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. The children are able to use these facilities to enrich their educational knowledge in geography, history and scientific and environmental studies.