St James the Great Academy is situated in one of the most beautiful grounds to be found anywhere in Kent. The site was originally landscaped in the 17th century and was the parkland of Clare House. On the site there is a splendid lake and fine mature trees with an abundance of wild life including nesting water birds.
Within the village there is Bradbourne House and the horticultural research station. The parish church of St James the Great and houses of historical and architectural interest, including the mill buildings, Tudor residences and the original Victorian school buildings.
St James the Great Academy is a key member of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), the operational arm of the Greensward Charitable Trust, which is a federation of academies created to provide thousands of students/pupils with the best possible education.
AET aims to provide the opportunity for all young learners to fulfil their real potential, broaden their horizons and become active, prosperous and successful citizens in the world around them. AET believes that all young people deserve to become world class learners - to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment, with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up to date resources available to them.
AET is committed to doing everything it can to ensure that young people are able to, in the future, compete on the world stage with the skills, confidence and flair to generate new ideas, new initiatives and thereby make a full contribution to tomorrow's world.