About Us

Principal's Welcome

Thank you for visiting our website. I hope that you find the information useful and informative.

St James the Great Academy was judged “good” by Ofsted in March 2018.

Part of the Academies Enterprise Trust, St James the Great Academy is a thriving one form entry primary and nursery school in the heart of East Malling. We have high expectations that all of our children can succeed and actively promote a positive learning ethos within a happy family atmosphere and a safe, stimulating environment.

We aim to inspire our pupils to “make their best better” by offering them rich and exciting learning opportunities.

If you would like to know more or book a visit, please contact the academy via the contact us page.

Tamasin Springett


St James the Great Academy is 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.

Children begin schooling at St James the Great Academy in two ways. Many children join our nursery classes from the age of three and this is strongly encouraged. The provision is free and we offer 15 hours per week. Nursery provision is open daily from 9am – 3pm and parents should either all day Monday, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning or Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and all day Friday.

Children, who are 5 years old between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 begin formal education in the Reception class.

We moved into our state-of-the-art and purpose-built building on 3rd June 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.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Click the attachments below to view the Anti-Bullying Policy.


For information on the curriculum click on the Learning and Teaching tab and then each individual class.

Disability and Equality

Click the attachments below to view the Disability Scheme and action plan.

Ethos, Aims and Values

Click here to view the St James the Great Academy ethos, aims and values.

Freedom of Information

Click here to view the St James the Great Academy Freedom of Information Publication Scheme.