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St James’s Catholic Primary School ‘Put out into the deep’


January 2021

We are currently working remotely. If you have a Nursery 2021 Application Form , please email: to arrange a convenient time to visit the school office with your paperwork.



St James's Catholic Primary school serves the parishes of St Margaret's (East Twickenham), St James (Twickenham), St Francis de Sales (Hampton Hill) and St Theodore's (Hampton) and we warmly invite applications from practising Catholic families in these parishes. In recent years, we have been able to offer places to all practising Catholic children from these parishes.

These are the links to the parish boundary maps. *

*Unfortunately this link is not active at the moment. Please see the image below for details.



We are a three-form entry school accepting 90 pupils in Reception and 52 in Nursery. The Catholic ethos of St. James’s permeates every aspect of school life, with our key focus being that every individual child grows in the knowledge and love of Christ. We have recently been judged Outstanding by OFSTED (Jan 2015) and the Diocese of Westminster (June 2014). Our SATs results are consistently above the national and local authority averages at Key Stages 1 and 2. In partnership with parents and the whole community, our purpose is to provide a high standard of education, giving the maximum opportunity to realise each child's potential.


A larger school has many benefits for the children including:


  • Dedicated, specialist staff (e.g. Music, French, Learning Support)

  • A wealth of experience amongst staff and opportunities for collaboration and sharing best practice

  • Excellent facilities (large playing fields, separate playgrounds for children of different age groups, ICT suite, two school halls)

  • Innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The teaching of 'thinking skills' is an important part of the curriculum and we have been accredited as a 'Thinking School' by Exeter University

  • On-site breakfast and after-school clubs

  • A large and active parent body which raises significant funds to provide additional facilities for our children, as well as providing many social opportunities

Our warm and caring environment and excellent teaching staff mean that children settle very quickly into life at St James's.


We look forward to welcoming your child to St James's and helping them realise their potential.



Right of Appeal


If you are unsuccessful you may ask us for the reasons for the refusal of a place. These reasons will be related to the oversubscription criteria listed in the policy and you will have the right of appeal to an independent panel. Should you wish to appeal please contact the school for more information.  

In light of the current issues regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, appeal hearings for entry in September 2021 will be by video or phone conference.  The date for the hearing will be given 14 days in advance.

Admissions appeals are organised by the local authority who provide an online appeals form on the following portal which also allows for supporting documents to be uploaded. The deadline for lodging appeals is midday Friday 28th May 2021.

Your case will be heard by an independent Appeals Panel, which is a legally constituted committee of people who were not involved in the initial allocation of places.  You will be asked to present your case to the Panel. The Panel's decision is binding on the school.



Definition of Catholic

'Catholic' means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. For the purposes of this definition, it includes a looked after child living with a family where at least one of the parents is Catholic.

How places have been offered on National Offer Day (90 places)

  2018 2019 2020
Number of applications 278 280 258
Places allocated to:  

Baptised Catholics as follows:

88 91 90

Looked after or previously looked after children

0 0 1


37 39 40

Non-siblings within designated parishes

33 52 39

Non-siblings within designated parishes baptised after one year of birth

6 n/a n/a

Non-siblings outside designated parishes

12 0 11

Christian children of other denominations

2 0 0

Number of appeals heard

0 1 2

Number of successful appeals

0 0 1

There is a waiting list

Yes Yes Yes



Unfortunately the link to the St Margaret of Scotland parish boundary is not active. Please see the image below for details.

Virtual School Tour

Due to the current situation, we are unable to offer visits to the school. Please clink on the link below for a video tour of St. James's School.

Mr. Beatty will also hold a virtual school tour on Fridays at 9.30 am. Please contact the office for the tour link.



St James Video Tour.mp4

Still image for this video

A Certificate of Catholic Practice can be obtained from the priest at the church where you normally worship or downloaded from the Diocese of Westminster website.

A Certificate of Catholic Practice can be obtained from the priest at the church where you normally worship or downloaded from the Diocese of Westminster website.
Certificate of Catholic Practice can be obtained from the priest at the church where you normally worship or downloaded from the Diocese of Westminster website.