St. James the Great, Our Patron Saint

Mission Statement

Vision and Ethos

St. James the Great is a Catholic primary school. In partnership with the home and parish we aim to develop and strengthen the faith of each individual by living according to Christian values. We aim to educate our children to enable them to reach their full potential, spiritually, academically and socially in order that their lives are brought to fulfilment in God.

Children’s Mission Statement

“Doing our best for God, for other people and for ourselves.”

Primary Education is critical to the development of a child and provides a foundation for his/her future life.

At St James the Great we aim to ensure that all pupils achieve their full educational potential.

When children leave our school they should:

  • have learnt the skills and knowledge required in the National Curriculum to the   best of their ability.
  • have developed a lively, enquiring mind and the ability to question and discuss rationally.
  • be able to successfully progress to secondary education.

Christianity is the cornerstone upon which our school is built. We aim to achieve a caring and stable Catholic community, based on the teachings of the Gospel, in which all children are seen to be valued.

We aim to help our children understand the world we live in and to develop respect for religious and moral values and understanding of other races, religions and ways of life. Equality of opportunity is at the core of our Catholic school values.


Saint James is the patron saint of Spain and, according to legend, his remains are held in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. (The name Santiago is the local Galician evolution of Vulgar Latin Sanctu Iacobu, “Saint James”.) The traditional pilgrimage to the grave of the saint, known as the “Way of St. James“, has been the most popular pilgrimage for Western European Catholics from the Early Middle Ages onwards, although its modern revival and popularity stems from Walter Starkie‘s 1957 book, The Road to Santiago. The Pilgrims of St. James.[7] 237,886 pilgrims registered in 2014 as having completed the final 100 km walk (200 km by bicycle) to Santiago to qualify for a Compostela.[8] When 25 July falls on a Sunday, it is a ″Jubilee″ year (an Año Santo Jubilar Compostelano or Año Santo Jacobeo) and a special east door is opened for entrance into Santiago Cathedral. Jubilee years fall every 5, 6, and 11 years. In the 2004 Jubilee year, 179,944[9] pilgrims received a Compostela. In 2010 the number had risen to 275,135.[10]

The feast day of St. James is celebrated on 25 July on the liturgical calendars of the Roman CatholicAnglicanLutheran and certain Protestant churches. He is commemorated on 30 April in the Orthodox Christian liturgical calendar (for those churches which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, 30 April currently falls on 13 May of the modern Gregorian Calendar).

St. James the Great  

Roman Catholic Church, Peckham Rye

Full Address/ Email:
45 Elm Grove
London, SE15 5DD UK.
Phone: 0207 639 1947 

© 2016 James Augustus.