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.’


Battlefields Trip - Final Day

Wed 4th Nov 2015

The group visit the site of the Christmas Truce, and head back home. Bon Voyage!

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Battlefields Day Three

Wed 4th Nov 2015

An emotional and moving day for the Year 10 students at the Somme

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Battlefields Trip - Day Two

Tue 3rd Nov 2015

St James' pupils lead the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate

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Battlefields Trip - Day One

Mon 2nd Nov 2015

Year 10 party arrive in France for their visit to the Battlefields of Northern France and Belgium

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Legacy 110 Battlefields Visit

Fri 16th Oct 2015

Mrs Birch's account of the Legacy 110 Battlefields visit

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First World War Centenary Visit - Legacy 110

Mon 12th Oct 2015

Harvey Conduit and Michael Mills from Year 10 are currently taking part in a government funded battlefields project - Legacy 110

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Year 10 Study Skills Day

Mon 28th Sep 2015

Mrs Livesey, Dr Guscott and Mr Bulfin facilitated an excellent Study Skills workshop for all Year 10 students

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Linnet Clough 2015

Mon 14th Sep 2015

Our new Year 7 pupils have continued to settle in really well, and their retreat days to Linnet Clough have been a huge success - see the photos.

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