St James' Church of England Primary School

Together in faith, we are a winning team.

‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.  A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.’

 National Curriculum, DfE 2014

Here at St. James', we are fortunate to have a rich and diverse Music/Arts ethos. As well as our strong partnership with Tameside Music Service who deliver our main music lessons, music takes place everyday in the form of worship in assemblies. We incorporate music into our topic teaching. We have held Artsmark for 3 years and are now in the process of applying for it again. As part of this, each class has the opportunity to complete an Arts Award each year which enables them to grow as artists/musicians as they they partake in different art forms.

 Please click on the links below for more information and to view all the exciting musical activities which take place in our school!

Class 3 and 4 have loved composing with their Hallé musicians, Anna and Paul, this half term. Their special Hallé Inspire Project has been centered around their landscapes and portrait topics taking inspiration from Mussorgsky's music, 'Pictures at an Exhibition'.  

The culmination of their wonderful learning was presented at St James Church to family and friends. Well done to everyone involved.

We were so proud when Cllr Joyce Bowerman, Mayor of Tameside, visited us to present our Arts Award Certificates to all the children in Years 2 to 6. The School Council represented their classes superbly and took the Mayor and her companions on a guided tour of school. They even had time for tea and cake!



Music Club really know how to rock!


Congratulations St James'

We are very proud to have been awarded the 'Sylvia Swiffin Trust Shield for the development of Music Education' by Tameside Music Service at this year's awards evening.

The children loved their visit to the Bridgewater Hall to play with the Halle Orchestra.

They were set a challenge to create music from fidget spinners...

We think they've succeeded.  Watch our videos to decide for yourself.



 Look what fun we have learning about music when Key Strings

come to visit!  



Wow!  What a fantastic time we had when Howard Rose made a surprise visit to school.  Howard, one of our Fidler Music guitar tutors, was busy appearing on BBC 1's 'The Voice'.  It was great fun to hear him and Adam play and sing for us. 


Mrs Bundy and Miss Parnell have been busy singing with the

National Teachers' Choir.

Click here to listen!

Can you spot them on the photo?