Church Links & RE 2023 - 2024

Mr Beattie

Psalm 119v105 : Your word is a lamp to my feet, a light on my path
Christian Vision

With exploring minds and faith, we grow and learn together. All here follow ‘The St James Way: Be Kind, Be Respectful, Give Your All’ which is rooted in the Christian Values of Peace, Compassion, Friendship, Forgiveness, Thankfulness and Endurance. Using Psalm 119v105 we use ‘Your Word’ as a light to guide children on their paths through life.

Our Church

St. James’ Junior School is a Church of England primary school of voluntary controlled status. 

Having good links with our local Church School is very important to us. The children have the opportunity to come into St. James’ Church on numerous occasions during the school year. Whole School Collective Worship is led by myself in the church on alternate weeks, and the six Christian Values which are a foundational aspect of school life, underpin what we do together and how we do it. 

I visit the school often and take an occasional role in delivering the Understanding Christianity teaching material in the School. During recent years, I have also led ‘Sing Squad’ and I have been the Basketball Coach for an after school club!

Throughout the school calendar, St. James’ Church partners with both our Church Schools in delivering spectacular special services: ‘Harvest Festival Service', 'Easter Service', 'Leaver's Service' and ‘The Big Christmas Sing’ to name but a few. The Church also lay on special workshops each year with the focus being Christian Values, Prayer Spaces, Easter Experience, Christmas Experience, Easter Gardens and The Lord's Prayer workshops in recent years. Building on from the school vision 'Your word is a lamp to my feet, a light on my path' we ensure that all children are given a Bible of their own when they start at our school. This is used at the start of their journey, with the children taking it with them as they leave our school and continue on their path

St. James’ Church also runs Messy Church and Pizza Church - which have a good number of local children and families in attendance.

As I look back over the best past of six years of involvement with our school, I am delighted with the wonderful way our church and school links have been maintained and even deepened.

You see, our church and school link is way more than an occasional assembly!

Finally, I am very thankful for our supportive community who also work hard to maintain a great relationship / partnership between our church and school.

St James’ Junior School is a wonderful school with a great Christian ethos. 

The schools Christian Values are not just words on display boards around the school. But, are evidenced through the terrific children and fantastic staff who make our school a joyful place to be!




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Contact Us

Please direct all enquiries to Mrs H Maiden at the school office:

Telephone 01946 695311 or email

Headteacher: Mr Andrew Beattie

St James' Church of England Junior School. Wellington Row, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7HG