Establishment St James' Church of England VA Primary School

URN: 109614

Voluntary aided school

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Main Road, Biddenham, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 4BD
Local authority:
Bedford (822)
Headteacher / Principal:
Ms Maria Soulsby
Phase of education:
School type:
Voluntary aided school
Gender of entry:
URN: 109614, DfE number: 822/3300
UKPRN: 10068716
Establishment status:
Admissions policy:
Not applicable
Ofsted rating:
Good (Last inspection: 25 January 2017)
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Religious character:
Church of England
Diocese of St Albans
No boarders
Nursery provision:
No Nursery Classes
Official sixth form:
Does not have a sixth form
Number of pupils:
Open date / Reason:
Not recorded
Not applicable
Closed date / Reason:
Not recorded
Not applicable
Special classes:
No Special Classes
Percentage of children eligible for free school meals: Help with percentage of children eligible for free school meals field Opens a dialog
Date last changed / confirmed:
03 August 2020
Type of SEN provision:
Type of resourced provision:
Not recorded
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SEN Unit capacity:

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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
David Fraser Appointed by foundation/Trust 21 May 2019 20 May 2023


Name Appointed by From To
Clare McGivern Appointed by LA 01 May 2019 30 April 2023
Alistair Fraser Appointed by foundation/Trust 01 May 2018 30 April 2022
Eric Lomax Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by foundation by virtue of the office they hold) 01 February 2017 Not recorded
Maria Soulsby Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 13 April 2015 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Rachel Purvis Governor Appointed by foundation/Trust 11 November 2016 10 November 2020
Tom Krailing Governor Elected by parents 04 November 2016 03 November 2020
Richard Moxon Governor Foundation/sponsor members 01 April 2016 31 March 2020
Brian Johnson Chair of governors Foundation/sponsor members 10 February 2016 09 February 2020
Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region:
North-West London and South-Central England
Government office region (GOR):
East of England
Bromham and Biddenham
Parliamentary constituency:
North East Bedfordshire
Urban/rural description:
(England/Wales) Rural hamlet and isolated dwellings
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code:
Census ward:
Middle super output area (MSOA):
Bedford 008
Lower super output area (LSOA):
Bedford 008C

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