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.’


Year 10 Feast or Famine

Thu 26th Mar 2015

Year 10 really entered into the spirit of the Feast and Famine at lunch-time today, raising more than £120 for their charity, Prem Dan.

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Young athlete who discovered talent at school sports day aiming for Olympics

Fri 20th Mar 2015

Article in the Manchester Evening News about Year 11 student Will Aldred

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Catholic Cup Winners!

Thu 19th Mar 2015

Congratulations to the Year 11 Football Team, the Greater Manchester Catholic Cup Champions.

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National Careers Week

Fri 6th Mar 2015

This week has been National Careers Week, and all pupils have had an assembly about careers, skills and qualifications.

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Another busy day!

Fri 13th Feb 2015

Yr 10 students are interviewed by EBS volunteers and Yr 9 students attend the first day of this year's Model United Nations

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'Ballads and Beats'

Thu 12th Feb 2015

Introducing 'Ballads and Beats' - the new Monday lunchtimes club

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World War II Workshop

Wed 11th Feb 2015

Year 9 students get hands on World War II artefacts and listen to the stories behind them

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Just Youth Retreat Day

Tue 10th Feb 2015

8A and 8E on their retreat day to Just Youth in Salford.

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