Welcome to the website for Hurst Knoll St James’ CE Primary School in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside.

The school, which opened in 1971, is a one form entry Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School linked to St James’ Church, within the Parish of the Good Shepherd in the Diocese of Manchester.

Our aim is to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment in which every child learns academically, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, to be a good citizen in 21st Century Britain, as well as being part of a strong and supportive local community. We believe in TRUST, HOPE, FORGIVENESS and  JUSTICE.

I joined the school as Headteacher in September 2013 and in that time we have made many improvements to the school and will continue to do so. The building is going through a complete modernisation and a new curriculum is now in place which will bring excellence and enjoyment to the children of the Hurst Community.

We were judged OUTSTANDING by SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) in November 2016 and solidly GOOD by OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) in February 2017.

We encourage co-operation and collaboration through oracy and our own learning structures in many of our lessons across all age ranges, believing communication and teamwork as being a key fundamental of human development. 

Throughout every aspect of school life - including our curriculum, our relationships, our priorities, our pastoral care and discipline we aim to reflect God’s loving care for all.

If you want to find out any more about our school please contact us to arrange a visit.


Mr Paul Anderson