The St. James' School Compensation Trust Act (1886) provided for the foundation "of a school of the highest type....in which the teaching shall be throughout in accordance with the principles of the Church of England".
Verses from the School Psalm and the School Lesson express the basis on which this teaching rests:
"Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life;
and doeth the thing which is right and speaketh the truth from his heart."
"For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example that ye should follow his steps."
(1 Peter 2:21)
Thus it is clear that this is a Church School. It was founded to give boys a good education based upon Christian practices and principles. These are constantly enunciated in every aspect of School life. The School expects that in their bearing and conduct boys will appreciate and live up to these concepts. It is the aim of all concerned with the administration of the School that all boys should leave the School with a clear understanding of the obligations expected of a Christian gentleman. That which makes Shore different from many other schools is that it adheres to a Christian interpretation of life, and therefore seeks, as its primary purpose, to prepare boys for life in accordance with Christian teaching.
It is important that parents complement the School in this aim by giving full support to the rules and requirements of the School.