Our school was originally two schools: St Clements Notting Dale (opened in 1866) and St James Norlands (opened in 1862). The schools were founded to serve the children of the area, described as “notoriously depraved” and “hopelessly degraded,” whose parents took in laundry, kept pigs and worked in the potteries. In the early 1980s the Inner London Education Authority decided to merge the two schools. A fire in 1983, caused by an electrical fault, destroyed the St James school building. The foundation stone for a new, merged school was laid on the old St James site in 1985, and the new building was opened in 1986.
A new playground was created at the same time – before, the St James playground was on the roof of the building. Since then, we have also created a Reception outdoor learning area, raised beds for growing vegetables, and developed the separate Nursery outdoor area. The building has been extended to provide a music room, more office space and a small extra learning and teaching space. Our playground was refurbished in 2016, with an astro-turf pitch, adventure area and plenty of areas for other activities.
The school has classes from Nursery to Year 6 and is thriving.