OFSTED April 2017 Key Comments: 

  • ‘Pupils shine at this school because they benefit enormously from being part of the ‘St James family’, a supportive and caring community. They are happy and safe in school.
  • ‘The conduct of pupils in this school, the way they interact with each other and adults, is impeccable – in fact, it is the best I have ever seen(Feedback from HMI to School Governors, Local Authority and Diocesan representatives)
  • Pupils readily respond to leaders’ high expectations evident in the ‘SHINE’ ethos. As a result, they ‘Speak politely, Have respect, follow Instructions, Never say never and Engage positively’ in all that they do
  • ‘Pupils work exceptionally well together’
  • ‘Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, they are curious and want to achieve their best.’
  • ‘Pupils know what it means to be ‘ready to learn’’
  • ‘Pupils’ conduct is exemplary. They show high levels of respect for each other and for their teachers and teaching assistants.
  • ‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school’
  • ‘The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding. Leaders make sure that pupils are cared for exceptionally well’
  • ‘Staff are proud to be a member of staff at this school’
  • ‘Pupils, including the most able, are challenged by their work’
  • ‘Pupils are taught the skills needed to become thoughtful, self-confident citizens, able to express their views and opinions.’
  • ‘Progress overall is much better than that of similar-ability pupils nationally’
  • ‘Key stage 4 outcomes in GCSE examinations demonstrate consistently strong progress over each of the last three years’
  • ‘Parents have highly-positive views of the school and confirm their children are safe and happy at this school. They greatly appreciate the pastoral care and support provided.’
  • ‘Pupils say they feel safe at school, they say there are no bullies and are confident they would be listened to if they shared a concern with a teacher or pastoral leader.’
  • ‘Governors know the strengths of the school and where there are further improvements still to be made.’
  • ‘Pupils enjoy coming to school.’
  • ‘Pupils, including the most able, are challenged by their work because most teachers have high expectations of pupils and plan work which is hard enough for them.’
  • ‘Pupils learn well and make excellent progress because teaching in English, mathematics and most other subjects is consistently good.’
  • ‘Leaders have successfully introduced a more ambitious culture in the school based upon high expectations.’
  • ‘Pupils typically make good progress because teachers have strong subject knowledge, which they use well to plan interesting and challenging work for pupils.’
  • ‘Teaching assistants support pupils well in lessons, including low-ability pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, who need extra help.’


Lower school Presentation Evening, Sports Day, Leavers' Breakfast, Diocesan Mass, Intake Day ......

Mon 2nd Jul 2018

Last week we held our Lower School Presentation Evening to celebrate the successes and achievements of our young people, and I have received several emails from parents thanking us for such a special occasion. The young people were a credit to their families and the school, and thoroughly deserved the recognition that they were given.

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Year 11 Prom

Mon 25th Jun 2018

Last Thursday was the last GCSE exam, and on Friday we held the Year 11 Prom at the Hallmark Hotel. It really was a lovely occasion, and the young people looked fantastic in their suits and dresses. This Thursday we welcome the students back to school for their Leavers’ Breakfast.

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Almost There for the GCSEs!

Mon 18th Jun 2018

Last Friday was the last GCSE exam for many of our Year 11 students, with German exams this week. We will be seeing all the young people again at the Prom this Friday and the Leavers’ Breakfast the following Thursday, as well as Results Day in August and the Certificate Evening in November.

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Student Leadership

Mon 11th Jun 2018

As you may be aware, we appointed our group of prefects just before half-term. We were very impressed with the standard of the applications and I would like to thank all our young people who applied, for putting themselves forward for a position of leadership within school.

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Welcome Back

Mon 4th Jun 2018

I hope you all had a happy half-term break, and that our Year 11 students continued working through their revision plans.

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Yr 9 Options

Mon 21st May 2018

Year 9 students have had their options interview with a senior member of staff, to discuss the process, and the final completed options forms must be returned to school this week, between Monday 21st and Friday 25th May.

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The start of GCSE exams

Mon 14th May 2018

Our Year 11 students begin the long season of GCSE exams today. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families during this time, and also with those other pupils who are sitting exams over the next few weeks.

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Feast of St James & Ascension Day

Mon 7th May 2018

Last Wednesday we celebrated the Feast of St James', and this Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension.

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