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.’


Grease Lightning!

Mon 9th Feb 2015

Congratulations to all pupils and staff involved in the school production of Grease last week. Photos of cast & crew.

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Grease is the word!

Sat 31st Jan 2015

Saturday morning rehearsals, preparing for the opening night on Monday

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Bad Weather Information

Thu 29th Jan 2015

As you are aware, today we experienced some snowfall in the morning, but managed to keep the school open and operating as normal. The buses all turned up at the end of day as expected, and pupils left the site safely.

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Work Experience Information Evening

Mon 26th Jan 2015

An very well attended information evening for Year 10 students and parents on Thursday 22nd January

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Reading with Juniors

Tue 13th Jan 2015

Year 8 students Nathan Azarius, Taylor Curran and Jack Monaghan go to Cheadle Catholic Junior School to encourage children to read.

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Christingle Service

Wed 17th Dec 2014

An opportunity to continue our Advent journey with friends & Family

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O Come All Ye Faithful

Mon 15th Dec 2014

St James' pupils bring some festive cheer to Sainsbury's & John Lewis, and raise funds for St Ann's Hospice

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SVP Christmas Party

Thu 11th Dec 2014

St James' Junior SVP help out at St Peter's Christmas Party

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