St James the Great Academy

Kent, United Kingdom

Location: Kent, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 3 - 11 years

About St James the Great Academy

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St James the Great Academy (SJA) is a one form entry primary school near Maidstone the county town of Kent. We like to think we have the best of all worlds with good transport links to London whilst enjoying being close to some of the most beautiful areas in Kent.

We are situated in one of the most beautiful grounds to be found anywhere in Kent. The site was originally landscaped in the 17th century and was the parkland of Clare House. On the site there is a splendid lake and fine mature trees with an abundance of wild life including nesting water birds.

Within the village there is Bradbourne House and the horticultural research station. The parish church of St James the Great and houses of historical and architectural interest, including the mill buildings, Tudor residences and the original Victorian school buildings.

The children are able to use these facilities to enrich their educational knowledge in geography, history and scientific and environmental studies.

We moved into our state-of-the-art and purpose-built building in 2009. The old building has been developed into a Children’s Centre and Community Centre.

We have retained part of the old building as our Family Learning Centre where we hold a free breakfast club, after school activities, and family and parent activities.

SJA is a place where children are at the heart of everything we do. Our pupils are happy, have fun and enjoy being engaged in their learning and challenged in their thinking.

Our staff are highly skilled, willing to learn and determined to get the best results for every child.

Outstanding teachers that can adapt, change and promote creativity and collaboration are the backbone of SJA and an essential part of our vision. We know our teachers are highly committed, each one a leader in the making. They have high expectations and deliver challenging lessons that cater for the needs of every student.

Each one of our students is fantastic. We know and value them as unique individuals. We strive to ensure they are fully prepared for the rapidly evolving future that lies ahead of them, standing shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world. They leave school with confidence, ready to dismiss social barriers and face the challenges of secondary education and then adult life.

SJA is a truly great place to work, but don’t take my word for it – come and find out for yourself!

Tamasin Springett, Principal

Our Curriculum

To view information our curriculum across the year please click here


In March 2014 we were judged “good” by Ofsted. To view the full report please click  here.


We passionately believe that every child can discover their own remarkable life. It’s what motivates us around here. We know this vision requires something extra. Which is why at AET, you’ll find more. More opportunities, so you can forge your own path. More care and support, so you can prioritise what matters most. More purpose, for you and for the children we’re inspiring. Come inspire their remarkable with us.

Staff Benefits


We are committed to developing all staff at all levels through high quality development opportunities, resources, and experiences  that will support you on your professional learning journey with AET.


We champion agile/flexible working across the Trust to help our people achieve an optimal work/life balance.


All staff have access to our pension schemes (Local Government Pension Scheme and Teachers’ Pension Scheme).  Everyone has free access to financial advice & support and can access a wide range of retail discounts through our AET Benefits scheme. We also offer Technology Loans to help with any big digital purchases.


We recognise that mental wellbeing is just as important as physical and have set up employee assistance programmes which offer free and confidential counselling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our employees can access our health cash place scheme from BHSF.


We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET).

AET is a national family of 57 schools committed to delivering an excellent education that launches all the children in our care into a remarkable life. It is our deeply held belief that every child has something remarkable to offer and we see it as our duty to help each and every child find this within themselves.

Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

At AET, we want all of our employees to feel included bringing their passion, creativity and individuality to work. We value all cultures, backgrounds and experiences, and we truly believe that diversity drives innovation.

AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the ESFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our school network. To find out more about what we offer click here.

We also offer School Direct teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here.

To find out more about AET please click here.

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Address: Chapman Way, East Malling, Maidstone, Kent, ME19 6SD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1732 841912