About our school

Graham James Primary School was formed in April 1991 following the amalgamation of Graham James Infant School (opened in 1966) and Graham James Junior School (opened in 1968). The School became an Academy in 2013.

The single storey building comprises of 14 classrooms, a Nursery, computer suite, large hall, small hall, 2 libraries, extensive learning space in several areas around the school, kitchen, large reception and administrative wing.  The school is set in pleasant grounds, with two large playgrounds with lots of equipment and markings, extensive playing field and a developing wild life area.  An internal courtyard, complete with pond and shrubbery is used for science and nature work, together with a ‘wildlife area’ and new garden. The Nursery and Reception classes have their own designated outside learning zone that is accessible throughout the year. The Key Stage 1 classrooms have access to a designated outside learning space also, and Key Stage 2 classes have access to several other outside areas including a large covered space with colourful benches and an ‘outdoor’ classroom.

The Academy has recently been through two large building projects to expand and improve our facilities. We are very proud of the whole of our learning environment and all the wonderful equipment we have.

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The Academy has strong links with other Schools and Academies in our local area. We work closely with Abbots Hall Primary, Giffards Primary and Hassenbrook Academy under our Umbrella Trust arrangement. The Trust was formed to provide a supportive platform to help the Academies to have a direct impact on standards by strengthening learning and teaching and enhancing professional development. All Academies in the Trust are committed to working together to provide the highest quality educational experience for the children and families in the area.

PRACTICAL DETAILS

School Hours

School session times are:         8.55a.m. – 15.15 p.m

(with a 15 minute morning break and 1 hour for lunch).

 

Please ensure that your child is at school on time – but better late than not at all.  If the weather is inclement, the children will be allowed into their classrooms at 8.45 a.m.  Please try to ensure that your child does not arrive at school before 8.45am unless they are attending an early morning club or it is their class’s swimming morning.  Children should be ‘dropped off’ by their parents at the high green gates by the corner of Class R.

At the end of the school day, children in infant classes can be collected from the classroom’s outside door.

Lunch Time

Lunchtime is from 12.00pm until 1.00pm for infants and 12.15pm until 1.15pm for juniors

Children may remain at school or go home for lunch although very few – if any – go home.

If the children remain at school, they can either have a school meal, currently at a cost of £1.90/day, or they may bring sandwiches.

It saves a considerable amount of administrative time if dinner money is sent to school on Monday for the number of meals needed for the week.  If your child is absent on a day/days for which a meal has been paid, then the money is carried over to the next week.

The children are supervised at lunchtime by a Senior Mid-day Supervisor and a team of Mid-day Assistants.

 

Holidays

We would strongly discourage parents to take their children away on holiday during school term time. There may, however, be circumstances where this does become unavoidable. Where parents intend to take their children on holiday during term time or to remove them from school for any other reason, they must obtain a form from the school office and return it to school. Term time holidays are not normally authorised, only in exceptional circumstances. Each application will be assessed on its own merits by the Governing Body. Judgements are based on Local Authority guidelines and our local Cluster of Schools Agreement.