Welcome to Whitfield St James’ CE (VC) Primary School

Working together to achieve our best to reach our God-given potential.

We provide an excellent education enabling all to flourish.  Together with our behaviour motto, “Treat others the way you want to treated” we prepare pupils for life in all its fullness in this world and the world to come.

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29 v.11

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

This is a child centred school and the staff are caring and compassionate individuals
with a genuine desire to develop and provide the best opportunities for the pupils.
Every pupil has the ability to excel and it is our privilege to help them achieve this.
Our pupils have the right to best quality education in all areas and we will continue to
strive to provide the opportunities to allow your children to develop into independent
learners. The world is changing and the jobs market becoming more diverse and
competitive and we have a duty to prepare our next generation for jobs that may not
yet exist.

There is a strong sense of community and developing links with the local area and
parents is an area I feel very strongly about.  I am very much looking forward to
working with you all over the coming year. I will try to be on the playground both
before and after school and please feel free to come and talk to me and if you would
like to talk privately, we can arrange a meeting. Please contact the school if you
have any questions or worries.

Craig Woodward

01/12/2023 – update and dates for December

Good afternoon,  I hope you are well and ready for the weekend and the start of the festive season.  A big thank you to everyone who supported the Nursery and Reception open events this week. Please remember to apply for a reception place by January 15th 2024.  Reception application form Colder weather The colder weather …

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Lantern Parade 08/12/23 and templates

The ‘Friends of Whitfield’ group are organising a lantern parade on Friday 8th December. Please see the poster attached.  The parade is starting here and finishing at the Vinyard and all are welcome to take part. You are welcome to make your own lantern and take part. You can use any design and we have …

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Remembrance Parade 12th November 2023

It was fantastic to see so many of our school community supporting the remembrance parade on Sunday 12th November. A big thank you to Harvey, Robin, Niamh and Jessica who laid a poppy wreath on behalf of our school and were fantastic ambassadors for our school.  Mr Woodward

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Update and dates W/C 20/11/23

I hope you are all well and ready for the weekend. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the ‘Winter Wonderland Fair’ today from 5pm – 7pm. We had our individual and family photographs on Monday and Tuesday this week. This year, we are using ‘Pop up Portraits’ from Photojenix in New Mills and …

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Parent governor election November 2023

Dear Parents / Carers, The governors and I would like to thank Jason Allen and Damon Dolby for their time and commitment to our school as parent governors. They have been a big part of our school’s journey for many years and we are very grateful. Their tenure as governors has ended and it is …

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Harvest Festival 25/10/2023

Thank you all for those who joined us for our Harvest Service at Church on Wednesday 25th October. It has been a long time since we had that many people in church. It was a pleasure for Rev Chris to welcome us to St James’ and deliver his first service for our school.  A big …

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