents for St James events and fundraising activities, such as bingo and the summer fete

As a school, we use letters and electronic communication via text messages, email and the Groupcall Xpressions app to give information to our parents and carers at regular intervals.

We welcome our parents and carers to communicate with us as often as is needed whether it is just a general query or question. We would recommend that parents and carers contact the school by email in the first instance.

Staff at St James have full timetables, including teaching commitments, meetings and enrichment activities, which mean that it is unlikely that they will be immediately available. Therefore, please email and you will receive a response within two working days. 

PCSJ: Parents and carers for St James 

This is a group which is open to anybody in our school community who is a parent or carer of a student at St James. The group has two main aims: 

  • To provide an opportunity for parents to contribute to the running of the school 

  • To organise social activities and fundraising events 

Established in 2007, PCSJ aims to meet twice termly on school site.  

PCSJ organises regular social and fundraising events, including quiz nights, bingo and an Easter fair. PCSJ already have lots of ideas for the future, but if you have suggestions for social events that parents – and students – might like to see at St James, please do contact us.   

Assistant Head, Julie Buckle, at 


If you have any issues you would like to discuss regarding your child’s time at St James, please do contact their tutor in the first instance. They are best placed to deal with individual concerns and worries.