St James' Church
There is a long association between Finchampstead Primary School and the St James' Church dating back to the distant past when the church bought the school building and land from the founder, John Walter, to enable the Church School to continue to serve the community of Finchampstead.
The Diocese of Oxford is now Custodian Trustee of the site and is actively involved in its upkeep. The Diocese and Parochial Church Council elect governors onto the governing body and are keenly interested in the ongoing success of the school, both academically and seeing young people develop in all aspects of their character and spirituality.
The church tries to play its part in enhancing the Christian ethos by providing a setting for special school services each term, as well as being a great resource as a historic church building where centuries of Christians have worshipped and prayed. The Rector is a governor (ex officio) and is a familiar face in the school community. A lay member of the congregation, also a governor, has been leading weekly assemblies with her husband for many years now.
The church and school have for many years worked together on collecting Harvest gifts and filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan's Purse) at Christmas to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
You can find much more information about St James' Church on the parish website.