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.’


32 school days to go before GCSE exams begin

Mon 12th Mar 2018

Today is PE GCSE moderation day. We have been pleased with the progress made by the majority of Year 11, but exam preparation continues with the distribution of personalised revision plans on Friday, to commence on Saturday 17th March. If there are any questions or concerns about the revision plans, please contact Mrs Livesey, Assistant Headteacher for Progress. There are only 32 school days left until the start of the GCSE exams, so time should be spent constructively.

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National Careers Week

Mon 5th Mar 2018

This week is National Careers Week and Form Tutors are using form-time to discuss all different aspects of careers and the ‘world of work’ with their pupils.

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Trip to Berlin and Procedures for Severe Weather Conditions

Mon 26th Feb 2018

We welcome back the students and staff who had a busy and information-filled trip to Berlin over half-term. The reports that we have had regarding our youngsters’ attitude and behaviour have been outstanding, and they were a credit to the school and their families. Also, as the country prepares itself for the ‘Beast from the East’ I would like to remind parents and carers about our procedures for severe weather.

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Ash Wednesday & Fairer Funding for Schools

Mon 12th Feb 2018

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and as we embark on our Lenten journey we remember the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness, in preparation for his public ministry. There is also is a link to a letter about funding in schools and a template letter for you to send to your MP.

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Safer Internet Day

Mon 5th Feb 2018

Tomorrow is Safer Internet day and all Form Tutors have been provided with resources to use with their students during registration periods this week, including a ‘Digital Detox’ challenge.

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National Citizen Service and RISE Theatre

Mon 29th Jan 2018

Last Friday Year 11 had an assembly about the National Citizen Service, a fantastic opportunity available to them this summer, and next Tuesday, 6th February, we are welcoming RISE Theatre, a professional Christian theatre company, to St James’. They will be performing ‘Romero - Heartbeat of El Salvador’ to Year 7 & 8 pupils.

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Work Experience Information

Mon 22nd Jan 2018

Thank you to those parents who attended the Work Experience Information Evening last Thursday. As explained at the meeting, Work Experience is an invaluable opportunity for students to ‘try something different’. They will meet new people, develop new skills, and dip their toes into the ‘real’ world of work.

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Year 9 Study Days

Mon 15th Jan 2018

Last week Dr Guscott, Mrs Livesey and Miss Trainor led very successful study sessions for all Year 9 students, with the focus being on revision techniques, and a particular emphasis on Mind-Maps. It would be great if parents and carers could talk to their children about this, and help us to establish a successful culture of on-going revision by encouraging it at home.

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