July 2017End of Year Information Letter  LINK 

Our new Academic Year begins on TUESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER at the new time of 8.45am

July 2017 – Sports Day

Unfortunately, due to weather conditions our sports day was postponed then cancelled. However, we managed to go up to the field during a partially sunny afternoon to do our sports activities with our Sports Coach Adam Young.

Here are some photographs of our efforts.

July 2017 –  Class Trips

During the last halfterm of our school year many of our classes went on various class trips.

Select this LINK to view our School Gallery showing our learning outside the classroom.

March 2017 – Year 6 Workshop by United Utilities

On Tuesday 7th March Year 6 really enjoyed a visit by Jayne from United Utilities.

She led the class in a ‘Water Efficiency Workshop’.

The workshop covered the followed objectives:
• What is water?
• What do we use water for?
• Why is water vital?
• The water cycle
• How does the water get to our taps?
• How do children in the developing world get water?
• The dangers of open waters such as reservoirs

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March 2017    Year 2 Trip to Bilal Jamia Mosque in Oldham

 March 2017    Year 1 Trip to Manchester Airport

 March 2017   Newsletter

February 2017   Young Voices Concert

On Friday 10th February our choir once again performed at the Young Voices Concert held at Manchester Arena. We had a really enjoyable day and all our hard work learning numerous songs paid off in the evening concert when we joined together with just over 8000 children for our concert. Well done everyone and thank you to all our very supportive families who also came along to the concert.

Here are some photos from the concert. Please go to the GALLERY PAGE to see many more!

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January 2017    Newsletter

 December 2016   Reindeer Run for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice

On Friday 9th December we held a sponsored Reindeer Run in aid of Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. We were joined by their mascot Hope The Bear who came to cheer us on as every child completed their run around the school grounds. We raised the magnificent sum of £1766.00 for our local hospice. We are very proud of the way our children support our local community  – THANK YOU to all our families who contributed so generously, especially during the Christmas period.

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December 2016  Newsletter

November 2016   Year 2 Trip To Quarry Bank Mill

Please select this LINK to our Gallery page to view photographs from our trip.

 October 2016    In Memory of Mr Eric Crompton

On Friday 21st October our Vice-Chair of Governors Mr McArdle, together with Mr Laskey and our School Council, planted a tree in our school grounds in memory of Mr Eric Crompton.

Mr Crompton, our former Chair of Governors, sadly passed away in December 2015. He was the first Chair of our Dove-Shell Federation Governing Body and was previously the Chair of Governors at St Thomas’ Moorside Primary for 17 years. He became a regular visitor to our school from 2013 and invested a great deal of his time in ensuring that our children at St James’ received the very best whilst forming the new Federative staffing across the two schools. He is fondly remembered in both schools by our staff, parents and children and a similar tree was planted on the same day in the grounds of St Thomas’ Moorside.

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October 2016   Harvest Festival

On Friday 7th October we welcomed our parents and families into school for our Harvest Festival Service. All our children took part in a service of thanksgiving, featuring poems, songs and prayers. Thank you very much indeed to all parents who sent donations in for our Harvest Table and all those who came to our service. All donations have now been sent to the Food Bank at Christ Church, Chadderton.

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Our lovely harvest bread was prepared by Danyal, Mason and Alex with Mrs Baran!



September 2016   Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 30th September we held a non-uniform day and a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care. Our School Council also baked muffins to sell to our parents. We raised a magnificent £355.00 – Well done everybody!!

Here  are our Super-Bakers – The School Council


September 2016   Year One’s Trip to The Beatles Story





Please select this LINK to view all our photographs from the trip

September 2016  School Newsletter


July 2016     Olympic Sports Day 

On 5th July we had a very enjoyable sports day. Children were put  in ten Olympic Country teams across all classes and took part in a circuit of activities, scoring points for their country. The UK team won and were awarded Gold Medals. Here are some photographs from the day – further photos are on our Gallery Page

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June 2016     SIAMS Report

Please select the link below to view our National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report – 8th June 2016.

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May 2016    Reception Class Visit to Smithells Farm, Bolton

On Wednesday 18th May our Reception children, together with St Thomas’ Reception and Nursery,  visited the farm at Smithells as part of their Farm Topic. They had a brilliant day,  handling some of the animals and having donkey rides and trailer rides around the farm. Here are some of the photographs. There are over 100 other photos on our GALLERY page from this trip.

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 April 2016    Flashbang Science at St James’

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From Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th April all our children took part in Flashbang Science Workshops. These were linked to their current science topic and were led by the Flashbang Science Team in our school hall and their Mobile Laboratory in the school playground. The practical experiments were enjoyed by all and the high quality science learning has enhanced our science curriculum this term. We are very grateful to the Friends of ECSJ Group who funded this experience for the children.

