About Us
How we Started

In 2007 St James School was set up by a group of people from the School of Philosophy in South Africa who shared Mandela’s vision. They wanted to create a primary school with a difference: one which would educate children from less privileged backgrounds in Durban. Their aim was to nourish the whole child in body, mind and spirit, by giving them solid foundations in academic subjects and moral values. The idea was that by sharing these values with their friends and associates in the future, they would help to shape a safer, more self-sufficient and more united South Africa. Since its inception, St James has provided a primary education to children whose parents value these principles.

ST James Durban Today

Our school can accommodate 150 pupils in Grades 1-7.  They come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and religions, providing a rich and diverse culture which we embrace and which we believe nurtures tolerance and understanding. Our school community is committed, hard-working and holds dear the welfare and progress of the school.

In 2013 we were accepted as a member of ISASA (Independent Schools Association of South Africa) and our recent school leavers have been welcomed by some of the leading secondary schools in Kwazulu Natal province.

The educational provision at St James is both traditional and innovative: traditional in the systematic sequenced teaching of basic subjects such as Reading & Literature, Writing, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science and Technology; innovative in its teaching of Sanskrit and Thinking Through Philosophy. Our broad range of subjects also includes: Music, Art, Speech & Drama, Life Orientation, isiZulu, Afrikaans, Economic & Management Sciences and Arts & Culture.

There are both internal and external examinations every year. The external examinations are Quintathlon and Conquesta, which have held a 100% pass rate over the years. The other external examination is Eskom Science Expo, Speech & Drama, in which the pupils of St James have always performed extremely well.

an Independent School with a Difference

We aim to make our unique education accessible to a wider range of children. All parents must pay the majority of their child’s education, but the shortfall is covered by grants and fundraising, both in South Africa and around the world, as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, the USA, UK and Europe. Thanks to this support, our school is flourishing and is rapidly becoming a ‘centre of excellence’ for primary education in Kwazulu Natal province.

“IT IS SCHOOLS LIKE YOURS THAT ARE GOING TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE, BECAUSE UNDERPINNING EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN A SCHOOL LIKE ST JAMES IS A MORAL SYSTEM”.

Ronnie Todd, Ex-Chairman of ISASA (Independent Schools Association of South Africa)