Learning Resources & Facilities
The facilities at St James’s are ideally suited to promote excellent learning and teaching across a full range of subjects and learning spaces. As with all successful establishments, we have a rolling programme of maintenance, rebuild and new build which enables us to constantly adapt our environment to meet the needs of our children in an ever changing world.
One of the jewels in our crown is our state of the art sports complex, which comprises of a large well equipped sports hall, gymnasium, specialist dance studio, fitness suite, a floodlit Astroturf pitch, and a sports specific ICT classroom. These facilities enabled us to fully develop our sports and as well as providing outstanding sports facilities for lessons, they also enable us to offer a massive range of extra-curricular and community based activities.
The recently refurbished Library, with its engaging, decorative entrance, is a central learning resource within the school. The Library is full of amazing fiction and non-fiction books written by award winning authors. As well as the books there are magazines and DVDs for loan and the Library also features an ICT suite, netbooks, printers and copiers, all for use by students to help and support them with research and homework.
Organised by our dedicated School Librarian, Miss Dyson, the Library has regular visits by professional authors, book fairs and competitions, as well as participating in literary events such as Bolton Book Week and World Book Day.
The Library also gives pupils an opportunity to take on responsibilities as it is manned by a team of fully trained student librarians.LEARNING ZONE:
Our new Learning Zone transforms the way lessons are presented. Staff and pupils can experiment in different styles of learning and teaching aimed at bringing the best out of every child in our school. Moveable walls, variable seating plans and top of the range ICT provision allows pupils to develop essential personal learning and thinking skills that will equip them socially and emotionally to succeed in and out of school.
ICT plays a vital role in our modern society and it is only right that the facilities at St James’s reflect this. All classrooms are equipped with interactive white boards to make learning and teaching an enjoyable and stimulating experience. The school boasts 14 specialist computer rooms including a Digital Art and Photography suite, a CAD Technology suite with laser cutting facilities and a Music suite equipped with Apple Mac computers.
Other resources include a wide variety of portable equipment, e.g. laptops, web books, iPods, etc. with full wireless provision across the site, allowing pupils, throughout both key stages, to develop and apply their ICT skills in all subjects.
And the learning doesn't just stop with the end of the school day. The school has a learning platform or VLE (LIFE), providing pupils with a range of resources and activities to support their studies and full home access is available to the school network and software via Remote Desktop.
TEACHING & SPECIALIST ROOMS:
We have a full range of specialised teaching rooms to cater for the demands of all subjects including seven science labs; four technology rooms; newly built music and PSHE suites; a drama studio equipped with professional lighting and audio; two art rooms with photography and ceramics facilities; a school radio studio; a full size music performance room plus two music rehearsal rooms. The school hall is equipped with a full size stage, lighting, audio, large screen digital projection and can seat up to 300 people. The Connexions Library prepares pupils for life after St James’s and is a fully equipped careers resource, allowing pupils access to both up to date information and the Connexions service staff.
The school has a number of well-maintained outdoor spaces. At lunch and break times, the children can enjoy playing recreational sport on one of the three yards, practice music or stage craft on the outdoor performance area or relax under the covered seating areas and walkways in and around the memorial and R.E. gardens.
The school has made many improvements to increase accessibility around the site, including the building of ramps, installation of handrails and Braille signs. St. James’s is committed to continue development of the site to improve accessibility for all, more details of which can be found in the school’s latest SEN Report.