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March 2016   St James’ School has got lots of talent!


On Wednesday 23rd March we held our first talent show at St James’. Two ‘acts’ from each class were nominated by their peers to perform on stage in our live final. All the children were superb and very brave to perform in front of the whole school and a large crowd of our very supportive parents. Our judges were Simon Cowell (aka Mr Rashid), Nicole Scherzinger (aka Mrs Peacock), Cheryl Cole (aka Miss Webb) and David Walliams (aka Mr Laskey). The results were very close but eventual winners were:   1st Prize –  Amelia (Y6) who wrote and performed her own song; 2nd Prize – Joe, Holly, Alecia, Morgan and Danni (Y6) who performed a dance to Meghan Trainor’s Better When I’m Dancin’;  3rd Prize –  our Reception Class Boyband! -Oliver, Harry, Jack and Leo.

March 2016   World Book Day


This year we all dressed up as Wally or Wanda from Where’s Wally?  During the day all children took part in activities linked to reading, authors, illustrators and publishing. KS1 even had a Reading Den to enhance their enjoyment of listening to stories and doing their own storytelling. During our World Book Day assembly we viewed all the entries in our Extreme Reading Competition – children were challenged to have a photograph taken reading in an extreme / unusual place. Entries this year were very strong but the winners were Amelia in KS2 and Tyler in KS1.

Well done to all our Wallys and Wandas (including all our staff) and to our extreme readers. More photos can be viewed using this LINK to our Gallery page

March 2016  Choir at Young Voices Concert

Once again we joined over 7000 children to perform at the spectacular Young Voices Concert at Manchester Arena. After months of rehearsals our children sang and danced their way through songs including hits by Madness, a Gospel Medley and our favourite Pop Medley. We sang alongside Laura Wright, a superstar of the opera world. She recently sang the National Anthems at the Rugby World Cup and we sang World In Union with her. Well done to our choir who managed to learn all the songs and performed so well on the evening. Also, many thanks to their parents for helping them and for supporting us at The Arena: over 70 of our parents/grandparents bought tickets to the concert. Here are some photographs of the afternoon rehearsal and evening concert:

(More photos can be viewed using this LINK to our Gallery page)

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Feb 2016  A Special Visitor in School

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On Friday 12th February Year 2 had a visit from Eileen from ‘Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’ .   – Eileen brought her dog Sian to see us and told us lots of information about how she looks after her dog and what Sian does to help her. We really enjoyed Eileen visiting us and learnt lots about deaf people and how their dogs are so valuable to them. Eileen does not charge to come into school and talk to us about her life so as a way of saying thank you Year 2 decided they would like to have a non-uniform day to raise funds for the ‘Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’. The non-uniform day will take place on Friday, 26th February and we would like every family to donate £1 so we can raise as much money as possible to say thank you and to help train these amazing dogs.

 Feb 2016  Reception Class On Ice!

On Friday 5th February Reception visited Blackburn Ice Rink as part of their ‘Winter’ Topic. They had a great time ice skating alongside Reception and Nursery Classes from St Thomas’.  A big thank you to all the parents who came along to help the children alongside our staff. Here are some photos from the day:

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More photos can be viewed using this LINK to our Gallery page

Jan 2016  Year 2 Visit St James’ Church 

On Thursday 21st January Reverend Howard welcomed Year 2 into our church to find out more about the church and his own role in the Parish of East Crompton St James’ with St Saviour’s. Our children learned all about the special areas and objects inside the church and looked at Rev’d Howard’s special robes.

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More photos can be viewed using this LINK to our Gallery page

Jan 2016  Our latest Newsletter

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 Christmas 2015  Our latest Newsletter

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 Dec 2015  SATs Results News – Well Done Everyone!


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Article by Karen Doherty        10th December 2015

PUPILS at a once failing school have chalked up perfect results in this year’s primary school league tables.
East Crompton St James is the only school in which every year six pupil reached the required standard for their age in every subject.  The tables — which will change next year — use several methods to measure the achievements of year six pupils, who left in the summer.
Every 11 year old at the Shaw primary achieved level 4 in maths, reading and spelling, punctuation and grammar SATs tests in May, as well as in teacher assessments in English, maths, science and reading. Executive head teacher Adam Laskey said: “100 per cent in every subject is a fantastic result as we came out of special measures in January 2014.  “It’s a credit to the staff, children, parents and governors. They have all worked incredibly hard to ensure all our pupils achieve what they are capable of.”

 Nov/Dec  2015  Our latest Newsletter

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Nov 2015  Children In Need – Our Hatastic Day!

