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.’


Eu Referendum

Fri 10th Jun 2016

This week's assemblies on the EU.

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EU Referendum

Wed 8th Jun 2016

We are preparing our students for the forthcoming Referendum with assemblies, debates and a mock referendum in school.

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Mon 25th Apr 2016

Saturday23rd April was the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. Last week's assemblies were about Shakespeare, his influence on our language and society, and the importance of words.

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St Peter's Clothes Store Plea

Tue 19th Apr 2016

I have had another request from St Peter’s Justice & Peace group, who run the Parish Clothes Store. Read this powerful poem and see if you can help.

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Ski Trip to Italy

Wed 30th Mar 2016

The group have arrived and are enjoying the fantastic snow

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National Careers Week

Tue 8th Mar 2016

This week is National Careers Week, all about celebrating careers not only for this week but all year round.

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Mini-DASH reflect on the Year of Mercy

Fri 26th Feb 2016

More than a hundred young people from across the Diocese attend the Mini-DASH conference, to reflect on the Year of Mercy

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Year 10 Careers Interviews

Fri 12th Feb 2016

All Year 10 students received their own personal careers interview, and they shone!

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