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Altham St James' Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

Information for School Year 2012 – 2013


Introduction

The Church has seen education as one of its Primary roles throughout its long history. It can be said that The Church has been involved in education in Altham for around a thousand years. We aim to continue this tradition by providing the highest possible modern standards of education in a Christian environment with worship at the centre of its daily life, and a strong commitment to family values and morals. Altham St. James’ CE Primary School is an Aided School provided by the Church of England Trustees, originally to admit children from the village and outlying areas. The present school is a stone building dating back to early Victorian times, which has been adapted and modernised over the years (with, most recently, the addition of a second classroom in September 2003, and new secure entrance and office accommodation in 2006). There are two classrooms and a small hall – one classroom houses the infant class, the second classroom houses the junior class and the hall is used for worship, PE and dining. There is also a small Group Teaching Room. Outside the school we have two hard surface yards, an adventure playground, games field and green area, some of which is allowed to grow wild as an environmental area, and a covered soft surface play area for younger children. The connection with the church is maintained by our frequent visits to Church, and the visits of clergy into school on a weekly basis, and we are also proud to be part of the community of the village of Altham, with the school being used for various village functions. Many of the villagers and parishioners take a special interest in the life of the school. Over the next few pages we aim to give you a brief picture of our school and provide you with details which we are required by law to give you. You are welcome to visit at any time, by appointment with the headteacher, to see the Christian family atmosphere that we maintain and the standards we attain.


Our Staff Headteacher

Peter M.H. Williams

Teaching Staff

Mrs KJ Turner Miss A Thompson Vacancy – covered by a supply teacher at the time of writing.

Teaching Assistants

Mrs J Patterson (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) Mrs L Biddle Mrs A Allen Ms R Halstead

Secretary

Mrs S Kenyon

Lunchtime Staff

Kitchen: Mrs J Clegg Supervision: Mrs N Jewell & Mrs D Kirk

Other Adults In School Special Needs Teacher: Mrs A Isherwood

Governors Chair of Governors

Cllr. Rennie Pinder JP (address given at the back of the booklet)

Vice Chair

Mrs Jill Jones

Governor

Rev John Tranter (Vicar of The United Benefice of St James, Altham & All Saints, Clayton-le-Moors)

Clerk

Mrs Angeline Whittingham (who can be contacted through the school)


Altham St James' School Brochure