On Friday 13th November we had a great day raising funds for Children In Need. We all wore non-uniform and our favourite hats! Children also brought in unwanted books from home so we could hold a book sale and we sold pudsey bear cakes. The School Council and Mrs Lees organised the whole event and were the judges for our ‘best hat’ competition at the end of the day. A girl and boy from each class received a prize and certificate for their super hats. Well done to everyone for raising a grand total of £310. Here are our winners of the hat competition – more photos from the day are on our GALLERY page!

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Oct 2015  Farewell to Reverend Lynne

On Wednesday 14th October we bid a fond farewell to our vicar of the past six years, Rev. Lynne Connolly, who is retiring. We held a service at St James’ Parish Church with all our children and parents. The church has recently undergone extensive renovations and this was the first time we had been allowed in since March; a fitting occasion for us to return to our wonderful church. Amongst prayers and songs for Reverend Lynne, Mr Laskey presented her with a lovely watercolour scene depicting our children, school and church, along with an engraved ‘Always Medal’ which we traditionally present in school to all our ‘leavers’. We are very thankful for all Reverend Lynne has given to our school and we wish her well in her retirement in Skipton!

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Oct 2015   The Pop Project visits St James’!

On Tuesday 6th October The Pop Project came into school to provide us with a highly entertaining and interactive show combining MUSIC and BOOKS through the decades. They gave us a whistlestop tour of the music, dances, authors and trends from the 1950s up to the present day. Our KS1 and KS2 children enjoyed separate shows with live music from the Pop Project Trio, promoting our current English theme of the Enjoyment Of Reading.  Here are some photographs of us enjoying the show.

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More photos can be viewed using this LINK to our Gallery page

Sept 2015  Our latest Newsletter

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July 2015    The Dove-Shell Federation


On 1st July 2015 we joined in a Hard Federation with St Thomas’ Moorside. The Department for Education requires us to have a unique Federation name which has been chosen by the pupils and clergy of both schools – The Dove-Shell Federation. Our two schools will continue to retain their own school names and identities and will be led by Mr Adam Laskey. Each school will also continue to have their own Head of School (Mrs Alison Peacock at St James’) for day to day leadership. The Federation now has one Governing Body who met for the first time on Monday 6th July. This Governing Body is made up of Governors from both schools, including four Parent Governors. (see Governors Page under ‘Our School’ Tab above)

To commemorate the beginning of the Federation each child at St James’ and St Thomas’ was presented with a Dove-Shell pencil case and stationery. These were presented in special assemblies by the School Council Members from each school.

Here are our two School Councils with Mr Laskey

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  Further photographs from our special assemblies are HERE

July 2015    Our Latest Newsletter

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June 2015    Oldham Schools Music Festival

On Friday 19th June our Orchestra, Choir and Brass Group performed at the Oldham Schools Music Festival. The festival takes place over five days as primary and secondary schools are given the opportunity to showcase all their musical talent. 51 schools took part, featuring 2600 pupils. This year 62 of our children from Y4-6 took their place on the huge stage at The Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. All our ensembles received excellent comments from the adjudicator, Mr Keith Allen, and from members of the audience.

Although the festival is non-competitive, Keith Allen chose four schools from the whole festival to receive special recognition awards- one of these was presented to our orchestra for Best Primary School Orchestra! We are very proud of all our musicians who represented our school and behaved impeccably throughout.

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 Further photographs from the festival HERE

 June 2015   Cricket Victory!

On Tuesday 23rd June six boys from Year 4,5 & 6 represented St James’ in a cricket tournament with other Shaw Cluster Primary Schools and came first! Here they are with the trophy – the second year in a row  St James’ has won this competition.


More cricket photos HERE

June 2015     Our Year 1 Gruffalo Trip

On Friday 12th June Year 1 Class went on the hunt for The Gruffalo! They had a hugely enjoyable morning following the Gruffalo Trail at Strinesdale Park with activities including building a shelter, a nightline and finding the Gruffalo. Please select this LINK to see photographs from their trip.

 May 2015    Our Latest Newsletter

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 April 2015    Parish Church of St. James’

Our Parish Church is currently undergoing a ceiling renovation and we were unable to attend church for our Easter Service last week. Therefore the church came to us!  We held our whole school Eucharist Service in the school hall with Rev. Lynne and Rev. Howard, creating a really special atmosphere in school.

We are also very pleased to have welcomed St James’ congregation into our school each Sunday since 1st March. Our church is currently using our school hall for services, further developing school’s links with our community.

See photographs here.

  March 2015   Red Nose Day 

We had a very successful week raising money for Comic Relief. Some of our Year 6 Girls held a bake sale over three playtimes which raised a huge £138.00!! – All cakes were homemade by the girls, their families and some of our teachers.   On Friday we wore non-uniform and brought donations, Year 6 face-painted many of the younger children (and some staff!) and Year 3 also decorated cakes. OUR TOTAL THIS YEAR IS A MAGNIFICENT £385.32 . Thank you to all our children, staff and parents for their generosity. See our Gallery Page for photographs of Red Nose Day and our fundraising activities.

