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General communication between school and home is through the Parentmail system (for texts & emails) and via a regular newsletter.


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We ask that all parents register with Parentmail so they can receive text and email updates from school.  This is a quick registration process just requiring you to verify your child's DOB and setup a password.  One account will have all your children at St James' School linked.

Registering on ParentMail also gives you the option to download a free App to your mobile so you can have a single account to store all your important school communications. It’s the best way to ensure you never miss any important messages from school and means you can receive information in the palm of your hand, as soon as it’s sent!  We use Parentmail for:

  • All email/text communications
  • Consent forms for trips and events
  • Parents Evening bookings.

You can access it all through your ParentMail account, which makes managing all these things much simpler!  Please contact the school if you need a registration link email.



These are emailed out regularly giving an update on school activities and forthcoming events.  You can access past Newsletters on our school website Newsletter Link


Correspondence from home

Information from home concerning absences or medical appointments should be emailed or telephoned to the office or sent in writing to the school office.  Holiday requests need to be requested using the 'Request for Absence' Form which can be found on our school website Attendance webpage Attendance Link


Parent Class Curriculum sessions

Early each term parents are invited to a Curriculum News meeting.  An outline of the term’s learning will be presented by the class teacher. These happen at 3:00, in the child’s classroom, with the children present.


Parent Consultations

In the Autumn and Spring term, consultation evenings are held when parents, with or without their children, can talk to their child’s teacher, view work, review targets and receive information about their child’s general progress and effort. This will include information regarding the assessment procedures e.g. Foundation Stage Profile during the Reception year. A written report is issued at the end of the school year. Parents are welcome to make comments about the reports either in writing or through a pre-arranged meeting with the class teacher.


Other Communications

In addition, there are other events such as:

  • Class Collective Worships (these usually happen in the school hall on a Wednesday morning between 1010-1030)
  • Termly Church Services held at St James' Church in Emsworth
  • Christmas Nativity / KS2 Production 
  • Fundraising events organised by the St. James’ Association (SJA Parents’ Association)