March 2015    Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you very much to everybody who was able to visit our Scholastic Book Fair last week. Your purchases have provided school with £165.80 worth of free books for our class libraries. Remember if you have not yet spent your £1 Book Voucher, it is still valid until 29th March – just visit your local book shop. Happy Reading Everyone!

March 2015    Milkshake funds for The Christie

Four Year 5 girls have raised £40 for The Christie by selling milkshakes at school. The girls approached Mrs Peacock and Mr Laskey to ask if they could organise a fundraising venture for their chosen charity and, after advertising and conducting a survey to ascertain ‘favourite flavours’, they organised their own stall on 3 consecutive Fridays. Well done to Olivia, Alicia, Kamryn and Morgan.

 March 2015  World Book Day

On World Book Day we all dressed up as book characters. We also held an Extreme Reading Competition – children entered a photograph of themselves reading in an unusual place or an unusual way! Well done to all 41 children (and teachers!) who entered the competition. It was extremely difficult to choose the winners  – Congratulations go to KS2: Rhiannon V and Jack E  KS1:  Lacey W and Theo W. Please select the link above to our Flickr Gallery to view all our costumes and competition entries.

Feb 2015  Newsletter 

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 Jan 2015   Year 4’s Art Linking Project

During the Autumn Term Year Four children collaborated with their peers from Burnley Brow and St Thomas’ Moorside Primary Schools to create a piece of artwork for each school. They worked with a professional artist, Claire Mather, to produce a a textile hanging which depicts all three schools’ emblems and colours.  The completed artwork has now arrived in school and is proudly displayed in our school hall.

Here are Year 4 showing off their art work:

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 Jan 2015   3D Printing at St James’

Year 6 have produced our very first 3D print using Cubify Invent software !
Pupils initially used the traditional pencil and paper method to create a ‘modern’ Egyptian landmark to sit beside the Pyramids and The Sphinx. Using Computer Aided Design (CAD) the children transferred their 2D drawing onto the the Cubify Invent software. Pupils created their 3D model by extruding their image and ensuring the measurements were accurate. This was then saved and sent to our CubeX Duo 3D printer, which brought their design to life. Here is the first ‘print’ !

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 Jan 2015   Happy New Year!

Welcome back to school everyone! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday. The consultation period for Hard Federation with St Thomas’ Moorside Primary School has now ended. Thank you to all those who completed a feedback form. These will now be used by the Interim Executive Board and Shadow Governing Body in their meeting to consider the hard federation proposal. This will take place on Thursday 29th January. Following this meeting, we will inform you as soon as possible about the outcome for our school.

Before Christmas we bid farewell to Miss Alker who has moved on to teach at Diggle Primary. Therefore this term we welcome Ms Cowling to our staff team. Ms Cowling, who taught Year 6 during last Summer Term, will teach Year 3 to the end of this academic year.

 Dec 2014  Hard Federation Consultation

On 24th November we began a six-week long consultation period regarding forming a Hard Federation with St Thomas’ Moorside CE Primary School. Information regarding the hard federation proposal can be found on the ‘school office’ tab above. We welcome all stakeholders’ contributions to the Consultation – please complete the form on the back of the Consultation document and send us your views by Friday January 9th 2015. Thank you

Nov 2014  Children In Need

Thank you for your donations and well done to Year 3 who also baked cakes to sell. Total amount raised – £260.50

Nov 2014   Power Of One

11th Nov – Anti-Bullying Show in school

Nov 2014   Year 4 Linking Day

On 6th November our Year 4 class joined with Year 4 children from St Thomas’ Moorside and Burnley Brow Schools to create three pieces of artwork with the artist Claire Mather. Ten children from each class worked together in the three schools. The Linking Project, which is run by Oldham Council, links schools from different areas of the town. Our Year 2 and Year 3 children will also be taking part this academic year.  Photographs from the day are on our School Gallery page.

 Nov 2014    Shaw Christmas Lights Competition

View details of the competition – closing date 28th Nov 2014

Oct 2014    Newsletter

16th October 2014 Newsletter

Oct 2014    Robinwood Visit

View the photographs from Year 5 & 6’s visit to Robinwood

Oct 2014    Harvest Thanks

Letter received from Christ Church, Chadderton

 Oct 2014    Our School’s 50th Anniversary (1964 – 2014)

View the photographs from our church service and celebrations

 Sept 2014    Macmillan Coffee Morning / NonUniform Day 

Well done everybody! – Thank you from Macmillan

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